After writing about the Traditional Shops it´s now time to take a look at some traditional bars and cafes.
The most traditional places in Granada have been open for over a century and are still in business today.
Unfortunately the jewel in the crown El Suizo is no longer open. This emblematic café closed in 1986 and was sadly converted into a fast food restaurant.
Occupying a grand building in Puerta Real in the heart of the commercial centre of Granada the Café Suizo was opened in 1870. The business ran successfully for 116 years. The impressive interior and convenient locations drew locals and visitors alike. One of the most popular items sold there was the leche rizada. (a thick milkshake made with cinnamon lemon and sugar)
You can see what it was like before it closed in this video> Gran Café Suizo Granada
100 years of Bars & cafes in Granada
Taberna Casa Enrique
This characterful bar has been open since 1870 and is the oldest in Granada. (3rd oldest in Andalucia) The walls are lined with old photos and the best hams and chorizo. As this is a wine cellar the emphasis is on great wines and good cheese and hams. Free tapas aren´t served here but even so its worth popping in for a round or two especially if you are a wine lover.
- Address: Acera del Darro 8, Granada
- Web: Taberna Casa Enrique
Located next to Granada Cathedral, the Restaurante Sevilla opened in 1930. Over the years they have welcomed Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston and Salvador Dalí through it´s doors. Oxtail and Sacromonte Omelette are the house specialities. I have eaten here a few times and enjoyed the typical Granada food. I especially remember that they do great desserts. They sometimes do Flamenco nights too (seen on the video below) You can choose to have a sit down meal or just tapas at the bar.
- Address: Calle Oficios 12, Granada
- Facebook page: RestauranteSevilla
Gran Café Bib Rambla
The oldest café is the Gran Café Bib Rambla. This opened in 1907 and was known as the Cafetin del Gato (Little Café of the Cat) bu the name changed early on to the Gran Café Bib Rambla. Open all day from 8am, enjoy breakfast here, a sandwich at lunchtime or a cold beer outside on the terrace overlooking Bib Rambla square.
- Address: Plaza Bib Rambla 3, Granada
- Facebook page: Gran Café Bib Rambla
Traditional Ice cream
Also worth a mention is Los Italianos on Gran Vía. This traditional ice cream shop has been open since 1936 and is always very busy when it opens from March to October. Although it´s not been open 100 years yet I´m sure they will have no problem reaching that anniversary. They are as popular with locals and visitors in Granada.
*Insider tip* At the back of Los Italianos on Calle Abenamar there are tables with waiters if you prefer not to queue for an ice cream at the busy couunter.