Top Choice International in Nuevo Arenal

Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant

Don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants in northwestern Costa Rica. Chef Eyal is the larger-than-life, New York–trained Israeli chef who turns out transcendent meals from the freshest local fare.…
Top Choice Steak in La Fortuna

Benedictus Steakhouse

Turn off the highway and drive about 1km up a steep, rough dirt road to arrive at this spectacularly situated steak house (tricky to find in the dark, so arrive before the sun goes down). You’ll be rewarded with a g…
Top Choice Cafe in El Castillo

La Ventanita

La Ventanita refers to the ‘little window’ at Kelly’s house where you place your order. Soon enough, you’ll be devouring the best burrito or chifrijo (rice and pinto beans with fried pork and capped with fresh tomat…
Cafe in La Fortuna

Rainforest Café

We know it’s bad form to start with dessert, but the irresistible sweets at this popular spot are beautiful to behold and delicious to devour. The savory menu features tasty burritos, casados, sandwiches etc. There’…
Soda in La Fortuna

Soda Viquez

Travelers adore the ‘local flavor’ that’s served up at Soda Viquez (in all senses of the expression). It’s a super-friendly spot, offering tasty tipica, especially casados, rice dishes and fresh fruit batidos. Price…
Cafe in La Fortuna

La Central

A breezy terrace, filled with greenery and art, this is a perfect stop for breakfast or lunch. The place touts natural healthy food, and you’ll find lots of vegetarian options – fresh, hearty salads, a tasty veggie …
Supermarket in La Fortuna

Super Cristian 2

For groceries, stop by this well-stocked place on the southeast corner of Parque Central.
Supermarket in La Fortuna

Mega Super

Next to the bus terminal, this spacious supermarket is a good place to visit before that long bus ride.
International in La Fortuna

Restaurant Don Rufino

The vibe is trendy and the service is hopping at this indoor-outdoor grill. The highlight of the menu is the perfectly prepared grilled meats. If you’re cutting back, go for Grandma’s BBQ chicken (seasoned with choc…
International in La Fortuna

Lava Lounge

This hip, open-air restaurant is a relief when you just can’t abide another casado. There is pizza and pasta, wraps and salads, with loads of vegetarian options. Both food and service are variable, but the picnic ta…