The best places for breakfast and brunch in San José city
San José is a city with a great gastronomic variety where tourists and locals can enjoy a delicious options and tastes. In every corner of San José, we can find well-known and well-visited restaurants, as well as hidden gems where we can have breakfast or brunch.
Maza Café Bistro
Bistro, Deli, Restaurant, Central American
Maza Café Bistro has become famous thanks to the continuous praise for its exquisite cuisine and its eclectic atmosphere. This bistro café is located next to the city park (National Park) and is characterized by offering customers the opportunity to picnic in the park. It is a real picnic basket with a blanket to take your lunch or dinner and enjoy a pleasant moment in the park. Maza Café Bistro serves traditional Costa Rican breakfasts, Benedictine eggs, sandwiches, mimosas and an excellent bloody Mary, among many other things. Without a doubt this is one of the best places in the city for breakfast or brunch.
Café Miel Garage
Bakery, Coffee, Central American, Vegetarian
This little cafe is full of tasty desserts and coffees of many types and flavors. In the streets you can hear that here they make the best empanadas in all of San José. The atmosphere is perfectly conducive to sharing a morning or an afternoon and chatting with a friend, or relax just by reading a book and a tasty pie. Café Miel Garage is highly recommended by many and is an excellent option if you are in the mood for a fruit smoothie, a delicious cake or a marvelous coffee.
Grano de Oro Restaurant
Restaurant, Fusion, Central American, French
The Grano de Oro restaurant has been named one of the best restaurants in the entire country. This French fusion restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is part of the Hotel Grano de Oro. The breakfast menu is delicious and offers dishes such as truffle eggs, pancakes with roasted bananas and caramelized macadamia nuts, French toast stuffed with mango and sweet cream, and ranch eggs served with homemade crispy tortillas among other options. The afternoon menu offers unique small dishes such as grilled cheese, serrano ham, arugula and tomato jam sandwich, three different quiches and mini empanadas. The menu is full of delicacies that will make your mouth water!
Bistro, Restaurant, Central American, Cafe, Barbecue
Kalú has an irresistible and creatively diverse menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. They also have a great variety of craft beers and ciders, wine and specialty coffees. There are dishes to share and small plates for snack time. Kalú prepares dishes such as super tacos with kale, barbecued pork in a homemade brioche, fresh ceviche, custom made tortillas and falafels, among dozens of other options.
Pandeli Panaderia and Delicatessen
Bakery, Sandwiches, Pastry, Mediterranean, Pastry
Pandeli is a cafeteria and shop inspired by the Mediterranean. Think of serrano ham, capers, feta cheese, olive oil and fresh vegetables. Pandeli offers a large selection of sandwiches, paninis, salads and cakes. Everything is fresh, authentic, homemade and relatively healthy. Pandeli is a jewel of breakfast and lunch. It is also a great place to select food for outdoor activities.
Tortillería Y Café
Central American restaurant
Tortillería Y Café is economical, rich in traditional dishes and flavors for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you are looking for options for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, this is a choice that will not disappoint you. Start the day with gallo pinto, homemade tortillas, eggs and fried sweet bananas. Then continue with some tortillas stuffed with cheese, which you should definitely try. The coffee is top notch and is made with a chorreador, the traditional method of making coffee in Costa Rica. Tortillería Y Café is authentic, affordable and absolutely delicious.
Alma de Café
Bakery, Bistro, Cafeteria, Cafeteria, Central American, Coffee
Alma de Café makes coffee-based drinks creations that are dreamlike, ice cream, chocolate drinks, smoothies, crepes, salads, sandwiches, lasagna and quiches. The creative combination of ingredients and flavors in each of their drinks is unique. Alma de Café is a culinary experience that is worth trying.
Bistro, Restaurant, Argentina, Dessert, Coffee
Tenedor Argentino has a really tempting menu with a variety of sandwiches, salads, empanadas, grilled meats, hamburgers and more. They offer excellent desserts, coffees and exquisite wines. This is a highly recommended place for a more lunch-style meal. The smells and flavors that emanate from your kitchen will definitely increase your appetite. The atmosphere is energetic, the service is excellent and the food is notoriously delicious.
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