Top Choice Canarian in Santa Cruz de la Palma


Just four tables, a 200-year old building, cool jazz on the soundtrack and a choice of dishes that alters daily according to what is fresh in season. Plus Carmen, an owner-cum-chef who is such a delight you want to …
Canarian in Santa Cruz de la Palma


This delightful pink-and-white wedding cake of a building has its terrace on a picturesque plaza overlooking a fountain and surrounded by flower-filled balconies. The coffee is the best in town and the dishes, altho…
Spanish in Santa Cruz de la Palma

La Lonja

Occupying an old Canary house on the seafront with balconies bursting with colourful flowers, La Lonja is perhaps the city’s most upscale restaurant, with a mix of Canarian, Castillian and Mediterranean fare, like p…
Canarian in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Casa Luís

Look for the barn-like doors at this locals’ place fittingly decorated with faded black-and-white photos of Santa Cruz in yesteryear. Portions are huge, but don’t bother asking for a menu; it’s whatever struck the o…
Italian in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Pizzeria Piccolo

A slice above the pizza norm, these have crisp thin bases and generous toppings. The homemade pastas are al dente delicious, plus there are lighter bites like focaccias and salads. The building is head-spinningly hi…
Venezuelan in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Bar-Arepera El Encuentro

Cheap and tasty, Venezuelan arepas (hot pockets made of corn or flour and filled with meat or cheese) and cachapas (stuffed corn pancakes) are an island staple. The setting is wonderful on a lovely shady square over…
International in Santa Cruz de la Palma

La Placeta

A charming little bistro on a tiny square, La Placeta has a small menu featuring everything from lasagne to Canary mojo, including lots of vegetarian dishes. Downstairs, get sandwiches, desserts and tapas (€1 to €3)…
Market in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Mercado Municipal

An excellent market for fresh produce as well as deli items, located in a former 16th-century hospital. Try a sugar-cane juice with rum, mint and lemon (€4), sold at a stand here – or possibly without the rum if it'…
Fast Food in Santa Cruz de la Palma


For some of the richest ice cream you’ve had in a while, pop into Heladomanía, where the artisanal ice cream is made on the spot.