The 10 Best Restaurants In Albaicín, Granada

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9 February 2017

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.

Carmen Verde Luna

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Spanish
Carmen Verde Luna Restaurante, Granada
Carmen Verde Luna Restaurante, Granada | © Carmen Verde Luna
Carmen Verde Luna is probably the most scenic restaurant in Albaicín, offering stunning views of the Alhambra palace. The enchanting atmosphere of the place is particularly intense in the evening, and complimented by the restaurant’s interior which is decorated with a lovely fountain and colorful plants. The menu itself features traditional Spanish cuisine, with must-try dishes such as duck breast topped with marmalade and lemon mousse sorbet.

La Mancha Chica Chaoen

Restaurant, African, Mediterranean, Moroccan
La Mancha Chica Chaoen is an unassuming place, located in the historic part of the city. However, it embodies Granada’s rich culinary culture and serves wonderful Moroccan cuisine. It is absolutely the best place to try a delicious lamb tagine with crispy almonds, sweet raisins, and hummus. The restaurant’s most popular dish though is baklava, filo pastry with plums and apricots accompanied by mint tea.

Taberna Salinas

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

Restaurante Ruta del Azafran

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.

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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.

Restaurante Bar Leon

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 Paprika

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 Pilar del Toro

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

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

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Granada, Spain © Pixabay

Mirador de Morayma

Restaurant, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, $$$
Only 10 mintues walking distance from the Alhambra, this unique restaurant was the former residence of Princess Morayma, the last Sultana of Granada, during her captivity. The menu features traditional local dishes; salted cod with oranges, black olives and scallions, and cold tomato soup with garlic, thickened with bread and olive oil. The organic wine produced on the premises is delightful.

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