Gibraltar isn’t overflowing with great coffee options, to say the least. The artisanal coffee trend that has enhanced coffee-drinking in the rest of Europe hasn’t quite made it to this most southern tip of the continent, but there are a number of places that will put together a great cuppa and offer a fine ambience in which to sip it, book in hand or chatting away.
You can’t argue with more than 120 years of quality. Established in 1888, Sacarello’s has long been a staple of the coffee scene in Gibraltar, a family-run cafe that is consistency personified for locals and a beacon of coffee magic for newcomers. Coffee is the main event at Sacarello’s but there are also plenty of quality wines available.
Cork & Fork! We’re all for rhyming names, and Cork & Fork backs up its magnificent moniker with a fine selection of treats that require a cork or a fork. The menu is full of swift treats that are surprisingly filling, brunches that will tide you over until the inevitable trip to a steakhouse in the evening, and the wine menu is excellent. Keep an eye out for the daily specials.
A refreshingly independent and down to earth option in the Ocean Village, Benjamin’s Gourmet Foods has an old-fashioned cafe charm that we could spend the rest of our lives in. The selection of sandwiches and baguettes is great, with plenty of options for diets of all forms, and the coffee might just be the best in Gibraltar.
An Italian-style (well, in a modern continental sense) coffee shop in the Ocean Village, Cafe Fresco is a popular spot for that pre-work coffee or an afternoon catch-up with friends. There is plenty of outdoor seating for a sunshine coffee, a combination we’ll never tire of, and there are also pastries for a quick breakfast snack.
The cafe itself isn’t anything special (although the fresh orange juice is quite magnificent), but who doesn’t get excited about a piping hot cup of coffee and a sandwich on the top of the Rock? Just be sure not to let the monkeys in, because all hell will break loose. Be sure to wash your hands before you start fondling the souvenirs too.