Fodor's Expert Review Plaza del Mercado

San Juan Market/Bazaar

Though often overlooked by tourists, charming La Placita (as it's known by locals) is one of San Juan's liveliest spots. At its center is a market hall (circa 1910) where you—perhaps alongside chefs from the city's top restaurants—can shop for fruits and vegetables, including exotic options like guanábana and caimito. The many restaurants and bars facing the central square are quiet during the day but busy in the evening, especially on weekends. Nearby are Santaella, a stellar restaurant by renowned chef Jose Santaella, and Junglebird, known for its craft and tiki cocktails. The area also has many botánicas—small shops that sell herbs, candles, and religious items. The square is between the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, making it a good place to stop for dinner and drinks after a day of museum-hopping.


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Calle Dos Hermanos
San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico  00907, Puerto Rico

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