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A chiringuito in Formentera.

In Spain, a chiringuito (Spanish pronunciation: [t͡ʃiɾinˈɡito]) is a small beach bar, selling mainly drinks and snacks, and sometimes meals or tapas, in a more or less provisional building, since a more permanent structure in the beach may be inviable.[1][2][3]

They are mainly found on beaches or at tourist attractions, which enjoy only brief but intense seasonal activity. These can be solid structures but are more often no-frills shelters or simply stalls capable of commanding a price premium compared to regular suppliers, as well as high turnover, yielding reasonable profits over a short span of time.

Since many chiringuito bars tend (or tended) to operate in the informal sector of the economy, the term is sometimes extended to any dodgy business activity or company that operates in loosely regulated grey markets or the unlawful black market sector.

In Mexico, an equivalent could be a palapa.

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  1. ^ "chiringuito". Word Reference (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Chiringuito". Diccionario de la Real Academia Española (in Spanish). Real Academia Española. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Chiringuito". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 20 June 2020.