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Top Choice International in San Isidro de El General

Urban Farm Cafe

With its 'from farm to table' motto, this delightful cafe singlehandedly pushes San Isidro's dining scene up a big notch. Breakfast options range from 'Hawaiian-style' macadamia pancakes with banana to veggie omelet…
International in San Isidro de El General


Toward the north exit from San Isidro and memorable for its bubblegum pink signage, this diner caters to hungry travelers with a good mix of Tico dishes (decent gallo pinto), vast breakfast platters involving bacon,…
Seafood in San Isidro de El General

La Casa del Marisco

Since this unpretentious seafood spot is usually slammed at lunchtime, it's best to come during off hours for its several daily varieties of ceviche, fresh fish or shrimp prepared as you like it (plus pastas, burger…
Cultural in San Isidro de El General

Agricultural Festival

This fair is a chance for local farmers to strut their stuff – and that they do, by taking over the agricultural showgrounds 4km south of the city with regional culinary delights. There are also bullfights (well, bu…
Cafe in San Isidro de El General

Kafe de la Casa

Set in an old Tico house, this bohemian cafe features eclectic artwork, an open kitchen and breezy garden seating. The menu has excellent breakfasts, light lunches, gourmet dinners and plenty of coffee drinks. Veggi…
Market in San Isidro de El General

Farmers Market

The largest feria (fair) in the region, this farmers market starts early Thursday morning and usually winds down by early afternoon on Friday; organic produce, prepared foods and goods are bountiful.
Cathedral in San Isidro de El General


Love it or hate it, San Isidro's modernist, concrete cathedral dominates the main square and is the town's most interesting architectural feature. That says it all, really. Look out for the surprisingly beautiful st…
Bar in San Isidro de El General

Bar El Balcón

On an open 2nd-floor corner spot in the heart of town, this spacious bar brings in a largely local crowd at night.
Supermarket in San Isidro de El General

Supermercados Coopeagri

Self-caterers can shop at this large, reasonably well stocked supermarket.