Visitors often come to Spain’s La Rioja region for its famous wines, or to walk the Camino de Santiago, and while most of your time may be spent at its excellent bodegas (wineries), you’ll need to find somewhere for breakfast or a little mid-morning snack. Here’s our pick of La Rioja’s best cafes.
Located just off the main square in Logroño, where you’ll find the Cathedral of Santa María de la Redonda, Cafe-Pub Picasso is a great place to come any day or night. Inside is nothing special, but what makes this place is its beautiful sunny terrace. In the morning, come for their excellently priced breakfast – a coffee and fresh orange paired with a mini filled baguette, pastry, toast or pintxo. In the afternoon, come for a glass of beer and a tapa of the day. In the evening, it’s a great place for mojitos and gin and tonics.
Situated along the tree-lined Paseo del Espolón in the town of Logroño, Café Delicias is an elegant spot for a drink or a snack. Think cosy white leather chairs, tiny lights, and a plush bar decorated with large-scale colourful paintings. For breakfast, there are gourmet-style filled rolls and sandwiches, while for lunch it’s more salads and hamburgers. Café Delicias doubles up as a bar, and serves an excellent range of beers and cocktails. Don’t leave without trying one of their delicious homemade desserts.
Café Pepe in the small town of Nájera is a cute, quirky little cafe, decorated with all kinds of knick-knacks, curios and old clocks. It serves everything from coffee and toast to some tasty tapas plates. The salads and the cheese board with walnuts are particularly good.
It may be called ‘Modern Cafe’, but this cafe-cum-bar has an old-fashioned feel with pillars, lots of brass and wood, and marble-top tables, and it was founded in 1916. Located on Plaza Martínez Zaporta in Logroño, it serves a range of coffees, drinks, filled baguettes and tapas plates. From 9 to 12 every Monday to Friday, this is the perfect place for breakfast.
Housed in a marquee-like kiosk in the Parque del Carmen in Logroño, Café Kiosco La Fundación occupies a picturesque position and has a romantic atmosphere. Choose to sit outside on the terrace when it’s sunny, or in the cosy interior when its cold.
Situated near the Teatro Bretón de los Herreros theatre in Logroño, Asterisco Café-Bar is a funky, contemporary spot, great for either a coffee and a chat, or a late-night cocktail and a beer. They also have a good range of tapas plates on offer.
Churros are one of those indulgent Spanish breakfasts, perfect for a winter weekend, and Churreria Rio Dulce is the best place in Logroño to try them. Think thick dark cups of steaming hot chocolate and crispy churros with a spongey doughy centre. You can even watch them being made and fried in hot vats of oil.