Healthy Eating in Heredia

With rising numbers of obesity in Costa Rica, the need for healthy diets is becoming increasingly important. However, healthy options can often be difficult to find. Here are a few delicious spots that are easy to locate in downtown Heredia.


El Mercadito de la Esquina

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This quaint, artisanal market is the perfect place to pick up local and organic items for your kitchen. Owners Pablo and Pia are extremely helpful and provide any advice or suggestions that you may need. Pablo describes his customers as “a wide range of people: neighbors of all ages, university people, professionals, etc.,” so the market is extremely welcoming to all! Located in downtown Heredia, their mission is “to commercialize healthy, local, organic and fair trade products to satisfy the needs of our clients and our providers to the highest standards; to give them all the information they need to make informed decisions about their health and the environment. And, to be a solidary, friendly, and fun place to stop by.” El Mercadito de la Esquina has a comfortable and welcoming feel with its bright turquoise colors and friendly workers, so be sure to check this place out soon!

The bright, turquoise exterior is friendly and inviting.

Location: Avenida 5, Heredia 100 metros sur del Hotel Valladolid, Calle 7, Heredia 40101, Costa Rica

Contact:  506.2238.4761

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Hours:     Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM

               Sunday Closed


Cafeteria Kan

Located in a bright blue house near the National University, Kan serves delicious, healthy food in a very homey atmosphere. Owner and chef Denia Morillo Miranda cooks in her kitchen almost next to you, filling the air with aromas of tasty food. Cafeteria Kan has a large selection of coffee as well, making for a perfect study spot. I recommend the falafel with freshly squeezed “cas,” a delicious acidic juice that leaves you feeling refreshed.

Location: De la UNA 100 m norte y 50 m este, 40101, Heredia, Costa Rica

Contact: +50686095651

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Hours:    Monday-Sunday 10AM-7PM







This tasty and healthy restaurant is a chain dedicated to serving vegan and vegetarian dishes to customers. They offer an array of freshly baked goods as well as several tasty lunch and dinner options that are not only taste delicious, but are good for you. Vishnu will be sure to satisfy your hungry taste buds and have you coming back for more!


Contact: +506 2223 4434

Hours:   Mon-Sat  7AM-9PM

Sunday    Closed



Loving Hut

Family owned and operated, Loving Hut is a tasty vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves Costa Rican food with an Asian twist. At an affordable cost, this chain offers an array of healthy meal options such as their daily specials as well as staples that feature Costa Rican favorites. Stop in at the downtown Heredia location to try tasty food and surround yourself with the lovely family management.

                                                             Location: Del ICE 75 metros Norte, Street 3, Heredia, Costa Rica

Contact: +506 2260 0707

               [email protected]

Hours:     Mon-Fri 11:30-5:30 PM

               Saturday 11:30-5:00 PM

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VIAThe Costa Rica News (TCRN)
SOURCEHayley Thompson
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