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Alicante, Spain (like a local)

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).

Alicante Finds


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 Lunch/Dinner

For Date Night

La Terreta – reservations recommended, try the shrimp with curry foam

Terre – a lux option- reserve in advance, start with a cocktail then dinner here was one of my top ten meals of all time

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:

  1. Madness – this place is large and it’s usually easy to find a seat
  2. Sip and Wonder – full of expats. Free language exchange Thursdays, concerts Saturday nights
  3. 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…

catch Hipster vibes at El Coscorrón or grab the Cheapest mojito in town (3€) at Bombay. 


Cervecería Sento – a crowded, lively, cash only tapas stop (second location is quieter)

Katagorri – excellent choice for basque pinxos


Livanti gelato – Sicilian style, my favorite

Rocambolesc – DIVINE ice cream desserts

Have you visited or lived in Alicante? Do you have something to add? Comments are the place to share what you know!
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