Porthmeor Beach Cafe // St Ives

© Mark Noall

"The one with the booths?" Yes, that's the one! This lovely cafe right on Porthmeor Beach (the beach in front of the Tate) has a row of little three-walled pods, facing the sea and each with heater and lamp. You'll have to book well in advance, but it'll be worth the forward planning.

Locals come here for the tapas, which as you'd expect, majors on seafood, but is also pretty good for veggies. It's also a favourite spot for breakfast or morning coffee, taken on one of the two terraces or the lively inside area. 

Because Porthmeor Beach Cafe has a full drinks licence, you can also come here simply for a glass of something chilled (time it so you catch the Porthmeor sunset). Canine companions are welcome in the outside areas.