Before departing the states and heading for Costa Rica I did a quick google search of the restaurants in Santa Teresa in case we had any free time. I was not expecting to find much, but I found a few recommendations that I was hoping to try out. I was oblivious to how small this beach town was and was elated to see The Bakery and Olam, two of the recommendations, just minutes from our hostel as we drove up. The next day I spotted Zwart Cafe as we made our way down the main road and knew I had to stop by at some point on the trip. If you ever find yourself in this laid back town, here is where to find the best food in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
The Bakery’s (not pictured) shelves are coated in fluffy pastries, fresh bread, and sweet treats too hard to resist. On our “free day” we nearly bought out all the croissants and bread and munched on them during a relaxing morning. Each time I passed the bakery it was overflowing with people from the inside out.
Olam is the healthiest place I found in Santa Teresa, and after bingeing on cinnamon rolls from The Bakery and eating pb&j for lunch daily I was glad to have something a little lighter. A couple of friends and I visited Olam on our last day in need of some healthy food after a week of rice(no complaints here!). We ordered two sandwiches, one of which was the “Good Fats”, a combination of guacamole and veggies, as well as a delicious pesto and veggie pasta and a fresh glass of orange juice then split it all between the four of us and had plenty! Olam also offers an extensive list of smoothies and health conscious treats, but let’s be honest, it was the last day and we were all running a little low on money. It is located off of the main road in the serene Nautilus Boutique Hotel. At first glance it seemed too upscale for what we were prepared for but we decided to give it a try and were so glad we did. Though it is a nicer atmosphere, everyone in Santa Teresa lives in board shorts and t-shirts and this was no different.
Zwart Cafe was my favorite of the three places as it was not only a darling cafe, but also a cool art gallery and library. This triple threat had our group visiting multiple times throughout the week, always returning for a cold smoothie to refresh us from the heat. It’s all white decor is what drew me in, but the food is what kept me coming back. I ordered a wrap and smoothie which were both delicious. I loved seeing the artists in the back working away and viewing their vivid art as I waited for my food. Every single thing in Zwart (with the exception of the art) is painted white, a dream for me. The long picnic style tables, every wall and even the floor were coated in a crisp white shade, creating a perfect backdrop for the vivacious art.
Thank you to everyone on the trip for allowing me to be a foodie and going along with my restaurant recommendations, using up your free time (and money) to try new cafes for this post. You can find more about this trip here.