Puerto Rico is all about pleasure – beach-bronzing, cocktail-sipping and partying, which means you’ll need restorative calories when you rise the following morning. No visit to San Juan would be complete without a delicious, leisurely brunch. With historic landmarks like El Morro and La Fortaleza begging to be explored, you won’t want to waste any time on subpar meals. Follow our expert’s recommendations for the best breakfast and brunch spots in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bring an appetite.
We love this funky restaurant in the heart of the Arts District – you can’t miss it, with the bright-yellow Airstream bus holding pride of place on the front patio. The menu is a delicious mix of Italian, French and Asian cooking, and the breakfast items are the star of the show. Among our favorites are Mongolian chicken hash browns, cinnamon roll pancakes, and tres leches French toast. Fancy a naughty early tipple? Mimosa offerings include a luscious passion-fruit number.
Known for its friendly service and amazing brunch menu, this Old San Juan restaurant is a zingy affair, with a buttercup-yellow exterior, small bistro tables and large windows that open onto the street. The brunch menu has umami toast – bread with goat cheese, smoked salmon, sweet plantains, pickles and onions – plus blueberries-and-cream French toast and a savory meat omelette with chorizo, bacon and Black Forest ham. Just add a fresh juice or the ginger lemonade.
Oceanfront Condado community’s Pannes is a brunch-lover’s dream: a corner restaurant of tables high and low, as well as walls painted a soothing green. Fragile after the night before? Order the Hangover – four eggs any style with bacon, ham, french fries and a side of toast – or a sandwich from the house or signature menus. Our recommendation? The El Galleguito, juicy with brown-sugar ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and mayo on fresh-baked bread.
There are a lot of things to love about this spot: not least the location, in Old San Juan’s Plaza Colon, perfect for a bite after exploring. Then there’s the cool interior – black-and-white checkerboard floors with wooden bistro tables and oversized chandeliers. The lengthy menu covers sweet and savory treats, like coconut French toast, sweet-potato crepes with chicken sausage and hearty banana pancakes. Coffee is tops – order a cappuccino before you leave.
This place opens most days from 7am to 3pm – consider rocking up early as later the wait can be long. You’ll arrive to be wowed by an up-for-fun interior with whimsical wallpaper: one stretch is covered in pink flamingos. Great breakfasts and lunches come as standard, among the highlights are pancakes topped with Nutella and fruit, and shrimp mofongo and waffles, served in portions large enough to share. Papaya mimosas come with a popsicle – perfect for a hot day.
Treat yourself to a luxury stay in an all-inclusive hotel in the city centre to prepare for a day at one of the city’s must-visit attractions. Alternatively, grab some of Puerto Rico’s famous delicacies in the city’s fabulous restaurants.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by Chanel Mowatt.