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Top Choice Japanese in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Koji's

Koji Hyodo's sushi shack is a twinkling beacon of fresh, raw excellence. The atmosphere and service are superior, of course, but his food is a higher truth. The grilled octopus is barely fried and sprinkled with sea…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Hermosa

Somewhere north of town, Playa Santa Teresa ends and Playa Hermosa starts. This gorgeous beach deserves its hermosa (beautiful) moniker and then some. It's wide and flat and spectacular at low tide. The beach nearly…
Beach in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa

Playa Santa Teresa is a long, stunning beach that's famous for its fast and powerful beach break. The surf is pretty consistent and can be surfed at virtually any time of day. At the north end of the beach, Roca Mar…
Tapas in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Bajo El Arbol

If you can't afford a flight to Spain, just sit down 'Beneath the Tree.' Basque chef Julio whips up extraordinary escalivada (eggplant and pepper dish), and the pulpo a la gallega (octopus), topped with crunchy sea …
Fusion in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Mary's Restaurant

At the far end of Mal País village, this unassuming, open-air restaurant has a polished concrete floor, wood oven, pool table and blackboard menu. It offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, homemade bacon and sausages, …
Cafe in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Zwart Cafe

Zwart means 'black' in Dutch, but this shabby-chic, artist-owned gallery and cafe is all white (or mostly, damn dust!). You'll love the surf-inspired Technicolor canvases, the lively outdoor patio and the breakfasts…
International in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Papaya Lounge

The top-shelf restaurant at the Hotel Moana is on a stunning perch and has jaw-dropping views and Latin-inspired tapas. The emphasis on local ingredients results in delights such as beef braised in chili and coffee,…
Bar in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Roca Mar

Tucked away at the Blue Surf Sanctuary hotel at the northern end of town, this is pretty perfect beach lounge attracts a local expat crowd. Beanbags are stuck in the sand, and hammocks are slung in the trees – all p…
Burgers in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Burger Rancho

Get your burger on at this open-air rancho across from the soccer field. Check the blackboard for daily changing specials, including veggie choices like a portobello mushroom burger, fish options like a Hawaiian tun…
Soda in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Caracolas

The lone soda on this end of the coast. It serves típica on timber tables in a garden that rolls on to the rocky beach. The place does all the usual chicken, beef and seafood dishes, as well as sandwiches and salads…