Zwart Art Cafe - Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Right around the corner from where I was staying was this amazing cafe that served healthy food to quench your hunger, as well as an art gallery/studio to indulge your visual senses. Zwart Art Cafe is owned by a Canadian transplant, Margriet Zwart. The walls are lined with her bright, joyful, and positive paintings; depicting birds, plant life, love, happy people, inspiring words and surfing. Margriet uses found materials to paint on, making mobiles from old driftwood and painting pictures on canvas ranging from small shadow boxes to gigantic works of art. I stopped by a couple times to peruse the art and get a healthy dish. Margriet was in the studio one day painting up a storm as her baby was due in only two weeks!?! An added bonus to have the opportunity to meet the gracious and humble artist and see her in action. On top of all the beautiful art and decor the food is amazing. Fresh smoothies, brownies, burritos, lattes, sandwiches and huge salads to meet anyones eating desire while using fresh local produce.