A Taste of Las Palmas
A Taste of Las Palmas
Combining traditional Spanish recipes with Latin-American and African influences is the cuisine you will find in the Canary Islands. Even though some dishes may have the familiar taste of the Spanish mainland, you will find many original flavors that can only be tasted in Gran Canaria.
Set off on this tour to taste a range of ingredients often used in local homes, but which are not always easy to find, unless you are in the know. Explore the city and indulge in regional flavors not typically found in the cafes or restaurants frequented by tourists. Learn what Gran Canarias’s food scene has to offer well beyond some of the region’s more well-known dishes, learn which ingredient shaped not only the local cuisine but also Canarian history.
Meet your local, knowledgeable and experienced guide at the Mercado del Puerto which serves as a farmers’ market during the day and turns into a vibrant street food spot in the evenings. Your small group will set off walking to one of the oldest breakfast cafes in town, located in La Isleta, a very typical neighborhood. Taste some typical Canario breakfast dishes, one sweet and one savory. Dig in and learn about an ingredient which helped shape not only the local cuisine, but also Canarian history.
Next visit a fruteria, a small shop where locals buy fruits and vegetables right from the island’s farmers. Try one of the locally grown fruits like tuno (a cactus fruit), Canario banana, papaya, mango or other seasonal fruit. Find out what plants grow on the island and how they are used in the local cuisine. Continue to a market to learn about the wide variety of typical, regional cheeses and try one of the most famous varieties.
Your next stop will be a local cafe to try arepas, a very popular South American street food, and learn about the historical bonds and cultural exchanges between the Canary Islands and North America. Finish your food discovery tour with a local version of coffee that lands on the sweeter side, a type of coffee you won’t find anywhere outside of Gran Canaria.
You will end your walk in Santa Catalina Park, a famous park where all the major city celebrations take place which is located next to the port. Feel free to continue exploring, or ask your guide for even more things to see, do and (most importantly) eat in the area. If you love food and discovering new places this is the tour for you, eat your way through Las Palmas on this small group tour with an intimate and personal touch.