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An Insider's Guide to San Juan's Food Scene

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On a recent visit to Puerto Rico, I toured Old San Juan with Pablo Garcia Smith, manager of Spoon Food Tours, a local company that introduces visitors to local restaurants hand-picked for quality, Puerto Rican authenticity, and their use of local ingredients and recipes. Pablo introduced me to some really great food—as well as to the people who prepared it—and he was also a fount of knowledge about the history and culture of the island.  I’m pleased that we are able to provide Pablo’s take on some of our favorite restaurants in San Juan.
—Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
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2 Paseo De La Princesa Calle Shurmberg, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Princesa Gastrobar has a magical location, nestled at the foot of the southern city wall, within what used to be the royal gardens of the city jail. The historic vibe doesn't stop there: Princesa's menu is based on recipes in the oldest Puerto...
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249 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Known for fresh mofongo, handmade burgers, and daily lunch specials, Hecho en Casa has become a mainstay at lunchtime in Old San Juan. If the name (which translates to 'homemade') doesn’t convince you, the long line of locals picking up...
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151 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
When it opened in 2010 with the largest and most comprehensive selection of beers ever seen on the Island, La Taberna Lúpulo's position as the best beer garden in Old San Juan was cinched. The breadth of their offerings—on an island...
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112 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan keeps the party going all year round but most especially during the world-renowned SanSe Festival—held on the third week of January—when thousands of revelers teem along the iconic St. Sebastian Street. La Tortuga, located...
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Cuartel de Ballaja, Calle Norzagaray Esq. Beneficiencia, San Juan, PR 00901
This family-owned coffee shop, located in the southeast corner of the massive Ballaja Barracks, provides an opportunity to pause and really soak in the vibe of the Ballaja Quarter of Old San Juan. Don Ruiz serves simple pastries and...