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I see many people landing on my site searching for current food and drink prices in Tenerife.

Here, therefore, is a short sample, which I'll try and add to or amend on a regular basis. 

Prices correct as of May 2016






full English breakfast
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The "full English breakfast" is available routinely in all British bars and most Spanish tourist bars. The most expensive I found was 3.50 euros, but, if you shop around, you'll be able to find some bars selling them for as little as 1.90 euros.

steak and chips For general eating out, to watch the pennies, it is a good idea to follow the advice outlined on the main Food and Drink page and go to basic Canarian restaurants, where you'll be assured of a superb meal priced very cheaply. However, in average tourist bars (basing prices on the restaurant in Alison's complex), main courses are between €7.50 and €8.50. These consist of such things as cod and chips, gammon, curry, lasagne and bolognaise. Steak is usually a bit dearer, at something like €9.50. As I say, it all depends where you go.

crisps (or potato chips)
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UK brand bar snacks like crisps and nuts are generally available in tourist bars. In Canarian bars, you'll probably find things like crisps (potato chips), but they'll be Spanish brands. In the bar on Alison's complex, a small packet of salted peanuts costs €1.50, as does a packet of Walker's crisps.

In tourist bars, you could sometimes find sandwiches, hot dogs or burgers on offer. These are likely to cost something like €3.50 or €4.

glass of lager
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Regarding lager, if you want to watch the pennies, then go for the local beer - this could be Tenerife's Dorada, or Tropical, from the neighbouring island of La Gomera. Generally, you'll get a pint for no more than 2 euros and, while some British bars offer a happy hour price of 1.50 euros, many bars are advertising this as an all-day price. I have spotted a select few selling a pint for a mere 0.95!

glass of red wine
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A glass of wine could cost you as little as 3 euros and the bar on the complex where Alison's apartment is offers a happy hour price of 2.50 euros. My tactic, these days, for having wine in the apartment is to buy a one-litre carton from the supermarket. One I found on our last visit was a red called Castillo de Mureva. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it - and guess what it cost? €0.75!!! Yes, honestly.

glass of Strongbow cider
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Unfortunately, if you go for brands found in the UK, you'll have to pay more. Strongbow cider, or Guinness, for example, are likely to be more like 3 euros. (Still cheaper than the UK.)

Supermarket Price: €2.30 for 500ml can of Strongbow
€2.20 for Magners

brandy glass
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Spirits, in general, seem to cost around three euros. On the complex where Alison's apartment is, during happy hour, the price drops to two euros. Considering that most Spanish bars don't use optics and the bar person just sloshes the liquor into your glass, the measure is likely to be at least the equivalent of a double.

Supermarket Prices: Anything between 10 and 15 euros, depending on the spirit


cola
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For soft drinks, I'm going to base prices on the complex's bar. Across the board, everything is €1.50. You'll probably be able to get all the basic ones, with 7 Up and Sprite being the lemonade varieties available.

cigaretteFor those smokers amongst you, I can report that cigarette prices are tending to creep up with every visit we make. I buy Royals while in Tenerife, which currently sell at €28.50 for 200. A popular brand in the UK, Marlboro, costs €31. It is a bit cheaper to buy packs of 200, rather than single packets of 20.
full English breakfast
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The "full English breakfast" is available routinely in all British bars and most Spanish tourist bars.

The most expensive I found was 3.50 euros, but, if you shop around, you'll be able to find some bars selling them for as little as 1.90 euros.



steak and chips

For general eating out, to watch the pennies, it is a good idea to follow the advice outlined on the main Food and Drink page and go to basic Canarian restaurants, where you'll be assured of a superb meal priced very cheaply.

However, in average tourist bars (basing prices on the restaurant in Alison's complex), main courses are between €7.50 and €8.50. These consist of such things as cod and chips, gammon, curry, lasagne and bolognaise. Steak is usually a bit dearer, at something like €9.50. As I say, it all depends where you go.



crisps (or potato chips)
photo source

UK brand bar snacks like crisps and nuts are generally available in tourist bars. In Canarian bars, you'll probably find things like crisps (potato chips), but they'll be Spanish brands. In the bar on Alison's complex, a small packet of salted peanuts costs €1.50, as does a packet of Walker's crisps.

In tourist bars, you could sometimes find sandwiches, hot dogs or burgers on offer. These are likely to cost something like €3.50 or €4.



glass of lager
photo source

Regarding lager, if you want to watch the pennies, then go for the local beer - this could be Tenerife's Dorada, or Tropical, from the neighbouring island of La Gomera.

Generally, you'll get a pint for no more than 2 euros and, while some British bars offer a happy hour price of 1.50 euros, many bars are advertising this as an all-day price. I have spotted a select few selling a pint for a mere 0.95!



glass of red wine
photo source

A glass of wine could cost you as little as 2 euros and the bar on the complex where Alison's apartment is offers a happy hour price of 1.50 euros.

My tactic, these days, for having wine in the apartment is to buy a one-litre carton from the supermarket. One I found on our last visit was a red called Castillo de Mureva. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it - and guess what it cost? €0.75!!! Yes, honestly.


glass of Strongbow cider
photo source

Unfortunately, if you go for brands found in the UK, you'll have to pay more. Strongbow cider, or Guinness, for example, are likely to be more like 3 euros. (Still cheaper than the UK.)

Supermarket Price: €2.30 for 500ml can of Strongbow
€2.20 for Magners



brandy glass
photo source

Spirits, in general, seem to cost around three euros. On the complex where Alison's apartment is, during happy hour, the price drops to two euros. Considering that most Spanish bars don't use optics and the bar person just sloshes the liquor into your glass, the measure is likely to be at least the equivalent of a double.

Supermarket Prices: Anything between 10 and 15 euros, depending on the spirit



cola
photo source

For soft drinks, I'm going to base prices on the complex's bar. Across the board, everything is €1.50. You'll probably be able to get all the basic ones, with 7 Up and Sprite being the lemonade varieties available.



cigarette

For those smokers amongst you, I can report that cigarette prices are tending to creep up with every visit we make. I buy Royals when in Tenerife, which currently sell at €28.50 for 200.

A popular brand in the UK, Marlboro, costs €31.

It is a bit cheaper to buy packs of 200, rather than single packets of 20.


I hope that's given you some idea of how far your hard-earned holiday money will go - if you shop wisely. As I said at the top of the page, I'll try to add more items in due course.





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