What to eat in Granada?
The Moorish influence on Granada is unmistakable in the local cuisine and traditional food and drink of Granada. Thanks to that influence, Granada's traditional food is spicier and uses more raw ingredients. Granada is also the capital for Tapas, a quintessential Andalusian concept.
Where to eat in Granada?
You will find the best tapas bars in Granada historic center. And the best place for Moorish cuisine is in by lanes of Albayzín.
Food to try in Granada
Granada is known for its FREE tapas, served with every drink. The more rounds of drinks you order, you will get to eat better and better tapas. If the complimentary tapas are not to your liking, you can always order raciones (plates for sharing) and media raciones (half a ración) from the tapas food menu.
My personal favorite tapas bar in Granada is Bodegas Castañeda. They have an excellent wine menu and an excellent selection of tapas. Try Smoked Salmon and Avocado tapas at Bodegas Castañeda. (Calle Almireceros, 1-3, 18010, +34 958 21 54 64)
Granada’s historic Abayzín neighborhood is strongly linked with Carmens. Carmens are grand Moorish villas with an expansive garden and a vine covered high wall that separates the villa from the street. The word Carmen comes from the Arab word karm meaning vine.
Have your lunch at a carmen
Many carmens in Albyazin area have converted themselves into fine dining restaurants. Carmen Mirador de Aixa Tomasas is recommended for its traditional cuisine, ambiance and excellent views of Alhambra. (Calle Carril de San Agustin 2, 18010, +34 958 22 36 16)
Granada's Arabic Tea houses
Thanks to the influence of Arabs, you will find a large number of Tea houses (called teterias in Spanish) in Granada. Calle Calderería Nueva which links the upper and lower parts of the Albayzín is known as ‘Tea-House Street’.
At teterias, you are supposed to drink three pots of tea, each stronger than the other. There are many touristy teterias, avoid them and head to Tetería As-Sirat for their teas, juices and tasty honey-orange crepes. (Calle Calderería Nueva, 5, 18010 , ;+34 632 27 01 26)
Tortilla Sacromonte is an omelette made with lambs’ offal. The dish is said to have originated from Granada’s gypsy quarter, Sacromonte. Though all guidebooks quote it as one of the traditional dishes of Granada, it is not easily available at all restaurants.
You can try Tortilla Sacromonte at Restaurant Chikito in Plaza del Campillo. Tortilla Sacromonte or no Tortilla Sacromonte, The much awarded Chikito Restaurant is worth a visit. (Plaza del Campillo Bajo, 9, 18009 , +34 958 22 33 64)
Granada was the heart of Al-Andalus Caliphate. Moorish culture and influence are evident almost everywhere at Granada. For a truly local flavor of authentic Moorish dishes, eat at the small restaurant in Plaza San Miguel el Bajo of the Albayzin neighborhood (Moorish quarter)
Campo del Principe restaurants
Campo del Principe (in the Barrio Realejo of Granada) is a leafy square at the foot of hill leading up to the Alhambra. Though not on the popular tourist circuit, It was once the Jewish quarter of the city. The square is full of tapas bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces serving authentic Andalusian food and drink.
Go to Calle Elvira and explore the smaller streets or Calderia, branching off Calle Elvira. The side streets are sometimes steep but have quaint places to eat and drink. If you are short of time go straight to Caldería Vieja or Caldería Nueva.
In Calderia Vieja go to La Tetería del Bañuelo for excellent mint tea and moroccan sweets.
If you want to be among the university crowd go to Gran Capitán and San Juan