I have written about this prior but its just such an unique guy and operation that I recommend going there for the experience if not for the excellent bread. Make sure to call one day ahead to order.
Panaderia Del Frances
Calle del Jardin
Ojochal de Ciudad Cortes
Open: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Carbohydrate treat, than you will have to take a ride down south to the next town called Ochojal. It’s about a 10-15 minute drive but the town definitely has the best food to offer in the entire south. When we are down there, we always visit the local “French” bakery, which opens on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. They have amazing French and other types of bread. However, do make sure to call ONE day in advance and order prior to going. The owner won’t be amused if you don’t (and he won’t have any bread for you either ;-). Unfortunately I can’t find his phone number but when you get into Ochojal, go up the main road. Pass Exotica restaurant, keep on the left, pass the small bridge, than turn right and continue on this road. The bakery is on the right hand side. If you are lost, just ask for the French bakery!
If you like coconuts, then you will like Costa Rica. You can buy them on many places just on the side of the road or find them on most beaches. They are a great snack but can also be very useful for other things, such as using them as conditioner for your hair. Make sure to have some ;-)
One of our favorite things to eat in Costa Rica is fresh ceviche (Parcela Restaurant aka The Point and Ceviche Place next to Ventana Beach) and fish. YOu can get great fresh fish at the fish shop in Dominicalito (on your left side when coming from Dominical). The shop is located across the entrance from La Parcela restaurant. Its very inexpensive and delicious. YOu may also catch your own fish on one of the great fishing tours offered.
One of the great things of the southern pacific coast is the great fresh fish, vegetables and fruits. .
Some of our favorites are Citrus and Exotica in Ochojal. Great lunch and dinner at romantic and exotic scenaries.
At Parcella aka the Point in Dominicalito, you can enjoy OK fish and wine, while enjoying surfers catch a wave at sunset. Better views than food :-)
Author: Simone Schaerf
I first came to Costa Rica in 1998. I fell in love with the country right away for so many reasons. I have been coming, living and unfortunately never staying off and on since.