Ohhhh Granada… If you are looking for “real” Spain, Granada is where it’s at! Tapas and markets, gypsies and palaces, this place took me by surprise. The history and beauty of Granada is endless and there is so much to discover, including…THE FOOD!
Granada locals have a habit of eating standing up at the tapas bars, which makes you feel like you are in a packed NYC bar thats giving out free shots on a Saturday night. As crazy as it is, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Approaching the bar, the servers seem to see you coming from a mile away, immediately asking what they can get you to drink. Best part about Granada? They want to feed you! We weren’t sure what to order at first, so we just ordered red wine, but its okay they made sure to pair a delicious plate of food with our wine without us even asking. My kind of place 🙂
Here are just a few of the restaurants I visited while I was there. I hope they inspire you to explore the city!
My first Granada tapas bar experience! This place may be small but it was my favorite spot of the entire trip. There was something so nostalgic about it, like you went back in time or something. The wine was amazing and the food was delicious, but my favorite thing about this Tapas bar was the people. When we walked in, my friend and I were overwhelmed by the amount of people and the pure chaos of the environment, but before we could get two feet inside of the establishment, I man took both of us on his arms and swept us over to an available table in the corner of the bar. He asked “food? wine?” we nodded and he disappeared and quickly returned with two glasses of red wine and dish of a delicious food. And that was where our Granada adventure began.
Via Colon Cafe
One of the mornings we were there, we were really in the mood for a good hearty breakfast. I proceeded to my laptop to see if I could find any restaurants with good breakfast reviews, and found one. This was not that restaurant , haha.
For some reason, we could not find the place we were looking for but our hunger forced us to go to the next place that served a cafe latte. To our surprise, Via Colon Cafe, ended up being more than we could have asked for. The Cafe lattes were amazing and the breakfast we even better followed but some delicious churros to topoff the who meal.
We did not have the pleasure of having dinner here, however I have only heard amazing things about their non-breakfast food. This restaurant is a little nicer than some of the others with marble accents but still a contemporary vibe. I say it is a must do on your way to doing any shopping.
After walking through Iglesia del Saguaro and Shopping in the Alcaiceria (look out for a post on shopping in Granada soon) we came upon a quaint little street with a few restaurants with outdoor seating. We decided on Basil because it looked the least Commercial and we wanted to try something more family owned, we were not disappointed. The sangria was cheap and delicious! …so we we had two pitchers, we were taking it easy that day. 😉 The tapas were also fantastic, however be patient when waiting for them to serve you, the tapas were made fresh and so right when we were about to order some food (because our stomachs are way too impatient) they brought us a great plate of outstanding food..
Calle Chirimías Area
Half way through the trip we decided to switch hotels. (look out for a hotel review post) Both hotels that we stayed in where awesome, we just wanted to experience two sides of the city. The placement of the second hotel placed us right before the Sacromonte area (look out for a post on Sacromonte and the Sacromonte gypsies) and right after a small strip of wonderful restaurants in the Calle Chirímas Area on Paseo Del Padre Manjón. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants over here. Each restaurant has their own specialties, but I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you about the amazing view of Alhambra Palace Each of these restaurants offer with the outdoor seating area. (look out for a post on Alhambra Palace) Amongst these Restaurants are:
With a few different locations scattered amongst Granada, Bodega la Bella y la Bestia Origins is a great go to spot for sangria and tapas. Bodega la Bella is also know as the best and largest tapas in Granada. Now, I did not have the pleasure of trying ALL of the tapas in Granada (although the fat kid voice inside my head would have loved to) so I can not tell you if this rumor is true, but as you can see in the photo above, they do a damn good job.
Ugh, I really loved Bar La Fontana and just looking at this photo again is making me want to jump on a flight, but my wallet is saying “no bitch, sit back down”. La Fontana is a great little corner bar/restaurant with an amazing selection of food and drinks. If you are not looking to sit at a table, the small bar is where its at. We ordered some pinchos (seen left) and a a glass of Rioja, but after chatting (in broken spanish) to the bartender, he had us tasting a lot of specialty liquors of the area. It was a great experience that I don’t feel we would have gotten if we had sat at a table.
All in all, everywhere we went was an amazing expererience and I would go back in a second. On our last night in Granada we decided to go back to the place where we began, Bodega Castaneda. When we told the man that had whisked us away to our table on our first night that we were leaving, this was his reaction. (see photo) Until next time Granada. xo