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Cafe Cola'o

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Pier 2, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-4139
06:30 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 19:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Friendly staff, small environment but very cool. Definitely stop by if you're on a cruise and this is a stop. We stayed in san juan a week and started each day with a nice hot cup of different varieties from Cola'o.

Thank ADnKT
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209 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Their espresso is great. Unfortunately many places do not prepare coffee adequately, but there are exceptions like café cola'o. This is a very unassuming place and you need to look carefully to find it. I especially like the double espresso without sugar.

Thank viatgesrjr
Devizes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

A small place near the cruise piers and well worth a visit. The coffee is good and about half the price you'd pay at other coffee outlets. Mostly locals when we visited but still made very welcome.

Thank Ros T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

I read about this coffee shop prior to our trip to San Juan and had to try it. Such friendly staff and the best cappuccino I have had. We were in San Juan pre-cruise for two days and made sure we hit this place each day. Good bagels, pumpkin muffin and toasted brioche with jam. Don't miss this spot.

Thank canuck43
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

I was not expecting such great coffee from a coffee shop out on the pier- we had a cafe coquito, their holiday special and it was spectacular. We also had some yogurt which was good and a Madeline that was not good. Stick to the coffe and you won't be disappointed. Nice service as well.

Thank suoerk
Chantilly, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is not a food place but man is their coffee great. We started out each day with a coffee from here and the free trolley bus leaves just close by so we could jump on after refueling. A must when you visit San Juan

1 Thank Sushila N
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

Folks looking for food, please do not discredit this gem for a lack of variety. Their specialty is coffee and they are "hands-down" the best in Old San Juan! Not only are the prices reasonable, the staff greets you with a smile and is quick with your order. Take a pass on Starbucks and come here :-) ! Chicago, IL

1 Thank HungryHund
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Really did not expect much, tucked in the cruise ship piers as this is but based on recommendations we did search this out after an afternoon exploring old San Juan. We were not disappointed ! Charming staff, wonderful local yogurt and the coffee was really great - smooth and strong!

1 Thank newmoondoc
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

Tried the cafe based on the recommendations on Trip Advisor. My wife is very selective with her coffee and I am not big coffee drinker. The coffee was awesome. My wife enjoyed the cafe lattes and I enjoyed the cappuccinos. We liked it so much we ran back to old San Juan a second time to enjoy the coffee and... More 

1 Thank Arankaglenn
Raleigh, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

Coffee was good but they really don't offer much else. All the food - mostly pastries and three different sandwiches - are all prepackaged and not fresh. I had coffee in other spots that was equally as good if not better. I wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

1 Thank Xulox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 19:00
06:30 - 18:00
06:30 - 18:00
06:30 - 18:00
06:30 - 18:00
06:30 - 18:00
09:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pier 2, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-725-4139

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?