Granada is a city rich in history and culture. The Arab influences are unmissable, and both cultures can be found influencing the food that can be found here. The diverse culture has given birth to a diverse dining experience: from Moroccan to Spanish, budget to high-end, discover Granada’s 10 best restaurants.
Part of the AC Palacio de Santa Paula hotel, and located in the historical and monumental centre of Granada, El Claustro offers a luxury dining experience, accompanied by spectacular architecture and the chance to dine whilst overlooking the 16th-century convent courtyard. Guests can choose from a range of dishes created from local produce, including mango and avocado from Granada’s verdant valleys, and all inspired by Andalusian cuisine, but with a modern twist. El Claustro offers a spiritual and relaxing dining experience in the heart of a historic convent for those willing to steer a little from the traveler’s budget.
Los Jardines de Zoraya
Los Jardines de Zoraya is conveniently situated in the historic Albaicin quarter of Granada, not far from the Mirador de San Nicolas. Surrounded by narrow streets and quaint houses on the hills facing the Alhambra, the area in itself makes a visit to this restaurant a must. Their standard ‘Jardines de Zoray’ menu includes a flamenco show, of which there are two nightly, as well as a choice of a three course meal, from cured meats with goats cheese, to flavorful grilled Iberian pork, and a mojito sorbet for dessert.
Not exactly unique to Granada, but nevertheless a must-visit, Cien Montaditos highlights Spain’s expertise in ‘bocadillos’, typical sandwiches much loved by the Spanish. With a wide range of sandwich fillings, from Spanish tortilla to chorizo sausage, and even dessert options with fillings like cookies and cream, these bite size rolls make it a guilt-free experience to order more than your standard number of sandwiches in an attempt to sample a range from the extensive menu. If the sandwiches get too much, Cien Montaditos offers sides on its simple yet satisfying menu, including salad and chips, and serves a wide range of beverages to wash down the delicious snacks.
Located just off the Via Colón, this traditional Granadine bar which dates back to 1910 features murals with collections of old posters, as well as large authentic wine barrels to complete the authentic atmosphere. With its free tapas and a choice of delicious evening meals, this restaurant attracts locals and tourists alike, so go before peak hours to grab yourself a seat. The menu compromises of simple yet much loved Spanish specialties, from tortilla to jamón, as well as a range of seafood, from octopus salad to shrimps.
Ruta del Azafrán
Situated at the foot of the Alhambra, the Ruta del Azafrán restaurant is recommended for the traveler who loves his or her history. All the dishes, created in the kitchen by a fully equipped team, consist of a mix of of cultures, alternating between Arab flavors, international cuisine, and traditional Andalucian foods. Most notably, its dish of cous-cous, with vegetables, chicken or lamb, proves popular, as does el magret de pato (a steak of lean meat, cut from the breast of a goose or a duck). Catering for groups as well as individual requests with halal meat and vegetarian options, Ruta del Azafrán offers something for everyone.
Bar Avila is a traditional tapas bar, family run since its establishment in 1967, and probably about as Spanish as it can get. Ideally located in the city centre, it offers wine and beer, as well as grilled pork and marinated olives as part of its menu. This small locale is always brimming with people who are not turned off by its minimal decoration. Bar Avila has a friendly charm which makes it a comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy a beer and some tapas. If you’re looking for somewhere small, friendly and typically Spanish, this is the place to go.
Biggies is a perfect place for a nice breakfast, and recommended by locals for its tapas! Whether you want to drink of a coffee, or a beer, this is a comfortable and down-to-earth place to sit and pass a few hours. This is very much a locals’ place, and not an up-market, well-known restaurant.
Described as a cozy hole in the wall, this restaurant serves Granada’s best Moroccan food at bargain prices. Tajine Elvira celebrates Granada’s Arab influence. The menu consists of typical Moroccan dishes, from tagine and cous cous, as well as the unmissable and traditional tea and pastries for desert. For a friendly and familiar atmosphere, this is the place, with home-cooked meals and a homely atmosphere, you can enjoy food at the best Moroccan restaurant in Granada.
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