Paseo la Princesa, Old San Juan, PR


About Us

We invite you to come and visit the first Gastrobar of Old San Juan specialized in RUMS of Puerto Rico. We offer Puerto Rican cuisine of the 19th Century with Caribbean and International Fusions. At Princesa, we are surrounded with history, embraced with nature where creativity and gastronomy plot with our surroundings and flavours so you can fly through time, our history and feel the pride of our people. Princesa Gastrobar...we are Patrimony and Gastronomy.

La Princesa

La Princesa, a former prison facility is located in La Puntilla section of Old San Juan. The building, constructed during the XIX century, in the 1837 by the Spanish government.

La Princesa (The Princess) building was named to honor the Spanish Princess of Asturias. The building is located at the Paseo. La Princesa (Princess Promenade) which was inaugurated on Princess’ birthday on December 20th, 1854.

The Paseo la Princesa was designed following the same architectural design model found at the El Prado Promenade in Madrid and the Habana Promenade in Cuba.

The doors of San Juan

In 1634 the construction of a massive system of walls around the city of San Juan began. The south side of the city was the first walling. The construction of the walls lasted until the mid-eighteenth century when the north side of the city was completed. San Juan became a completely walled city. The only way to enter the city was five gates that were built along the walls. San Juan Gate, the nearest to the Fortaleza (Government House (1635), was the main entrance to the city by the bay side for many years. This door took place the official welcoming ceremonies for new governors and bishops that she came to take possession of the new charges.