Barrio Bites & Sights

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 4 hours
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 12+ yrs
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose , Costa Rica
  • Discover the secrets and wonders of one of the world’s favourite foods – chocolate!
  • Indulge in rich chocolate and aromatic coffee tastings
  • Sample some of Costa Rica’s best liqueurs
  • Get off the beaten track with a local and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of San Jose
The Barrio Bites & Sights tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Barrio Bites & Sights is a walking tour that takes 4 hours.

Join this epic San Jose food tour for four hours of indulgent power eating, Costa Rican style! Get away from the touristy spots and discover the local neighbourhoods (barrios) where the city’s best street food can be found. Get involved in the vibrant nightlife and party with the locals. Pura vida! 
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Ms. Janet's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Janet
  • On Aug 06 2016
“Fatih was excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed the shisha and backgammon.”
Ms. Este's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Este
  • On Mar 09 2016
“Pete did and excellent Introduction to Prague. The highlights were definitely the boat trip (free beer) and lunch! We used all the iconic methods of transport, had some great views of the city and discovered the local culture and history. We even stuck around the astronomical clock for the movement on the hour! Pete also gave excellent suggestions of places to see the next day and helped me to buy tickets for the blacklight theatre that night. Great guide making the experience even better!”
Mr. Megan's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Megan
  • On Jan 21 2016
“I don't know where to start; this was just the best! Elisabetta was an AMAZING tour guide. She was funny, she was fun, she knew her city and loved where she came from. The group we toured with was also an excellent bunch of people, which only added to the fun. We stopped at 5 bars and tried foods I wouldn't have normally eaten. We drank wine that made me want to have cases shipped home. We learned more and more about the city along the way to each new stop and it really made us fall in love with Venice. The tour, the guide, the experience...they were wonderful and one of the highlights of our whole trip!”

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. You just never know what the night has in store!

Your guide will lead you towards Barrio Amon and Aranjuez, the pictures  home to some of Costa Rica’s most historic buildings. Our first stop will be at a cosy little chocolate makers, where they just happen 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!

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 cosy 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 ambience. 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 neighbourhood, 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 energised! 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 penalised. The locals’ favourite illegal tipple, guaro, 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 favourite local liqueurs.

Our walking tour will continue (possibly with wobbly legs!) past historical parks and iconic local buildings, along 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. Don’t forget either to ask for hints and tips on what else there is to see and do in the city during your stay.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • All food mentioned in the itinerary and two drinks.
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Travel Insurance

Barrio Bites & Sights tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Barrio Bites & Sights tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : In front of the National Museum Meeting end point : Barrio Amon by the taxi station
CANCELLATION Cancellation for this Barrio Bites & Sights tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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