On a walk to Altea, Spain last week my family and I stumbled across Citrus Cafe. Right on the ocean front, with a gorgeous view of the ocean and harbor, on first look Citrus Cafe is similar to many of Altea’s other sea side cafes. But, after just a few minutes sitting on its small patio, we discovered it has just about the nicest owner we’ve ever come across, some of the best cafe con leches in Altea, a great selection of meals and snacks and, from the obviously regular clientele, many others agree with us too.
Location of Citrus Cafe in Altea – Situated right across the street from the promenade and looking out over the water, Citrus Cafe is on a less trafficked part of the sea front, so you’re not confronted with cars whizzing by every second you sit there. You’ll find the cafe at Calle San Peree 41, 03590, Altea.
The Management at Citrus Cafe – Joe, one of the owners of Citrus Cafe, is a Brit who’s lived in Spain for a few years. Previously working for many years in hotels and restaurants throughout the United Kingdom and South America, he’s obviously learned what customers are looking for as, the minute you walk in to Citrus Cafe, he’s right there greeting you with a smile and a joke, and making you feel welcome and wanted. His partner too was always smiling, friendly and lovely.
We sat on the patio of the cafe for well over an hour, enjoying cafe con leches and brandies, and during that time Joe came back a few times for a chat about England (my family and I are from an area of the UK Joe has worked in), and to exchange joking comments with my parents or ask if there was anything else we needed.
In the Altea and Costa Blanca area of Spain, we’ve found most cafe owners to be very friendly and welcoming, but Joe went above and beyond even that, ensuring we’ll be returning to Citrus Cafe several times before we leave Altea.
Food and Drink at Citrus Cafe – Whether you’re looking for just a cafe con leche (the Spanish version of a small latte), a snack, a cake, an alcoholic beverage or a full meal, Citrus Cafe serves everything. Opening at 10:30 am every day, they serve a late breakfast with items like Bacon and Egg Toasted Sandwiches, or a full English Breakfast. With prices around 3.50-4.50 euros ($4.85 to $6.25) for breakfast at an ocean side cafe, you certainly won’t break the bank here.
Citrus Cafe also serves lunch and dinner, with fish and chicken dishes, pies, meatballs, various pasta dishes and lots more. Menus change daily, so stop back several times as you’ll find different options every time.
If, like us, you just want to stop off for a coffee and a brandy or a cake, I highly recommend the cafe con leches at Citrus Cafe – they’re delicious. In fact, I had two. If you’re looking for something sweet to go with them, their scones are lovely (they come with heaps of jam and cream) and, if you’re British like me, you’ll love the toasted tea cakes.
If you’re looking for a friendly cafe in Altea right by the ocean, where you can have a great cup of coffee or a beer, a snack or a full meal, and be served by some of the nicest people in Altea, look no further than Citrus Cafe. It’s absolutely lovely.