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Don Ruiz - Roastery, Museum & Cafe

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Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Beneficiencia St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1462
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks...
Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks prepared by baristas, also, sandwiches, crepes, pastries and more. Ask for our cigars and specialty drinks will enjoy a relax moment in our historical building. We are located inside Ballaja in front of "El Morro" Fort.
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Visitor rating
  • 98
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A must for Coffee Lovers

Puerto Ricans take their coffee seriously. We enjoyed coffee in numerous locations on the island during our holiday. This was easily the best. We had Americano and Iced Latte the day we stopped here after visiting El Morro. It is not easy to find, hidden in a courtyard. Worth a detour in our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
belleamie10
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Ontario
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Puerto Ricans take their coffee seriously. We enjoyed coffee in numerous locations on the island during our holiday. This was easily the best. We had Americano and Iced Latte the day we stopped here after visiting El Morro. It is not easy to find, hidden in a courtyard. Worth a detour in our opinion. The coffee is great, and not... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed two wonderful cups of iced coffee, which were quite fresh. Would have tried some of their beautiful pastries...but didn't have time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Coffee is really good. Natural orange juice. Nice place to visit with friends. Is very close to El Morro. Service is great!

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Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I live in Oregon and must say we are kind of coffee snobs and this place know how to make a cup of coffee. Not only was it delicious but when served it was a piece of art. Almost to pretty to drink but after 1 sip I know this was the place to get a cup of coffee when... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This little great coffee shop is nestled on the side of a courtyard for a museum in the middle of San Juan an excellent little oasis when walking to El morro. Eto smoothies to run drinks at reasonable prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We love the coffee here! It's also a great spot to sit and take a break from touring Old San Juan. We make a point of visiting whenever we are in town. The staff are friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make it an awesome experience!

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Buies Creek
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My husband and I went to PR for our "babymoon." While we were there we did a food tour and this was one of the spots we stopped. We had a coffee and a pastry... both were heavenly. The coffee was strong, but not acidic, and tasted soooo smooth. We all also loved the peaceful location of the cafe.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I work as a Fashion Professor at the Fine Art School near the coffee shop, which is located in Old San Juan at the Ballaja ( a giant square building, that is also a Museum). If you are ever in OSJ, make sure to stop at Don Ruiz, the manager Josue is almost every day there taking good care to... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

In the beautiful building Ballaja in Old San Juan, you can find this special place where you not only enjoy an excellent delicious coffee but also see some old coffee machines used in Puerto Rico many years ago.

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Excellent service. One of the best selections of coffee I have ever tried. If you are up for strong coffee try a Cortadito. You don't want to miss

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Beneficiencia St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-1462

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Description

Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks prepared by baristas, also, sandwiches, crepes, pastries and more. Ask for our cigars and specialty drinks will enjoy a relax moment in our historical building. We are located inside Ballaja in front of "El Morro" Fort.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 7:30 pm

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