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“Support Local Artisans and Eat Tasty Tico Fare!”

Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde
Ranked #2 of 2 Shopping in Santa Elena
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The selection of locally-made crafts in this women's co-op is *excellent* - definitely different from the average tourist spot. They have everything from hand-made paper to intricately embroidered clothing, often using the images of the local flora and fauna in the designs. Prices are quite reasonable, especially given the unique nature of the items. The soda in the back has some of the best tico cuisine I've ever tasted (easily as good as many of my tico husband's aunties produce). The food is prepared fresh for each order with as much local produce as possible. If you're looking for the authentic flavor of Costa Rica, this is the place!

Thank Rebecca A
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We went there after reading a few reviews here. The selection of crafts is not that much different from what you find in the souvenir shops in Santa Elena downtown or at the souvenir shop at the Monteverde National Park entrance. It wasn't worth the taxi ride there. I can't comment on the food as we didn't have the chance to try the Soda in the back.

Thank Eric C
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

A great complex! Each locally-made article has a tag with the coops name and the name of the artisan - and the prices are good, too. There is an excellent, low-priced soda in back, and a COOP grocery with lots of 'natural' and organic products next door!.

1  Thank LaurieMcL59
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Very good pricing for very good Tico food. Best freshly baked corn tortilas.
Tr the hot sugarcane drink. Traditional brewed coffee.
Extreme good value.

Thank MIZAWD
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Best place to buy souvenirs and really good local food.
This collection of buildings is a cooperative of crafty women to sell their wares. The prices were good and nice to know it was helping the locals. In the back, there is a cafe that sells breakfast and lunch that is fabulous.

Thank SmithMomof2
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