La Casa del Cacao in San José is one of the most unique gastronomic experiences in Costa Rica. It’s more than a chocolate shop. It’s a full restaurant, craft chocolate shop, workshop and museum all in one.
Before you start thinking about avoiding the place to keep from getting fat, let me tell you why you should be eating chocolate and lots of it. It contains theobromine, an alkaloid chemical compound that is relaxing, diuretic, reduces blood pressure, acts as a mild antidepressant, improves digestion, and stimulates the kidneys and cardiovascular and muscular systems.
Aside from tasting many, many chocolate dishes, while you are there you can receive a workshop on the history of cocoa in America and even prepare your own chocolate bar in the way the Aztecs and Mayas did.
At the restaurant you can have rice and beans, lemon steak, crepes, or one of the many other options but don’t forget to have a chocolaty dessert. There is even a chocolate bar the size of an individual table!