Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in San José

Café de los Deseos

Abuzz with artsy young bohemians, this colorful Barrio Otoya cafe makes a romantic spot for drinks (from wine to cocktails to smoothies), bocas (handmade tortillas with Turrialba cheese, salads, teriyaki chicken, in…
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Café Rojo

This quaint cafe with a towering cactus out front uses the fresh produce of Costa Rica to create innovative lunch specials, such as Vietnamese noodle bowls and sandwiches with pork meatballs or caramel chicken, and …
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Café La Mancha

Hidden away in a courtyard within the historic Steinvorth building, this new third-wave coffee shop is the passion project of a local photographer with a fondness for the golden bean. From cortado (espresso mixed wi…
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Kula

This sunny yellow cafe is newly perched in a second-story space, its plant-draped windows framing a particularly scenic corner of Barrio Amón. The food is fresh and inventive, with highlights including a pejibaye (p…
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Café Kracovia

With several distinct spaces, from the low-lit, intimate downstairs to the outdoor garden courtyard, this hip cafe has something for everyone. Contemporary artwork and a university vibe create an appealing ambience …
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Lolo's

Fans of bohemian chic will appreciate this quirky pizzeria, hidden in a mustard-yellow house (No 3396) along the railroad tracks north of Av Central in Barrio Escalante. The vibrantly colorful, low-lit interior, hun…
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Talentum

This vibrant, quirky cultural space in a renovated mansion runs the gamut from cafe to art gallery. Sporting local artwork inside and out, with cozy seating on vintage couches and an outdoor deck, it's a fun place f…
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Alma de Café

One of the most beautiful cafes in the city, this atmospheric spot evokes early-20th-century Vienna. In other words, it's a perfect place to sip a cappuccino, enjoy a crepe or quiche and take in the lovely ceiling f…
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Café Miel

This tiny cafe opened to such wild success in 2014 that the owners quickly opened two more nearby. What's its secret? In addition to adorable and homey interiors, it's the artisanal products from the cafes' chefs an…
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El Portón Rojo

Serving up some of the best pizza and sangria in the Los Yoses area, this hip restaurant doubles as a gallery. Funky local art sells right off the brick walls, and a steady influx of customers from Hostel Bekuo keep…