Food is a big part of holidays in Tenerife and, with around 300 restaurants in this busy city, you'll certainly be spoilt for choice. The old fishing quarter, known as 'La Ranilla' is the heart of the restaurant district and is popular with both visitors and residents. The restaurants lining the area's narrow cobbled streets offer the very best in fish, seafood, Canarian and Italian cuisine. You will find all sorts of international cuisine as well as simple yet delicious Canarian food. You can even find some modern Canarian fare served unpretentiously in this down-to-earth city.
You'll stumble upon this little gem in the old quarter of Puerto. Light lunches, such as the four cheese quiche, and refreshing salads will provide the fuel as you take a pit stop for lunch after a morning spent sightseeing.
For music, merriment and value for money, head to Bodega Julian. Julian wears the hats of musician and head waiter and is on hand should you need any recommendations. Select from a fine range of fish and meats, before trying a locally crafted wines.
Nestled in between the orchids, this café sits in the oldest and most beautiful garden that you're likely to find on a Tenerife holiday - Sito Litre. It serves up light lunches including platters of meats, olives and cheeses, as well as a variety of home-made cakes. If you're in a big group or are planning on coming down for a special occasion, the café is happy to cater to your requirements.
Casa Mika means 'house of Mika' and once you step inside, you'll realise why it's named that. Receive a warm welcome and enjoy being greeted like you're a member of the family. Located on one of Puerto's most beautiful streets - Calle de la Verdad - it's decorated in a colonial style so be sure to take your camera with you. And if that doesn't tempt you, then the Canarian cod just may.
If you're getting tired of tapas, La Picola Italia is worth a visit. Recommendations include the fresh lobster salad, seafood pasta and the crispy, thin pizzas that are cooked in a stone based oven. The high ceilings, grand beams and photographs of Hollywood stars adorning the walls give the restaurant a classy feel. If you're not up for pizza, try the melt-in-your-mouth steak – cooked in a delicious, creamy mushroom sauce.
Ideal for birthdays or romantic meals, Regulo combines rustic charm with top-notch food. Tools of the land adorn the walls and vines cascade down from the ceiling. This bodega stocks locally sourced wine, the bottles of which are stock-piled high.
Tasco Olivio serves up the best of the Basque cuisine. If you're feeling adventurous try the Rabbit Salmojero, a staple of Canarian cooking. The restaurant uses organic, homemade olive oil that smells – and tastes – divine. If you're not sure what to choose, opt for the set menu.
For a taste of Argentina, head to Brunelli's, where you'll be able to enjoy the sea-breeze as you tuck in to your steak – cooked, of course, exactly how you like it. Although Brunelli's doesn't offer the cheapest prices, the quality and range of meat on offer here is impressive and explains the slightly larger price tag.
The chefs at El Mana cook up creative vegetarian cuisine, including vegan and gluten-free options. They use mostly local and organic products to prepare tapas, salads and puddings, which are all put together in the open kitchen. And if you're after another reason to stop by, there's even a vegan chocolate pudding to sample!