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Eat Drink & Have Fun in Gran Canaria

Eat Drink & Have Fun in Gran Canaria

From flambes to whole roast pig, papas con mojo to fusion cuisine, Gran Canaria offers a ridiciulous range of food. Our restaurant guide takes you straight to the best restaurants on the island: The ones we've tried and the ones recommended by our army of Facebook fans

Lex is a vegetarian so here's his guide to the top veggie spots on the island. 

Alex loves seafood so here's the best places to go for fresh fish and gorgeous calamares. 

Las Palmas has restaurants from over 40 nationalities and some superb tapas bars tucked away in its side streets. Here's our guide to eating your way across the city. 

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Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Being a veggie in Gran Canaria used to be tough. Life was about picking the chorizo out of tortilla española and chomping through endless papas arrugadas and champiñones al ajillo. Things have improved.

Most resort restaurants offer several vegetarian options and there are veggoe restaurants in Las Palmas and the main towns. 

Lex is veggie so here's his selection of the best veggie food in Gran Canaria and the best places to eat it. 

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Wine

Wine

Gran Canaria and Canary Islands wines may cost a couple of euros a bottle more than imported plonk but are well worthwhile. You also get to feel good by supporting local agriculture from your balcony.

All the reviews posted here are for the bst Canarian wines that we've tried. Every wine we try is reviewed in our Canary Islands Wine Facebook group.

 

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Restaurants

Restaurants

Our guide to Gran Canaria's best restaurants, focusing on value, great locations, and spectacular food. These are our personal recommendations and we've tried them all.

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Canarian mojo sauce tastes great and is made with fresh, healthy ingredients. Here're seven reasons why you should eat as much mojo sauce as possible in the Canary Islands.
Mojo sauce is the Canary Islands' most famous condiment and one half of "papas arrugadas con mojo", our most popular dish. It is tasty, garlicky and spicy, but not actually that fiery unless you get Mojo Picon; the chilied up version. Mojo sauce is either red or green (mojo rojo and…
Mojo is the quintessential Canaria sauce. The red form, served with little wrinkled potatoes is the most famous kind, but the herby green variety is just as good. It's intense colour and flavour come from fresh coriander (cilantro).Green mojo is traditionally served drizzled over big pieces of boiled potatoes, on…
That would be the Canary Islands, where some traditional food dates back to prehistoric times but all of it is bursting with island flavour.
Canarian food is famous for its simple, tasty seafood like fried squid rings, delicious prawns and fish stew. However, delve a bit deeper into the local cuisine and some more exotic ocean ingredients and seafood dishes pop up. Alex Says: 25 years ago I remember watching old women in Lanzarote,…
Light and fluffy, golden brown, with a crust of flaky sugar and a hint of lemon: Gran Canaria's doughnuts, called donuts, are a delight. 
The first thing many visitors notice in Gran Canaria bars is the whopping drinks measures.  A standard long drink contains between 75 and 100ml of spirits. The standard British single measure isn't enough to wet the ice cubes down here. 
Gran Canaria might not seem like a foodie destination when you're tucking into an all-day breakfast in a shopping centre but plenty of delicious local produce out there. Here's a selection of the best Canarian food and drink to try and buy. Flor de Guia Cheese Moist and slightly bitter…
Gran Canaria's North Shore, sandwiched between the breakers and the banana plantations is riddled with authentic seafood restaurants. Ignore the roadside warehouse restaurants between Bañaderos and San Felipe and head for these tried-and-tested spots instead. Puerto de las Nieves Puerto de las Nieves in the far north west of Gran…
There’s a faint odour of garlic in most of Gran Canaria’s little shops and it comes from the string of vivid orange sausages next to the cheese. Chorizo de Teror is the Canarian version of Spanish sobreasada but is rammed with garlic. It’s basically a thick pate in a sausage…
In the 1880s “three-year-olds drank as much coffee and wine as their parents” according to British writer Olivia Stone after a visit to the West coast of Gran Canaria. By then the locals had been growing their own for 100 years from plants imported from South America via Tenerife.
You never see a Canarian rushing down the high street juggling a half-eaten bocadilllo and a plastic cup of takeaway coffee. That's because of the venerable tradition of the Menu del Dia.
Canarian restaurants all serve delicious papas con mojo and goat cheese, but there are lots of Canarian foods that don't make it to the menus. Here are the top ten local favourites that you have to track down on your own.  Donuts Gran Canaria Donuts are light and sweet with…
In brochure-land Las Palmas is full or tourists wandering around cobbled streets between museums and galleries. They eat authentic Canarian food, buy arts and crafts, and enjoy themselves in a demure, cultured sort of way without breaking a sweat. You can do Las Palmas this way if you want: As…
Gran Canaria is lucky that olive trees live a long time and don't bear grudges. For centuries the island's olivos were used as windbreaks and goat shade, their fruit pickled in mojo sauce or left to rot. Then, about 10 years ago, someone decided to crush a few olives and…
Gofio is soul food in the Canary Islands. Most Canarians were weaned on bananas mashed up with gofio and many still eat it every day. It is so tightly entwined with local identity that it is best not not to tell anyone on the islands if you don't like it.…
Flor de Guia Cheese Moist and slightly bitter with a faint taste of grass and old socks: Gran Canaria’s Flor de Guía is the island’s most distinctive cheese. It is still made by traditional methods and is protected by a EU Designation of Origin. It is also one of the…
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