Guanacaste’s flavor is unique and delicious at the same time. Corn dishes and several traditional drinks are amongst the options that you should try when you’re in town, so you can taste the roots of a rich gastronomical culture. 

Would you like to know where you should go during your visit if you’re craving some typical food?

Coope Tortillas, Santa Cruz

Located in the middle of Santa Cruz, Coope Tortillas os managed by ten determined and dedicated women willing to make magic in the kitchen with some ingredients like corn, while cooking in the firewood. As the name indicates, tortillas are the house specialty, but you can also try other typical foods, such as corn rice, pork tamal, or casados.

As it’s a well-known place to eat, last year the local “Asociación de Desarrollo del Centro de Santa Cruz” invested an important amount of money to refurbish the building and help the women improve as entrepreneurs.



Soda don Rogelio, Cañas

This place is mainly known for their top-secret recipe: leche dormida. It’s a milk-based beverage with ingredients such as cinnamon, vanilla and… oh well, the rest is secret. If you’re looking for this “soda”, you’ll find it next to Banco de Costa Rica in Cañas, where it’s been for past 35 years.


Some people like to drink it while eating a gallo de chorizo (spicy pork sausage). You may find it a weird combination, but don’t miss the opportunity and try it out.


Mercado El Guayabito o Guayabita, Nicoya

It’s a popular place specifically built to preserve Guanacaste’s gastronomical tradition. Local producers sell their autochthonous products such as cajetas, rosquillas, cuajadas, corn tamal, corn rice, bread, and sweet chorreadas. There are also beverageslike pinolillo or chicha.

You can also find different kinds of coffee produced in the same area. Nicoya’s local government created this market in 2001 and, since then, it has been a real hit.




Soda Los Comales, Liberia

You’ll find Guanacaste’s flavor in every corner in Los Comales. It’s a traditional picturesque “soda” in Liberia where you can choose amongst typical costa rican dishes like gallo pinto or homemade tortillas. Your food will be served as fast as you can imagine, wrapped in plantain leaves. Regular clients recommend to be there for breakfast and ask for your meal with a beverage like horchata or cream.


If you want to taste Guanacaste’s typical food you can start your gastronomical experience visiting one of these places. You’re going to enjoy not only local food but also, you’re going to have a good taste of Costa Rica’s most traditional dishes. So, what traditional food are you craving right now?