What is Pura Vida?

Pura vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but “pure life” in correct Spanish is actually “vida pura”, making the real meaning of “pura vida” closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”, or “cool!”

“Pura vida” can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference when describing something or even to say “thank you”. The phrase has become widely known throughout the world and is used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates). Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time, or one of wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, enjoying life slowly, and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.

Pura Vida Energy

Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro maintains this feeling through the energy of its atmosphere and food. Vegan Chef Mayra crafts each dish in the spirit of pure life, using only the freshest whole local ingredients with no artificial colors or preservatives. The Chef incorporates macrobiotic, vegan, ayurvedic and raw food principles that focus on low-temperature and minimally processed cooking, keeping micro-organisms and enzymes alive. At Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro, we grind whole spices and use only the freshest herbs. Our oils, sweeteners and salts are all unrefined. We offer items that are Gluten & wheat-free, fair trade and organic.

Our ingredients do not include high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s or hydrogenated oils. In addition to our commitment for health and well-being, we maintain a philosophy of responsibility to our local and global communities. Our foods are locally produced whenever possible, while remaining affordable and therefore more widely available.

Compassionate Cuisine = Wellness for the Planet, Animals & Health

We at Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro believe Healthy Food has Flavor. Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro serves compassionate cuisine that is full of flavor and full of pure life to tempt the taste buds and please the body.