Top 10 San Juan Metro Area Chinchorros

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What is a “Chinchorro”?

A basic puerto rican definition of a “Chinchorro” is a modest kiosk, restaurant or bar that serves all kinds of delicious Puerto Rican food (like pork, rice with pigeon peas, fried plantains, “alcapurrias” and “bacalaítos”), cold beers and a huge variety of drinks. In some cases, these kiosks have live music like “salsa”, “plena”, “bomba” and have a dance floor. To enjoy this particular experience you need to “chinchorrear”, the traditional local practice of hopping from “chinchorro” to “chinchorro”, eating snacks (picadera), drinking, and of course, dancing. It sounds like a lot of food and that’s because it is. But you need to pace yourself so you can last through, at least, three or four “chinchorros”. But don’t be sad if you cannot make it. At the end is about how much you enjoy the experience of “chinchorrear” and not the amount of “chinchorros” visited. You tipically have to travel outside the metro area to visit “chinchorros”, but their popularity has made it into the metropolitan area so you don’t have to travel far to do it. Here is a list of our favorite “chinchorros” located in the San Juan metro area.

Top 10 San Juan Metro Area Chinchorros of Puerto Rico

Los Almendros (a.k.a Los Conejos)

Well known for their "empanadillas de conejos" (rabbit turnovers). Reasonable prices, and above all, a family atmosphere combined with a great variety of old school and classic "Salsa" music. Be ready to become the next "salsa" star, while…
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La Terraza de Bonanza

In the heart of the Stop 25 in Santurce, this is a typical neighborhood "Chinchorro". Live music, cold beers and "picadera" in a family atmosphere. Every Monday at 8:00 pm, live performances of "plena" and "bomba", so get ready to dance all…
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El Corozal, Santurce

A perfect meeting place for "chichorrear" near La Placita de Santurce (Santurce Marketplace). Drink, picadera and the best music of all Santurce. This bar, established more than 50 years ago, has affordable prices and a bohemian atmosphere.…
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Las Palmas

This former grocery store is located close to everything in Santurce area. Just steps away from El Watusi, this "chinchorro" offers a wide variety of food specials or "a la carte" like shrimp, seafood, steaks, churrasco and Caribbean or…
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La Estrella del Norte

A classic "chinchorro" bar with Happy Hours and a very safe place to hang out alone or with friends. Good prices and friendly staff in an incomparable atmosphere of downtown Guaynabo City. Live music every Wednesday and Saturday. Lot of…
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El Adoquín del Patio

Located in Old San Juan, this Chinchorro is famous for its music, energy and great food. Address: 26 Calle Tanca, San Juan, 00901 Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4Wv1WKdCSYK2 Phone: 787-598-4482 Facebook: El-Adoquin-Del-Patio  Instagram: …
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Chinchorre-ando, Hato Rey

Located in the heart of Hato Rey financial district. Tasty lunches, "picadera", drinks, beers, good atmosphere, an amazing staff and the best Happy Hours of the area. Every Wednesday they have chicken wings for $ 0.35 cents each from 5pm to…
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El Boricua, Río Piedras

Some call this popular place a "gourmet chinchorro" since enriched its menu with delicious tapas, fried foods and even sushi. The bar staff prepare the best drinks at the best price. Poetry nights and other special events, twice a month. El…
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Los Cocos

Ideal to have a good time with your family and friends. Churrasco, chicken breasts, hamburgers, cold beers, natural juices for your drinks and much more. Here you can celebrate your birthday on a spacious terrace where you can come and…
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La Esquina Watusi

Santurce area is known for the precious mural works of art that surrounds Stop #15. But if your thirst attacks, visit this place. Here they have all kinds of cold beers, natural juices for your drink and a unique cozy atmosphere that you…
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