On my last city break to Alicante with Jet2, I was not too sure what to expect. Having grown a bit of a reputation for being ‘Brits abroad’ or a ‘lads on tour’ destination, I expected many English bars and with that a lot of English food, but I am glad to say I was wrong. We found so many great bars and restaurants in Alicante, of many different cuisines, from traditional Spanish tapas to Thai. So I thought I would write you a little round-up of the best places to eat in the city of Alicante.
Food recommendations in Alicante, Spain
I am not even exaggerating when I say I could have eaten here every night, the food was nothing short of perfect. A twist on traditional Spanish dishes, the restaurant serves a variety of cuisines alongside Spanish, all freshly cooked and presented beautifully. The laid-back atmosphere also really sells Restaurante Fondillion, dim lighting and casual bar side seating make for a great place to chill with a glass of red at the end of the day. Meal cost for two people: €40 euros for multiple courses plus Wine and Beer
Tucked away on the walk back from Santa Barbara Castle, the Thai Corner is a hidden gem for Asian food lovers run by Thai people. One of the more expensive meals we did have in Alicante but in my opinion, it was worth it. The restaurant serves all the traditional Thai offerings with a wide range of veggie options also available, be sure to ask for ‘for normal spice’ rather than ‘Thai spice’ if you are not too good with heat. I recommend the Tofu Massaman Curry, but I would probably skip the Sticky Rice as I did find that a bit too tough. Meal cost for two people: €50 for two courses with beers
The Good Burger
The Good Burger is actually a chain restaurant in Alicante, but nevertheless, if you are craving American style carb-loaded food head here. The food is filling without being heavy and leaving you bloated, and it is very low cost. Unfortunately, they do not have an English menu but the staff are more than happy to help you out and if not most things you probably can work out for yourself. Being a garlic queen, I fell head over heels for their Alioli chips. Meal Cost: €15 for food pictured plus Beer.
In Bocca Al Lupo
On our last night, I was really craving Italian food (A normal day for me to be honest) so we headed to In Bocca Al Lupo to for dinner and it did not disappoint. The place was packed with local people and does get quite busy, so you may want to try to get a reservation to avoid disappointment. Run by Italians, they serve traditional fresh pasta and Naples style pizza, not quite as good as I had in Rome the previous week, but still pretty damn good. Meal Cost: €40 for two courses (including Steak) with Wine.
We didn’t actually get a chance to visit D’ Tablas, but I feel I should mention it as it was located opposite our hotel and always look really busy. This, however, could be down to the price rather than the quality of the food, as D’Tablas serves all tapas dishes for 90c and beer for 60c, but at that price, you don’t have that much to lose by checking it out.
Bar Recommendations in Alicante
Bandarra Bar is super cool, one of those bars you go to and are constantly looking around as there is so much going on. We went for a drink before heading to eat at In Bocca Al Lupo, but they also serve tapas. The Tripadvisor ratings for their food are really high, with a live cooking station to see your food being prepared. Beer price: €3
A cute little outdoor bar situated in the middle of town, perfect for afternoon drinks after hitting the beach or to chill out after your evening meal, no need to worry about the cold evenings, as they also provide heaters and blankets to create a cosy feeling. Also, just across the road from here, there is a great gelato shop called Amorino, so on a warm day, I would recommend making a stop by there as well.
All recommendations are marked in red on the map below:
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