Barrio Escalante, San José, Costa Rica
Barrio EscalanteKnown for its expansive, mid-20th-century residences, the neighborhood called Escalante is now filled with restaurants and bars as well, along with shops that sell locally designed objects. The food scene in Escalante has turned it into a bit of a destination, night and day. The neighborhood’s streets are home to the new Festival La Luz food events, featuring more than 40 stands and food trucks. The festivals, which happen at different times of the year and are announced by posters and in the paper, tend to be organized around a culinary theme—say, Costa Rican, Italian, Mexican—and so far, they’ve been a smash.