A Taste of Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Eating in San Juan

Old San Juan’s cobble stone streets, tiny alleyways and colourful storefronts all echo a time of rich history and flavour. Not only does the city exemplify the zest of Puerto Rican culture, so does its cuisine. For a taste of Old San Juan head to La Bombonera, a classic Puerto Rican cafeteria dating back to the early 1900s. While the decor hasn’t changed much since its inception, neither has the food. Set in an old colonial building in Old San Juan, the food is true to its original Puerto Rican flavors. It’s simple, reasonably priced and consistently tasty making this a frequent haunt of locals and tourists alike. While the service is a bit rushed, the food comes up piping hot and tastes as if your Puerto Rican grandmother just prepared it.

Eating in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Bombonera is known for its bottomless cups of coffee and homemade pastries. The menu boasts regional specialties such as rice with squid, seafood asopa, (thick seafood soup), mofongo (meat inside a layer of yucca) and pastelon de platanos (a sweet plantain lasagna). Any visit to La Bombonera is not complete without a taste of their famous mallorca, a sweet but not overpowering puff pastry with sugar delicately sprinkled on top which is so soft that the buttered bread melts in your mouth. Choose from either the plain, American cheese or crispy bacon and cheese mallorcas. The bacon is crispy and savory while the plain is light and fluffy. The sweetness of the mallorca is perfectly complimented by their rich, creamy and sumptuous coffee con leche. If you aren’t much of a coffee drinker try their famous orange juice which they squeeze on the spot or the chocolate café with hints of a light cocoa flavor.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

A word to the wise – arrive early as this place gets packed as soon as the morning crowd rushes in.

259 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (787-722-0658) bombomnerapr@gmail.com

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