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 French in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Colbert Restaurant

At this charming restaurant 6km east of Poasito, the toque-clad, mustachioed French chef Joël Suire looks like he’s straight out of central casting. Naturally, the menu is loaded with traditional French items such a…
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 …
Top Choice Cafe in Turrialba


This bright-walled cafe serves up one of the best coffee treats in the country – a frozen caffeine concoction with gooey maracuyá (passion fruit) syrup and crunchy seeds. Dishes include veggie wraps, creative salads…
Top Choice Cafeteria in San Isidro de Heredia

Bromelias del Río

Ensconced in a tropical garden by a mountain stream, this bakery/restaurant wins for its spiked coffee drinks (hot mocha with Baileys and chocolate syrup) and decadent sandwiches, some piled high with lomito (steak)…
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…
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.
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.
Supermarket in Alajuela

Palí Supermarket

Self-caterers can stock up on groceries at the Palí supermarket.
Costa Rican in Cartago

La Puerta del Sol

Located downstairs from Los Ángeles Lodge and decorated with vintage photos of Cartago, this pleasant restaurant has been around since 1957 and serves myriad Tico specialties along with burgers and sandwiches.