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The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Tarifa, Spain

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Pancakes | © Jaime Olmo / Flickr
From cafés famous for their crepes to one of the best pastry shops around, there’s no shortage of breakfast and brunch spots in Tarifa, southern Spain.

If you’re planning a day of surfing or sightseeing in Tarifa, a hearty breakfast or brunch is essential. Here’s our pick of the town’s best spots for the first meal of the day.

Andrea's Brunch

Cafe, Spanish, $$$
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The cheesecake at Andrea's Brunch is to die for | © congerdesign / Pixabay
As its name suggests, late breakfasts are Andrea Brunch’s speciality, with everything from crepes and sandwiches to bowls of fruit and cereals to choose from. Or, for something a bit different, try hummus with dippable fresh vegetables or one of the best cheesecakes in Tarifa. Travellers with lactose and gluten intolerances are especially well catered for at Andrea’s, a popular café in the old town.
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Confitería La Tarifeña

Pastry Shop, Spanish, $$$
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Enjoy a chocolate palmera at Confiteria La Tarifeña | © Nacho / Flickr
Tarifa’s best pastry shop will be irresistible for sweet-toothed travellers visiting Tarifa. Attractively arrayed in the window display is a vast selection of homemade treats, from sumptuous cakes to palmeras – the heart-shaped pastries topped with chocolate that are so popular in Spain. Pizza slices also provide a savoury breakfast or brunch option. Except for a bench outside, it’s take-out only.
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Café Azúl

Cafe, Spanish, $$$
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Café Azúl does a mean crepe | © RitaE / Pixabay
To set yourself up for a day on one of Tarifa’s beautiful beaches, head to Café Azul, a vintage-style joint in the heart of the old town. Out of an improbably small kitchen comes everything from tostadas and sandwiches to freshly-squeezed fruit juices and milkshakes. Azul is most famous, though, for its enormous crepes: available with a variety of toppings, they make for a perfect breakfast or brunch.
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Geko

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Spanish, $$$
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Start the day with a great cup of coffee at Restaurante Geko | © Couleur / Pixabay
Situated on a pretty square in the old town, Restaurante Geko serves up a fusion menu of ‘Italian-Tarifeña’ dishes. Its outside terrace is directly in front of the beautiful San Mateo church, providing a great spot to start a day’s sightseeing. Breakfast or brunch options consist of croissants and sweet pastries, both of which can be accompanied by a cup of Geko’s superb coffee.
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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
6:30 pm - 1:00 am

Banana Republic Café

Cafe, Spanish, $$$
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A variety of fresh bread is available at the Banana Republic Café | © Couleur / Pixabay
Banana Republic Café is one of the most cheerful places in Tarifa for breakfast or brunch. In a funky, tropical-themed interior or out on the terrace, you can start your day with a scrumptious tostada of avocado, cream cheese and nutmeg, or a plate of spinach-infused scrambled egg. Customers here also love the selection of freshly-baked bread, as well as the coffee, juices and milkshakes.
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Surla

Cafe, Spanish, European, $$$
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Tuck into a pancake at Surla | © tookapic / Pixabay
Popular beachfront hangout Surla is said to do the best breakfast in Tarifa. Its menu offers a huge range of options for the day’s first meal, from the classic Spanish tostada to an English fry-up. Those wanting a lighter brekkie or brunch can choose from fruit, cereals, fresh juices and smoothies or pancakes. Make sure you’ve worked up an appetite before ordering, as the portions are generous.
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Café 10

Cafe, Spanish, $$$
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Kick-start the day with a fresh juice at Café 10 | © stevepb / PIxabay
For one of the best-value breakfasts or brunches in Tarifa, head to Café 10, where you can enjoy a coffee, tostada and fresh orange juice for just €3.50 before midday. Other popular options here are the crepes and the muesli with fresh fruit and yoghurt. Whatever you choose, enjoy it on a sunny terrace or – on one of Tarifa’s rare sun-free days – a small but welcoming interior.
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