Exploring: Old San Juan
Posted: Oct 11 2016
Hello friends! We’re back with another installment of our #travelwithkayu series, and this time we’re headed to Old San Juan with Dulci Edge. This ancient colonial port city is home to candy-colored facades (think Charleston with a Spanish accent), crumbling cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the Caribbean sea. Here are our favorite spots in San Juan:
Where to Stay
Hotel El Convento is a restored 17th century convent and boasts a supreme location right in the heart of Old San Juan. The interior courtyard is lovely for lunch or cocktails and the service is outstanding.
Condado Vanderbiltis part of a new wave of development in the Condado area (about 15 minutes by car from Old San Juan). Recently refreshed, it has a beachfront location and several pools for guests to choose from. Their on-site restaurant, Tacos & Tequila, makes for great poolside fare.
Inspiration at every turn…
Where to Eat & Drink
El Jibarito is the best for authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Popular with locals and touristsalike, the menu features regional specialties like pasteles (mashed plantain and pork wrapped in banana leaves and steamed) and mofongo (mashed plantain and flavorful broth). Don’t miss the housemade Tres Leches cake for a little something sweet.
Jose Enrique Restaurant features a daily whiteboard menu with seasonal specialties and fresh fish. The queue can be long, so head over early for a cocktail featuring local fruits like tamarind and parcha.
La Cubanita (a stone’s throw from El Convento) is a former general store. Shelves lined with detergent and dish soap memorialize the locations former glory. The drinks here are expertly crafted and the space is cool with a hidden speakeasy inside.
Cuatro Sombras is a coffee lover’s dream with an on-site roastery. The coffee here is strong; linger over a cup in their courtyard.
Tip: Try the croissant sandwich with ham, local cheese and housemade guava butter.
What To Do
The streets of Old San Juan are visual eye candy with a rainbow of colorful buildings at every turn.
Tip: Bring comfy walking shoes; the uneven cobblestone streets can be tough on feet.
El Morro is a must for history lovers; this ancient fort is a study in masonry with beautiful stonework and sweeping views of the ocean.
Paseo de La Princesa is a beautiful, waterfront park great for walking or jogging. Great spot to the watch the sunset.
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Old San Juan. Join us next month for another stop our on #travelwithkayu world tour! Come back to see where we’re headed…And check out where we’ve been!