Matthew Hirtes, author of The Best Digital Nomad Destinations in the Canary Islands, shares his top choices for visiting remote workers who want to find the best places to dine, party, and get some work done at these highly-rated cafes and coworking spaces.
The Best Restaurants in the Canary Islands for Digital Nomads
Poemas by Hermanos Padron, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Housed in the Barceló Hotel Group's landmark establishment, the kitchen pairs local ingredients with international recipes. So, a tasting menu includes red prawn dumplings and oysters with green curry.
Pícaro, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Zona Mesa y López is the Gran Canaria capital's second shopping district. Its pedestrianized streets offer a wide variety of top-notch eateries, including this Guillermo Ramírez joint which sees the chef revisit his culinary journeys worldwide.
La Bikina Cantina, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: This is a beachside restaurant that offers casual dining above Las Canteras. A Spanish chef and an Indonesian cook work together to deliver a marriage of flavors.
San Sebastián 57, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Although the excellent wine is sourced locally at this stylish Santa Cruz de Tenerife establishment, the kitchen talent is imported. Head chef Alberto González Margallo hails from Cantabria, a region that shares the Canary Islands' appreciation of marine stocks.
Dareshasu, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Japanese, Korean, and Filipino fishermen traveled to the Canaries and quite a few of them stayed. Some of the earliest Asian restaurants opened in the archipelago and this relaxed eatery in the Tenerife capital offers traditional sashimi and excellent vegan sushi.
El Lateral 27, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Sunny service is apt at this popular institution where al fresco dining is as doable at night as during the day considering the temperature does not deviate wildly between dusk and dawn. Go for croquettes the size of your fist and stay for towering salads.
Restaurante Lilium, Arrecife: The Lanzarote capital's plush Centro Comercial Marina Lanzarote is the setting for this temple to fine dining with tropical papaya paired with salmon smoked in nearby Uga a telling intro to what is to follow. Sparking wines include cava from Barcelona, champagne from France, and more local bubbles from Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Restaurante Alarz Bahia Club, Arrecife: Dress to impress at the Lanzarote capital's showiest eatery housed on the ground floor of Lanzarote's only skyscraper, the Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa. Chef José Francisco Medina plates colorful creations.
Rompeolas, Corralejo: Avanti Lifestyle Hotel is housed in the property that was the very first hotel in Fuerteventura's major resort. It has undergone some transformation but the in-house restaurant goes back to basics with some more modern Fuerteventura flourishes.
El Bunker, Los Llanos de Aridane: Classic Canarian ingredients are jazzed up with 21st-century techniques at this enterprising eatery that is the best in the west of La Palma.
The Best Bars in the Canary Islands for Digital Nomads
F29 Bar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: The signature cocktail at this aviation-themed joint above Las Canteras beach is the eponymous F-29, a citrus and gin combo. Close to foodie fave El Mercado del Puerto, this is the perfect pre- or post-dinner spot.
Bar La Tienda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Legendary bar in the Gran Canaria capital maintains the original features from its past life as a grocery store. Table football and pool tables mean you can merrily while away a few hours at this leisurely fixture.
Malasaña Lounge, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Gentrified blue-collar neighborhood Guanarteme finds a home for this love letter to the celebrated Madrid barrio. Bar snacks include a Spanish staple, fried aubergine with molasses.
Bambú Lounge, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: This totally sub-tropical rooftop bar takes a leaf from Polynesia in its design and execution. One of their most popular concoctions is a karaoke and shisha combo.
El Hombre Bala, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Lively indie music venue has a good range of beer and is a good place to watch live soccer on big screen TVs in the Tenerife capital.
Caminito, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: This old-school tasca in the heart of the Tenerife capital offers an array of tapas to help soak up the booze on a big night out. Specialties include empanadas, goat cheese toast, and stuffed mushrooms.
El Camarote de Nao, Arrecife: Home brews are the order of the night at this trendy bar housed within the premises of this artisanal beer producer. Maresía uses the local Malvasia grape as a base to produce an intriguing beer-wine hybrid.
Nico's Belgian Beer House, Corralejo: Get fruity at this joyous celebration of Belgian beers and Canarian cocktails. There are more than 50 Belgian types of beer to try.
BuenaOnda, Corralejo: Join a laidback crowd of surfers in Fuerteventura's most northerly resort. Their spicy take on a Bloody Mary uses chili-infused vodka plus a dash of Tabasco.
Tasca La Luna, Los Llanos de Aridane: Cozy hostelry doubles as an art gallery. The courtyard is one of the most charming spots to while away a starry night on La Palma.
The Best Digital Nomad Cafes in the Canary Islands
Petit Café, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: This intimate coffee shop in unfussy Arenales enjoys a loyal customer base. A Canarian cheese platter offers a great intro to an underrated queso region.
Pianeta Espresso, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Top up with restorative coffee and crepes while you work at this manufacturer of friendly vibes. They interpret the island's barraquito, liqueur coffee, by combining natural Italian caffe Pascucci with Licor 45 and other secret ingredients.
Cafetería Sunflower, Arrecife: This is the perfect first post-ferry stop in the Lanzarote capital, conveniently located on Avenida Fred Olsen. Cool off with ice cream on a beach-facing terrace.
Bar Cafè Nueva Vida, Corralejo: If you prefer a sweet over savory breakfast, head to this Italian favorite. Order the popular leche y leche for a coffee made with regular and condensed milk.
Cafe Marex, Los Llanos de Aridane: Munch on a sandwich mixto, the classic combination of ham and cheese, as a work snack at this digital-nomad-friendly option. There is a surprisingly decent wine list for a coffee shop.
The Best Coworking Spaces in the Canary Islands for Digital Nomads
Coworking Canary Islands: If there is one man who has facilitated the increased popularity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as a magnet for creatives, it is Nacho Rodriguez. This is his space and he has taken street art inside to give the place an urban vibe.
Workeamos Coworking: Be sure to touch base with this Santa Cruz de Tenerife coworking space for community drinks and lunches, plus a library that welcomes both coders and their dogs.
Lanzarote Coworking: Coffee, high-speed Internet, and plants are all the fuel and oxygen you need to thrive at this Playa Honda coworking space. Its beachside location is perfect for surfers who can take advantage of the waves.
CoNomad: It is as much about the coliving as the coworking at this community-based venture in Fuerteventura's Corralejo. A roof terrace houses a DJ booth, general lounging, and yoga sessions.
Cowork Café en La Palma: Caffeine is the drug of choice at this Los Llanos de Aridane initiative. Your first cup of the day is complimentary and there are tasting cakes that are free for coworkers.