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Cafe Rico

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$3 - US$10
Cafe, Healthy, Costa Rican
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews banana bread french toast chilaquiles potatoes crepes juice book exchange ana rosa great coffee the owner puerto viejo delicious breakfast read a book roasted garlic every morning breakfast spot beautiful place during our stay
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This amazing cafe is closed for a holiday vacation but I was still able to do my laundry. The owner is great and the resident sloth and doggies are so adorable.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best coffee and brunch spot in town. There’s a collection of beautiful plants all around, little jungle escape from the bustle of the street. Also a resident sloth!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 23, 2021 via mobile

Cafe Viejo is popular. The food is good and the staff is nice when it’s not too crazy. Once it gets busy and crowded it’s a different story- they will literally offer to cancel your food if you are sitting in the rain or want...to switch tables. Usually that happens when people get a little too comfortable in their workplace. It’s impressive when you enter a busy restaurant and the staff makes it look seamless and there’s no freak out moments or frantically running around. Not the case here. The savory crepe is to die for- order it with add on of spinach and mushrooms. Maybe even a fried egg on top. Cinnamon French toast is hearty and delicious, more like cinnamon bun French toast. The Rosella special ( the name is something close to that) is good but it doesn’t come with beets, it comes with one bite size piece of beet. Avocado toast was good even though it was talked down by the waiter. That roasted garlic makes it worth it. The tomatoes were also perfectly ripe. My friend had the juevos rancheros and she said they were good as well. Looking forward to trying the chilaquiles next time.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 16, 2021

The perfect place for breakfast in Puerto Viejo! We ate here 3 times in a row and absolutely loved it. Excellent service, very friendly and attentive and the food tasted wonderful. We would come back anytime!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 8, 2021 via mobile

The only attractive of this place was the environment it is surrounded by. Food was really average and small portions for large price. Coffee was really bad and we waited a lot for our food.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 20, 2021 via mobile

Met Emela at the PV vino and she recommended this beautiful cafe library laundry place. We loved it, beautiful place to rest on a rainy day

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 10, 2021 via mobile

Extremely cute Breakfast spot tucked in a beautiful tropical garden! Great coffee, delicious food (best Huevos Rancheros I’ve ever had!) plus they have a book exchange and a baby sloth that likes to visit and sleep in the bamboo! Laundry on-site that you can pay...to use if you need some clean clothes. Very friendly staff.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 5, 2021 via mobile

Absolutely MUST visit for breakfast. The coffee is the best and you can’t leave without trying the bread with homemade butter and jam. The resident baby sloth had just turned 1 year old when we were there. I wish we had discovered sooner during our...trip…we would not have eaten breakfast anywhere else!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 11, 2021 via mobile

spent the morning at cafe rico, great coffee, super delicious food, very friendly people and a cozy atmosphere, definitely worth the visit!!!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 11, 2021 via mobile

Delicious food, really good coffee and nice atmosphere. Would absolutely recommend Cafe Rico and come back here again

Date of visit: September 2021
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January 3, 2019|
Response from Tropicdreams | Reviewed this property |
He’s booked ‘till March
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Sorry, I was a guest and am not the owner.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Rico

Yes, Cafe Rico offers takeaway services.

Yes, Cafe Rico is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Cafe Rico is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5