Granada is one of Andalucía’s must-visit destinations, featuring a collection of incredible historical attractions, sublime weather, and fascinating culture. Mixing both Spanish and Arab influences, Granada has a unique flavour that will make any visit to the area truly memorable. This mix of cultures also plays into its fantastic culinary scene. Everywhere you look in Granada there is a top bar, café, or restaurant to stop at for a delicious bite to eat. From fresh seafood and Arabic flavours to the best tapas around, it’s all here in Granada.
To help you plan a future visit to the city – a perfect excuse to use a car hire from Malaga airport – we’ve highlighted a few excellent dining options to consider. At the time of publishing this article, enjoying many of the city’s culinary treasures isn’t possible due to global circumstances but, in the future, visitors have so much they can look forward to.
Bar Casa Julio
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Bar Casa Julio is one of the best local hangouts in Granada. This family-run establishment sports a fun atmosphere, friendly staff, cheap drinks, and delicious, authentic food. Located in the heart of the city, Bar Casa Julio also comes highly recommended by Eric, one-half of the Spanish-based food blog Food & Drink Destinations:
“Bar Casa Julio in Granada is our absolute favourite place to eat. The bar has been around since 1947. It’s small, it gets packed by both locals (always a good sign) and tourists, creating a lively energy. The same family has been operating the bar for three generations. Bar Casa Julio is famous for its signature fried fish. How they prepare it is a closely guarded secret. Regardless of how they make it, the dish is mouth-watering and highly addictive.”
Eric also shared with us his top dish recommendation: “For the adventurous eater, no trip to Granada (Andalusia) is complete without trying caracoles, snails. Snails are very popular around Spain. Real, authentic paella includes snails. In Granada, snails are served in a sauce made from locally grown almonds, black pepper and garlic. They are the perfect bar snack with a glass of vermouth or local wine. Ordering a tapas portion is a great way to be adventurous without wasting food.”
Ruta del Azafrán
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La belleza de la 🕌 Alhambra es incalculable, y el conjunto de antiguos palacios, jardines, convento, iglesia y fortaleza representan el monumento más visitado de España y la obra cumbre del arte Árabe en Europa. 😍 #rutadelazafran #gastronomia #granada #alhambra #gastro #restaurante #foodie #vistasalhambra #moments
The Alhambra is one of the most incredible historical sites in the region and a must-visit in Granada. Further still, this ancient Moorish fortress serves as the perfect backdrop for a lovely evening at Ruta del Azafrán. This modern restaurant is right next to the Alhambra in one of Granada’s most stunning areas, with the dishes expertly blending Arab flavours, international tastes, and traditional Andalusian cuisine. Ruta del Azafrán invites visitors to “enjoy an unforgettable evening next to the Alhambra, in a romantic restaurant” that is “situated in the most beautiful place in Granada.” Perfect for a relaxing evening, their three menus – tasting, flavours, and Moroccan – mean that there is a little something for everyone.
Jardines de Zoraya
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When enjoying a visit to Granada, why not combine a fantastic meal with a show at Jardines de Zoraya? Flamenco is emblematic of the Andalusian region and this incredible dance is a favourite source of entertainment for locals when paired with a delicious bite to eat. The restaurant says:
“Let the fruit trees, aromatic plants and the sound of water flowing from our fountain accompany you on an extraordinary evening in a beautiful outdoor garden with capacity for 150 people. Whether you’re here to enjoy a moment alone, with family, with friends or as a couple.”
From goat’s cheese and calamari to beautiful Iberian pork, dishes are made with the best locally sourced ingredients. You can sit down for dinner and a show, just stop by for drinks, enjoy a spot of lunch, and even bring along the kids thanks to their children’s menu.
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Opening its doors back in 1976, Restaurante Chikito is known as one of the must-dine places in Granada. Set in a historic part of the city, the restaurant’s incredible reputation sees them welcome personalities from Spain’s art, literature, and sporting scenes. Speaking about what they have to offer, the restaurant shares:
“Being governed by the Chef José Carlos Expósito makes this restaurant one of the most valued in the city. It is inspired mainly in the regional Andalusian cuisine, with a very suggestive influence of typical dishes from Granada and other ones with strong Arab-Andalusian roots.”
With charming and traditional décor, there’s a restaurant, bar, and terrace all available to enjoy and their extensive menu of meats, poultry, fish, starters, seafood, and desserts won’t fail to disappoint on an evening spent in their company.
Mirador de Morayma
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Situated in Granada’s ancient Moorish quarter, Mirador de Morayma is a wonderfully secluded and elegant restaurant sporting breathtaking views of the Alhambra. Its charming courtyard, Moorish archways, and picturesque fountains provide a unique atmosphere and the backdrop as the Granada sun goes down is the perfect setting to cap off a day exploring the city. This country-house like restaurant shares:
“Mirador de Morayma features an exquisitely mastered variety of local cuisine, as well as a wide range of wines, including our ecological wine produced at Alquería de Morayma, our country estate in the Alpujarra region.”
It’s tranquil and private nature is a joy to bask in and with the likes of roast suckling pig, grilled sea bream, and some exquisite traditional starters, your taste buds will be just as well catered for.
The best places to eat at in Granada
- Bar Casa Julio
- Ruta del Azafrán
- Jardines de Zoraya
- Restaurante Chikito
- Mirador de Morayma
As you can see, there are some truly wonderful dining options available in Granada. We certainly hope that you will consider some of the above when you visit this marvellous city in the future.
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