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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Mojo is the big star of Canary Islands cuisine and the dish that visitors always rave about. But where is it from originally? Our research shows that mojo is a tasty sauce with a fascinating history that spans three continents and thousands of years. 
You can order a long short, even a short short, but there's no such thing as a long. Then there's the milk and milk. Here's how to order coffee in local cafés and restaurants in Gran Canaria and know exactly what you're going to get. 
From south to north along the beachfront, here's the top spots where the locals go for seafood and tapas at Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Papas con mojo are the most famous Canarian dish, but gofio flour is the food that Canarians think of as their own. But rather than a unique Canary Islands food, gofio is a link between the islands and places all over the world.
Everyone thinks rum was invented in the Caribbean, but there's a good chance it was made in Gran Canaria before Columbus even took sugar cane to the Americas. 
Bananas don't grow on trees and won't exist in 20 years. The plants hate growing alone and wander about in their fields. Here are ten surprising facts about the happy yellow fruit that you never knew. Watch the video right to the end for the talking banana.
Know your mangos from your papayas? Here's a guide to ten of the fabulous tropical fruit that grow in Gran Canaria.  "What on Earth is that?" 
The best Canarian seafood often comes in restaurants with Spanish menus so here's a handy guide to the most common types of fish, seafood and dishes in Gran Canaria. 
Here's how to pick the freshest seafood in Gran Canaria at both restaurants and shops.
So you're in Gran Canaria and wondering what to drink. If it seems a shame to fly to a volcano and stick to British lager and Spanish wine, then read on and take your pick of the best local booze. 
You find them in caves, hanging out over the sea and clustered together in shopping centres but most Gran Canaria restaurants belong to one of these eight kinds.
It's easy to find great spots to eat nowadays. You just go to Tripadvisor, pick one close to the top of the list and fine dining and satisfaction are guaranteed. Or not ...
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…
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