Eat in Granada where locals take food very seriously.
With lots of local produce to enjoy, seasonal recipes and bite size tapas at every turn.
What to Eat in Granada
This guide will help you navigate the local food scene.
It may come in especially useful if you have a fussy eater in your group or its your first time in Andalusia.
A Typical Breakfast
Generally available from 7.30am til 11.30am
So what do the locals in Granada eat for Breakfast?
astries, most cafés have croissants and donuts.
Often you will find a pastry called Suizo (meaning swiss) it is warmed up and spread with butter and jam.
In Spanish this is Suizo mixto
You can also ask for croissants to be served like this.
Toast is also typical. Popular combinations are boiled ham, jamon serrano, pate, butter and jam or cheese.
Baguette shaped rolls are served in Granada. Therefore you need to choose if you want the entire roll, top and bottom, or ask for half, meaning just one piece of the roll. In Spanish Media is half entera is the whole piece.
If there are a family or a group of you it may work out cheaper to order 2 whole toasts instead of 4 halves.
The most popular toast choice is with tomato with EVOO olive oil drizzled on top.
As there are 3 different breads: Wholewheat, white and sometimes Mollete. You may get to choose the type of bread too.
Mollete is soft floury roll from Antequera. Recommendable with jamon serrano, olive oil and tomato, this option is often called Mollete Catalan.
Coffee in Granada
How to ask for your coffee in Granada:
- Espresso is Black coffee – Ask for Espresso or Café solo
- Café con leche is Coffee with milk
- Leche Manchada is made with less coffee (in Malaga this is known as Nube)
- Cortado is a short coffee with milk
- Descafeinado is decaffinated coffee and can be made with the coffee machine de maquina or in soluble form in a sachet. As you prefer.
A cup of tea
Most places have teas and infusions.
The most common ones are
- Manzanilla – Camommile
- Menta poleo – Mint
- Te verde- Green tea
- Te – English Breakfast Tea (ask for milk seperately if you want to drink tea with milk)
Other drinks at breakfast are chocolate milk like Batido de Puleva or Cola Cao.
Orange juice is natural and usually made with local oranges.
Expect to pay 1.80 euros to 2.50 euros depending on the size of the glass.
Another popular breakfast choice is Chocolate and churros. Rather than an everyday option, people tend to eat in Granada on Sundays or special days. Thick gloopy liquid chocolate and hot churros to dip in.
Churros are made from a similar mix as doughnuts and are fried in hot oil.
How do you take your eggs in the morning?
Granada and lots of Andalusian locations dont really eat eggs for breakfast.
There are a few places in the city that offer Eggs.
Try Café Lisboa on Plaza Nueva
or Rest La Platea who offer an excellent brunch on Sundays mornings. (Calle Angel Ganivet, off Puerta Real)
Lunchtime in Granada
Generally available from 1.30pm til 3.30pm
Midweek look out for Menu del dia as this is best value choice. This includes 3 courses.
Starter is normally soup or salad, then followed by a meat or fish main course.
Desserts are simple, yoghurt, a piece of fruit or maybe something homemade.
Expect to pay from 8 euros to 15€ depending on the location.
If you prefer something on the run, ask for a Bocadillo. In Granada head to the Aliatar, which is a traditonal bar off Bib Rambla. Here you will find baguette fillings like Spanish omlette, tortilla de patatas or Spanish ham, jamon serrano. Some more original ones are Broad beans and ham or San Francisco which has pork loin tomato and cheese.
On a local bar or restaurant menu in Granada typical dishes you are likely to find are:
Gazpacho/Salmorejo which are Cold tomato soups. Served in the hot Summer months. Gazpacho is more liquid whereas Porra or Salmorejo are thickened with breadcrumbs and other ingredients. Basically it is like a liquid salad and perfect when its very hot.
Ensalada de la casa or Ensalada mixta The house salad which usually has lettuce tomato onion + cucumber as the base. Other ingredients maybe added depending on the place .
Entremeses – Cheese, Ham and cold meats like Chorizo or salchichon
Revuelto de esparragos setas – like scrambled eggs with other ingredients, asparagus, garlic, mushrooms or vegetables.
Huevos rotos con jamon – Fried eggs, Potatoes + ham. Perfect for sharing.
Habas con jamon – Broad beans & local ham. Sometimes served with fried egg on top and may or not have fried onion.
Pechuga de pollo – Chicken breast maybe be grilled, a la plancha or roasted Asado
Carne en salsa – Meat in sauce. Usually pork in tomato & onion sauce. Served often for tapas too.
Solomillo a la pimienta – Pork loin in creamy pepper sauce
Albondigas en salsa de almendras o tomate – Meatballs in almond or tomate sauce.
Bacalao – Cod fish, usually fried or oven baked.
Desserts in Granada
- Flan – The omnipresent dessert. This is made from eggs sugar and milk. It is steam cooked and appears on most Spanish menus.
- Crema Catalana is very similar to flan as also made with eggs and sugar, called Crème brulee in other countries.
- Natillas – this dish is a bit like custard, flavoured with vanilla but served cold. Sometimes it is served with a biscuit too.
- Arroz con leche – Very similar to Rice pudding. Made with rice, milk, sugar and dusted with cinnamon.
- Fruta del tiempo – Fruit. In summer expect Melon or watermelon.
- Pionono – Typical in Granada. A small sponge cake made with cinnamon, sugar and eggs small but packed with flavour.
- Tarta de manzana, tarta de chocolate, tarta de queso… Apple cake, chocolate cake and cheesecake. Many places have cake of the day for their lunchtime customers. Sometimes homemade or perhaps bought in from local bakeries.
Generally available from 5pm til 8pm
The gap between lunch at 3pm and dinner at 10pm is huge. So Merienda is the afternoon snack that fills this void mid afternoon.
Typical things served are:
- Magadalenas – Plain cupcakes
- Maritoñis – A flat cake made locally with a pumpkin pie style filling.
- Palmera de chocolate – A heart shaped crumbly pastry
- Chocolate and churros (also eaten at Breakfast time)
- Other pastries like Ensaimada Croissants or Pain au chocalate
- Coffee tea and infusion
You may find this guide about Snacking in Granada and Local Street food handy to read too.
Dinner in Granada
Generally available from 8.30pm til 11pm
For an evening meal in Granada there are several options.
Tapas are free nibbles offered with each drink you order. However it may not be enough to cover dinner.
If you prefer to be guided, book A Taste of Granada Food Tour. This experience shows how the locals dine out and typical produce from Granada province.
Use PICCAVEY discount code when you book to get 10% off.
Spain Food Sherpas do cater to guests with allergies or restrictions. (just add the comments on your booking)
Order a racion to complete your meal.
More about Tapas Raciones and Pintxos here
Having a sit down meal known as La cena means ordering A la carte.
Options will be similar menu del dia however the selection will be more varied.
Eat in Granada Like a Local
Meals for the little ones
Some places do offer a Childrens menu (menu infantil in Spanish) but it is not as popular as in other countries. In very large restaurants, museums, and fast food places is where you tend to see more of them on offer. You will be able to Eat in Granada as family with no bother. Child seats are available and spaces can be found for strollers and prams if needed.
Spanish children tend to eat the same food as adults. Families may order a racion or plato combinado to share between two children.
Restaurants are usually accommodating to families.
Sharing food is the norm here and asking for another plate to easily share food is perfectly acceptable. (Un plato más por favor)