Food is nothing less than an integral part of life and society. We eat not only to survive, but to socialize, celebrate, and grieve. Food, in its many forms, is one of the most basic reflections of culture, and eating, one of the most intimate acts we perform. It’s also just really, really good. Especially in Costa Rica.
Today we’re taking you to the Southern Zone, of course, to the most rapidly growing city in all of Central America: San Isidro del General.
The sprawling city of San Isidro del General, is just a stone’s throw away from the Inter-Americana Highway. It’s conveniently located within two hours from all the other Southern Zone favorites: Dominical, Manuel Antonio, and Uvita. Not to mention, it’s only 30 minutes from The Nauyaca Falls, Mt. Chirripo (Costa Rica’s highest peak), and 20 minutes from the lovely Quebradas National Park.
San Isidro’s strategic location makes it a perfect little hub to bounce to and from as you explore the best areas of the Southern Zone. It’s got pretty much everything you could need—from a Pizza Hut and a McDonald’s to a Sherwin William’s and a Vet Supply Store, to trendy little cafe’s and local farmer’s markets… and truly everything in between! However the best thing about San Isidro isn’t its supply of conveniences or its proximity to Costa Rican wonders, but it’s people. San Isidro successfully fuses big city life with small town charm, keeping it’s authentic Costa Rican flare and bringing you the warmth of good, honest Tico’s that love to lend a helping hand and invite you over to their house for delicious Gallo Pinto.
San Isidro, in all of the ways it excels, has certainly not forsaken the department of good eateries. So the next time you’re hungry in San Isidro, try one of these incredible finds:
The Beginner’s Guide To Restaurants And Cafes In San Isidro, Costa Rica
For The Health Conscious:
For all you vegan and veg, you local lovin’ and organic growin’, you wholesome eaters that just want a good wrap and fresh smoothie: We’ve heard your pleas. You’ve had it tough for too long, but you’re weary days wandering the streets in search of something, at least, a little bit healthy are over.
1. The Urban Farm Cafe
Yes, your dreams really have come true. This bright little cafe is located in San Isidro Del General serving up healthy, organic, locally grown options that are vegan and vegetarian-friendly (although non-veg options are available, as well) in an upbeat, all-around happy environment. You can find your favorite wraps, salads, and breakfast entrees, perfectly paired with an uber-fresh fruit smoothie or locally-sourced cup-of-joe. Take a seat, and stay for while—they’ve got free wifi, to boot.
Find Them At: 75 Meters Sur De Hotel Crestones, San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica (Thanks, Trip Advisor!)
Give ‘Em A Ring: +(506)2771-2442
When To Go: Monday through Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Closed Sundays
Find their complete menu & other fun tid bits on their Facebook page:
2. Sushi Oishii Roll
…because with a name like Sushi Oishii, you have to go at least once. If the genius rhyming didn’t quite get you, their menu certainly will. You can find the full menu on their Facebook page. It might be the first sushi menu you’ve read in Spanish, but it’s the only one you’ll need to. 😉
Give them a ring at: +506 2771 6479
Find them at:Apartahotel Puerta del Sol. 50 mts Sur de Cabletica. San Isidro. P.Z., 11901
3. La Reina Del Valle
Who said you had to sacrifice game day just because you’re in Costa Rica? La Reina Del Valle boasts a sports-bar environment with a Latino flare—and the food to match it. It’s located with a killer view of the bustling city streets, so the less sports enthused of us can enjoy the prime people watching while sipping on that chilly beer. Find more info on their website (listed above) or on their Facebook page.
Give them a ring at: (506) 2771-4860
Find them:On the corner of Calle Central and AV Central del Comercio,
When To Go: Their main restraunt is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM while their bar is open every day from 10:00 AM to 12 midnight.
4. Pizzeria Stella D’Talia
We all know that feeling well. After leaving the country for any length of time, eventually, that ominous craving for a slice of good ol’ Italian pie strikes us all without mercy. Well, thanks to Pizzeria Stella D’talia you can now enjoy your favorite cheesy decadences in the glistening jungle paradise of Costa Rica.
If Focaccia topped with fresh tomatoes and green olives, or ham baked with rich and gooey cheese, or a tomato, onion, rosemary medley tickles your fancy then you’ve come to the right place. Pizzeria Stella D’Talia has no shortage of options, and their chefs are constantly coming out with new creations that keep even the pickiest of eaters coming back for more.
Give them a ring at: +506 2770 1741
Find them:125 metros Sur del Antiguo hotel diamante real a la par del total games
When To Go:Monday through Friday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday 10:30 AM to 10:00
5. KapiBlu de Costa Rica
KapiBlu de Costa Rica is your go-to oasis when you need a fancy frappuccino and sweet-tooth indulgence. It’s the perfect cozy cafe environment to grab friends for a much-needed chat, or dive into that novel you’ve been craving to read.
Word of mouth says this is the best place in town to grab fresh, warm pastries and homemade donuts. They boast an extensive selection of coffee drinks and even have a lunch menu to grab something a little more hearty.
Give them a ring at: +506 2771 8598
Find them:Frente a super pan Perez Zeledon
When To Go: Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Have you been to San Isidro before? If so, we want to hear from YOU! Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Isidro? Share your great finds in the comments below!