Visiting Puerto Rico is an incredible getaway. Sandy beaches, ocean kayaking, jungle exploration and luxurious resorts all await your enjoyment. However, you will have to eat during your stay. While resorts and hotel on the island usually offer dining options, you can head off property for other options. You’ll find a wide array of local options, as well as restaurants featuring international fare. Here are some of the best local hotspots, scattered around San Juan.
La Casita Blanca – This local favorite is incredibly popular. Jesus Perez, the owner, is almost always on property, checking on the satisfaction of his guests. You will find incredible regional fare (the Mofongo is incredible), while you will also find international dishes for the less adventurous. Be prepared for lines at peak dining times; the restaurant is popular with locals, visitors and even government types. Bring cash, as well, as the restaurant does not accept any credit cards.
La Bombonera – Looking for a great breakfast or brunch option? La Bombonera offers you incredible fare at reasonable rates. The restaurant was founded in 1902 and is famous for homemade pastries, never ending coffee and interesting regional cuisine. Rice with squid, roast pork leg, flan and more make up the lunch menu, while the breakfast menu offers additional choices. You will find a bustling but friendly atmosphere, as well as numerous locals who know that this is one of the best places to dine.
The Parrot Club – Featuring Nuevo Latino cuisine, this is a local hotspot. You will find incredible Caribbean cuisine, done up with Latin flair. A full bar, a seasonal menu and incredible service gives you great options. Make sure you bring your wallet, as the dishes can be somewhat expensive. However, despite the relative cost, the food is good enough to attract locals, business types and vacationing families.
Café Berlin – This bakery offers you a taste of Germany and Switzerland and Puerto Rico, rolled into one. Breads, pastries, sweets and much more are made fresh on property, giving you that warm, crusty goodness that you crave. Prices are low to moderate, making this an excellent spot for a quick breakfast, or a snack. The European décor is unique in the city, while the service is more than friendly.
Hard Rock Café – For those looking for more traditional American fare, the Hard Rock Café is easy to get to. Tourists are the predominant visitors to the restaurant, though you will find locals, as well. This restaurant features classic American fare, rock music and memorabilia and a fun setting.