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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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We've just found your new local at Amadores beach: The new Gulating Pub at Amadores is serving the food and beer that you want to enjoy by the beach, and doing it with style and friendly service. 
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.
Gran Canaria & the Canary Islands have grown bananas for export for almost 100 years and everyone who tries them agrees that they are the sweetest and tastiest in the world. Here's why they are so good, and how to pick a perfect one. 
Lava-filtered water, native juniper berries and sun-kissed Canarian citrus peel make Macaronesian a new and delicious local spirit. 
Nobody in Gran Canaria ever says 'una cerveza, por favor', no matter how thirsty they are. Here's what to say in a bar to get exactly the beer you want.
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. 
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