This year I’m living in Alicante, Spain.
The foodie in me invites the foodie in you to explore my current home: the coastal city of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. Here’s a curated list of my favorite spots (and more).
Best spots to Brunch:
Sip & wonder and Mish Mish take the cake (and serve it too). Try the salmon Benedict/ “Canadian” pancakes at S&W, Turkish coffee with cardamom at MM….or anything on either menu these are my top spots in town all day everyday.
For Date Night
Casual Eats with Friends
Bululú Gourmet – Venezuelan – I go for the mini arepas
Mish Mish – Lebanese, probably my choice place in town
Thai Corner – decent Thai for Spain
Natsu Ramen – very trendy, decent ramen for Spain
Pro Bar – Spanish tapas/small plates to share, homey vibes and friendly service
This list keeps growing.
If you find yourself in Playa San Juan,
One of or perhaps the best croquettes in Spain can be found at Cervecería La Gamba in Playa San Juan (a short tram ride away from Alicante city and next to the best area beach). It’s cheese + honey in harmony.
Coffee spots are key for me. The best three in order:
- Madness – this place is large and it’s usually easy to find a seat
- Sip and Wonder – full of expats. Free language exchange Thursdays, concerts Saturday nights
- La Más Coketa – often very crowded, good for cake & crepes
Moving onto Cocktails
Gatsby gets my top choice- this intimate setting offers great drinks for a steal! I like the pisco marg (it’s not on the menu).
Feeling fancy? Head to El Portal for that chic feeling (fancy foods available here too).
Weekend afternoons are big drinking days in Alicante. It’s called “tardeo.”
Nic has a patio on Castaños street which is the place to see and be seen on these days.
I have yet to find the best spot for beers – maybe it’s Altabirra? Update on that one soon..
And as the night goes on…
Katagorri – excellent choice for basque pinxos
Livanti gelato – Sicilian style, my favorite
Rocambolesc – DIVINE ice cream desserts