Top 10 Things to Eat in Salamanca and Where to Eat in Salamanca

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What are the best typical dishes and meals in Salamanca?

Salamanca is one of the most interesting cities in Spain. Located in the region of Castilla y León, it has a fascinating history and impressive architecture. The city is located near the Tormes River and has one of the most prestigious universities in the entire Iberian Peninsula. If you want to learn Spanish, Salamanca is said to be the only city in the entire Kingdom of Spain that still has a pure accent.
But the main reason why you have to visit this inland Spanish city is its incredible culinary tradition, which will win you over with simple dishes rich in flavor.
Let's see together 10 specialties to eat absolutely in Salamanca!



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  1. Guijuelo Ham
  2. Iberian Serrano Ham
  3. Salamanca Morucha Beef
  4. Chanfaina Salt
  5. Farinatos
  6. Hornazo
  7. Lentils from La Armuna
  8. Almond nougat from La Alberca
  9. Donuts from Ledesma
  10. Bollomaimon
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. Questions and comments from users

1 - Guijuelo Ham

Guijuelo Ham is a raw ham produced in the town of Guijuelo, on the outskirts of Salamanca. It is processed according to ancient tradition and is left to mature naturally, taking advantage of the cold, dry currents that come from Béjar and Sierra de Gredos. Due to its peculiarities, it is recognized in Spain as a DOC product.


  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 50,00 € per kg
  • Main ingredients: Pork ham

2 - Iberian Serrano Ham

This is a typical Spanish cured ham, produced in Salamanca but also in Seville, Cordoba, Ciudad Real and in the south of Portugal. It is produced according to the tradition of each area that produces it and is very pleasant to the palate. It is also left to mature naturally in special warehouses.


  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: 25,00 € per kg
  • Main ingredients: Pork ham

3 - Morucha beef from Salamanca

It is Morucha beef, a pure breed, never crossed with other animals, raised in the open air and in free pastures. Morucha de Salamanca Beef has a color ranging from pale pink to cherry, is naturally very tasty, has no fat accumulations and the muscle fibers are thin, which makes it soft and tasty. It can be cooked in various ways, although grilling and braising are the best ways to enhance the flavor.

  • Recommended for: as a main dish for lunch or dinner.
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: beef

4 - Chanfaina salmantina

Chanfaina salmantina is a typical dish based on rice, lamb entrails, boiled blood and pieces of chorizo. It is a traditional dish found in other areas of Spain with different ingredients (just like paella) and is, as you can guess from its ingredients, as tasty as it is challenging.


  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, lamb entrails, chorizo sausage

5 - Farinatos

It is a sausage made with butter, bread, flour, spices and pork. It is served fried, sliced and accompanied by fried eggs, or in a kind of tortilla. It is a typical product of Salamanca that is also served in different areas of Spain with variations in the composition of the sausage. The flavor is unique and very particular and can also be found among the tapas.


  • Recommended for: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pork sausage and eggs

6 - Hornazo

The hornazo is the typical dish on Easter Monday. It is a savory pie of pork, chorizo, ham, bacon and eggs. It was used to celebrate the return to the city of the prostitutes, who were rejected during the whole period of Lent so that the citizens would not be distracted during this sacred period destined to repentance. Even today, on Lunes de Aguas, in the area near the river, in Salamanca there is a big party and Hornazo is served.

  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, bacon, eggs and puff pastry.

7 - Lentils from La Armuna

Green in color and elongated in shape, they are a real delicacy, both as a main dish and as a side dish. They are served in different ways, from vegetarian soups to stewed condiments for meat dishes.


  • Recommended for: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: lentils

8 - Almond nougat from La Alberca

Those with a sweet tooth should not miss the nougat made with almonds from La Alberca. If you think Avola almonds are unbeatable, once you have tasted this delicacy you will have to change your mind.

  • Recommended for: sandwich
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: Almonds, eggs and sugar La Alberca

9 - Ledesma doughnuts

Small dry doughnuts typical of the region of Castilla. The recipe of the Ledesma doughnuts has remained unchanged for more than 5 centuries and the cookies can be found almost everywhere: bakeries, bars, pastry shops. They are delicious with wine or coffee.


  • Recommended for: breakfast and snacks
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter and eggs

10 - Bollomaimon

Bollomaimon is a sponge cake that is usually soaked in chocolate. It has the appearance of a large cimabella and is the typical desset of events and celebrations. It is also used for weddings in the region of Castilla but especially in the city of Salamanca.

  • Recommended for: bocadillo
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar and eggs

Best places to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food.

Because of its geographical location, the typical cuisine of Salamanca is characterized above all by local dishes and its famous sausages: the best known culinary product of the city is the ham called Jamón de Guijuelo, or prosciutto produced in the town of Guijuelo, just outside Salamanca. But other types of ham are also very popular, along with dried meat. Typical dishes also include "chanfaina salmantina", or rice with animal entrails, and "farinatos", or fried sausage accompanied by eggs.

Most of the restaurants are concentrated along the Plaza Mayor but, if you want a quick meal or a snack based on the well-known tapas, our advice is to stop by via Van Dyck.

1 - Hosteria Casa Vallejo

  • Description: a place a few minutes from the Plaza Mayor, offering tapas and typical Salamanca cuisine.
  • Specialty: Veal fillet
  • Average price: from 30,00 € per person
  • Address: Calle de San Juan de La Cruz 3, Salamanca - How to get there / Facebook Page

2 - Casa de Vinos Doctrinos

  • Description: wine store in the heart of Salamanca, suitable for an aperitif but also for dinner
  • Specialty: charcuterie platter
  • Average price: from 15,00 € per person
  • Address: Calle Doctrinos 3, Salamanca - How to get there / Facebook page

3 - Bodega Cuzco

  • Description: Tapas bar in the center of Salamanca, frequented mainly by locals and tourists
  • Specialty: Tapas
  • Average price: from 15,00 € per person
  • Address: c / Juan del Rey, Salamanca - Get directions / Facebook page

4 - Restaurant Corte & Cata

  • Description: medium-high level restaurant, in the historic center, offers both tapas and typical Iberian cuisine, with fish dishes
  • specialty: ham appetizer
  • Average price: from 30,00 € per person
  • Address: Calle Serranos 1, Salamanca - How to get there / Facebook page

5 - Mencia Restaurant

  • Description- Informal restaurant on the outskirts of the center, offering Spanish cuisine and excellent wine.
  • Specialty: cod, cooked in more than 20 different recipes.
  • Average price: from 25,00 € per person
  • Address: Calle Grillo 11, Salamanca - Get directions / Website

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