Introduction to La Placita:
Why You Should Go:
And if you want to hang out with the locals at night, you'll find plenty of them out and about at La Placita; so many, in fact, that parking here is a near-impossibility on the weekends, and you'll want to cab it back and forth. Cheap drinks, loud music, and a pleasant social vibe makes this a fun place to relax and mingle.
Where to Go in La Plaza del Mercado:
- El Coco de Luis, located at Dos Hermanos and Capitol Streets (787-721-7595). This small eatery serves up cheap meals and their special whiskey and fresh coconut water cocktail.
- Tasca el Pescador located right across from the main building on Dos Hermanos Street (787-751-4335). You can't miss the neon sign or the bright green building; this is probably the best place in La Placita for tasty, fresh fish and seafood.
- Jose Enrique is hidden inside a nondescript house on a quiet corner of Duffaut Street, a block away from the main plaza (787-725-3518). This small, dinner-only place is revered by locals for its scrumptious local fare that is far more creative and upscale than you'd imagine.
- Fat Tuesday, on Dos Hermanos Street across from the main building of the plaza, anchors the nocturnal scene at La Placita from Wednesday to Sunday. Come for the DJs and the daiquiris.