Cafes and Delis in Menorca
The Spanish drink lots of coffee and coffee ordered in a bar or restaurant is always excellent, but can be very strong. It also often has traces of chicory, so has a different taste to Italian coffee. If you can’t handle the caffeine, order a descafeinado de maquina (decaffeinated ground coffee) or descafeinado de sobre (a sachet of decaffeinated instant coffee) served with either hot water or milk (con leche) on request.
Menorcan supermarkets do not offer the vast range of prepared meals found in the UK and in recent years little shops have been opening up specializing in pre-prepared meals, ‘Plats Preparat’. If you don’t fancy cooking or going out, these can be great value to take back to your holiday home to enjoy there. The food will be freshly cooked (rotisserie chickens are delicious) or homemade and you will probably see the kitchen from the counter. Some places may offer a range of pre-prepared courses as well as a daily special, often complete with potatoes and vegetables.
Café Balear has gained such a reputable name on the island that it now has three premises, all serving the same high-quality seafood fresh from the Med. Café Balear’s unique feature is its own fishing boat, which catches the fish and shellfish daily to ensure maximum freshness and quality when it reaches the plate by dusk.
A self-proclaimed gastronomy space, Ses Voltes sits in the heart of the old town behind the iconic arches of a narrow back street of the same name. Despite the archaic frontage, Ses Voltes is a modern venue accommodating customers for a casual coffee, meeting, family function or special occasion. Three floors of dining space include a terrace with an exceptional vantage point over the historical rooftops of the historical town. The minimalist interior at Ses Voltes is chic and pleasantly contradicts that of the authentic Menorcan façade.