Puerto de la Cruz is well-supplied with cafés
, with over a hundred in the centre of town alone. In comparison with the island's southern resorts, the food here is generally good quality and value, but beware of the early closing times of many of the restaurants - it's unusually hard to find a restaurant here that will serve food after 10pm.
on the Plaza del Charco is a great little bakery with a splendid array of fresh pastries, cakes and bread.
Azucar , C/Iriarte 1.tel 922/387 014. Cuban food - mostly rice-based dishes but including black bean stews, fried green bananas, croquettes and tapas-like snacks - are served in a restored house in the centre of the old town. The restaurant has a stylish ambience and artistic soft-earth tones and lively Latin American music. Service can be painfully slow. Closed Mon 8.30pm-2am. Moderate.
Daisy Burguer , C/Doctor Ingram 18. Cheerful and bustling burger bar, extremely popular with the locals. Omelettes and a few tapas are also on offer. Open all day and well into the small hours. Inexpensive.
El Caldosa , Playa Chica, Punta Brava. tel 922/389 018. Good little seafood restaurant off the end of Playa Jardín in Punta Brava, a small town 2km from the centre of Puerto and location of the Loro Parque . Superb fish and seafood served in cheerful stylish surroundings with large windows that swing open, so that the waves crashing in on the tiny beach can be heard. Moderate.
El Limón , C/de Esquivel and C/de B. Miranda. Vegetarian place serving great veggie burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and one main dish for dinner, plus lots of fresh shakes and juices. Closed Sun lunch. Moderate.
El Pinguino , Plaza del Charco. Good café in one of the best spots in town to people-watch. Has a great line in a large variety of inexpensive, superb, home-made Italian ice-cream. Sit down here and gorge on extravagant sundaes, or pick up a cone to eat on the hoof.
La Carta , C/San Felipe 53.tel 922/381 592. This place has a number of standard Spanish and Canarian dishes but also offers seasonal dishes such as asparagus and brown rice in June. Smart and well-presented, the setting still doesn't really justify the cost, except in the case of the good-value daily menu. Moderate to expensive.
La Papa , C/San Felipe 33. Cosy restaurant with a range of Canarian food and, unusually, a couple of veggie options, and good Puchero or Cabra (goat) dishes. Moderate.
La Rosa Di Bari , C/del Lomo 23.tel & fax 922/368 523. Possibly the best Italian restaurant on the island, this place has oodles of panache and great food, including excellent and generous portions of fresh gnocchi and pizza and good fish dishes. Expensive.
Peruano , C/El Pozo 18. Decorated and named to make its Peruvian credentials quite clear, the cuisine here follows suit. Many of the dishes are the usual local meat and seafood dishes with a Peruvian spin. Dried lamb sirloin is the house speciality. Closed Wed & May. Inexpensive.
Pizzera Pomodora , Puta Viento. Not a gourmet choice, though the Italian food is tasty and the views over the coast are beautiful - the restaurant is set into the cliff, well within earshot of the sea as it crashes into the cliffs of the rugged coast. Moderate.
Régulo , C/Pérez Zamora 16.tel 922/384 506. One of the classiest restaurants in town, located in a restored town house, with much of the seating in a stylish courtyard. There's a good spread of Canarian cuisine on offer, and the place is particularly known for its seafood. The local fresh fish, such as hake and parrot fish are also particularly good. There are no vegetarian options. Closed Sun & July. Expensive.