Barrio Escalante, San José, Costa Rica
Barrio EscalanteFans of gastropubs and street art should not miss this San José neighborhood. While Central Avenue has industrial and unpolished overtones, the side streets make for great daytime walking. Several blocks of cafes, beer gardens, restaurants, bars, and bakeries densely populate the area with offerings ranging from Mediterranean appetizers to sushi to quinoa burgers to Mexican wraps and just about anything else that could possibly be craved. While art pops up all over this area, one particular stretch of whitewashed wall on Calle 17 serves as a canvas for a rotating set of street artists who adorn the space with vibrant and provocative murals.