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La Bombonera

259 Calle San Francisco
San Juan , Puerto Rico
(787) 722-0658

This 105-year-old lunch counter and bakery, a stone's throw from the port in Old San Juan, is where to come for a perfect café con leche (poured from a 1940's coffee maker) and a plate of mallorcas (light, buttery pastries, sprinkled with powdered sugar). The place became famous when Rachael Ray featured it on her show in 2005; though the cracked-leather booths here are often filled, it's worth braving the crowds.

Tip: It might seem counterintuitive, but try a mallorca grilled with ham and cheese. The delicious combination of salty and sweet has made it the most popular dish here.

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