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Cheap Food Costa Rica Tamarindo – Falafel Mundo

To our surprise, we discovered Falfel Mundo, our new favorite place to eat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, which is the unexpected cheap food place for under $10 per person, not at the overpriced seafood place on the beach. For my birthday this year I wanted to finally master this surfing thing. My husband and I have been trying to surf on our own for the past year with little success. I’ve been doing water sports behind a boat for 20 years so I assumed surfing would be similar, but I was wrong. Waves are much scarier than a boat. So, we headed to Witches Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo for a lesson with Maria and we learned a LOT. We corrected a few things and were riding waves before the lesson was over.

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So, getting back to the food, we stumbled on a place next to the Costa Rica Surf Club where we rented boards the next day called Falafel Mundo, a Middle-Eastern Cuisine place that only served three items, but served them VERY well; falafel, shawarma and shaksuka. Shira (almost like the He-Man counterpart) owns the place with her Israeli boyfriend where they have brought the delicious tastes of the Mid-East. They bring the spices for the dishes back with them from Israel or have their mom send a care package, so you know it’s authentic as it gets.

We bellied-up to the bar on the giant wooden stumps and ordered two half Falafel sandwiches and two half Shawarma sandwiches so that we could each share both. She asked if we wanted to add hummus and if we liked it spicy and of course we replied with a tandem ‘yes’. The hummus inside and the tangy yogurt sauce on each was the kicker to set things over the top. Falafel Mundo was a great experience overall and Shira was a pleasure to chat with while she prepared our food. This has become our “Bubba’s Fish Taco” of Tamarindo, the must-have when traveling through or coming within 50 miles of this beach.

Falafel Mundo is located next to Sharky’s and across from High Tide. Don’t miss this Cheap Food Here hotspot in Tamarindo.

9 Comments »

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  2. Thanks for the comment Agnes, it’s great to have cheap food (and beverage!) resources around the world.

  3. Thanks for the head’s up, will be in CR at the end of the month and will most like hit this up. :)

  4. Make sure you do, it’s the best in CR. The shawarma rocks.

  5. Wonderful post. Well-written and informative. I am glad I found your blog and look forward to following your here.

    Be well.

  6. Thanks for the great feedback Lazaro. Glad to strike your food fancy!

  7. HI just went to Costa Rica, they actually don’t have Falafel Mundo anymore but there is another Falafel place up one of the side roads next to Oveja Negra hostel. Same concept cheap cheap Middle East Cuisine, air-conditioned place, and some other options as well. I always get a falafel in a pita with the works and a chocolate ball for dessert(amazing, try it!) and my bill is normally 4000 colones or $8. Another alternative since Falafel Mundo is gone. –Daniella

  8. Great comment, thanks for the tip!

  9. I asked the new owners…Turns out they were friends :) but new place all together.

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