While it might be known for its architecture and history, Granada hasn’t always been known for its food culture. However, that is changing with new restaurants opening up in the area and a larger expat community choosing to make Granada home. After living there for six months, Daniel and I got to know a few favorite restaurants that we would recommend if you are planning on making the trip. Best of all, Granada is one of the few cities left in Spain where tapas reign supreme.
Here are some of my top picks for restaurants in Granada.
Calle Damasqueros, 3
+34 958 21 05 50
This spot was one of our favorites when we spent our time in Spain. It was located just down the street from our rented apartment, and it offered delicious tapas, fun events on weekend nights, and great deals on brews. No matter what you order, you’re bound to receive a healthy portion of unique tapas. It’s also very local—you’ll see people from the neighborhood stop in and chat with the owner.
Plaza de los Girones, 4
+34 858 98 74 73
Granada is a vegan’s paradise, and this staple has made a name for itself for being the place to go when you’re looking for vegan food that doesn’t taste, well, vegan. Everything on the menu is delicious, from the burgers to salads to pasta. Also, make sure to try one of their delicious milkshakes—I always found myself wanting to order another one! The staff is also incredibly kind, making this a top spot for many locals and tourists alike.
Calle Carcel Baja, 14
+34 958 22 51 87
On the other extreme, La Bella y Bestia has solidified itself as the burger joint in Granada. The decorations inside the establishment are worth seeing alone, but the main reason to come is for the selection of juicy, stacked burgers. I recommend choosing an option with egg—you will be shocked how large your burger actually is. It’s a popular spot, so you might want to arrive in between lunch and dinner.
Calle Elvira, 55
+34 858 95 88 14
A unique aspect of Granada is its infusion of Moroccan culture. As a Moorish stronghold for hundreds of years, it seems right that some of the food traditions of the culture still remain. Tajine Elivra is a great way to dip your toes into Moroccan dishes. Like its namesake, you should order a tajine in order to get a taste for the type of food offered. One of the highlights? The delicious olive oil and hummus that is included with every meal.
Calle Elvira, 43
+34 958 22 78 96
Another great restaurant that caters to the vast vegan/vegetarian population in Granada, Babel has a variety of unique menu items available for all types of diets. Tapas are included, and make sure to order a smoothie along with your meal. If you are in the mood for dessert, this place also has a number of baked goods that are worth saving room for. If you need any help, the staff is happy to make accommodations for allergies or dietary restrictions.
Carrera Darro, 19
+34 958 04 94 49
A restaurant with a view, La Fontana has a number of beer choices right along the main tourist drag. Not only does it offer great outdoor seating, but it also has wonderful location just under the Alhambra. You can find solid tapas and meat dishes here, especially since it is only a short walk from the hub of the city center. Grab a beer and enjoy some tapas while looking at Granada’s most famous structure.
Plaza Isabel la Catholica, 5
+34 958 21 63 07
Another addition to the vegan/veggie scene in Granada, wild food has plenty of fresh fruits and veggies for a light lunch. With reasonable prices, you can find a number of items that are perfect after a hot summer day walking around the main plazas. Their smoothies are also delicious, and this is the perfect spot for those on a serious health kick.
Have any favorite restaurants in Granada or in Spain you want to share?