When I first moved to Gibraltar I mourned the loss of Pret a Manger. Rather than my favourite halloumi & red pepper or rocket & crayfish salads and sarnies I was faced with ham, cheese and egg options in nasty white bread, covered in a mountain of mayo, yuck!
Maybe I just got unlucky though, as there are in fact some very tasty options for a decent lunch. All of the cafes below also have seating areas but for this post I’m focusing on take outs. Unfortunately I’m one of these people who tend to grab a quick sandwich and then eat it back at the office hunched over my laptop – not ideal!
Bean and Gone
This is run by some really friendly chappies and they cook delicious home made, filling food including wraps, sandwiches and hot food. I love the jacket potatoes and falafel salads. You can ring up and pre-order and they also deliver for orders over £20
20 Engineers Lane
T: (+350) 200 65334
This cafe (which one of my friends calls ‘veggie veggie’ for some reason!) cooks beautiful tasting home made food which is locally sourced. They specialise in bagels, middle Eastern food, quiches, salads and cakes. Their hummus and falafel wrap with chill jam is my personal favourite, it’s over £4 but is worth it as it’s the best one I have ever eaten (a bold, but true statement). If I was forced to pick just one favourite place this would be it for me as that wrap is just too delicious!
International Commercial Centre, Casemates Square
T: (+350) 200 60733
This popular cafe in Irish Town is situated in the former warehouse of an old merchant house and is very cosy and traditional. They have one corner of the cafe dedicated to selling local products including their own coffee which my fiancé tells me is lovely. Personally I can’t stand the stuff so would not be be able to tell what’s good or bad but he’s a bit of a connoisseur.
They cook a range of home made hot food, sandwiches, quiches, salads as well as cakes. I always have to try and ignore the cakes when I go in as I feel like they are calling my name! They look (and taste) delicious. The quiches are the best ones I have ever tasted, especially the salmon option. They do a nice take away offer of a slice of quiche and medium salad (where you pick 3 from a great selection of fresh choices) for around £6. This is more expensive than I’d usually pay but they are very good.
57 Irish Town
T: (+350) 20070625
Pick A Bite
I have mixed feelings about this place as I think the wraps/baguettes are fairly standard (and they tend to put lashings of mayonnaise on everything… ggrrrr. However their Spanish hot food is delicious. They cook lovely rice, croquettas, empanadillas (a kind of pie) and salad and it always tastes really fresh. The staff are friendly but can sometimes be very slow so I avoid it if I’m in a rush.
I can not find a telephone number or website
There are 2 locations for this cafe and they both make fresh baguettes/wraps, salads, hot snacks and cakes for a very reasonable price. The average baguette is just over £3, they do a great salmon and mascarpone option, yum!
International Commercial Centre Casemates Square (+350) 20048185
Unit 15, Eurotowers (+350) 20062828
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