Exploring the local surroundings: eating out

An essential component of being away, eating out can also be a fun introduction to the local culture. Lanzarote’s gastronomy is simple and reflects the location with plenty of fresh fish and

Traditional potatoes

shellfish; pulses and goat’s cheese. Signature highlights include the refreshing dry and aromatic white wines and small, tasty, salt-encrusted potatoes with cilantro or hot pepper dips (mojos).  In the style of warm Mediterranean destinations, eating out with friends and family is about slow living and savouring the place, the company and of course the food!

Below we offer you a small selection based around where you might be staying, with other suggestions should you want to venture slightly further afield. It is far from a definitive guide and the island is rich with options (try El Golfo, La Geria, Famara, etc) – we’d be delighted to hear your recommendations!

 

Finca La Picolisima

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Within walking distance

 

  • Mercado Municipal De Abastos This fresh produce market is a heart-warming place to buy local agricultural, dairy products and fresh bread. Enjoy the community feel and stock up for an afternoon’s hiking. Pop into the “Taller de Artesanía” next door to see local craftsmen and women working and exhibiting their products. Open daily (closed Sundays) from 9:00 – 16:00
  • La Puerta Verde Great cuisine, creatively inspired by local products and attractively presented. The restaurant is known for its friendly service and the level of service makes it a good choice for an evening out. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
  • Centro Socio Cultural La Tegala Open every day from 9am -11pm (one of the recommended “teleclubs” – see below.)

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 Less than 20 mins by car or under an hour’s bike ride

 

  • Jameos del Agua is one of island’s emblematic Art and Tourist Centres, created from the famous Túnel de la Atlántida, a 6-mile long lava tube. A recipient of Manrique’s vision and dedication, this spectacular cavern with its serene lagoon is a magnet for visitors. Open daily from 10:00 – 18:30, the special time to go is in the evening (19:00 – 01:00) on Tuesday and Saturdays for live music and dinner in a spectacular setting. Look out for events taking place in the theatre.
  • Casa de la Playa (Arrieta) Right on the beach, this is a perfect place to head after a swim. Fresh fish with local and Spanish dishes and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Open every day from 10:00 – 22:00.
  • Mirador de Los Valles (Los Valles) Offering spectacular views over the hillsides and out to sea, this restaurant specialises in local dishes, providing a good and friendly lunchtime service. Open every day from 11:00 – 19:00.
  • Bar La Piscina (Punta Mujeres) This Teleclub sits at the edge of some of the area’s glorious natural seawater pools. Take your swimming costume and sit down with the locals to enjoy great local fish, typical tapas and some delicious paella. Open from 8:00 – 20:00 (closed Tuesdays)

  

Casa Tahiche

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Within walking distance

 

Levain
  • Levain For breakfast, elevenses, teatime (oh who needs an excuse!), this bakery and café hits the spot. Local breads, cakes and pastries to feed a king. Open from 7.30 – 20:00, closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Los Aljibes Open now for 6 years, the team took over an abandoned lot featuring one of Manrique’s lauded architectural structures and created a niche and quirky restaurant, specialising in grilled meats and with a brewery and taproom serving lighter snacks. The restaurant includes a pretty and spacious patio for eating alfresco. The craft beer is disturbingly moreish and the restaurant dishes are generous. Good salads for vegetarians. We recommend walking rather than driving… Closed Mondays but open daily otherwise from 13:00 – 10:30.

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 Less than 20 mins by car or under an hour’s bike ride

 

  • Teleclub Nazaret Open from 1pm to midnight; closed Mondays. (one of the recommended “teleclubs” – see below.)
  • La Palmera Teguise abounds with charm and cool places to eat. The local Sunday tourist market attracts huge crowds and if this isn’t your thing, best explore the island’s original capital from Tuesday to Saturday. La Palmera is one of our favourites for its tasty locally-inspired dishes and snacks, splendid mojitos and chilled setting. For market day (Sunday) La Palmera becomes a festive bar with live music
  • Emmax (Playa Honda) Lanzarote has some great waterfronts for strolling or cycling with one of the best-prepared examples extending from Puerto del Carmen to Arrecife. Midday along this route, the long stretch in front of Playa Honda is a perfect place to stop and eat next to the seashore. Fresh and creative gastronomy with Mediterranean and Asian influences and a great choice for vegans and vegetarians, Emmax offers a charming service and the assurance of good food. Open daily from 11:00 – 23:00 (21:00 on Sundays). Closed Tuesdays
  • Restaurante Lilium (Marina Lanzarote) A short bus ride will take you down to Arrecife, the island capital. The Charco San Ginés volcanic lagoon becomes the place to be for local islanders on Fridays and Saturdays and a superb selection of restaurants surrounds the lagoon. Just next door is Marina Lanzarote with one of the island’s most highly regarded restaurants: Lilium, celebrated for its creative use of traditional ingredients. Well worth a visit! Open daily from 14:00 – 16:00 and 20:00 – 23:00. Closed Sundays

 

  • Los Aljibes

 

Eat like a local

Representing excellent value, the village social clubs have acquired a growing tourist status; previously being the almost exclusive domain of locals. Good typical dishes in a relaxed and unpretentious setting, often with outside seating.

  • Centro Socio Cultural La Tegala (Haría) – open every day from 9am -11pm
  • El Chiringuito (Teguise) – open every day from 9.30 to midnight
  • Teleclub Nazaret – open from 1pm to midnight; closed Mondays.
  • Bar La Piscina (Punta Mujeres). Open from 8am – 8pm (closed Tuesdays)

 

 

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