Undoubtedly, one of the things that I like to do most when I travel is to taste the local food and luckily Lanzarote has a wide gastronomic offer. The best way to try things is to go for tapas on the island.
With the amount of bars, cafes and restaurants that populate the island, it can be difficult to decide where you can stop for a drink. This is a small list of good places to go for tapas on the island:
The Mercado Abastos of Haría
I have a weakness for this site, I have to admit. I love going to the Mercado Abastos of Haría. It’s a cozy place and although it’s a little hidden it’s the old market of the town of Haría. Nowadays it continues to function as a market and you can find local products, but it also has a takeaway with tables to eat there if you want.
My recommendation here: well … difficult choice, because everything is great, but the classics never disappoint: the omelet, the salpicones, the croquettes … especially, if you like goat cheese, have some goat cheese and mushrooms that are my favorites, all that accompanied by a good house wine.
El Cochino Cojo
In Costa Teguise, on the Avenida de Las Islas Canarias, you have the Cochino Cojo, perfect for ordering tapas and montaditos from Bravas, fried aubergines with palm honey that are delicious, chistorra or battered cherne tacos.
It is true that it does not have the best views since it is not on the coast side, but it makes up for it with its terrace with large tables and a playground just in front of it, which makes it perfect if we go with children.
In the Avenida de Playa Honda you will find Casa Tere in its classic restaurant and a few meters away there is another establishment in its rotisserie version. You can sit on the terrace after having a bath on the beach that is just in front of it and enjoy a Russian salad or a few squid sprigs having a beer.
The offer of the menu is great, the fish is very fresh and the atmosphere is very pleasant.
El Charco de San Ginés
The offer of bars and restaurants is so wide that I could not put only one, so my advice is to take a walk through El Charco and then decide. This area is so lively at night that it is usually a bit difficult to get a table at a local. But if you like the party atmosphere that is breathed on the terraces that overlook this saltwater lagoon, dotted with craft wafers, do not hesitate a moment to sit at a table if you see it free.
One of the places to stop is La Miñoca, with a good menu of beers and wines that accompany a small menu, but which gives good results. From nachos with cheese, to something more typical of the island’s gastronomy, such as a carne fiesta or a casserole of prawns and octopus.
Another one of the emblematic ones of the Charco de San Ginés area, is Casa Ginory. This restaurant only opens until four in the afternoon, so it’s perfect for breakfast or lunch at noon. It is famous for its fish sandwich and squid.
In Puerto del Carmen, right on the pier of Playa Chica we have this restaurant. Perfect if we want to take something without leaving the beach very far, since we simply have to go down the stairs and step on it again.
This restaurant has two points in its favor: it specializes in fresh fish, and its privileged views will make us have a good time watching how divers enter and leave the sea or how children jump and not so children, from the muellito to the water.
At the top of the town of Femés is Casa Emiliano. This restaurant serves delicious Canarian dishes.
Without a doubt, we can not stop asking for the goat cheese from the island, it is very good, both fresh and cured. The rabbit with garlic is also an excellent option to drink while enjoying the views offered by the Femés viewpoint.
Jameos nights: concert and dinner at Jameos del Agua
If you fancy trying some of the local food, but in a more romantic atmosphere, then Jameos del Agua is the place for you. Every Tuesday and Saturday, this volcanic tunnel hosts one of Lanzarote’s most popular cultural and gastronomical events. This is how we experienced Jameos Nights.
Jameos del Agua is a magnificent sight during the day, but the magic that engulfs it at night is out of this world.
The dinner menu is first-class: from Denomination of Origin Malvasía wine, salmon and sautéed spinach with pine nuts and raisins, all the way through to the chocolate ingot with custard. Everything was delicious.
The service is second to none and the lighting is perfectly balanced to provide an intimate and cosy evening.
With the chocolate flavours still lingering in our mouths, we strolled over to the dance area on the other side of the natural underground lagoon. It was a Tuesday, so we were greeted by the sound of the Jameos Quartet and their Sonidos de Agua (Sounds of Water). The quartet was formed by a clarinet, a guitar, a Canarian timple and percussion, that played covers of songs such as My little suede shoes, and other well-known hits.
For those who want to soak up the Jameos del Agua atmosphere a little longer, you can stay longer and enjoy the smooth tunes of the resident DJ.
Want to experience this for yourself? Check out this link for more information about the Jameos del Agua concert and dinner and book your concert and dinner in a truly unique setting.
The Castillo de San José is another place where you can enjoy a magical evening. The castle that was transformed into MIAC-International Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a very special evening combining culture and gastronomy. Castillo de San José opens its doors every Friday and Saturday evenings for all those who’d like to visit the museum and enjoy the QueMUAC restaurant with sea views.
This ancient fortress was converted into a museum in 1976, creating a contrast between its old stone walls and striking modern art on exhibition inside. When you visit it at night you feel as if it’s been reserved especially for you.
The restaurant is located just below the museum and greets you with panoramic views of the sea, Arrecife bay and the Rising Tide sculpture collection, by Jason deCaires Taylor, author of similar works at Museo Atlántico, in the south of the island.
The menu they had prepared for us at Museum Nights was excellent: The star of the show had to be the prawns from La Santa, an authentic delicacy.
Is your mouth watering already? Book your table for the MUSEUM NIGHTS DINNER AT CASTILLO DE SAN JOSÉ and enjoy this wonderful experience for yourself.