What to do in La Placita de Santurce, San Juan

When in San Juan, you can visit La Placita de Santurce… It’s a vibrant open-air marketplace with food, outdoor drink stands, bars, dancing, and nightlife…. La Placita personally isn’t my favorite place to hang out for a family trip, but does offer a lot if you’re traveling with adults and want to experience the area. Let’s chat about it…

View of Building in La Placita de Santurce
Some come to La Placita de Santurce to embody the heart and soul of Puerto Rican culture.

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Tourist Family Visiting Avocado Sculptures at La Placita de Santurce

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What is La Placita de Santurce

It offers a little bit of everything – that’s particularly great for adults. 

  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Bars
  • Street vendors
  • Art galleries
  • Parks
  • Plazas
Outdoor Bar in Plaza Del Mercado Building in La Placita de Santurce

You can get into some day drinking at one of these outdoor bar restaurants in La Placita…

Tourist Drinking in La Placita de Santurce

So – if you like to party, come here!

Foodie tip: during the day, visit Plaza Del Mercado

Plaza Del Mercado in La Placita de Santurce

In the middle of La Placita is Plaza Del Mercado. 

San Juan La Placita Avocado Sculptures in the Square

Outside are these awesome avocado sculptures my family enjoyed.

I kind of want one for my front yard!

During the day, you can browse the open-air market and check out local produce.

It gets lively here at night!

Why I say this is better for adults is that it becomes alive when the sun goes down in San Juan!

In La Placita de Santurce, they say that every day is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture. 

Happy Hour Bar and Restaurant in La Placita de Santurce

You’ll see it in the beautiful Santurce murals you pass on the way to La Placita.

San Juan Smoke House food in La Placita de Santurce

Grab a bite for dinner and then stay to enjoy the vibrant music and people dancing in the street during a fun night out…

Street View Map of Restaurants in La Placita de Santurce

There are so many restaurants in La Placita to check out. I don’t have a favorite recommendation yet, so check back!

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Hey there – hope that answers all your questions about visiting this tourist destination on La Placita. 

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– Jenna

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