With the introduction of the Avenida Escazú, this swank enclave a few miles from Costa Rica's capital city claims extra elegance. Tintos and Blancos draws a hip crowd of wine connoisseurs to its two-story location that features an enticing Mediterranean menu to match its enormous subterranean wine collection, and the Jazz Cafe Escazú serves up some excellent meals to accompany its evolving roster of world-renowned live music artists. Up on a hill with an exclusive panoramic view of the city, Le Monastère is housed in a historic monastery, and its French chef puts out the best escargot this side of the Seine, not to mention the rest of his expertly-crafted French creations- just make sure to dress appropriately and make reservations several days in advance. For a mellower vibe during the day, look to Serenitea Tea Lounge for relaxation and refreshment; 45 flavors of tea to choose from and an ambience that is as peaceful as it is tranquilo. New additions to the Escazú scene include Praha Lounge, decorated with eclectic furniture to admire during its happy hour, and Product C, which prides itself- and righteously so- on providing seafood so fresh that it's been caught no more than a few hours before being rushed to the restaurant, hitting your plate, and delighting your palette.
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