Home to Spain’s oldest university, Salamanca attracts travelers from all over the world. The city really comes to life when the sun sets, turning it into one of the most vibrant places in the country. Despite its cosmopolitan atmosphere, nurtured by the large population of exchange students, Salamanca also has a strong Spanish identity. Here are 10 of the city’s best restaurants for trying the local cuisine.
Río de la Plata
At Río de la Plata, locals feel as if they were at home; its tiled floor, uncluttered wooden furniture and white tablecloths are reminiscent of a typical Spanish house. For more than 50 years, the owners have been welcoming diners in a family atmosphere and serving them comida de siempre, traditional food that satisfies nostalgic Spanish and curious foreign palates alike. Although its extended menu includes most typical Spanish meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes, Río de la Plata also claims stewed kid with almonds as its speciality.
Río de la Plata, Plaza Peso 1, Salamanca, Spain, +34 923 21 90 05
La Dehesa – El Oso y el Madroño
Priding itself on its renewed traditional cuisine, La Dehesa – El Oso y el Madroño specializes in roasted meat dishes. With years of experience in serving high-quality regional food, the venue features an authentic holm oak wood stove that gives a unique and delicious taste to its meat. The roasted piglet is the highlight of its menu. The use of the best local raw materials combined with exceptional know-how means La Dehesa – El Oso y el Madroño has been awarded numerous prizes, such as that of the best carvery of the province.
La Dehesa – El Oso y el Madroño, Plaza del Ángel 1, Salamanca, Spain, +34 923 27 10 10
Despite its attachment to tradition and history, Salamanca is often described, due to its high number of students, as the youngest old city in Spain. If this contrast had to be illustrated by a single place, it would be El Pecado. Located in the historic center of the city, the venue features a wide collection of antiques combined with a bold, contemporary and feminine décor, made of hot pink walls and zebra patterns. Its menu adds creativity to regional classics, and El Pecado’s dishes are prepared with the greatest respect of local products.
El Pecado, Plaza del Poeta Iglesias 12, Salamanca, Spain, +34 923 26 65 58
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