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Pan Pay

Pan Pay

Destination: Puerto Viejo

Along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, it's the sunrise that's spectacular. And we can't think of a better place to watch the Puerto Viejo sun rise over the Caribbean than sitting at Pan Pay's restaurant and bakery with a freshly baked croissant and a cup of coffee.

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Every morning, Pan Pay's bakers set to work kneading local flour into delicate pastries filled with chocolates, jams and cheeses; local specialties and traditional Spanish and French flaky breakfast treats. By 7 a.m., when Pan Pay opens, a line has already formed at the take-out counter.

As the day marches on, open tables on the patio disappear and servers run around jotting down breakfast orders from hungry patrons. The Spanish- and Costa Rican-inspired menu features gallo pinto (mixed rice and beans) eggs, bacon, and Spanish-style breakfast sandwiches served on fresh homemade baguettes with tomato and olive oil. Ham and cheese omelets, $4, come with fresh slices of bread topped with natural tomato sauce.

For lunch, Spanish Owners Javier and Jose Luis Munoz have brought back a taste of Spain with imported dry aged Serrano ham, $8, Spanish chorizo, $7, salami, $7, fuet (a Catalan dry sausage), $8, and Manchego cheese, among other imported specialties.  Besides the incredible charcuterie, Pan Pay serves Costa Rican casados (choice of meat, vegetables, fried plantains and rice) with local influences like in the Caribbean stewed chicken for $6.


Pan Pay's restaurant and bakery sits beside the dirt road that weaves through the Puerto Viejo coast along Playa Chino. The big blue bakery and restaurant has plenty of patio seating wrapping around it with views of the town and the beach as well as a bustling bakery complete with a glass case displaying the day's fresh pastries.


In general the service is fast, but it depends on how busy the restaurant is.


Breakfast $2-$6; Lunch $3-$8


7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

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