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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get a taste for the flavor and culture of Puerto Rico on this small-group Old San Juan food tour featuring several local eateries. Join your guide for a culinary exploration of island staples like plantains and sofrito, all with the cobblestone streets and colorful facades of the city’s oldest neighborhood as your backdrop. Your tour includes an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic substitute if you prefer. 
  • Old San Juan small-group food tour
  • Taste authentic Puerto Rican food and drink at several different locations
  • Admire the city’s beautiful colonial architecture and cobblestone streets
  • Learn about the history of Old San Juan as you walk the streets with your local guide
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One rum cocktail
Bilingual local guide
Local taxes
Food - enough for a meal
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Carli‘s Fine Bistro & Piano , 206 Calle de Tetuan Corner Of Recinto Sur And San Justo Steeet, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

Please meet your guide (green shirt and a smile) in the Banco Popular building (an art deco bank) plaza on the corner of Recinto Sur Street and San Justo Street. Meet 15 minutes prior to tour start. Please follow this google maps link to get to the meeting point:

This activity will end right where it started.
This Puerto Rico food tour offers an intimate introduction to the dishes and flavors that make the country’s cooking so unique. Taste the local cuisine on a walking food tour as you explore Old San Juan. Grab a bite of Puerto Rico’s rich culinary history on this small-group tour in one of the island’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods.

Start your day in the morning or early or late afternoon from a central meeting point in the atmospheric neighborhood of Old San Juan.

As you walk to your first tasting, immerse yourself in the area’s breathtaking French and Spanish architecture, some of which is more than 500 years old, listening as your guide explains the history of the location and its colorful Colonial architecture.

Visit several small local restaurants to enjoy delicious bites and learn about the diverse culinary influences, including Spanish, African, and indigenous cuisines, that give Puerto Rican food its distinctive flavor.

This tour gives you the opportunity to sample many of Puerto Rico's best-loved foods, including the staple sofrito—a sauce that serves as the base for many of the nation's dishes. Learn the secret to making mofongo with fried plantains.

Top that off with rice and beans, Puerto Rican rum, and enjoy something extra sweet for dessert. Dietary restrictions are generally easily accommodated, just indicate your needs when booking.

Finish your gastronomic adventure with our handy guidebook and map and a belly full of Puerto Rican delicacies.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old San Juan
Taste the local cuisine on a food tour of Old San Juan! Grab a bite of Puerto Rico’s rich culinary history on this small-group tour amidst one of the island’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods, Old San Juan. This Puerto Rico food tour offers an intimate introduction to the dishes and flavors that make the country’s cooking so unique. Start your tour at either 10am, 3pm or 5pm from a central meeting point in the atmospheric neighborhood of Old San Juan. As you proceed on foot to your first tasting, immerse yourself in the area’s breathtaking French and Spanish architecture, some of which is more than 500 years old, listening as your guide explains the history of the location. After arriving at your first tasting stop, have a few delicious bites and learn about the diverse culinary influences, including Spanish, African and indigenous cuisines, that give Puerto Rican food its distinctive flavor. During your excursion you’ll sample sofrito, a delicious sauce often used as a base for other Puerto Rican dishes, and learn how to make mofongo, a local staple dish made with fried plantains. Top that off with rice and beans, Puerto Rican rum, and enjoy something extra sweet for dessert. Finish your gastronomic adventure with our handy guidebook and map, plus the knowledge and know-how to explore the colorful colonial architecture of Old San Juan.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Paseo de la Princesa
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Puerta de San Juan
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
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Parque de las Palomas
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Calle del Cristo
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
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Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de Armas
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Muralla
Visited along the walking tour
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We are UNABLE to accept wheelchairs, crutches, pushers or any walking aids
  • We cannot accommodate Vegans or guests with onion, garlic, bell pepper allergies
  • IMPORTANT: You must advise of any food allergies and dietary restrictions in the special requirements field at the time of booking.
  • Not recommended for travelers with restricted mobility due to cobblestone, uneven terrain, narrow sidewalks and slopes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flavors Food Tours - San Juan
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Highly recommended and be in good health and comfortable shoes." See review
  • "This tour is a MUST DO when visiting Old San Juan." See review
  • "Since there are several Banco Popular locations, pinpointing the correct one would help." See review

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star-5
Marjorie was fantastic!
Joan_B
, Aug 2022
Everything. Marjorie was amazing. The food was really good (my favorite was the first stop with the ham, jam and cheese sandwich). Learned a lot of history on the tour. Marjorie was funny and we were constantly laughing.
star-5
Amazing food!
Sylvia_T
, Aug 2022
Great time! Our tour guide Nahiomy was outstanding! She knew her Puerto Rican history. We loved the food and drinks from the various restaurants chosen for the tour! We loved the part were we got to do our own mofongo! We would do this tour again!
star-5
Fantástico!
renirho
, Aug 2022
I highly recommend this tour. Claudia was AMAZING! She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Old San Juan, the background on the food and drinks, and brought great energy for the entire tour. I will definitely come back and rebook with friends and family on a day that she is giving the tour.
star-5
Delicious Food and Awesome Views
Shandra_C
, Aug 2022
I loved it! Unfortunately, I had to leave the tour early because I had another tour quite a ways away. However, Claudia was amazing I was so lost upon arrival and she was beyond helpful and patient! I’m truly grateful because while the food is great, I also wanted to see iconic parts of San Juan and learn about the history and culture and Claudia provided all of that! She was also really amazing with my son and I will forever be appreciative of her for that from the bottom of my heart. Advise: When en route to the tour, leave early enough in case you get lost and on the weekend you most certainly will run into traffic. And it is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes!
star-4
Old San Juan
Tanessa_R
, Jul 2022
Andi was great at touring our group. She gave us a lot of information about Puerto Rico old San Juan.
star-4
The tour was amazing
JEFFREY_F
, Jul 2022
Leslie is an amazing tour guide. She is very informative and will teach you plentiful about Puerto Rican history. Her food selection for your tour will be amazing and you will enjoy this excursion. Leslie makes it all worth it. She is passionate about her job. This is an excursion you can't afford to miss if your in Puerto Rico
star-5
Amazing tour. Learned so...
Sandra_C
, Jul 2022
Amazing tour. Learned so much about Old San Juan and traditions. Food was excellent!! Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun!
star-5
Fantastic experience!!
Lena_L
, Jul 2022
This was such a fantastic tour! It was a great way to learn about some common goodies in Puerto Rico. Our tour guide Yoli was such a sweetheart and really made the tour that much better! She was super knowledgeable on the history of PR and the background of each dish. Would give her 5 stars too if I could do staff reviews!
star-5
Delicious food and a good time
Brandy_H
, Jul 2022
The tour around old San Juan along with the freshly prepared food. Our tour guide Claudia was excellent. She was up beat and communicated well with everyone from my mother to my children 17 and 10. Leaving everyone feeling included!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Brandy, Wonderful words! Thank you so much for taking our tour and for writing such kind words. Warm regards from the sunny Caribbean.
star-5
We loved our guide...
Inga_v
, Jul 2022
We loved our guide Claudia and the spots she picked. Food was a very good mix of local flavors. Definitely we would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, Thanks for taking them time to review our tour! We love reading about guests experiences on tour. Tropical regards.
star-5
Delightful and delicious
Taleida_S
, Jul 2022
Claudia was amazing, knowledgeable, humour and has a beautiful soul. Not only did we get to taste wonderful cuisines but we had a little workout as well. The people and the culture here are everything. We will definitely be returning.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the kind words! We love knowing that you enjoyed your tour with Claudia. We hope to see you around soon!
star-5
Worth every penny!!
Kathleen_T
, Jul 2022
Marjorie was our tour guide and was fantastic. Constantly checking on everyone to make sure we did not need anything. Full of stories and knowledge of old San Juan. Took us to many historical spots to teach us about the area and then 5 different restaurants for breakfast and coffee, ice cream, appetizers, our own mofongo making experience with pina coladas, and finished off with a chocolate pastry dessert. The whole experience was amazing and well worth the price. Top two excursions I have ever done in my life. Thank you, Marjorie, for sharing your beautiful city with us!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Kathleen, thank you! These words are beautiful. We hope to see you come back to our lovely city soon!
star-5
Great tour!
Christina_A
, Jul 2022
Claudia was a fun and knowledgeable guide. We so enjoyed the food, the fun, and meeting people from around the world. Our favorite food was the empanadillas. Fresh, local, and so flavorful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Christian, thank you for the kind words! Thank you for spending a little bit of your time with us. Claudia is amazing! Stay Tropical!
star-5
Great food and very...
Eric_P
, Jul 2022
Great food and very informative history of Puerto Rico. Highly recommended. Our guide, Nayoimi was incredible.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Eric, thank you so much for taking the time to write us about Nayhomi. We loved that you enjoy the tour! Stay Tropical!
star-5
Do it!
Stephanie_M
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour. Food was amazing, I left wanting more! the guide was amazing, I wish I remembered his name though to give him a shoutout.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
That sounds like you need to come back! Thank you Stephanie for spending time with us! We love hearing that you enjoyed your tour! Stay Tropical!
star-5
Enjoy an evening with local food
Jenn_H
, Jul 2022
Our guide, Jesús, was fantastic. The pacing, portions, and group size were perfect! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Jenn for spending the evening with us! We are so happy and honoured that you enjoyed our local food. We hope to see you around again!
star-5
Old San Juan Walking Food Tour
Justin_L
, Jul 2022
Great experience walking around Old San Juan while stopping for great food. Tour started with a light snack at one location, and continued with an appetizer, dinner with a drink, and desert each at a different location. It’s a decent amount of walking but you get to see a lot of Old San Juan. Our tour guide Jesús made sure to keep us entertained with some jokes while also providing interesting history along the way. Overall a fun time. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Justin! We loved that you enjoyed all of the stops! We hope to see you around soon!
star-5
Food and fun in PR!
threefishmom
, Jul 2022
What a fun tour. The food was fantastic. Our tour guide had a passion for Puerto Rico, food, and people. She was the perfect guide for this tour. So glad we did this! We highly recommend.
star-5
We appreciated the...
Asha_J
, Jul 2022
We appreciated the personality of Nahiomy. She really knew her history and made the tour fin. We will recommend this to others.
star-5
Fantastic Family Outing!
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2022
All the food we sampled was incredibly delicious, and our guide, Argeli, was very knowledgeable, personable, and really friendly. Getting the history of the city, coupled with authentic Puerto Rican dishes, made this a must-do part of any visit to San Juan. Tip: It’s a lot of food to sample, so make sure you are really hungry when you go!

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