The Best Places for a Lazy Brunch

Mon, October 15th, 2012 - By Linda

Brunch is my favourite way to start the weekend. It’s that languid meal when you get up too late for breakfast, but aren’t quite ready for lunch. It doesn’t really exist in the Canary Islands, nor in Spain for that matter, but what better setting than Tenerife for lingering over a light meal, especially outdoors, washing it down with a sparkling wine or a Bloody Mary, and letting the week’s worries drift away?

Flashpoint, El Medano

 

One of the best things about living in El Médano is that I have, on my doorstep, a couple of places which have the art of brunch down to a T. Whilst the resorts of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje will offer you excellent variations on a full English breakfast, and whilst I could show you places in Los Cristianos which will serve you pastries and croissants to drool over, I know of nowhere in south Tenerife to get a true, city-style brunch outside of El Médano.

Brunch at Flashpoint, El Medano

 

At Flashpoint, for instance, located at the end of the boardwalk and favourite hang-out of surfers, a yummy platter of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, together with coffee, orange juice and a glass of cava, is just one of their delicious offerings, including healthy options with muesli and yoghurts. Even when I lived in Los Abrigos or Golf del Sur, both only ten minutes drive away, it was a popular choice to meet friends over the weekend.

Also on the boardwalk is Café M, arguably the most popular brunch place in town. If you arrive after 11am-ish you may have to wait for a table, until the lunch business begins to drop off later. My favourites here are wraps and loops (a variation on a bagel) crammed with fillings, as well as truly delicious juices, plus it’s one of the few places in Tenerife I know of where you can get a tall glass of iced coffee or a macchiato.

Brunch at Cafe M

 

Both of these establishments, I should add, are addictive when it comes to people watching, which, of course, is the other side to brunching…..the view must match the food and the company.

If you’re based in the north the place to go is most definitely El Monasterio, sitting in the foothills above Puerto de la Cruz, and built as a monastery in the 18th century. The El Mirador restaurant there is famous for both its food and its amazing views over the La Orotava Valley and down to the Atlantic coast, but its brunches are, perhaps, less well-known, and I can tell you that it’s well-worth the hour+ drive to get there, especially on a Sunday, when the early morning traffic is light. The menu is ample, the views are simply stunning – check the comments of no less than Alexander von Humboldt who described the vista thus, “I have never beheld a prospect more varied, more attractive, more harmonious….” The other cool thing about this as a brunch venue is that you can walk around the grounds, admiring the small petting zoo, if you’ve overdone the food!

El Monasterio, Puerto de la Cruz

 

So if you want a change from the calorific English breakfasts, or the not-quite-filling-enough croissants and cold cuts, I can definitely recommend waiting just a wee while and saving your breakfast hunger pangs for a delicious brunch.

Posted : Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 9:20 am
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2 Responses to “The Best Places for a Lazy Brunch”

  1. Nikki says:

    The hotel Mencey have recently advertised a Sunday buffet brunch.

  2. Linda says:

    They do one at the Museum of Man & Nature in Santa Cruz too, but last time I was there was just a year ago, so I didn’t want to give it a mention in case the standard had changed. It was very original.

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