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A gorgeous spot to soak up the splendor of Old San Juan, the neighborhood's oldest tapas bar is still its tastiest and most authentic. The restaurant unfolds across the blooming terraces of the Spanish Colonial facades of Hotel El Convento, with a view to its historic courtyard and the action out on Calle Cristo. This is old school Spanish tapas akin to what you'd find at bar in San Sebastian, Spain: fat shrimp in garlic sauce, spicy papas bravas, Spanish tortilla, or fresh octopus ceviche. El Picoteco also serves complete meals, including a solid paella. The restaurant’s champagne-laced sangria is a whole other reason to come. A pleasant place for dinner or lunch, it’s also a great stop for a cold drink and snack during a break from sightseeing or shopping in the Old City.