Cafe in San Juan & Around
Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Tucked into Ocean Park’s residential enclave, Kasalta is the sort of authentic Puerto Rican bakery and diner that you'd cross town to visit. The coffee here is as legendary as the pastries that fill a long, long glass display case and include everything from Danish to iced buns. The garbanzo (chickpea) soup is good too.

Plentiful seating, myriad newspapers and a buzzing local ambience add even more icing to the cake. Breakfasts are divine, while the lunchtime specials are scrumptious. The melted Manchego-cheese sandwich is extraordinary.