A Foodie's Guide to San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • San Juan

  • Puerto Rico

  • Food & Wine

  • Arts & Culture

  • Adventure Travel

  • Foodie

  • Local culture

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Being an avid traveler and a foodie, I love exploring a destination known for its delicious cuisine. After visiting San Juan multiple times and planning client trips to the area, there’s no way I could keep these good finds to myself. Below you will find some of the top-rated and most delicious restaurants in the city of San Juan.

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Where to stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

Set on idyllic Isla Verde Beach, the Fairmont El San Juan boasts modern rooms and resort amenities including a casino, nine restaurants, multiple bars and a nightclub.

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

Luxe beachfront property with breezy rooms and suites.

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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Art Deco beauty with a mix of heritage and modern rooms, most with Atlantic Ocean views.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

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Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Casa BACARDÍ is a renowned rum distillery featuring historical tours.

Casa Bacardi

Learn about Bacardi’s history and enjoy a rum tasting.

Cooking Class

Learn the techniques and take back the flavors of San Juan.

Street Food

Don’t miss out on street eats; grab a pincho while taking a stroll (chicken served on a stick).

Food Tour

How could you say no to a food tour? This is a great way to try different bites around the city.

Bar-Hopping

Have a drink — and maybe a snack at a few of the various bars in the town.

Market

Head to the Farmer’s Market in La Placita and try local fruits.

Day trips

Culebra: Start the day early with a trip to Fajardo and a boat day to Culebra. Take a taxi or shuttle 1 hour away to Fajardo. Book a Catamaran Tour to the Cordillera Islands and visit Culebra. On this tour, you will visit beaches and have the option to snorkel. Lunch and drinks are typically included.

Places to eat & drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CAÑA is a renowned restaurant in Puerto Rico.

CAÑA - Upscale Puerto Rican meals located at Fairmont El San Juan Hotel.

Entrevinos - Offers a local and global food and wine menu.

El Churry - Well-known for their sandwiches.

Atabey Condado - The perfect pick for brunch.

The Oyster Shack - If you're craving fresh seafood, this will satisfy you!

el Refrán - Tasty, local food (try the mofongo here.)

Barrachina - A great restaurant to try a piña colada.

Deaverdura - Prepare to wait in line for a seat, but that's always a good sign.

Need to Know

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