The culinary landscape of the Canary Islands is a rich tapestry of flavours, and the charm lies not only in Michelin-starred restaurants but also in those cherished establishments that hold a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. While it’s challenging to crown the best dishes or eateries in this diverse gastronomic world, let’s embark on a journey to explore some of the finest “bocadillos” or Spanish baguette-style sandwich destinations in Tenerife.
1. Casa Chano, Guamasa
Nestled near the TF-5 motorway on El Boquerón road, Casa Chano is a convenient stop for both northbound and southbound travelers. Here, you can savour their renowned “especial de jamón serrano” or “especial de pata asada” sandwiches, best enjoyed with a refreshing orange juice or their famous “cortados” for breakfast.
2. La Garriga, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
In the heart of Santa Cruz, La Garriga stands as one of the city’s most celebrated spots for fantastic sandwiches. Their tortilla sandwich, a local favourite, is a must-try according to the enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Bar Imperial, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Bar Imperial, often dubbed a “traditional café,” is situated in Santa Cruz’s bustling center. Here, sandwiches and tapas take center stage, with chicken and loin sandwiches being their specialty. It has been a go-to destination for night owls for many years.
4. Bar Rallye, La Matanza
Bar Rallye in La Matanza offers a delightful range of sandwiches, including Spanish omelette and cheese, chicken, Serrano ham and cheese, and Iberian ham options. They also boast an array of delectable sweets.
5. Kiosco Rojo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
At Kiosco Rojo, located on Vía Transversal in the Dársena Pesquera, you’ll find the best tuna sandwich in Tenerife. They serve up to 200 sandwiches daily, starting from 5:30 a.m. until the bread runs out. Additionally, they offer sandwiches with larded meat and mackerel, making it a popular choice among locals.
6. Viva María, Santa Cruz
With over 40 years in Santa Cruz, Viva María is a well-established café in the capital. It’s an ideal spot for breakfast, snacks, and even dinner due to its extensive opening hours. Their chicken sandwich and beef pepito are standout choices, and they also offer a variety of vegetarian options and delightful natural juices.
7. Cafeteria Los Majuelos, La Laguna
Cafeteria Los Majuelos is known for its exceptional sandwiches. Their daily “sandwich of the day” never disappoints, earning it praise among customers. Alongside sandwiches, they serve delicious milkshakes and complete breakfasts.
8. Cafeteria Boulangerie Adeje
Known as “the home of the gourmet sandwich,” this café in Costa Adeje offers a selection of over 33 sandwiches and breakfast options. They cater to various dietary preferences, including vegan and gluten-free, and serve delightful smoothies, bagels, and artisan croissants.
9. KM.5 Bakery Cafeteria, La Esperanza
For those passing through La Esperanza, KM.5 Bakery Cafeteria is a perfect stop for sandwiches. Known for their inventive sandwich names, they’re resolute in providing a wide range of witty and delicious options. It’s an ideal choice for grabbing sandwiches to enjoy during mountain walks or visits to Teide National Park.
10. Cafetería San Pedro, Güímar
Cafetería San Pedro, located in Güímar’s Plaza de San Pedro, has earned a reputation as the village’s beloved cafeteria. They’re known for their sizable and delicious sandwiches, with the chicken sandwich being a standout.
11. Cafeteria Moneiba, Tacoronte
Situated on the main Tejina-Tacoronte road, Cafeteria Moneiba boasts spectacular sandwiches. Their “Michelin Star” sandwiches are complemented by mouthwatering milkshakes and comprehensive breakfast options.
12. Cafeteria Millenium, Los Realejos
Located in Los Realejos, Cafeteria Millenium recently underwent renovations. With indoor and outdoor seating, it’s an excellent choice for coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner. Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches, mixed dishes, and delightful sweets from Casa Egon.
13. Mc Lolo’s Café & Burger, Santa Úrsula
Mc Lolo’s Café & Burger offers a delectable range of croissants, sandwiches, and snacks. Specialties like the chicken sandwich, triple sandwich, and crazy potatoes are favourites among customers. Don’t forget to pair your meal with their impressive strawberry milkshake.
14. Cafetería El Bocatín 2, El Sauzal
Located in El Sauzal, Cafetería El Bocatín 2 boasts a diverse and delicious menu. From mouthwatering sandwiches to juicy hamburgers and creamy milkshakes, there’s something to satisfy every craving.
15. Bar Chicho, Arafo
Bar Chicho, in Arafo, is renowned for its “bocadillo de cochino negro con queso y mojo.” You can also opt to enjoy the meat on a plate with chips, mojo, onions, and peppers—an equally enticing choice. It’s an excellent stop during the Pilgrimage to Candelaria for their delectable meat sandwiches.
16. Cafeteria-Bar Iberia, Puerto de la Cruz
Cafeteria-Bar Iberia offers excellent value for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a welcoming atmosphere. Their specialty chicken sandwich is a delectable treat. Their diverse menu includes a wide range of mixed dishes.
17. Autobar La Borracha, Barranco Hondo
Autobar La Borracha is renowned for its pork and red mojo sandwich—a favourite among locals. Its affordability and deliciousness make it a popular choice.
18. Autobar El Coli, Punta Prieta
El Coli is a great choice for a quick stop while passing through the tunnels of Güímar. Famous for its meat sandwiches, it’s well-regarded by local workers and travelers heading south.
19. Bar Capilla, Santa Cruz
Bar Capilla in Santa Cruz is famous for its roast leg sandwich with tortilla. It’s a bustling spot and enjoys a reputation as one of the finest sandwich joints in Tenerife’s capital.
20. Puzol, Güímar
In Güímar, Bar Puzol stands out for its “bocadillo de pata” sandwiches and offers an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. They’re also known for their carne fiesta and carne cabra specialties, making it a must-visit destination.
Explore these fantastic sandwich spots and savour the diverse flavours Tenerife has to offer.