4. The Amazing Coffee & Beer
While Costa Rica is mostly known for its natural beauty, San José is an urban space like most contemporary cities: full of hipster Costa Rican coffee shops and craft beer bars. Visit Barrio Escalant. This street, one of the best preserved neighborhoods in San José, hosts a variety of breweries, small cafés and vegan restaurants.
3. It’s an Art Haven
Costa Rican museums and galleries in San José are easily accessible and make up some of San José’s most popular tourist attractions. Even if visiting just for a day or two, you should dedicate a couple of hours to visit some of these incredible displays. For those more political and passionate about modern art, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo is one of the most important cultural centers in the Latin American region.
2. The Nightlife Scene is Booming
Costa Ricans love to be entertained and there are lots of options to enjoy quality theater, dance and music in San José. While many of the pubs and restaurants have nice live music performances from time to time, one of the best spots for music is the always popular Jazz Café. From calypso to rock and Costa Rican pop, Jazz Café offers a great atmosphere and big beers in its two locations both in San Pedro and in Escazú neighborhoods.
1. Their markets are AMAZING!
Surrounded by commercial stores, the Mercado Central is the go-to place for buying craft art, souvenirs and sorbet ice creams. The little stores inside the market offer everything from pork and beef cheap lunches to stuffed sloth toys and funny T-shirts with parrots. The little sodas (or restaurants) located inside serve exclusively Costa Rican traditional cuisine—and often substantially cheaper than other restaurants in San José.