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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Gran Canaria's unique dessert, the Polvito Uruguayo, is on most dessert menus in Las Palmas and is now even served in some resort restaurants. The history of the polvito uruguayo Despite the name, it was invented in Las Palmas at the El Novillo Precoz restaurant by the Uruguayan owners. The…
The delicious Barraquito coffee was invented in Santa Cruz de Tenerife at some point in the early 20th Century but like all good legends, its exact origins are nebulous. Some say a man nicknamed Barraco breakfasted in the bar Imperial and always asked for a carajillo (espresso with booze in…
Rather like tapas, paella isn't a traditional dish in the Canary Islands and finding a good one in Gran Canaria has always been difficult. Proper paella is not pukka Proper paella hails from the Valencian region and is made from chicken, rabbit and snails. What visitors think of as paella,…
The tasting menu has now established itself in Gran Canaria. Every restaurant with a even a distant dream of getting in the Michelin guide, let alone bagging a star, has a multi-course extravaganza on the menu. In exchange for most of the contents of your bank account they give you…
One of the first things visitors arriving in Gran Canaria ask us is where they can get the best tapas. The answer isn't easy because there is no such thing as tapas and tapas restaurants as they exist in people's minds.  The tapa exists of course (although it can also…
Gran Canaria drinks a lot of rum but hasn't managed to produce a quality premium spirit until recently. Thankfully, the island distillery has now responded to competition from a smaller rival and made a quality white rum that is eminently sippable and mixable.  Many rums, one main distillery The big…
Go to any market or even local supermarkets and you find piles of cheese made in the Canary Islands but not all of it is the real deal. Here's how you recognise the good stuff... The best Gran Canaria  and Canary Islands cheese is made from goat and sheep cheese…
Parallel to Mesa y Lopez, the pedestrian Ruiz de Alda has become a firm favourite as a lunch spot for Las Palmas locals. It's always busy but most places have a free table even at peak times. As always, if you want a guaranteed spot, turn up early at 13.00…
Gran Canaria's craft beer scene has frothed up nicely in the last few years with 22 breweries attending the last Gran Canaria beer fair. But one brewery, Cervezería Viva, has been making quality craft beer in Gran Canaria since 1999.
Summer is Gran Canaria's traditional fiesta season and most villages have at least one party weekend. However, these ten places take it to a whole different level!
Everyone loves a cold jarra by the beach but there is far more to the Gran Canaria beer scene than lager in a big frosted glass. In Las Palmas, a set of excellent bars has raised the island's beer game to new heights with everything from locally made IPAs, sours…
Check out our video showing what the "Gastro Gallery" in Puerto Rico looks like, and what's so special about it.  
Want to win a free meal for two at a top Gran Canaria restaurant just by taking a selfie? You can, thanks to Gran Canaria Info's selfie contest.
For a real taste of Gran Canaria's wine, olive oil and local cuisine, a bespoke tour with a local guide is the way to go. 
Ron miel is Gran Canaria's most famous liqueur, but it's not the only one. It's not even the tastiest. We recently tracked down the story behind a fantastic local liqueur that's only made in one place in Gran Canaria.
There are more 'grandma's secret' red mojo recipes in Gran Canaria than there are little old ladies. In most cases, the only secret is which supermarket the sauce comes from. 
Gran Canaria heats up in June and the party moves to the beach for the annual San Juan bonfires and fireworks.
Tapas are Spain's most famous food export, but the word isn't traditional in the Canary Islands. We have our own way of describing the snack.
Coming to Gran Canaria this summer?  Chances are there's a free music festival by the beach during your stay.
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