Half full on a Wednesday morning at 9:30, couldn’t imagine how it is earlier in the morning or later in the week. A rustic/modern look dominated the decor as soon as you walk into the small place.
My wife took me out for breakfast
I would never have expected such a cool place in the area of Cupey, a neighborhood of San Juan. Not that is a bad area for business, is just that a few years back, that area wasn’t as cool. It used to be a lot of auto parts, warehouses and maybe some local Criollo food cafeterias.
The Universidad Metropolitana is nearby, walking distance, so maybe the influence of students in the neighborhood has made a change.
Sweet and savory breakfasts are served, along with teas, juices and of course, Puerto Rican coffee. The menu has cheesecake waffles, pancakes, french toasts made with berries bread.
I am very picky with my coffees, truth be told, no coffee is as good as the one I make in my house out of my Moka Pot, served with two teaspoons of brown raw sugar and just enough half and half to taint it dark brown…. That being said, the coffee at Cafe Negro had good flavor and was well balanced, not hot enough for me, but then again, I am very picky.
The French toasts we had were very good, not too sweet but sweet enough if you want a non savory breakfast. The fruit served with toasts are not tropical, except the kiwi but it might be from else where. Don’t get me wrong, I love berries, blueberries especially, love them, love them, very very much, just stating a fact.
Although Café Negro is located in a mostly local neighborhood, I heard English speaking hungry visitors. They may have been students, travelers or tourists that found their way to southern San Juan or down straight locals.
Next time I will be having waffles, the table next to us that seemed to be in a business meeting ordered them and they looked delicious!
They serve brunch, but not on a Sunday (confused), they close on Sundays, in fact Sunday is the only day they do not open. The rest of the week they open from 6:30am to 5:00pm except on Saturdays when they close at 3:00pm.
They are located on 398 San Claudio Street in Cupey, San Juan.
I will definitely go back.