Restaurants

Top Choice Caribbean in Ponce

El Vejigante

A diminutive, cool, cozy little joint perfect for pre- or post-theatre dinner and drinks since Teatro La Perla is just around the corner. El Vejigante is far-reaching in its wine list, innovative in its food (Caribb…
Pizza in Ponce

Campioni

Probably the south coast's best take on traditional Italian fare, this refined colonial-era mansion with several different dining rooms has a good wine selection but spreads itself quite thin, concentrating on tapas…
Caribbean in Ponce

Sabor y Rumba

An otherwise run-down courtyard has been spruced up to provide one of Ponce's best-value restaurants. There are outside tables and generous portions of mofongo or cerdo relleno (stuffed pork). Read the electric scor…
International in Ponce

El Negocio de Panchi

Opposite an out-of-town shopping center lies the very antithesis: El Negocio de Panchi, a time-lost esoteric wooden house with a handful of tables inside, serving excellent culinary creations like mushrooms stuffed …
Cafe in Ponce

Café Café

For the best coffee in Ponce and an excellent brunch or lunch, start at this art-filled, bilingual cafe, where the clientele ranges from businesspeople to skiving students. The coffee beans couldn’t be fresher – the…
Cafe in Ponce

Melao

This modern cafe at Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino belies the centuries-old exterior, rustling up the city's best coffee and some of its healthiest food. Huge bowls of fruit come alongside comfort food like baguette…
Fusion in Ponce

Chef’s Creations

At quiet, classy Chef's Creations, the daily-changing menu leans toward international fusions of local fare such as paella con tostoes (heading in a Spanish direction) or IPA-battered local fish and chips (heading i…
Ice Cream in Ponce

King’s Cream

On warm evenings, lines stretch down the sidewalk of this institution, located across from Parque de Bombas. And for good reason: smooth-blended tropical licks overflow with fruit. There are other snack stalls nearb…
Puerto Rican in Ponce

El Barril de la Mulata

For hearty, beautifully cooked Puerto Rican fare come lunch time, don't look any further than this unpretentious restaurant three blocks west of Plaza Las Delicias. The steak and fish options are always different to…
Seafood in Ponce

Pito's Seafood

Pito's serves fish so fresh they practically swim up to your plate and has one of the city's best wine cellars, making a trip to its slightly inconvenient location worth it. To get here, head west on Hwy 2 from the …