Tasting the Past on Tenerife, Eating in Historic Buildings

Mon, August 4th, 2014 - By Jack Montgomery

For people who enjoy eating in places that have a quirky character that stretches back centuries, there are plenty of places on Tenerife located in grand and sometimes simple old buildings where dining feels that little bit special.

These are ten of our favourites.

El Monasterio
The volcanic cone where El Monasterio sits in Los Realejos has had religious connections dating back to the early settlers. The beautiful buildings that exist there now continue the theme, housing five restaurants, whilst the tropical gardens are home to horses, ducks, rabbits and proud peacocks. As if that wasn’t enough, the views across the Orotava Valley are a pretty special accompaniment to the food.


El Monasterio, Los Realejos, Tenerife


La Tasquita de Nino
La Tasquita de Nino in San Miguel de Abona might be small, but it has played an important part in the town’s history being a post office, tobacco storehouse and cantina in the past. Now it’s a friendly, atmospheric traditional restaurant.

La Cuadra de San Diego
You have to go off the beaten track to find this lovely 16th century colonial mansion in La Matanza. The setting might be historic but the food has a distinctly modern take on Canarian favourites – alomogrote (cheese pate from La Gomera) is green (normally it’s orange), and Canarian cheeses are served as a fondue inside a huge crusty roll.


La Cuadra de San Diego, La Matanza, Tenerife


Casa del Baranda
As well as serving some super tapas, the finca at Casa del Baranda in El Sauzal is also a wine and honey museum – lot’s of local goodies rolled into one historical package.

Tasquita El Piménton
Tasquita El Piménton is located in the tranquil little plaza in one of the prettiest villages in the south of Tenerife, Arico Nuevo. The antiquated tiled roof is quaintly crooked whilst inside is a cosy place to share tapas like pimientos de Padrón and cheese drizzled with mojos and honey.

Until quite recently Abaco was better known as probably the classiest cocktail bar on Tenerife. Now, as well as nursing exotic cocktails whilst listening to smooth live jazz, you can dine at this exquisite 18th century mansion between Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava.


Abaco, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife


Sabor Canario
Located in one of the oldest buildings in La Orotava, the leafy courtyard of Sabor Canario offers a rustically charming setting to taste the best of traditional Canarian cuisine.

Calle de la Noria
Not a restaurant but a street in Santa Cruz full of inviting, if a bit pricey (compared to restaurants outside the city), tascas set in historic townhouses and fishermen’s cottages. Pick any.

Tito’s Bodeguita
Formerly a church and aristocratic mansion, Tito’s Bodeguita outside of Puerto de la Cruz has become a winner with locals, expats and visitors since it opened a few years ago. Not only is the setting wonderful, the food has people coming back for more.


Tito's Bodeguita, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife


Bar Luis
Probably the first place we ate at in Puerto de la Cruz, Bar Luis just off Plaza del Charco sits, with two other restaurants, in the most charming colonial courtyard dominated by a towering palm. A polished wooden balcony runs around the courtyard and warped wooden steps lead to a cool cocktail bar overlooking the plaza.

Order tapas, sit back and wallow in those historic vibes.

Posted : Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 11:24 am
Category : food and drink
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