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Cafe Don Ruiz

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Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Beneficiencia St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1462
7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Middlebury, Vermont
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After hearing of this place my wife and I kept coming back. A local who happened to be on the Hacienda Pomarrosa tour with me gave me the tip. Cafe Don Ruiz has one of the best latte and cappuccino's I ever had. My wife loved her English breakfast tea with steamed milk. The staff is also great. Interesting location... More 

Thank j3ffr3y111
Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

cool and cosy place, good coffee, nice and helpful personnel. And you can recharge your phone if needed)

Thank Olga D
Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The employees here were very helpful and patient with my dad, son, and I... the coffee was excellent and the atmosphere is great. Perfect for being located in proximity to an art museum.

Thank MissMaryT
Washington, DC
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really glad we went here. We really enjoyed learning from the baristas as they made recommendations as there are several options of quality coffee and they know their stuff. Best coffee we had on the trip. We were hungry also and got some treats and sandwiches and the food was very fresh, great bread.

Thank rebkitty
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a tranquil place to have a good cup of coffee and enjoy the Old San Juan this is where to go.

Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must while in Viejo San Juan. Beside the delicious coffee you can enjoy an incredible "Mallorca" bread, excellent even for vegan diet. Thanks for a great service!!!

Thank Sandra M
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I found this coffee house on Trip Advisor during our visit to Old San Juan. After a hot and exhausting visit through the town, I thought a frozen or iced coffee drink would be refreshing. One of their daily specials was a "funky monkey" which the barista said included coffee, chocolate and banana. I was impressed that he made a... More 

Thank Candy S
Boston (well, an hour south)
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

What's better than a chai latte? A dirty chai! For anyone that is unsure what that means, not I don't mean a dirty cup! It's a chai with some espresso! Haha. Yummy. Grab one, sit outside, and take in the beautiful scenery!

Thank su2doz
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

I stumbled with this place searching for a good coffee place. The coffee was excellent, the employee that served me (Fefa) was very friendly and the atmosphere was very nice. I believe I found the best coffee place in Old San Juan.

Thank Juanchomusic
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I thought I knew good coffee. But this is SERIOUSLY good coffee. And I swooned over the ham and cheese sandwiches which have just a touch of sweetness. Yum.

Thank TravelerBlock

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
7:30 am - 7:30 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?