This blog post was originally posted on November 10, 2013 and was updated on March 16, 2017.
Granada is by far one of the most interesting places to eat in Spain. Tapas come with every drink, kebab shops line the corners and even the most casual restaurants offer spectacular views of the Alhambra. The mix of Spanish and Moorish cuisine is evident in some of the city’s most popular dishes and pastries, and going for a tea is nearly as popular as going for a beer.
But, just like anywhere in Spain, leaving eating out up to chance is never a good idea. We’re here to help you avoid disaster with some tried and true tips for eating in Granada.
Where to Eat in Granada
Mirador de Morayma: A restaurant housed inside a gorgeous home in the Albaicín, Mirador de Morayma is one of Granada’s most beautiful settings for a meal. The menu is a perfect mix of local cuisine and Moorish influence, and the views of the Alhambra can’t be beat. Our tips are to order a la carte and reserve a table with a view in advance.
Address: Calle del Pianista Garcia Carrillo, 2
Taberna Más Que Vinos: This lovely little bar/restaurant is a short walk from Granada’s main streets and really worth a visit. Their wine list is great and reasonably priced, and their tapas are made using the best ingredients. When our last visit started with a slice of cheese on bread as our first tapa, we were a bit disappointed at first—but it turned out to be the most delicious bite of cheese we’d had in a long time! They also do a delightful (and cheap) menu of the day.
Address: Calle Tundidores, 10
Tajine Elvira: Tajine Elvira serves Granada’s best Moroccan food at good prices. We recommend taking a seat next to the other locals (many of them Moroccan) and ordering their flavorful tagine, cous cous, and pastel (a flaky pastry stuffed with chicken and almond). But save room for tea and dessert also; their Moroccan pastries can’t be beat. If you’re looking for something different from the typical Spanish experience, this is the place to try while eating in Granada.
Address: Calle Elvira, 46
Taberna la Tana: A fantastic wine and tapas bar (the bartender is a sommelier) with prices to match. Stop at Taberna la Tana early (around 9:00 p.m.) before it gets too crowded!
Address: Calle Rosario, 11
Bodegas Castañeda: Cheap, crowded and a bit chaotic, Bodegas Castañeda is the type of bar you go to for an aperitif and a tapa. As one of the oldest and most established tapas bars in the city, it won’t disappoint anyone looking for authenticity. So order a crisp glass of manzanilla, and see what happens!
Address: Calle Almireceros, 1-3
Los Diamantes: Also a must for tapas in Granada, if you like fried seafood. It is the type of place that is crowded with tourists and locals alike, and you’ll have to elbow your way up to the bar to order. Don’t ask questions, drink your beer, eat your fish and then repeat. However, you should try elsewhere for a sit down lunch, as we’ve found table service to be quite unorganized.
Address: Calle Navas, 26
Pakistani Shawarma: Granada is known for its kebab shops, and Calle Elvira is home to at least ten! But look for this tiny, nondescript location and you’ll be surprised by the quality. Perfect for a late night snack, make sure to ask for the salsa picante (hot sauce) for an extra punch. Give it a try for another different take on eating in Granada.
Address: Calle Elvira
La Oliva: A unique way to dine in Granada if you want something a bit different from the tapas bars and restaurant scene. Call ahead to reserve a spot at one of Francisco’s tasting dinners. He will guide you through three different olive oils, followed by five different wines. In addition, each wine is paired with three small plates, making the meal a fun way to taste a lot of the local gastronomy. Furthermore, 38.50€ a head, we consider it a very good deal. If you are eating in Granada, give Francisco a call.
Address: Calle Virgen del Rosario, 9
Cafe 4 Gatos: This small breakfast café located in the Albaicín is home to some of the city’s biggest breakfast tostadas (toasted bread with toppings). Our advice is to order a media (half toast) as they truly are enormous! Their coffee is also fantastic, so take your time with a hot café con leche.
Address: Placeta Cruz Verde, 6
Helados San Nicolas: Located steps away from the incredible Mirador de San Nicolás, this ice cream shop sells homemade ice creams to those who have completed the trek up the windy streets of the Albaicín. Offering cheap and flavorful varieties, it doesn’t get much better than eating ice cream while admiring the Alhambra.
Address: Camino Nuevo de San Nicolas, 28
Pastelería López-Mezquita: Known for their flaky empanadillas, a stop at Pastelería López-Mezquita completes any trip to Granada. Their coffee and pastries are also worth a try.
Address: Calle Reyes Católicos, 39
Heladería Los Italianos: They may serve Italian-style gelato, but this is as local as you can get. Definitely considered the best ice cream in Granada by residents (as evident by the long lines in the afternoon), we consider it a must while walking the streets of Granada.
Address: Gran Via de Colon, 4
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Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after led groups on the first Devour Madrid food tours.