10 Best Things to Eat in Granada and where to eat them

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What are the best typical dishes and meals in Granada?

Rich in spices and variegated, Granada' s cuisine feels 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 often include almonds and caramel.
In Granada you will find dishes that prefer vegetables and gre ens (especially artichokes, beans and eggplants), lamb meat, crayfish and prawns. One element that is widely used is oil: there are excellent oils, aromatic and slightly bitter, which come from the olive lands of the neighboring countries.



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  1. Sacromonte omelette
  2. Gazpacho
  3. Pipirrana
  4. Platón Alpujarreño
  5. Salad
  6. Broad beans with ham
  7. San Anton Pot
  8. Tapas
  9. Churro
  10. Piononos
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

1 - Tortilla del Sacromonte

When you hear about the tortilla in Spain it immediately comes to mind and Granada has its own special recipe: the Sacromonte tortilla. Symbol of Granada, it is composed of some "special" ingredients such as brains and entrails of the pig and calf. All mixed with beaten eggs and potatoes. It basically looks like an omelet, although it is not, and some variations include the addition of ham, sausage, peppers and peas.

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

2 - Gazpacho

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



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

3 - Pipirrana

Pipirrana is a'salad of tomato, onion, bell pepper and cucumber of which there are numerous versions, depending on the city where it is prepared. The dish is light and rich in flavor, fresh and, therefore, ideal to alleviate the summer heat. If the piperrana is made a few hours before eating it, it is even tastier!

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

4 - Plato Alpujarreño

If you have been wandering the streets of Granada for a long time, you will be very hungry and the only way to calm down is to eat Platón Alpujarreno. We are facing a dish that has very little light, so it will easily satisfy you: fried potatoes, green peppers, black pudding (similar to blood sausage), pork loin, sausage, raw ham, fried egg.... I could go on, but I think it will be enough for you to understand what I am talking about.
This typical food of Granada comes from the Alpujarra, a group of characteristic villages located behind the Sierra Nevada, and is very much loved by its inhabitants. Despite being a bit heavy, it is full of flavor and particularly energetic. Try it, maybe afterwards you can always take a nap ...


  • Recommended for: lunch
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: French fries, meat, egg

5 - salad

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


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

6 - Broad beans with ham

Beans with ham from Trevélez are one of the pillars of Granada's 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 it is usually served hot and accompanied by eggs. Present in practically all bars and restaurants, it is a nutritious, complete and healthy dish.

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

7 - St. Anton's pot

When the cold is felt, in Granada they fight with the Olla di San Antòn: a soup made with beans, rice, potatoes, beans and some pieces of pork.
It is not just a simple dish, but a true tradition: after 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 sausages. Then they gave life, a little improvised, to the Olla di San Anton to recover all the pieces discarded from the slaughterhouse.


  • Recommended for: 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. Just like our appetizer, 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: meats, fish, vegetables, cheeses, etc. and they are so abundant that, in practice, they serve as lunch.
Small curiosity: tapas were born in Granada and its province, as a "remedy" for drinks against insects. That is to say, saucers were used to cover the bottles and a snack was placed on top.


  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: free. Individual tapa value 2,00 € - 3,00 € / Average portion 5,00 € - 8,00 € / Portion 10,00 € - 12,00 €
  • Main ingredients: meats, fish, sausages, cheeses

9 - Churros

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

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

10 - Piononos

Another very popular dessert is the Piononos, born at the end of the 19th 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, tangerine, etc.), placed on the surface, finishes with a flourish ... try it while having a coffee, it will be a nice and sweet moment!

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

Best places to eat in Granada: 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 in other places, such as free tapas: the custom of the bars to offer a plate of tapas to those who order a pint of beer.

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

1 - Bar Aliatar Los Caracoles

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

2 - restaurant Casa Juanillo

  • Description: homemade restaurant inside some caves 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 charcuterie with few seats offering free tapas with drink and serrano ham tasting.
  • Specialty: Serrano ham, cheese dishes
  • Average price: from 6,00 € per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Bar Los diamantes

  • Description: place offering fried fish tapas. First welcome tapa for free
  • Specialty: Fried fish
  • Average price: from 5,00 € per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Chikito restaurant

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

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