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“BETTER THAN STARBUCKS”
Review of Alma de Cafe

Alma de Cafe
Ranked #3 of 25 Coffee & Tea in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 29, 2014

San Jose is a busy city with many cafes (including Starbucks) but this by far was my favorite. It could be a little on the expensive side (so is Starbucks) if you are on a strict budget but I enjoyed the environment and service. The location was only two steps away from my hotel (Gran Hotel Costa Rica). Located inside of the "Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica" in San Jose where you can do a tour and afterwards enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry. My favorite sweet item there is the delicious apple pie. So please make this a stop when traveling in San Jose, Costa Rica, Happy Travels!!!!

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

This cafe is located in the middle of it all. If you're a tourist and you're doing a walking tour you will necessarily visit the cafe as it is located within the National Theater, a must-see landmark in San Jose.

The service is very professional and the place is beautiful from an architectural point of view. The food is good (not superb, but good) and the prices are reasonable. The have a good number of coffee concoctions. My favorite one is Pasión de los Santos.

A usually unknown bonus: If you visit the theater Tuesday by lunchtime you can watch a short cultural show for $4. The theater also has a short musical show (classical music, usually) most Thursdays and that one costs about $9. So you can watch a short show at a very good price and then stay for lunch or for the afternoon coffee at "Alma de Café". I think that's a great deal!

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Plan to have lunch at the National Theater after the tour. We only ate at the theater location but can vouch for the quality of the food and drinks. Look up at the beautiful ceiling while waiting for your meal, it will not disappoint.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Alma de Cafe is located in downtown San Jose, inside the National Theater, just steps off Central Avenue/the pedestrian walkway. Great location in a beautiful building. The menu offers a variety of fruit drinks, smoothies, crepes, salads, sandwiches and deserts. Our group had lunch at this restaurant twice and both times our food was perfect. Loved the setting, the food and the service!

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2  Thank pattib22
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

San Jose is generally a dump, but this place was a fantastic find. Tucked into the Theater Nacional, they have great, well-made coffee drinks and smoothies, and the portions on their cakes and pastries are humongous.

My advice would be to skip the Theater and the nearby Museo de Oro and go straight here.

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