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Sheer size and large tourist numbers make San Jose cheaper than most of the other Costa Rican towns.The area of Moravia, once engulfed by coffee plantations, is now home to streets lined with souvenir shops selling everything from Cuban cigars, woven bags, jewelry and the tipico ox carts, once characteristic of Costa Rican country life. A family-run leather shop offers brief factory tours where the machinery dates back to the Second world War.

San Jose Restaurants and Bars

San Jose Restaurants

Vishnu Vegetariano - Av. 1 Calles 1/3 - Known amongst locals for its quick service and delicious foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables dominate the menu with veggie burgers, veggie entrees and fruit drinks. Morir sonando (die dreaming) is a popular dessert.Open daily all day.

Shakti - Av.8 Calles 13 - This restaurant specialises in healthy, wholesome foods with daily, fresh specials. Menu choices include hearty casados, salads, pasta dishes with walnut sauce and raisin garnishes. Popular for lunch, open irregularly for dinner.

Spoon - Av. Central Calles 5/7 - There are 17 locations of this Latin-American restaurant all over San Jose. Sandwiches, cakes and salads, like their Thai salad with chicken, spinach and cheese and standard Mexican dishes, make this a safe option to eat. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

San Jose Bars & Clubs

Acapulco - Av. Central Calles 17/9 - This club is popular with locals who gather early for drinks and wait for the flashing lights and thumping music which soon attract a varied crowd, many of whom are outstanding in salsa and merengue. Open Thurs - Sat. Salsa 54 - Ave.

1/3 Calle 3 - A youngish crowd who can still remember enough of the 60's hits to dance away to along with love songs and salsa.Tuesday and Wednesday nights are karoke with salsa and merengue lessons every Saturday. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

Salidas Orbital 2000 - next to Salsa 54- A young crowd dance to pop, tango, salsa and merengue on three small stages amid the cocktail tables.There is karoke every evening with the bare minimum covering acceptable in the Model Revue. Open Wednesday - Saturday

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