Where to eat in Las Palmas: traditional and exquisite cuisine
There is no lack of choice in Las Palmas if you want to eat out. The capital city of Gran Canaria is full of life and incredibly diverse. Its food is one of the best excuses to meet up with friends. Choose between restaurants that serve refined, avant-garde meals and popular bars where you can taste excellent local dishes.
Indeed, in Las Palmas you will find some of the island’s best restaurants. There are superb places to eat all over Las Palmas – in the very heart of the city and on the outskirts.
Here are some of the top options although you will find that there are many, many more fantastic places.
Where to eat in Las Palmas: fail-safe options
Hotel Santa Catalina Royal Hideaway is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best places to eat in Las Palmas. This emblematic hotel underwent a full refurbishment project and it now has five great dining areas including:
- Poemas by Hermanos Padrón: there are two features to this haute-cuisine restaurant. On the one hand, it offers innovation with abundant creativity and, on the other, locally-sourced, seasonal produce.
- Camarote Pool Bar & Restaurant: this is a wonderful way to have an informal meal next to the infinity pool as you enjoy the sunshine or beautiful sunsets.
- Bodega 1890: local and national tapas are the speciality here. It is a very popular spot with the locals. The chefs give traditional cuisine a sophisticated twist and you can enjoy it accompanied by superb local wine.
- Bar Carabela: this is where you should come for a coffee, a drink or a cocktail with friends. It’s also perfect for informal meetings. It is, in fact, the hotel lobby bar.
- Alis: this is one of the most exclusive options in the hotel and open to guests only. It is an ideal rooftop bar where you can enjoy an evening cocktail as the refreshing sea breeze washes over you.
The breakfasts are also great in this hotel. Choose from the many options on the menu and enjoy it in your own room. You will love the comfort and privacy that this service affords you. The menu is ample and includes savoury and sweet options, yoghurts, fruit, shakes, juices, breakfast buns, coffee, teas and much, much more.
Good food in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
There really is a very wide range of restaurants to choose from in Las Palmas. As always, it’s a good idea to head to the places where the locals tend to go. Here are some of the options:
- El Churrasco (Olof Palme, 33): a favourite with meat-lovers. Choose the very best cuts of chargrilledArgentinian-style meat cooked just how you like it.
- Kano 31 (Cano, 31): in the very heart of Triana this is a great option for tasting local cuisine. The menu changes frequently to make the most of seasonal produce.
- Majuga (Escritor Benito Pérez Galdós, 41): the dishes served in this restaurant are really quite different to anything you will find elsewhere in the city. The head chef, Braulio Rodríguez, puts himself to the test every day.
- El Novillo Precoz (Portugal, 9): try Uruguayan cuisine in a charming venue surrounded by antique furniture and old photos. One of its claims to fame is that it created the polvito uruguayo (a caramel dessert) which is now a typical dish on the island.
Some of the top restaurants in Las Palmas
It is not difficult to find sophisticated, creative, innovative and elegant food and restaurants in Las Palmas. Here are some suggestions:
- Fuji (Fernando Guanarteme, 56): this restaurant has been going for over fifty years and the Japanese meals it serves are delicious. In fact, it is the longest-running Japanese restaurant in Spain.
- Qué leche (Torres, 22): duo Jenisse Ferrari and Mario Ureña Rodríguez serve up a real treat for lovers of good food who travel to Las Palmas. Their haute cuisine blends divine flavours from over the world with local ingredients.
- Ribera del Río Miño (Olof Palme, 21): this restaurant ships in top quality fish and seafood from Galicia. It is an elegant and very welcoming place.
- Summum (Alfredo L. Jones, 40): if you’re looking for sophistication, this is your best bet in Las Palmas. The menu is based on local cuisine. However, there is some a fusion with international culinary influences.
Vegueta is, without a doubt, one of the best places to eat in Las Palmas. There are several restaurants in this old quarter and they are all popular with tourists and locals. Some of the best ones are:
- Taberna El Tres (Montesdeoca, 3): this may be a standard tapas bar but you will also find certain creativity and international flare here. Don’t miss the hummus and wok dishes.
- Los 5 Sentidos (Armas, 13): on this menu, there are plenty of large portions (raciones) that you can share with a group of friends. That way you can try a little bit of everything. Don’t miss the café goloso, the perfect way for coffee-lovers with a sweet tooth to round off a meal.
- Vinoteca La Otilia (Plaza San Antonio Abad, 5): this venue is very welcoming and charming. It is perfect for combining local and other Spanish wines with meat dishes. There is often entertainment for guests.
Other restaurants in Las Canteras
The area around Las Canteras beach is ideal for having a meal in Las Palmas. It is worth taking a good look around and choosing the best place for you. Here are some of the options:
- Bocado Ibérico (Albareda, 76, interior venues 27 and 28): you will find a selection of the very best Iberian ham and cured cold cuts here. Accompany them with cheese and a tasty Spanish wine.
- Taberna Chica (Doctor Grau Bassas, 60): the menu here is very generous and includes both classic tapas and larger raciones for sharing. They serve rice dishes, fish, seafood and grilled meat. There is a little bit of something for everyone, including vegetarian options.
- La Tasca de Mawa (Colombia, 39): very personalised cuisine with a number of ethnic twists and family recipes. Choose tarta de la abuela for dessert if you like chocolate, pastry and custard cream.