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El Gato Negro

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Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 8819 7093
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07:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is awesome - has great coffee, kombucha and juices. Didn't try food. It has a bookshop in there to read or purchase books. There are also adult colouring pages and pencils available at tables which was great. Would definitely recommend a visit

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Thank 517brigids
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am quite sure this is the best cafe in SJDS. The menucard is quite good and vary a lot. They have several types of coffee, all very tasty

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Thank Birte S
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love hanging out in coffee shops and reading, etc. this is the place for you! Tons of books to choose from but you must purchase them to read them. Excellent coffee and extensive vegetarian menu but quite a bit pricier compared to local eats.

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Thank Talia W
San Francisco, California, United States
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117 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by here a few times , books store cafe and restaurant with excellent fresh food. This was a good spot to chill and relax. Open airy restaurant with small tables in the back patio. Friendly owner and good food at what one would consider slightly expensive but reasonable for the place.

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Thank DJBSFO
Bali, Indonesia
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this cafe, cool vibes, great atmosphere, excellent selection of books. Great variety on the menu all the dishes I have tried are excellent & different. Coffee & juices are excellent. Garden seating area is the perfect place to hang out, read a book & be well fed.

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Thank Aine O
Renton, Washington
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing but brilliant, warm, friendly, hospitable. Kelly Ann became a friend in a single morning, where we discussed books and our mothers and families. Deborah B. is obviously a dilettante who should really find someplace else if what she needs is to be bowed and scraped to.

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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was going to rate higher, but the more I thought about sitting and sitting an sitting and waiting for a cup of coffee which never made it to the table and required a trip up to the counter I went with terrible. This place is appealing and attractive but it's JUST WRONG. If I want a Southern California New... More 

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Thank Deborah B
Kelly T, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

Obviously you are not the kind of customer I want in my store, so perhaps the turn of events was necessary to remove your presence from my cafe. I do not cater to fatuous whiners, which you have proven too be with this "review". You no doubt typed it on a "smart phone" or laptop, powered by a cobalt chip.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Ambiance very nice inside as well as outside next to the ducks, geese and rabbits. Very relaxing atmosphere.

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Thank JLotz
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is adorable!!! Fell in love immediately! There are so many delicious options for breakfast and lunch went almost everyday I was in San Juan. I would definitely recommend :)

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Thank pcs92
La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely the best place for breakfast in San Juan Del Sur. The place is amazing and very bohemian inside. An eclectic mix of furnishing chairs, tables and plenty of books. Its been there a long time but continues to be the top place in town to meet and for breakfast. There menu with its dozens of pages and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
Monday
07:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 15:00
Thursday
07:00 - 15:00
Friday
07:00 - 15:00
Saturday
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 8819 7093
Description
El Gato Negro is a Bookstore/Coffeehouse providing locals and travelers a comfortable place to enjoy whole foods, interesting conversation, amazing coffee, the best selection of books in Central America, and an ambiance which will make you forget that you have spent four hours with us.We source organic and whole foods locally and import what we cannot find here. Our friends are our bakers, yogurt makers, lettuce growers, bee keepers, coconut oil pressers...... We offer an experience unique in Central America.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?