Top things to do

Cafe in Heredia

Ohana Waffle & Coffee Bar

Inside this slim, blue cubbyhole cafe, complete with pineapple wallpaper, you'll find the best sweet snacks in town. Order egg waffles and choose from 50 types of toppings. Mix-and-match flavors like chocolate and c…
Museum in Heredia

Casa de la Cultura

Occupying a privileged position on the corner of the plaza just above the church, this low-lying Spanish structure dates back to the late 18th century. At one point it served as the residence of President Alfredo Go…
Market in Heredia

Mercado Municipal

You can fill up for a couple of thousand colones at the Mercado Municipal, which has sodas to spare and plenty of very fresh groceries.
Church in Heredia

Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción

Built in 1797, this striking white church facing wide, pleasant Parque Central is still in use. The church's thick-walled, squat construction is attractive in a Volkswagen Beetle sort of way. The solid shape has wit…
Latin American in Heredia

La Cantina

This yellow-and-red joint with two bars has patio seating and specializes in chicharrón (fried pork), with a killer chifrijo (dish of fried pork, beans, rice and avocado). The extensive list of bocas (appetizers) an…
Club in Heredia

Miraflores Discotheque

After a few rounds of beers, the party really kicks off at the Miraflores Discotheque, at the southern edge of Parque Central above Coffee Break cafe. Here locals get groovy to a mix of international beats.
Cafe in Heredia

Coffee Break

A simple counter-service cafe at the southwestern side of the park, selling coffee, salads and sandwiches (in various varieties including crab meat, chicken, ham and cheese), plus quiches, omelettes and pancakes.
University in Heredia

Universidad Nacional

The campus of Universidad Nacional is a great place for doing a little guerrilla learning. Keep an eye out here for posters advertising cultural offerings and special events happening around the city.
Park in Heredia

Parque Central

Heredia was founded in 1706, and in true Spanish-colonial style it has several interesting old landmarks arranged around Parque Central, including an ornate fountain and a bandstand.
Bar in Heredia

La Choza

The oldest of the bars around these parts, La Choza is known for strong drinks and loud music.