Costa Rica Street Food

Costa Ricans love their street food and you will find it on street corners, in markets and at outdoor festivals across the country. Indulging in a spot of street food really is the best way to sample some of the delicious delights of Costa Rican cuisine; just be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean, fresh and cooked right in front of you.

Mouth watering tamales are boiled plantain leaves stuffed with a mix of corn meal, rice, meat, beans and vegetables. Follow your nose to the nearest farmer’s market or street vendor to sample these tasty treats.

Empanadas fit into the class of ‘fried stuff with cheese’. And we love it. These fried dough balls are stuffed with cheese, beans, potatoes and chicken and doused with hot sauce. A truly authentic Costa Rican delight.

Cool off from the hot sun with a pipa (young coconut). Street vendors are available just about everywhere with a machete to chop the top off these green coconuts, pop a straw through the flesh, and hand it to you to drink the sweet, clear liquid.

Fresh Fruit
Nothing is more refreshing during a sunny day than the fresh, tropical fruit of Costa Rica. Street vendors sell fresh fruit from street carts just about everywhere here. The fruit is served plain or as a refresco, a blended drink. Try tropical favourites including fresh mangos, papayas, watermelon, passion fruit and pineapples, but also be sure to sample some of the local fruits like marañon (a curious fruit whose seed is the cashew) or the manzana de agua (a deep red, pear-shaped fruit).