9 Things you must eat when you visit San Juan

Yesterday I talked about the streets of Old San Juan, but what about the EATS? Like I mentioned back when we ate a traditional Japanese meal in Kyoto, I’m no food blogger. I get too embarrassed & hungry to take good food pictures. But, the food was so delicious in San Juan that I had to Snapchat it along the way and share it with y’all here today. Here are 9 things you must try when staying in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Chocolate for Breakfast

Ok, maybe not for breakfast, but you just must give Chocobar de Casa Cortes a try.

Chocolate Pizza from Casa Cortez's Chocobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Choco Pizza en Mallorca

The morning before our flight back to Connecticut, we couldn’t find many restaurants that sounded delicious and were close enough of a walk from our hotel that we wouldn’t get very sweaty, but Chocobar was open. Yep, at 8 a.m..

We couldn’t not order hot chocolate, so Mark had the Forteza 70% dark chocolate, I had the Puertoriqueno, and Tobias had an Americano (not pictured, it had marshmallows like we drink them in the U.S.)

Forteza 70% dark hot chocolate from Casa Cortez's Chocobar in San Juan, Puerto RicoPuertoriqueno hot chocolate from Casa Cortez's Chocobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mark’s was SO rich and thick, it tasted like cake batter from the “Mexican Chocolate” cake my Meemaw and I used to make when I was growing up. Mine was made with evaporated milk and came with cheese.

Pan de Mallorca

For my main dish, I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich on Mallorca. Between now and your trip to PR, you can read all about Mallorca and a recipe to make it at home on this Puerto Rican foodie blog. Basically, it’s sweet, soft and supple bread with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

Mallorca de Jamon from Casa Cortez's Chocobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Needless to say, we left the island more sugared up than ever!

Something Presidential

After I started snapchatting away during the trip, a friend of mine suggested we go to Kasalta Bakery. I had seen it online and overlooked it, but since she recommended it, we stopped in on our way to the El Yunque Rainforest on the third day.

President Obama visited Kasalta in 2011, when on a politcal visit to the island, and ordered the Medianoche: a sandwich of pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mayo and mustard on a sweet bread.

Basically, I saw that President Obama ordered the medianoche, so I bought the medianoche.

President Obamas sandwich selection at Kasalta Bakery in San Juan, Puerto RicoThanks, Obama. It was delicious.

Piña Coladas

You’d think that a piña colada would be just about the same anywhere, but our first ones, at Barrachina, a restaurant recommended by Mark’s Puertoriquena co-worker, were different than I had ever had before.

Pina Colada from Barrachina in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

In place of ice, they use frozen coconut and pinapples. So it has a different texture than others.

Barrachina Restaurant Old San Juan Puerto RicoMofongo

The dish I read most about when researching Puerto Rico was Mofongo. It’s a fried plantain mash that can compliment any main dish. I had mine with seafood

Mofongo at Barrachina in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

and Mark ordered his with snapper.

Snapper with Mofongo


This sandwich from The Mezzanine at St. Germaine will be replicated soon at home, no doubt. It’s a grouper sandwich with cilantro mayo on pita and it was everything.Mero at The Mezzanine at St. Germaine


You’ve just got to give that guy with the ice cream cart your money. The treat is somewhere between sorbet and ice cream, and so refreshing. Tobias ordered Mango and I, coconut. Pro tip: mix those two flavors for a divine treat.

Helados in old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Street Food

Mark speaks zero Spanish, but he went over to one of the food carts near Darsenas Square and pointed away at whatever piqued his interest. My favorite was this fried plantain thing with beef inside.

Street Food in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

A few more Piña Coladas

Pina Colada at Loquio Beach in Puerto RicoPina colada cheers at Sheraton Old San Juan in Puerto Rico

Or a guava mimosa or two.

Guava Mimosa at The Mezzanine at St. Germain in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

You’re on an island vacation, after all!


Foods you must eat in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico


7 thoughts on “9 Things you must eat when you visit San Juan

  1. You’ve done such a great job with your photographs and suggestions! Looks like the perfect island vacation mixed with city travel! Everything looks delicious! Love that you guys travel so well as a family!

    Btw, the food you said you liked in your hand looks like a fried empanada but it’s hard to tell. And since you said plantain, it threw me off because empanadas are usually made with dough, but whatever it is, it looks yummy!! ❤️

    1. Thank you! The food was definitely a plantain with meat, plantains are among my favorite foods. I think the guys had some empanada things–we were supposed to share all of the street foods but I took one bite of one of theirs and decided I was sticking with the plantain &beef 🙂

  2. Ok, the marshmallows dessert look to die for! Did they really have that for breakfast? I think I would say yes to anything with that perfect toasted crunch on top.

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