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Things to Do in Old San Juan

Discover the area attractions and historical sights

Palacio Provincial offers guests an exceptional location situated in the middle of Colonial Old San Juan, within walking distance to the most popular things to do, including area attractions, unique historical sights, active nightlife and the best mixology and gastronomy around. You’ll also find plenty of enticing shopping options and natural wonders to enjoy nearby.

Castillo San Cristóbal

Renowned as the largest Spanish fort built in the Western Hemisphere, Castillo San Cristóbal is a San Juan National Historic Site. Set on over 27 acres and rising 150 feet above sea level, the fort features amazing views of the city, El Morro and the piers.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Extending out into San Juan Harbor, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th century military fort and World Heritage Site.

Plaza Colón

Located in the doorstep of Old San Juan, in a busy square surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and the historic Tapia Theater making it great for relaxing and people watching. 

Plaza de Armas

One of the main squares in San Juan, and right at the corner of our Hotel. It is located on San José Street, and was designed to serve as the original main square for the city.

Cathedral de San Juan

One of the oldest buildings in Old San Juan, the beautiful Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the Roman Catholic cathedral and the second oldest in the Americas.

Museo de las Américas

Located inside the historic Cuartel de Ballajá, which in Spanish colonial times was used as the military's barracks, this museum offers three permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions.

Galería Botello

Located in a 350 year old Spanish building, Galería Botello showcases some of the finest internationally recognized artists.

San Sebastian Festival

Celebrated annually on the third week of January, the San Sebastian Festival is a giant street party attracting more than half a million people every year to the streets of Old San Juan.

Calle del Cristo

Calle Del Cristo is lined with designer stores, outlets, and boutiques where you can shop till you drop.

Calle Fortaleza

Named after the governor’s mansion, where you can start your shopping journey, this street has a little bit for everyone.

El Yunque Rainforest

Take a drive to the northeastern side of the Island to the only rainforest in the US – El Yunque. This lush, wild rainforest in Puerto Rico features over 28,000 acres of natural terrain, island allure and tropical splendor.

Condado Beach

Located just a few miles from Old San Juan, Condado Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Puerto Rico. Palacio Provincial guests have access to the Beach Club, featuring beach privileges at Condado Beach.

Restaurants & Bar

Marmalade

This very modern restaurant with cutting edge dishes is a must in Fortaleza Street.

La Lanterna

Chef Franco Seccarelli's first restaurant in San Juan is a nostalgic trip across classic Italy with its tasteful dishes and fine wine pairings.

Casa Cortés

Casa Cortes is an innovative gastronomic space where chocolate plays the starring role. Chocolate Cortés, a family-owned company, has been making chocolate from bean-to-bar in the Caribbean since 1929.

311 Trois Cent Onze

An elegant and intimate French dining room in the heart of Old San Juan.

Azalea

Enjoy this Latin, Asian and sushi restaurant, offering a fusion of Asian spice and American zest with the freshest local ingredients.

Verde Mesa

Tucked down historic Tetuan Street, this little gem is known for its local and fresh creative menu, with great options for vegetarians and vegans.

Casa Montecristo

Casa Montecristo offers a luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere in Old San Juan for whiskey and cigar lovers.

Santísimo

Santísimo is a unique dining experience perched within the courtyard oasis at El Convento. Chef Antonio Pérez blends contemporary Puerto Rican cuisine with world techniques

Cannon Club

Step into the majestic Cannon Club Piano Bar, located at San Sebastian Street inside a beautiful 17th-century building.

Barrachina

Barrachina has been offering creative Puerto Rican and International cuisine for over 50 years along with the best Piña Coladas, created here by star bartender Don Ramón Portas Mingot in 1963.

La Ó

Decorated with religious references, you will surely have a godly culinary experience enjoying a varied menu that offers pizza, fresh pasta, Mediterranean tapas, and vegetarian dishes in this charming, flavorful site.

Pirilo

Pirilo is a rustic pizzeria where classic Italian and international dishes are prepared with dedication to local ingredients.

Señor Paleta

After a sunny afternoon in Old San Juan, nothing is better than stopping for a refreshing cool treat at this local shop serving artisan gelato and sorbet popsicles in traditional and innovative flavors.

St. German Bistro

 Inspired by the classic French cafés, this bistro offers a variety of breads, quiches, and styled breakfasts full of creativity for the whole family.

Al Fresco Rooftop Wine and Tapas Bar

Al Fresco Rooftop Wine and Tapas Bar is an intimate and exclusive rooftop located in the 3rd floor of St. Germain Bistro at Sol street.

Ostra Cosa

Ostra Cosa is an outdoor Bar and Restaurant with an exquisite menu and friendly atmosphere right in front of El Totem, great after a day of walking around Old San Juan.

La Factoría

This popular mixology bar is a must in Old San Juan with its speakeasy vibe and laid-back style.

La Cubanita

Neighborhood market turned bar, this whimsical hidden gem captures Old San Juan's nightlife keeping its old school rustic Cuban spirit.

La Vergüenza

Like a "chinchorro" in the middle of the old city, this bar has a fun environment for the whole family, even your pets!