Pan Pay is one of Puerto Viejo de Limon's longest-standing cafes. It remains one of the least pretentious and the most laid-back places (perhaps in all of Costa Rica) to sip coffee, read the paper and watch the locals gather and gossip.
In addition to having a great casual atmosphere, Pan Pay also puts out some of the best baked goods in town, especially their delicious baguettes and scrumptious sweets from the display case. They also have a full breakfast menu that includes gallo pinto and bread slathered in their signature Spanish tapanade. Pan Pay's tasty baked goods — Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica
The two brothers from Spain who started this place may still be found behind the counter and in the kitchen, wearing chef whites and often a baking hat, putting the finishing touches on the day's batch of baguettes. As may be expected, they don't miss a soccer game when Barcelona is playing, and everyone gathers around the TV with their plates and cups of Spanish coffee.
Pan Pay also has a strand of tables outside that offers a breeze and a nice view of the beach, as well as excellent vantage points for taking in the local scenery. Most folks arrive on foot or by bicycle, and babies and dogs seem to enjoy the casual vibe here, too. Inside of Pan Pay — Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica