Our morning coffee hangout (when we're not diving) is Latte Cafe. (See Andrew's humorous blog post.) There are a couple other coffee places nearby (Fandango Coffee and Sea Coffee) but neither are open right now. Likely due to it not being high tourist season yet and, for Sea Coffee, because they're along part of the malecon that is under major construction. Sadly, I think the construction is hurting a lot of the businesses at that end of the street.
|Popsicles in a variety of flavours and colours!|
|Chocolate covered frozen bananas and more of the popsicles.|
For beer/wine days we had two favourite spots depending on the weather. The really smokin' hot days (or the rainy days) would find us in the air conditioned comfort of Agave Cantina on the second floor of the fancy La Mision Hotel, looking out over the water and marina. This had the added benefit of being able to move onto the outside deck as the afternoon sun went down, get pizza from the Mezquite Grill, or have supper at Los Olivos Restaurant.
|La Mision Hotel|
|Looking towards the gazebo in the town square.|
|Posada de las Flores Hotel -- El Bohemia bar on the left.|
|Inside the lobby of the Posada.|
We've always glanced at Mita Gourmet's menu and, as vegetarians, have never been that thrilled. But one very rainy evening at the beginning of the trip, while we were staying at the Posada with Andrew's sisters, it was the only one close that was open and we ran across the square trying not to get too wet. We were the only customers at the time and the very friendly chef himself helped us choose a yummy curry vegetable pasta. (When we went back a second time, he assured us it would taste even better with bacon!) The chocolate crepe is also well worth mentioning!
|At Mita Gourmet|
El Papagayo Cantando (the colorful parrot) is just around the corner from Mita Gourmet and is definitely a colourful place with lush vegetation! There were several very good vegetarian choices on both the appetizer and main course menus and the staff were very friendly.
|El Papagayo Cantando|
|Colourful plates on the wall at the Colourful Parrot!|
|La Picazon Restaurant with view of Coronado Island.|
|Grilled veggie wrap & jicama salad.|
Cafe Ole is a popular breakfast place. The Giggling Dolphin and Orlando's are a couple other options for lunch.
A good place to find imported and better quality groceries is Dali.
Nopolo has a couple good coffee places. El Corozon, which is run and partly owned by a Canadian lady, makes great coffee and their unique food specialty is wide variety of waffles with both main course (meat/veg) and dessert toppings. We also had the most awesome cookies there!
Macchiato, in addition to coffee shop offerings, has good quality ice cream and shares their location with a pizza kitchen.
The Inn at Loreto Bay was our one big disappointment of the trip. It was ok for lunch one day but our visit for supper was tasteless and the service was less than stellar. Especially when compared to the amazingly friendly and attentive staff at almost every other place.
There are a few other eating establishments that were closed for the season and I'm sure even more to choose from in other areas of town. But, with the exception of La Picazon and the ones at Nopolo, these are all very nice places within easy walking distance if you're staying in the central area of Loreto.