Pamplona plays a major role in Ernest Hemingway’s work The Sun Also Rises, and Café Iruña, which dates back to the 19th century, was a favourite haunt of the writer’s during his time in Spain. The restaurant’s history, vintage art deco decor, and plum location on the city’s main square, the Plaza del Castillo, make it a prime destination. Enjoy a café cortado and croissant à la plancha for breakfast while sitting out on the terrace, or take advantage of the set dinner menus that offer fantastic value for money for three courses and a bottle of wine.
Address & telephone number: 44 Plaza del Castillo, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 20 64
Venezuelan chef Julio Flames wants “nothing to mask the essence of the product” here, believing in the natural flavors of his ingredients and valuing simplicity. Drawing on his cooking experience accrued around the world, Flames conjures up high-quality international cuisine like sashimi of sea bass with a truffle and yuzu dressing, entrecote with pimientos del piquillo and pont neuf potatoes, and crema catalana with natural vanilla. La Nuez is located on the outskirts of Pamplona’s Old Town, away from the city’s main tourist area, and is supplied by local producers.
Address & telephone number: 4 Calle Taconera, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 81 30
La Olla deals in traditional Navarrese cuisine like stews and pintxos, which are bar snacks similar to tapas that are eaten in Navarre and the Basque country. Examples of pintxos that are served here are txangurro, a type of crab gratin, and Navarrese tomatoes topped with preserved tuna. Also available are a selection of more traditional Spanish tapas, like jamón ibérico and revuelto con setas, which can be eaten either hot or cold. To accompany these dishes, choose from La Olla’s impressive range of Navarre wines.
Address & telephone number: Avenida Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Spain, +34 948 22 95 58