Top Choice Mexican in Alajuela

Jalapeños Central

Offering the best Tex-Mex in the country, this popular, 11-table spot will introduce some much-needed spice into your diet. The simple and fresh burritos, chimichangas and enchiladas come in a meal deal or on their …
Top Choice International in Alajuela


If you want to impress a date, you can’t go wrong at this elegant restaurant with incredible views. The menu is a mix of Costa Rican and international, with plenty of vegetarian options. The restaurant utilizes the …
Vegetarian in Alajuela

El Chante Vegano

Two brothers, their mom and a girlfriend run this eatery specializing in healthy, organic food. Vegan treats are served on an open-air, street-facing patio, including garbanzo and portobello-mushroom burgers, falafe…
Costa Rican in Alajuela

Balcón Mansarda

Grilled fish and chicken dishes are the specialty at this casual balcony restaurant overlooking the street. The casados (set meals) are also large and tasty, but save room for the flan de coco (coconut flan) or, bet…
Cafe in Alajuela

Puntalitos de Manuela

Tranquilly tucked into the courtyard of Alajuela's historic museum, this simple cafe with comfy booths and cushioned chairs makes a good spot to relax over sweet and savory snacks or the well-priced plato del día (d…
Cafe in Alajuela

Coffee Dreams Café

For breakfast, bocas (appetizers) and a variety of típico (traditional Costa Rican) dishes, this centrally located cafe is a reliably good place to dine or enjoy a coffee accompanied by one of its rich desserts.
Market in Alajuela

Mercado Central

Head to the enclosed Mercado Central for lots of sodas, produce stands and much, much more. If you're having a little bit of culture shock, all of your favorite fast-food chains are conveniently located downtown.
Supermarket in Alajuela


A good, cheap supermarket for budget travelers.
Supermarket in Alajuela

Palí Supermarket

Self-caterers can stock up on groceries at the Palí supermarket.
Supermarket in Alajuela

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Decent grocery store with reasonable prices.