Who doesn’t like chocolate? Wherever you are or whatever your mood is, chocolate is the answer to everything. It makes you feel good in a way that nothing else will – a true nectar of the gods indeed.
And if you love chocolate (who doesn’t?), then Casa Cortes is a place you should visit. Casa Cortes is a chocolate bar, and you can find it at 210 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. It’s open From Tuesday to Sunday from 8 AM to 6 PM, so you can have breakfast, lunch, and tapas here.
A Little Background
The choco bar isn’t really named for the famous conquistador. Actually, the choco bar is run by the Cortés family, as they have been in the chocolate-making business for more than 80 years. They grow their cacao in Puerto Rico and in the Dominican Republic, and in truth the Cortés family is the biggest chocolate makers on the entire Caribbean.
So when you go to their choco bar, you’re not really just getting some unknown chocolate maker’s offerings. The chocolate drinks and fondues are world-class, literally speaking. Get them hot or cold, or with marshmallows. And sometimes they’re also served with a slice of chocolate and even cheddar.
They serve food too, including meat and omelets and veggies. Surprisingly, they all taste great with chocolate drinks on the side. Try the churros—these yummy delights have lots of devoted fans.
The décor of the place is chocolate-themed as well. Just in case you forget what the place is all about.
There have been some complaints about the slow service, although they’re invariably polite. But sometimes the place can be quite full and the staff can get flustered with all the orders. But it speaks to the quality of the food and drinks that even those who got poor service admit to planning to go back.
The Art Gallery
Upstairs there’s an art gallery. Admission is free, although they’re not open all the time. They’re only open on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.
If you do find it open, then you’re in luck. The Cortés family has been collecting art for many years, and the art gallery showcases them. Most of the art is modern, and they come from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. You are also free to take photos.
And of course, you can also enjoy the art while sipping your delicious chocolate drink. In fact, if you don’t have a drink they may offer you a hot choco beverage. That’s because to the Cortés family, everything that’s worth doing is worth doing with chocolate.
That’s not a bad idea, when you think about it. Every vacation needs chocolate, and when you’re in Puerto Rico then you need at least one visit to Casa Cortés. In all likelihood, it won’t be your last. The chocolate they offer is really that good.