Collected by Vanessa Lorenzi
276 Mendez Vigo y Pirallo, Mayagüez, PR 00682
The customary dessert of Puerto Rico, the brazo gitano (gypsy arm), can be found at Franco's in Mayaguez. This place has been around for generations, preparing the rolls for local markets and grocers and also for their own store. The cake is...
208 Calle O'Donnell, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
A favorite with the locals, especially government workers at lunch, this place is always packed, and with good reason. For $10 or less for an authentic and delicious lunch special (with a drink), this place is a steal. Try the asopao de camarones...
201 Calle de Tetuan, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Shop for an authentic souvenir in Everything but Match, a store inspired by a T-shirt line designed by the owners' 6-year-old daughter. In this shop in Old San Juan, you'll find original art, accessories, and children's clothing made by local...
323 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Enjoy an informal but tasty meal at Mojito's. The food and drinks are inexpensive and good quality and the service isn't bad either. Chicken, fish, seafood and steak are all presented nicely seasoned in generous proportions. Air-conditioning is on...
251 Calle San Justo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
I've often taken the eight-minute stroll down the cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses from La Fortaleza (the governor's residence) for a simple lunch in the 60-year-old Cafe Manolin. When my family and I need a break from the sun...
299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909, Puerto Rico
Arts in Puerto Rico range from lavish recitals to paintings of humble local scenes. The Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in San Juan puts on various performances, including theater, concerts, ballet, and opera. The center itself is a work of art,...
San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for a more diverse aquatic playground than a single beach can offer, try some of Puerto Rico’s water parks. Las Cascadas in Aguadilla features adult rides such as the intense serpent- and braid-shaped slides and the obstacle...
210 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Cacao beans’ scientific name is theobrama cacao, which translates into “drink of the gods.” Casa Cortés in Old San Juan will truly please any god with its Cortés chocolate concoctions. This welcoming café...
300 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
The mallorca (“my-your-cuh”) is the iconic Puerto Rican sandwich that’s typically eaten at breakfast, washed down with a cup of coffee. When I was in Old San Juan, I had more than my fair share at Cafeteria Mallorca. The mallorca is a soft,...
318 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00923, Puerto Rico
Coffee lovers love Hacienda San Pedro! The small, cozy and busy coffee shop, located in the heart of Santurce, offers Artisanal Puerto Rican coffee, cultivated in the mountains of Jayuya. Once you visit it for the first time, you will become a...
407 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
The evening before we ate at Cafe Berlin, an endearing and quirky man from E&B Tours (whose name was either Vinny, Loki, or Rocky), drove us to Fajardo to kayak through the mangroves. He picked us up from Plaza Colon, outside of Cafe Berlin. As we...
148 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
My partner and I love craft cocktails, and were excited to try La Factoria on our second anniversary. You feel instantly cool when you walk through the large wooden doors. The doors don't close, but a strange change in the air seems to separate...
315 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Running around Old San Juan can be a little overwhelming, with its many world class shops, fusion restaurants, bars and even more claiming the most authentic of authentic Puerto Rican food. Walking in they had beautiful decorations that remind me...
54 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
While walking around in Old San Juan, I invite you to go to the Paseo de la Princesa, where many local artisans are selling their crafts, from jewels and small leatherworks to frappes and Maví, a fermented beer-like drink made from the root of the...
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