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One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

I've tried both places many times. Both are slow when it comes to service. Caficultura can be a little pricier. Bombonera is the traditional mallorca place and its more of a "local" experience although there's nothing fancy in their menu (a mallorca is a really simple pastry).

I prefer the mallorcas (with hand made butter and even guava flavored) at Caficultura and the fact that their coffee beats Bomboneras by K.O. makes it a no brainer for me and my wife.

They are very close to each other and maybe you can visit both, take a look at their food and make a decision on the spot.

Jan 20, 2012
ej40s in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

That's too bad but assuming you like seafood you can always try Tasca El Pescador in the same spot. The best deep fried fish and they are open saturdays from 11am.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/10/29/...
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tasca-E...

Jan 18, 2012
ej40s in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

Since you are considering La Casita Blanca I suggest you give a try to "Jose Enrique" in Placita del Mercado Santurce. I'm a local and I consider Jose Enrique to be WAY better than LCB.

Also in Placita you'll find the always excellent Tasca El Pescador.

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/sanj...

Jan 18, 2012
ej40s in Latin America & Caribbean

One Day in Old San Juan PR - where to eat!?

Breakfast and great coffee:

Try "Caficultura". Best coffee in Puerto Rico. Great place, great service, great menu and reasonable prices. IMHO they serve better "mayorcas" than in "La Bombonera" which I consider a tourist trap. I'm a coffee nut, roast my own beans and own a super auto espresso machine (Jura Capresso) but I can't deny they make WAY better coffee at Caficultura.
They serve lunch and dinner too.

In old San Juan, right on Plaza Colon, you can't miss it.

Check them at Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

Dragonfly is nice and hip (almost club style) but pricey and crowded. Tapas style modern cuisine.
Marmalade is really nice, great ambience, good menu, pricey.

It's a shame you just missed the best restaurant in Puerto Rico, Il Perugino. Best Italian place that recently closed it's doors. I frequented the place and had the chance to see George Clooney and Ewan MgGregor having dinner there.

If you need help while there, let me know. I'll gladly lend you a hand.

Aug 11, 2010
ej40s in Latin America & Caribbean

Old San Juan and San Juan - best espresso and coffee places?

I'm sorry but I disagree with mcolon. Don't go to any "panaderias". Most of them don't know good coffee and "cafe colao" is not the best way to enjoy our coffee.

Next time try "Caficultura". Best coffee in Puerto Rico. Great place, great service, great menu and reasonable prices. IMHO they serve better "mayorcas" than in that other place. I'm a coffee nut and own my own espresso machine (Jura Capresso) but I can't deny they make WAY better coffee at Caficultura. In old San Juan, right on Plaza Colon, you can't miss it.

Check them at Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

Jul 18, 2010
ej40s in Latin America & Caribbean