Albaicín, a neighborhood in Granada, is home to a thriving culinary scene that ranges from traditional Spanish tapas bars to fine dining accompanied by magical views of the Alhambra. The area’s unique heritage provides a wide range of dining options; we list ten of the best restaurants to try.
Taberna Salinas heads the list when it comes to top tapas bars in Albaicín. It is loved by locals thanks to its prime location and its great tapas. The food is simple but carefully prepared using only the best ingredients: order some delicious meatballs, crispy chips, spinach salads with a flavorsome goat cheese for a real treat.
Taberna Salinas, C/ Elvira,13, Granada, Spain, + 34 958 22 14 11
Located in the heart of Albaicin’s old city on the Darro river, with views of the Alhambra, Restaurante Ruta del Azafran is a great place for local cooking. The menu features Andalusian dishes with authentic flavours (try the simple, yet superb goat cheese with apples), prepared according to traditional techniques. Friendly service also complements the food.
El Ladrillo II
An evocative historic setting gives a unique charm to this small restaurant, which also serves some of the best fish dishes in Albaicín. It is also popular for delicious meat dishes such as soft ox tails and for unique and traditional tastes such as aubergines deep fried in honey. The great food here goes well with a bottle of deep and fruity Andalusian wine.
El Ladrillo II, Calle Panaderos, 35, Granada, Spain, + 34 958 29 26 51
Tucked away on a cobbled lane near the heart of Albaicín, Restaurante Bar Leon is a jewel among the tapas bars of Granada. Little wonder the restaurant is very popular with locals, who come to enjoy meals such as patatas bravas, paellas, Andalusian sausages and octopus salad.
Restaurante Bar Leon, Calle Pan, 1, Granada, Spain, + 34958225143
Paprika is the best organic vegan restaurant in Albaicín. Located in the lower part of the city, it has a contemporary style and a menu of vegan specialties, such as fried tofu, Asian wok dishes, Italian cuisine with vegan twists and crispy tortilla chips with dips. The chocolate truffles for dessert are irresistible.
Restaurante Paprika, Cuesta de Abarqueros, 3, Granada, Spain, + 34 958804785
Posada Pilardel Toro is a charming restaurant located in the tranquil ambiance of small hotel. The menu features mainly seafood delicacies, such as well-seasoned calamari and a wide variety of fish: mackerel, salmon, sardines and white fish. The sweet sangria and rosy Andalusian wine are highly recommended.
Posada Pilar del Toro, C/ Elvira 25, Granada,Spain, + 34 958 22 73 22
San Nicolas serves classic Spanish cuisine that can be enjoyed in two dining environments: an elegant room upstairs, and a casual, informal room downstairs. The Spanish dishes are prepared using authentic Andalusian cooking techniques and are presented beautifully; try the ox tail ravioli with prawns. Partial views of the magical Alhambra palace at sunset add to the atmosphere.
San Nicolas, Calle San Nicolas, 3, Granada, Spain, + 34 958272842