Sample some of the Costa Rican capital?s best bites while exploring its most vibrant neighborhoods on an evening food tour in San Jose. The city can be daunting to explore on your own, so ensure you avoid tourist traps and safely enjoy a night out with the help of a local foodie guide. Learn to eat like a ?tico? while trying Costa Rican chocolate, coffee, and burgers, plus sugar cane liqueur, sangria, and contemporary cuisine on a fun and cultural adventure.
- Mingle with locals on a mouthwatering food tour of San Jose
- Try classics and new twists on Costa Rican cuisine at hand-picked restaurants
- Sip tropical liqueurs at a distillery and wash down a special burger with fresh sangria
- Pass by street art, legendary buildings, artsy areas, and more in between tasting stops
What You Can Expect
Throughout this awesome San Jose tour, your local guide will give you insights into local gastronomic specialties and share the best anecdotes of the city’s history and local everyday life. You are sure to meet some of the local characters in the?barrio?and perhaps even get drawn into a conversation.
Your guide will lead you towards Barrio Amon and Aranjuez, the picturesque home to some of Costa Rica?s most historic buildings. Our first stop will be the Blue Castle, an elegant building that began construction in 1937.? Unfortunately, works had to cease when World War II broke out as most of the building materials were being imported from Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Our stroll will continue through the National Park and past the charming Atlantic Rail Road Station until we reach Barrio Amon. It is here that we?ll begin our foodie adventure, at a cozy little chocolate maker?s, who just happens to dabble in excellent Caribbean cuisine on the side. We will try a selection of traditional Caribbean dishes alongside some fine Costa Rican chocolate ? heavenly!
We?ll then navigate our way through a labyrinth of pretty backstreets that still retain their old-world ambiance. Our next stop is a hamburger restaurant where you?ll try a Costa Rican-style hamburger made with a delicious homemade tomato and achiote bread. Costa Rican burgers taste even better washed down with a fruity sangria, so we?ll go and pick up one of those too!
We?ll then enter the Barrio Otoya, the multicultural heart of the neighborhood, to admire its street art. We?ll also spot the creepy House of the 7 Hangings and find out why it has such a macabre moniker.
Our next culinary pit stop is a typical cafeteria, where we?ll indulge in a coffee tasting that will definitely leave you feeling energized! Costa Rican coffee beans are some of the best in the world and your taste buds will find out why on this tour. Next up is La Fabrica Nacional de Licores where you?ll learn about the popular pastime of producing homemade alcohol and why it used to be penalized. The locals? favorite illegal tipple,?guitar,?which is made from sugar cane, used to be made in secret locales before being traded on the black market. We?ll pull up a chair here and try a few shots of our favorite local liqueurs.
Our walking tour will continue past historical parks and iconic local buildings, along with a walkway known by locals as the ?Lady Path,? where you?ll see more graffiti and find out the meaning behind it.
Then, because we think the best way to get to know San Jose is to eat like a local, we?ll do just that, with a visit to one of our (and the city?s) favourite contemporary restaurants, mixing the charm of a lively neighbourhood joint with delicious local food and a pinch of sophistication.
Your tour ends here but the night is young! Don?t hesitate to ask your local guide where to go next on your San Jose night out.
Local English-speaking guide
All food mentioned in the itinerary
Additional food and drinks
Souvenirs and personal shopping
Tips/gratuities for your guide
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Comfortable shoes are recommended? Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour. Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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In front of the main entrance of the National Museum next to Jose
Figures statue.?Cuesta de moras San Jose.
4 hours (approx.)