The long-awaited City Mall opened its doors in Alajuela, north of the capital, on Wednesday to a crowd of more than 1,600 that included Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís. Before you head out on your next shopping spree, here are a few things to know about the giant mall.
Avenida Central is packed with tiny stores, dubious hawkers, and assertive panhandlers. Yet thousands of people shop here year-round. In the hectic days leading up to Black Friday, Robert Isenberg wondered: Why shop in San José?