A few weeks ago I decided that in order to maximise spending time with my friends before leaving we had to schedule to meet regularly during this last month. My French and Peruvian (so the title of the post is obviously wrong!) friends and I have met for breakfast or lunch in various locations every week.
These are my top two favourite places in the neighbourhood, places that I have discovered in the last month thanks to my French friend E and it really is too bad that I have such little time left to go back and enjoy them!
Hacienda San Pedro Coffee Shop is just opposite the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) and gets its coffee of course from The Hacienda San Pedro in Jayuya. We are hoping to be able to visit the coffee hacienda before leaving Puerto Rico – it’s on the list!
It is so nice to go and have “fika” (Swedish expression for having a coffee break) in a place that is NOT Starbucks! The coffee is better and cheaper and the atmosphere is just different. As French E said, it feels European! I discovered the yummiest ecological yoghurt, which comes with cereal and fruit, here and I was very pleased when I noticed that they also sell it in the Borders Café in Plaza las Américas.
Yesterday E took me to another hidden gem – who would have thought that behind the trees along a busy street next to the Hilton Doubletree hotel, a calm and fresh restaurant with delicious and affordable dishes could be found? Under the Trees should really be called Behind the Palm Trees 😉
Behind the trees there is a really busy street and I used to pass on my way to the Alliance Francaise without realising what an oasis I was missing…
You have to imagine the big scrumptious salads we had for lunch yesterday… I forgot to take a photo before we had finished. We choose self-service (not paying a tip is great!!) and had two huge salads, shared a yummy almond-raspberry cake and drinks for less than $25!
The best part of the lunch? That we were sitting outside and with the breeze we were “almost cold” as E said at the same time as I had the exact same thought. We laughed – two Europeans who marvel at the fact that they are almost cold [outside] in the Caribbean! And we were really pleased that we hadn’t decided to sit inside where we would have been too cold!
Too bad that the background is so busy, but can you see the lizard enjoying the sticky sweet stuff on the wall in the photo above?