San Jose

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  • 1. Café 1930

    Cafes–Nightlife

    The café under the arcades at the entrance to the Grand Hotel Costa Rica pulls duty as a pleasant place for a drink or coffee. Listen to live...Read More

  • 2. Café del Barista

    Cafes–Nightlife

    The rain does get a bit loud on the metal roof, but the wide selection of coffee drinks here is worth the occasional racket. ...Read More

  • 3. Café Miel Costa Rica

    Cafes–Nightlife

    A scant two tables and a small counter are the only seating at this tiny place, which serves up coffee from its own finca in Tarrazú in the...Read More

  • 4. Café Mundo

    North and East of Downtown | Cafes–Nightlife

    The highly recommended restaurant Café Mundo is a quiet spot for a drink or bite to eat and is frequented by gay and bohemian crowds. ...Read More

  • 5. Cafeoteca

    Cafes–Nightlife

    This café sits at the entrance to the trendy Kalú restaurant and blends and roasts its own coffee on-site....Read More

  • 6. Club Unión

    Cafes–Nightlife

    The elevated, glassed-in café here lets you survey the ongoing hive of activity on the small, shaded plaza in front of the post office. ...Read More

  • 7. Juan Valdez Café

    Cafes–Nightlife

    This sleek, modern coffee shop is an island of all-Colombian products in Costa Rica....Read More

  • 8. Olio

    North and East of Downtown | Cafes–Nightlife

    Fill up on Spanish-style tapas at the Mediterranean bar and restaurant Olio. It draws a mix of professionals and older college students. ...Read More

  • 9. Omar Khayyam

    North and East of Downtown | Cafes–Nightlife

    Smack-dab in the center of the campus nightlife, Omar Khayyam is a blissfully quiet refuge. Share a jug of wine and falafel or hummus with fried...Read More

  • 10. Q'Café

    Cafes–Nightlife

    There's lots of chrome at this downtown second-floor café that brews its own coffee from the Tarrazú and Naranjo regions. Grab a seat and survey...Read More

  • 11. Saboreaté y Café

    Cafes–Nightlife

    It's as much about the tea as it is about the coffee at this small, cozy downtown café, a branch of a Spanish chain....Read More

  • 12. Starbucks

    Cafes–Nightlife

    The coffee and bakery selections are just like back in the United States at the Costa Rican outlets of the ubiquitous chain. You'll find five...Read More

  • 13. Jungle Bean/Jungle Fruit

    Cafes–Nightlife

    Peruse a good selection of magazines and newspapers while sipping on a cup of gourmet coffee or a smoothie—that's the "Fruit" part of the place...Read More

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