Best Cafés in San Juan

We have sipped our way across San Juan, trying every kind of coffee, from cappuccino to ristretto, to finally compile a list of the best cafés in the Puerto Rico capital. This list features where to find San Juan's finest brews, cafés and coffee shops. We have tasted the good, the bad and ugly around the world and came to a conclusion; Puerto Rico's coffee is certainly one of the best out there. Make sure you try it when visit this island paradise. 

Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine


Right on the beach and in the Numero Uno Guest House. You can choose inside, alfresco or poolside seating. Stop here for a sophisticated lunch or enjoy tapas served from 3pm to 6pm. For supper try the pork loin spiced with island flavors. Fresh...  Read More

La Casita Blanca


The name means small white house. And it's just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon...  Read More

Old San Juan


What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city's oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and...  Read More

Restaurante El Chotis


Traditional tapas are served with a flourish in this little section of Spain in Hato Rey. Try the fried calamari or savory sausage. Should you find yourself there on a Friday night, you can indulge in the seafood studded paella while the...  Read More

Carli Café Concierto


This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli...  Read More

Cafeteria Los Yeyos


When in San Juan, do as the San Juaneros do and stop into this little cafe in a working class neighborhood in the Old City. Don't let the sparsely decorated place fool you, the food is in the spotlight of those bare bulbs. Breakfast is a bargain...  Read More



This local gathering place for great weekend brunches is said to have some of the best coffee around. Located just a few blocks from the beach, it draws a room full of local politicians and other community figures. Strong coffee complements...  Read More

Café del Angel


Plunked down in the middle of a vast array of fast food restaurants, this bustling cafe offers the real goods. The large dining room holds over 100 within walls covered with wild paintings of angels. The menu is stacked with traditional Puerto...  Read More

Old San Juan
Café Berlin


Through large arched windows, you can look out over Plaza Col�n as you enjoy either vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes at this truly versatile caf� that also features a muesli energy bar. The menu is made up of creative salads,...  Read More


Meet Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Melissa is a native Puerto Rican who enjoys sharing her island experiences and discoveries with readers everywhere. She studied Journalism and Art in San Francisco and London and has worked...  More About Melissa