Puerto Rico Luxury’s Neighborhood Guide: Santurce – The Arts District

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Santurce – The Arts District

History:

Colonial – Santurce was originally settled by the native Indians and later by slaves of African ancestry who arrived from the neighboring Danish West Indies.

1876 – Pablo Ubarri, an engineer from the port town of Santurtzi in Spain’s autonomous Basque Country region arrived on the island to help in the construction of a railroad system and a steam tramway between San Juan and the town of Río Piedras through the center of “Cangrejos” which prompted the gentrification of the district. Many years after his arrival he was granted the title of Count of Santurce (which is the Hispanicized equivalent of Santurtzi) by the Spanish Crown. With his newly acquired title and influence, the district was renamed after his title. The neighboring Condado also received its present-name from Ubarri’s title, as the district’s name literally translates to “county” (which in medieval tradition is land granted by a monarch to a count).

1898 – The Treaty of Paris provided that Cuba would become independent from Spain but the U.S. Congress made sure it would be under U.S. control through the Platt Amendment. It ceded to the United States Puerto Rico, and other adjacent islands then under Spanish sovereignty in the Caribbean, as well as Guam and the Philippines in Asia-Pacific region.

1904 – The United States Army established the now historical Camp Las Casas, in the area of “Las Casas”. The camp was the main training base of the “Porto Rico Regiment of Infantry” (on January 15, 1899, the military government changed the name of Puerto Rico to Porto Rico and on May 17, 1932, U.S. Congress changed the name back to “Puerto Rico”) The Porto Rico Regiment of Infantry was a segregated U.S. Army Regiment which was later renamed the “65th Infantry Regiment”. The base continued in operation until 1946, when it was finally closed and the Residencial Las Casas now stands.
20th Century- the conurbation of the San Juan metropolis expanded rapidly beyond its walled confines of Old San Juan to incorporate the boroughs of suburban Miramar, Santurce, Isla Grande, and Condado, along the coast, as well as industrial Hato Rey, with its large sports stadium and modern financial district, and the college town of Río Piedras, immediately to the southeast.

1937-1948 – Santurce along with neighboring district Miramar becomes one of the most vibrant areas of the capital.

1970s-1980’s – most of the district had begun to fall into decay, losing the luster and vibrancy it once had. By 1980 the San Juan metropolitan area included the surrounding municipalities to the east and west and had about one-third of Puerto Rico’s total population; that proportion has grown to two-thirds of the population.

The 21st Century – After the September 11 attacks of 2001, Santurce saw a period of economic decline coupled with the financial crisis of the local banking and mortgage system.

2009-today – Santurce begins a period of cosmopolitan revival with a booming dining and music scene, a place where up and coming indie artists have put up their studios and shops.


Urban Art in Santurce


Urban Art in Santurce


La Plaza del Mercado de Santurce, “La Placita”


La Placita

La Placita

La Placita, or the little plaza is a traditional farmer’market typical in every neighborhood before large supermarkets opened in the Island. During the day, you can purchase fresh produce and a variety of local goods. La Placita is surrounded by dozens of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. At night, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, La Placita transforms into a large street party where locals go after work and party past midnight.

Local favorites:


Asere Cubano Kitchen Bar
180 Dos Hermanos Street
(787) 946-3804
http://www.aserecubanobar.com


Chicharron
176 Dos Hermanos Street
(787) 724-8730
http://www.chicharronpr.com


Jose Enrique
Duffaut St. 176
(787) 725-3518
http://www.joseenriquepr.com


La Mala Vida
211 Canals Street
(787) 717-4979
http://www.lamalavidapr.com


Ma Pen Rai
303 Canals Street
(787) 998-6338
http://www.maipenraisanturce.com


Santaella
219 Canals Street
(787) 725-1611
http://www.shop.santaellapr.com


Tasca El Pescador
178 Dos Hermanos Street
(787) 721-0995
http://www.facebook.com/Tasca-El-Pescador-150404991678738


Vittorino-Trattoria
205 Capitol Street #5
(787) 729-6700
http://www.facebook.com/Vittorino-Trattoria-740214969435099


Loiza Street

Loiza Street is located between Condado and Ocean Park. It was originally the conduit between Santurce and the town of Loiza, where slaves of African ancestry who arrived from neighboring Danish West Indies settled. Today, Loiza Street is filled with an eclectic mix of eateries, shared spaces, vintage shops and hip urban bars.

Local favorites:


¡Agarrate Catalina!
1503 Loiza Street
(787) 998-7166
www.facebook.com/catalina1503


Art D’Chocolat
1604 Loiza Street
(787) 993-4503
www.facebook.com/Art-D-Chocolat-575287972541633


Bar Bero
1507 Loiza Street
(787) 473-8161
www.facebook.com/elbarberopr


Café Marquesa Bistro & Bar
110 Del Parque Street,
Corner of Loiza Street
(787) 545-2621
www.cafermarquesapr.com


Café TresBé
1805 Loiza Street
(787) 294-9604
www.facebook.com/tresbecafe


Cocobana Café
2000 Loiza Street
(787) 268-7758
https://www.facebook.com/Cocobana-café-464106180321573


Double Cake
1904 Loiza Street
(787) 998-9368
www.facebook.com/doublecake


Funky Buddah
1503 Loiza Street
(787) 957-6800
www.facebook.com/funkybuddhapr


Kamoli Juicebar Food & Fashion
1706 Loiza Street
(787) 721-4326
www.facebook.com/KamoLi-Juicebar-Food-Fashion-232860230068524


Len.T.juela Vintage
1852 Loiza Street
787.408.7111
www.facebook.com/lentejuelavintage


Moni & Coli
1762 Loiza Street
(787) 727-6839
http://moniandcoli.com


Nude
2058 Loiza Street
(787) 728-7074
www.facebook.com/Nude-Inc-1469422809969819


Piola Pizzería Artesanal
1503 Loiza Street
87-200-5190
www.facebook.com/PiolaPizzeria


Si No Corro Me Pisa
1917 Loiza Street
(787) 998-2925
www.facebook.com/sinocorromepizza


The Plan B
1503 Loiza Street
(787) 993-5468
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Plan-B/217139248318490


Trigo
2016 Loiza Street
(787) 447-7043
www.facebook.com/trigo2016

nonna-foto
Nonna, Cocina Rustica
103 San Jorge Street
(787) 998-6555
http://www.nonnapr.com


The Avenue of the Arts:

Ponce de Leon Avenue, named the Avenue of the Arts is the Center of the Art District with major cultural attractions including fine art museums, performing arts centers, theaters and numerous art studios. After years of decline, this area is developing quickly with new eateries constantly popping up all the way to Miramar Historic District.

Local favorites:


Abracadabra Counter Cafe
1661 Ponce de León Avenue
(787) 200-0447
http://abracadabracountercafe.com


Augusto’s
801 Ponce de León
(787) 725-7700


Bartola
701 Ponce de León
(787) 963-1298
www.facebook.com/Bartola-Restaurante-114771498647281


Be Shanti Healthy Market
Ponce de León Avenue corner of Rosales Street
San Juan, PR
(787) 414-9397
(787) 408-3557
http://www.be-shanti.com


Bistro de Paris
310 De Diego Avenue
(787) 998-8929 / (787) 721-8925
http://www.bistrodeparispr.com


El Departamento de la Comida
1063 Las Palmas Avenue
South Miramar
(787) 722-2228
www.eldepartamentodelacomida.com


El Gallo Negro
1107 Ponce de León
(787) 554-5445
www.gallonegrosanturce.com


Dondesea Food Truck
1503 Ponce de León Avenue
(787) 340-5189
eduardo@prgrub.com


Hacienda San Pedro Coffee Shop
318 De Diego Avenue
(787) 993-1871
www.facebook.com/Hacienda-San-Pedro-Coffee-Shop-45819084976/


La Casita de Miramar
605 Miramar Avenue
(787) 200-8227
www.facebook.com/casitamiramarpr


La Hacienda Foods
762 Ponce de León
787 725.2252
http://lahaciendafoods.com


La Jaquita Baya
801 Fernández Juncos
(787) 993-5359
www.facebook.com/lajaquitabaya


Laurel Kitchen Art Bar
299 De Diego Avenue
(787) 522-6444
http://www.laurelkitchenartbar.com


Lima
667 Ponce de León Avenue
(787) 725-1597
www.limarestaurante.com


Melanzana Bistro
650 Ponce de León
(787) 722-1010
http://melanzanabistro.com


Miramar Food Truck Park
Ponce de León, Stop 15
(787) 398-3305
(787) 350-6488
www.facebook.com/MiramarFoodTruckPark


Mumbai Indian Cuisine
318 De Diego Avenue
(787) 723-4141
www.facebook.com/pages/Mumbai-Restaurante/500583339953024


Papillón Bistro
801 Ponce de León
(787) 919-0500
www.facebook.com/Papillon-Bistro-156930234449227


Pizza e Birra
653 Ponce de León
(787) 729-8866
www.facebook.com/PizzaEBirraMiramar


Royal Vintage
701 Ponce de León
787.360.8819
http://www.royalvintagewear.com


Soda Estudio de Cocina
562 Cuevillas,
Corner of Ponce de León Avenue
(787) 998-9920
es-la.facebook.com/SodaEstudioDeCocina


Yolo Restaurant
1511 Ponce de León
(787) 522-4900
www.yolorestaurantbar.com


Speakeasy Bars:


La Oveja Negra


Bar La Unidad


Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
And Performing Center
951 Ponce de León Avenue
(787) 751-0160
www.cmpr.edu


Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center
22 Ponce de León
(787) 724-4747
www.cba.gobierno.pr


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
Ponce de León Avenue, Corner of R. H. Todd
(787) 977-4030
http://mac-pr.org


Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
299 De Diego Avenue
(787) 977-6277
www.mapr.org/es


Puerto Rico Convention Center
100 Convention Center
Miramar
(787) 725-2110
www.prconvention.com

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