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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
Good for avoiding crowds

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
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
  • ****GUESTS 12 YEARS+ MUST BRING THEIR COVID 19 VACCINATION CARD OR A NEGATIVE COVID TEST (antigen or PCR) WITHIN 72 HOURS OR GUESTS CANNOT PARTAKE IN THIS TOUR****
  • We are UNABLE to accept wheelchairs, crutches, pushers or any walking aids
  • COVID-19 / Masks worn by guests/guides unless eating (this is not optional government regulation)
  • 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 wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with restricted mobility due to cobblestone, uneven terrain, narrow sidewalks and slopes.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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star-5
Good food, lots of it.
Cheri_R
, Oct 2021
Do not eat before this tour! We loved all the food, flavors, and history. Over full by the end of the tour. Itzel was a great guide.
star-5
A full stomach and content hear!
Bryan_L
, Oct 2021
Valentina was an awesome and knowledgeable guide for the tour. The food was delicious at the different stops without being overfilling. Would recommend for someone looking to get their feet wet in Old San Juan!
star-5
Would do it again.
Roberto_A
, Oct 2021
Raul was great gave us a number of additional places to visit.. and also provided a great historical tour of the city.
star-5
Yummy & Educational
Liana_G
, Oct 2021
Kia was an amazing tour guide that kept us together and delivered the history of Puerto Rico with great ease and knowledge. This blend of culture , history and cuisine was perfect! I would recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
Amazing all around. We...
Jacob_H
, Oct 2021
Amazing all around. We made the mistake of having breakfast beforehand, but you should really come to this tour with an empty stomach.
star-5
Go Kia!
Alaina_H
, Oct 2021
This was Kia's first solo tour and she did great! We were an active bunch and she was able to keep up with us, answer questions, gives us loads of history about San Juan, the food and so much more. Go on this tour and ask for her!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic food! Great way to see OSJ
Michael_F
, Oct 2021
Our group was awesome, we had a great time exploring some of the history of Old San Juan, seeing the colorful streets & the views. We stopped @5 places & all of the food was delicious. I’m glad I didn’t eat breakfast that morning bc I was definitely stuffed afterwards. Kia was a great tour great- highly recommend, would do this again!
star-5
Loved every minute of tour
Melissa_A
, Oct 2021
Itzel was awesome!!!! The tour, food, tour guide deserves more than 5 stars. The food was amazing and the history that was taught was very informative. I will highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Come Hungry and Ready to Walk
Joseph_T
, Oct 2021
All the stops were delicious. Our hostess, Valentina, was knowledgeable, funny, and gracious. The scenery was awesome, and her history lessons on Old San Juan were very interesting.
star-5
Awesome tour
Jody_B
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Nahiomy was excellent. Great knowledge of the history and culture of Old San Juan. And great food and drink.

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