Places to Eat in Palmer – the Gateway to El Yunque


When you are making a trip to El Yunque Rainforest, you may want to pair it with a place to eat lunch.  Palmer, which is El Yunque’s gateway community, offers several great options to choose from.  Conveniently located at the foot of Rt 191 to El Yunque Rainforest so stop by to visit us on your way to El Yunque Rainforest or Luquillo.   Palmer is an on-the-cusp artisan community.  There are many things to do in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Art District with a couple of boutique stores, artisan galleries, a bakery, deli, juice bar, and post office. You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring. Well, and of course, you should visit us at the Caribbean Trading Company Store.

Places to Eat:

Lluvia Deli Bar and Artefacto:

Open Tuesday- Sunday; offering breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch

Eat. Drink. Connect. This is what Lluvia is about. Within our contemporary space you’ll find our artefacto: our gallery where we showcase the work of local talent, where you can browse books, magazines and other interesting items from here and from far.  Inside Air-conditioning, outside garden patio; free wifi.  To see their menu and more, visit their website here.

Mi Vida Cafe and Burger

Open Daily.  A lovely little bistro that serves wraps, burgers, hand-sliced malanga and sweet potato fries, coffee and fruit smoothies.  Reasonably priced and nice ambiance.  Free Wifi.  Their Facebook Page

Puertorican Bakery

Open Daily.  This bakery serves up fresh pastries, sandwiches and typical Puerto RIcan food for breakfast and lunch.  Traditional Puerto Rican bakery items.  Their Facebook Page

Degree 18 Juice Bar

Open Daily 9am-6pm.  This juice bar serves up all-natural smoothies, juices, acai bowls and vegan options.  They also have alcohol!  So you can be healthy with a splash of rum!   Their Facebook Page

La Cana

This place has the most wonderful carribean flavors of ice cream and sorbet! Sour Sop, Guava, Coconut, papaya, PR Cherry handmade ice creams and shakes.  Perfect to cool off after a long hike in the rainforest.  They are open on the weekends.


This map is slightly outdated – the El Yunque Coffehouse is now Mi Vida and the bakery and La Cana aren’t on the map – but Calle Principal in Palmer is the place to be!



Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim is the founder of Caribbean Trading Company in Puerto Rico. Many years ago Captain Tim was a normal everyday guy who decided to do what so many people only dream about. He moved to the Caribbean. Traveling throughout the islands, he has the joy of sharing this lifestyle and its flavors with the world.

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