Enjoy the Best Breakfasts at these 10Best Restaurants in Costa Rica

Gallo pinto is a traditional Costa Rican breakfast dish of rice and beans often served alongside eggs, bread, fresh fruit and of course, coffee. La Criollita in San Jose offers a family-friendly setting near the Jade Museum, while couples may prefer the intimate inner patio breakfast at Hotel Grano de Oro. On the Caribbean coast, the gallo pinto may be infused with a hint of coconut, like at Soda Lidia. Bread and Chocolate makes bagels, muffins, and truffles from local cacao, and the excellent breakfast is a must in Puerto Viejo de Limon. Pan Pay is a casual breakfast cafe and a great place to start the day with fresh baked baguettes and an array of pastries including decadent sugar-dusted creme filled croissants not found anywhere else. At the cozy and shady Cafe Rico, the coffee is indeed rich and strong and the breakfast served here is a local favorite.

At Soda Lidia, traditional dishes like rice and beans are infused with coconut and served with chicken in Caribbean sauce, and there are plenty of hearty options for vegetarians, like a casado with plantains and salad. It's a casual place...  Read More

Denny's at Best Western Irazu

Sometimes, all you want for breakfast is a Grand Slam, and if the mood hits, you can head to Denny's at Costa Rica. Better yet, this Denny's has the original American style Denny's menu, with the addition of gallo pinto with some breakfast...  Read More

Serenitea is a delightful place to enjoy lunch or just a cup of finely brewed tea in the fine neighborhood of Escaz�. Its peaceful atmosphere encourages relaxation and contemplation, so it makes a fine addition to an active day of...  Read More

Airport - Sjo

Chelles has been an institution in San Jose for as long as most of the regulars can remember, and it's easy to see why. It's a long-standing spot that has been drawing devotees to its simple setting since 1909! Chelles is open twenty-four hours...  Read More

If you're into good food, go to Bread & Chocolate, for breakfast, brunch or lunch. There's a big chalkboard with the menu on it so your appetite is piqued while your cozy wood table is set, by a talented server who somehow navigates the...  Read More

At the center of Puerto Viejo a large hand painted sign points the way to "The Best Damn Coffee in Town," and if you follow the sign to the otherwise incognito spot behind the main road you will not be disappointed- but it's not just excellent...  Read More

Pan Pay
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This is where to come for coffee, croissants, baguettes, and if there's a soccer game on, you can watch it here. Located in a casual open air spot steps from the beach, many of the tables outside have a view of the water. The prices for...  Read More

What started as a simple hotel café has expanded to become one of the country's finest restaurants with well-earned reputation. Casually elegant, this restaurant is situated off the Grano de Oro Hotel's central courtyard which provides for...  Read More

Whether you're in the mood for fluffy pancakes made topped with fresh fruit and yogurt or a platter of huevos rancheros, the Lizard King Café has something on its menu for everyone. Burritos at the Lizard King are legendarily delicious flour...  Read More

La Criollita
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La Criollita is an excellent place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has something on the menu for everyone. The fare is traditional Costa Rican; generous portions of meat, chicken and fish with rice, beans and salad on the side, and big...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia