The Best Eats in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico


After a day full of sight-seeing, there’s a good chance you’ll have worked up an appetite. From traditional tapas to delectable desserts, let us help you find the best place to grab some grub in San Juan.


If you’re looking for authentic Puerto Rican flavors with a modern twist, Toro Salao in Old San Juan is the place for you. Toro Salao offers traditional Spanish tapas with innovative flavor combinations. Try a shrimp ajillo or Iberica flatbread – a house specialty fired in their brick oven.  Feeling a little hungrier? Go for the Cazuela de Pollo en Fricasee (Clay Pot Chicken) or the Paella Carnivora. Top your meal off with a specialty sangria or a plate of the mouth-watering churros. Check out Toro Salao’s menu here.


Our next culinary hotspot is a perfect place for travelers of all ages. With a family-friendly atmosphere and a crowd-pleasing menu, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy. Café Manolín has been serving up Creole creations in Puerto Rico for more than 70 years. Need to fuel up for a day of exploring? Start your day with a Café Manolín breakfast classic – Tortilla de Queso (cheese omelette). Prefer something sweet? Enjoy some Bizcocho de Pistacho (pistachio cake) or Lechosa con Queso (papaya with cheese). Check out all the delicious meals here.


There are no empty cups at the Parrot Club (Photo Credit: via Wikimedia Commons)

Parrot Club is a longtime local favorite in Puerto Rico. Its food and drink menu is centered around some classically delicious Latino flavors. Come thirsty, because Parrot Club’s cocktail menu is one of the best in Puerto Rico. Enjoy a Guava Island Rum Punch, a Cocotini or one of the many variations of a Caipirinha – the national cocktail of Brazil. When you’re ready to eat, try a traditional Latin empanada or a Mofongo de Platano. View the Parrot Club food and drink menu here.


This exciting option is perfect for the traveler ready for a culinary adventure. The Old San Juan Food Tour is a three-hour small group walking tour to some of San Juan’s best and most historic food destinations. Your tour includes up to five tasting locations and a knowledgeable local guide who will chat with you about the flavors, sights and sounds of Old San Juan. If you want a taste of not just the food, but the Puerto Rican culture, this is the activity for you. Book your tour now here.

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