Unique Eats on the Island
Collected by Chelsea Harms-Tuohy, AFAR Local Expert
Culinary experiences in Puerto Rico range from traditional "comida criolla" to international fare. This island is full of unique places, popping up all over and offering something to suit everyone's tastes. The best places to try are those serving up local dishes with a unique twist - experience Puerto Rico through your taste buds!
1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
With its cool tropical coconut and pineapple flavors, the piña colada is one of the most popular drinks on the island. Two equally charming San Juan restaurants claim to have conceived this concoction. The elegant and historic Caribe Hilton...
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...
Km. 3.1, PR-102, Mayagüez, 00682, Puerto Rico
As I sipped my passion fruit mimosa by the beach while admiring my ceviche in plantain baskets, I knew mom had taken me to the new best restaurant in Puerto Rico. Costa has a fresh atmosphere no matter where you decide to sit (with paintings that...
151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan offers historically and culturally significant experiences including a walk through 500-year-old forts, visits to UNESCO sites, historic churches, museums, the second oldest cathedral in the Americas and Ponce de Leon’s mansion....
2 Calle Jose M. Tartak, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico
Looking for a classy place for dinner one night,* we happened upon Zest Restaurant at the San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel. This menu was phenomenal if you like seafood. Everything was cooked to perfection (which sounds slightly ridiculous to...
72 Caleta de San Juan, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans dance to lively rhythms like bomba, merengue, and salsa—whether at home, at a festival, or on the streets—and they’ll be ecstatic to teach you how. To honor Puerto Rico’s Spanish heritage, Rosa de Triana...
Carr. 413, km 1.2, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
The farmers' market of Rincon offers a dozen varieties of foods, local produce, and drinks. I love to visit the market to get my fix of Mediterranean food, which we don't have daily in Rincon. The market is every Sunday during the season, and the...
Black Eagle Marina, Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
Enjoy a delicious drink at my favorite place in Rincon—La Copa Llena at the Black Eagle. The best food in town, its menu of always-changing gourmet dishes accompanies the best sunsets. I come here once every couple of weeks, and I've always been...
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...
1 Calle Gonzalo Marin, Arecibo, 00612, Puerto Rico
The reason for the name of Mugs Restaurant remains a mystery to me, but I want its amazing food to be a mystery to no man. As soon as I entered, I was hooked at the sight of a wall filled with books about art, music, and literature. The menu...
Km. 32.0, PR-110, Maleza Alta, Aguadilla 00603, Puerto Rico
Tuluum was on my list of places to try when I first moved to Puerto Rico. Mexican food happens to be my favorite, and I have made it my mission to try any Mexican place on the island. I was completely satisfied with this place for their Tex-Mex...
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