Not so long ago I was convinced that Italy had the best food and the best wine. In the meantime I have come to the conclusion that Spanish cuisine can hold a candle to Italian cuisine. I am particularly fond of the tapas. I'm not alone in this passion, because Mr. Wallygusto is also a big fan of the little appetizers.
And so it happens that even in Gran Canaria we feed mainly on tapas. Although this may sound boring, we always have enough variety on the plates. On the one hand, because there is also a large selection for vegetarians, and on the other hand, each chef has his own recipes anyway. For example, the filling of the croquetas varies in each pub.
Our love for tapas goes so far that we regularly prepare some at home. Of course, preferably for guests, because there we can really go into the full and try out many recipes.
While writing these lines I noticed that I always have the same positive things to report about the restaurants we visited. Everywhere we were spoilt for choice between a variety of vegetarian dishes, all of which were convincing in taste. Also, we were not served bad wine anywhere, quite the contrary! There was also nothing on the service or. hardly anything to complain about. So I will only list the places where we were guests here.
- Milagros Bar & Tapas Cerveceria | C. Thomas Alva Edison, 8, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (best red wine of the vacation)
- El Monje de Santa Ana | Plaza Sta. Ana, 2, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria https://elmonjelpa.es/ (1a view of the cathedral Santa Ana)
- Rockabilly Burger Bar Las Canteras | C. Tomas Miller, 78, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (atmosphere similar to Hard Rock Cafe)
- Bochinche El Chato | Calle Dr. Grau Bassas, 12, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Our favorite!)
- La Despensa | C. Diderot, 8, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (cozy bar garden)
- Tasca Q'damos Aqui | C. Rafael Almeida, 7, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (especially cordial service)
- La Sabina de La Garita | C. Palmera, 11, 35212 Telde (great sun terrace with sea view)
On Gran Canaria Mr. Wallygusto and I make the acquaintance of Carmela Gin. We like this Canarian gin because of its fruity aroma of tropical fruit extracts. We order it in every bar we visit during our stay.
Craft beer, on the other hand, seems to be in short supply in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. But maybe we have been foolish. But at least we open a "watering hole" with local (craft) beers and BrewDog near our accommodation.
- CervecerIa Edison | C. Thomas Alva Edison, 1, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- McGregor Cocktail&Co. | C. JoaquIn Costa, 1, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Volga | C. Fernando Guanarteme, 16, local 2, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- CervecerIa The Situation | C. Jose Franchy Roca, 22
- Churreria Astrid | C. Fernando Guanarteme, 33, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
At least 1x during a vacation in Spain Mr. Wallygusto and I have to eat churros. At Churreria Astrid, the lard pastry is particularly sumptuous, especially if you dip it extensively in the thick chocolate.
- HeladerIa Artesanal Neptuno | C. Luis Morote, 29, Bajo 1, 35214 Playa de Melenara, Las Palmas
Before we go to the airport and back to Germany, we treat ourselves to an ice cream at Playa de Melenara. There the HeladerIa Artesanal Neptuno has opened only recently. The ice cream is made from natural ingredients and without preservatives. In view of the large selection, we can hardly decide.
- Granier | various branches in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The BAKERY COFFEE- chain Granier also has several branches in Las Palmas. At the Plaza de Espana we regularly stock up on sweet provisions. The apple pie is nice and juicy and the muesli croissant at least looks like it once saw a full grain.
- Autoservicio Orba | Santa Catalina, Calle Dr. Grau Bassas, 42, 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Looking for Carmela Gin, we quickly discover that none of the major supermarket chains carries it in their assortment. Fortunately there is the Autoservicio Orba around the corner from our accommodation. Already at the 1. Looking through the barred shop window we realize that we would find what we are looking for here. And after we have a little more space in our luggage, not one but 2 bottles go into the shopping basket. Who knows when we will come next time to the Canary Islands?
- La Mariquita Carmen | Frente al parque Municipal, C. Francisco Gourie, 7, 35400 Arucas
During our stroll through Arucas, Mr. Wallygusto and I discover La Mariquita Carmen. The mixture of health food store and delicatessen immediately appealed to us. We go straight to the small store to buy a jar of local honey.
Like on Tenerife, the tourists prefer the southern part of the island. So we decide to stay in Las Palmas in the north. This complains us partly somewhat longer journey to our planned activities and many sights outside of Las Palmas. But for more flexibility in dinner and nightlife, we are happy to accept this.
Our modern apartment at Chez Abel is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, and a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, kettle and coffee maker. But as in (almost) every vacation we use except the fridge only dining table, bathroom and bedroom. And of course the balcony with sea view, which is a little bit restricted. Since the glass balustrade had to be freshly glued, a rather ugly screw clamp prevents the free view of the beach Playa de las Canteras.
Breakfast A la carte is served in the chic restaurant La Solana, located on the first floor of the building complex. The portions are small and not a suitable basis for long walks. Also the fact that breakfast is only possible from 8:30 onwards does not help our daily planning. And self-catering is not an option despite having its own kitchen, after all, breakfast is included in the price of accommodation. The taste of the toasts with avocado & poached egg or Nutella and yoghurt with nut puree is very convincing. Nevertheless, Mr. Wallygusto misses the typical Canarian breakfast with Gofio, the fine flour from roasted grain.
The absolute plus of Chez Abel is the location, as we never have far to go for dinner. The old town of Las Palmas can also be easily reached on foot with a little bit of time. There are several supermarkets in the vicinity, where we stocked up on mineral water, alcohol-free beer, low-calorie soft drinks and knick-knacks.
We felt very comfortable during our stay. Next time, though, we'd look for a different, less expensive place to stay with a more flexible breakfast menu.