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    10 Things to eat in Granada and where

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    Rich in spices and variegated, the Granada cuisine he feels very much the influence of the Arab tradition. In this city you can try some really interesting gastronomic experiences ranging from the widespread tapas, practically served with every drink, to the mouth-watering desserts that usually include almonds and caramel.
    In Granada you will find dishes that prefer greens and vegetables (especially artichokes, beans and aubergines), Lamb meat, scampi and prawns. A widely used element is oil: there are excellent, aromatic and slightly bitter oils, which come from the lands of olive trees in neighboring countries.


    1. Tortilla del Sacromonte
    2. Gazpacho
    3. Pipirrana
    4. Plato Alpujarreño
    5. Saladilla
    6. Habas with Jamòn
    7. Olla of San Antón
    8. Tapas
    9. Churros
    10. Piononos
    11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
    12. User questions and comments

    1 - Tortilla del Sacromonte

    When you hear about Spain tortilla immediately comes to mind and Granada has its own special recipe: the Sacromonte tortilla. Symbol of Granada, it is made up of some "special" ingredients such as brains and entrails of the pig and the calf, all mixed with beaten eggs and potatoes. It basically looks like an omelette, even if it isn't, and some variations include the addition of ham, sausage, peppers and peas.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 5,00
    • Main ingredients: pork (beef or sheep), eggs, potatoes

    2 - Gazpacho

    Gazpacho is a classic not only from Granada, but from all of Andalusia: it is one fresh and tasty soup made from raw vegetables (tomato, onion, pepper, garlic, cucumber) which is sometimes served with ice. There are many variations and that granadina includes fresh beans or cod tails. I would say it is a refreshing vegetarian meal, perfect for summer, which is generally found among appetizers but can replace lunch or dinner.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 7,00
    • Main ingredients: tomato, onion, garlic, cucumber

    3 - Pipirrana

    The pipirrana is a 'salad made from tomato, onion, pepper and cucumber of which there are numerous versions, in relation to the city in which it is prepared. The dish is light and rich in taste, fresh and therefore ideal for relieving the summer heat. If the piperrana is made a few hours before being consumed, it is even tastier!

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 10,00
    • Main ingredients: cucumber, onion, tomato, pepper. Optional: fish, meat, eggs

    4 - Plato Alpujarreño

    If you have been wandering around the streets of Granada for a long time, you will be very hungry and the only way to calm it down is to eat Plato Alpujarreno. We are dealing with a dish that has very little light, so it will easily satiate you: french fries, green peppers, morcilla (similar to black pudding), pork loin, sausage, raw ham, fried egg... I could go on, but I think it will be enough to make you understand what I'm talking about!
    This typical food of Granada born from the Alpujarra, a group of characteristic villages located behind the Sierra Nevada, and is much loved by the inhabitants. Despite being a little "heavy", it is full of taste and particularly energetic. Try it, maybe afterwards you can always take a siesta ...

    • Recommended to: lunch
    • Average cost: € 18,00
    • Main ingredients: french fries, meat, egg

    5 - Saladilla

    Saladilla is a spring food from Granada, consumed on the occasion of religious and non-religious holidays. And the most popular local bread, characterized by the presence of coarse salt, oil and holes on the surface. It is often used to accompany cod, bacon and broad beans with ham, which I will talk about later.

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 3,00
    • Main ingredients: flour, water, yeast, oil, salt

    6 - Habas with Jamòn

    Le broad beans with Trevélez ham are one of the cornerstones of Granada cuisine, with a recipe handed down from generation to generation. These are small fresh broad beans cooked in olive oil with slices of Trevélez ham, very famous in these areas.
    It can be prepared with cod, served cold, but the most common is hot and accompanied by eggs. Present in practically all bars and restaurants, it is a nutritious, complete and healthy dish.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 10,00
    • Main ingredients: broad beans, ham

    7 - Olla of San Antón

    When the cold is felt, in Granada they fight with the Olla di San Antòn: one soup made with broad beans, rice, potatoes, beans and some pieces of pork.
    It is not just a simple dish, but one true tradition: following the slaughter of the pig, during the Spanish Civil War, the inhabitants did not want to waste the pieces of pork left over after making the sausages. Then they gave life, a little improvising, to the Olla di San Antòn to recover all the pieces discarded from the slaughterhouse.

    • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
    • Average cost: € 12,00
    • Main ingredients: beans, rice, pork

    8 - Tapas

    This is one of those dishes that is part of the history of Granada and all of Spain: tapas. Similar to our aperitif, they are appetizers that are offered with a good glass of wine or beer, or better ... are included in the price of the drink. In the bars there are many varieties: meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses, etc. and they are so abundant that, in practice, they serve as a lunch.
    Small curiosity: tapas are born in Granada and its province, as "stopgaps" for drinks against insects. That is, saucers were used to cap the bottles and a snack was deposited on top.

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: free. Single tapa value € 2,00 - 3,00 / Average raciòn € 5,00 - 8,00 / Raciòn € 10,00 - 12,00
    • Main ingredients: meat, fish, cured meats, cheeses

    9 - Churros

    A soft and fragrant fried pastry, fresh from the oven: churros is the star of many hail breakfasts, especially dipped in chocolate. It is a sweet snack made with a fried batter dusted with sugar, very tasty!
    It is freshly prepared and must be consumed immediately, while still hot. Churros, as well as in bars, can be found almost everywhere, both as street food and in markets and parties.

    • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
    • Average cost: € 2,00
    • Main ingredients: flour, butter, eggs

    10 - Piononos

    Another very popular dessert is Piononos, born in the late nineteenth century on the occasion of the visit of Pope Pius IX.
    A delicious sponge cake soaked in milk and various spices, such as cinnamon, rum, lemon, sugar. A toasted custard (or white chocolate cream, mandarin, etc.), placed on the surface, ends with a flourish ... taste it while sipping a coffee, it will be a pleasant and sweet moment!

    • Recommended to: always
    • Average cost: € 1,50
    • Main ingredients: milk, flour, eggs, sugar

    Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

    The gastronomic experience in Granada can be really interesting, because the city still preserves ancient traditions now lost elsewhere, such as that of free tapas: the custom for bars to offer a plate of tapas to those who order a pinta de cerveza.

    Among the most characteristic neighborhoods where to look for the typical food of Granada is the Albayzin, with its winding alleys, which could offer you a dinner overlooking the Alhambra, but beware of purely tourist restaurants!
    Then definitely the city center, in Plaza Nueva. Few choose to venture between the cuevas, white stone houses of Sacromonte, a gypsy neighborhood, yet there are excellent clubs. Let's see together some typical restaurants in the city.

    1 - Bar Aliatar Los Caracoles

    • Description: small place in the heart of Albayzin with free snail tapas and tables in the ancient square
    • specialty: snails served as tapas, spicy
    • Average price: from € 3,00 per person
    • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

    2 - Casa Juanillo restaurant

    • Description: homemade restaurant inside a cuevas in the gypsy quarter, overlooking the Alhambra. Simple and traditional food
    • specialty: fried eggplant with honey
    • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
    • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

    3 - Bar La Trastienda

    • Description: old delicatessen with few seats offering free tapas with drinks and tasting of Serrano ham
    • specialty: jamon serrano, cheese platters
    • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
    • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

    4 - Bar Los diamantes

    • Description: place offering fried fish tapas. Free first welcome tapa
    • specialty: fried fish
    • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
    • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

    5 - Chikito restaurant

    • Description: restaurant that cooks traditional meat and fish dishes in the center
    • specialty: rabo be toro
    • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
    • Address: Get directions - Facebook page
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