Pan de Mallorca at La Bombonera

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The sweet aroma of fresh baked bread almost demands that you to stop for a moment as you explore Old San Juan. The enticing scent emanates from La Bombonera, a local landmark known for its Puerto Rican cuisine. La Bombonera is authentic Puerto Rico with a coffee machine made in 1898 Havana and brightly stained glass adorning the facade.

Established in 1902, this restaurant boasts a long counter with salmon colored stools, very retro and unassuming. It is a popular breakfast meeting place, so prepared to wait, especially on Sundays when locals fill the place after Mass at the nearby Catedral de San Juan. Try the tortilla con jamon y queso (ham and cheese omelet) or the deep fried

ham croquettes, but do not leave before sampling their famous pan de mallorca. A fresh white roll, served split open, buttered, pressed in a grill pan, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar….more delicious than you can imagine. They are also available with cheese, ham & cheese, and ham & egg. Served with a steaming cup of cafe con leche - well trust us, you cannot eat just one. They are addictive.

La Bombonera has no pretenses. A true crossroads of society, it is common to find locals, suburbanites, government officials, and tourists all dining side by side. Be prepared to have an inexpensive, delicious, and truly local experience.

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259 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan, San Juan

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