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Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde

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When buying here you know you are getting the real deal on locally made crafts. Similar items in... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Beverly B
via mobile
Excellent food at La cuchara de la Abuela

In the rear of the building that houses CASEM is a tiny soda with a small but delicious selection... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Bernhard B
San Jose, California
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  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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“tortillas”(6 reviews)
Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5190
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

When buying here you know you are getting the real deal on locally made crafts. Similar items in other stores often were more expensive. Although some items were pricey, most were quite affordable.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

In the rear of the building that houses CASEM is a tiny soda with a small but delicious selection of food. Stop here for breakfast or lunch if you're visiting the cloud forest reserve. We came here for lunch one day, and came back the...More

Thank Bernhard B
Reviewed 17 May 2018

The family that owns and runs the B&B in which we stayed highly recommended La Cuchara de La Abuela. It's located in the back of the CASEM building across the street from Stella's Bakery. Everything is made from scratch for example; the soft corn tortillas...More

Thank Nonac
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Our tour guide books suggested buying locally-made crafts at this store. While some of the items we've seen elsewhere in Costa Rica, a few were new. We bought hardwood cooking utensils, embroidered bird bookmarks, and a quetzal Christmas ornament. It was a fun shop to...More

Thank ajp1216
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

After our early morning birdwatching tour we stopped here to have a delicious homemade Costa Rican Breakfast with fresh fruit and Gallo Pinto. We learned that the cooperative was the first one founded in Monteverde in 1982. In addition to their wonderful kitchen they have...More

Thank DSinDC
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious food! What a great find in Monteverde. An excellent example of a local sustainable development project. Coffee was also excellent! Definitely worth a try if you are staying in a hotel nearby it is quite a trek however from Santa Elena if you don't...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We had lunch at the restaurant located in the back. The food was very good and reasonably priced. We the soup special and arzo de pollo. Both of which were very flavorful the tamarind drink was very good too.

Thank HardRocker2014
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The restaurant in the back of this Coop is home to the cheapest meals in Monteverde. They were homemade, tasty and worth eating. We fed our family of 4 a hearty lunch for under $20.

Thank Suydam
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We took a short taxi ride from the Cloud Forest Lodge into Monteverde for lunch at Stella's Bakery and decided to take a look at this store located across the way. They have lots of pretty embroidered items made locally. The prices were a bit...More

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

They advertise as being locally done by women, but much is commercially made. Even then not much to offer for sale.

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