Unbelievably after all the posts written here so far about Granada and Andalusia. I haven´t blogged about Tapas yet! I did write a difference between Tapas, Raciones and Pintxos but nothing about the typical Granada tapas bars where you can to get yummy nibbles with your drink.
So here goes.. Here are 10 places to get typical Granada tapas if you come to see the Alhambra or visit Granada anytime.
I have deliberately chosen places that are around the city centre and have been open for years. These places are typical Granada tapas places rather than the new, trendy or up and coming ones. (I´m hoping this post will be a classic too) These ten places are ordered by Style.
- Retro. On Gran Vía just up from the Cathedral you´ll find Bodegas Espadofor been open since 1910. This place serves typical Granada tapas and offers wine that they have produced themselves.
- Modern. On Calle Rosario (just at the end of Calle Navas) you´ll find La Pajuana. The tapas here are well presented. It´s a chic crowd here usually. The photo above is one of their creations.
- Exotic. Om Khalsoum on Calle Jardines has Tasty moroccan tapas. This is one of my all time favourites in Granada. Get there before 8.45pm if you want a seat. I love falafel, couscous with caramelised onion here and of course their Pastela Moruna too. (Moroccan chicken pastela)
- Traditional. Taberna Salinas on Calle Elvira (just below Plaza Nueva) is a good option for families and even serve piononos for dessert. Chunky wooden furniture decorates the large bar and it has a great wine list too.
- Local. Spanish bars have been invaded with designer fusion food and the dreaded square white plate. I still love traditional Spanish places with the aluminium bar and ceramic tiled walls. The Bar Español is having a crisis all of it´s own, why not try ones of these bars. They are full of character. In Granada you can´t do much better than Bar Avila. Their typical Granada tapas are popular and my favourite is Jamón asado. Roast ham atop a piece of white crusty bread. This is a stone´s throw from the Corte Ingles department store.
- Seafood. The well known Bar Los Diamantes brings fish from Motril daily. There are a few of these bars now dotted around the city. The original one is on Calle Navas. It´s always busy but if you want fish for tapas you can´t go wrong here. The Fried Aubergines (egg plant) are also a firm favourite too.
- Vegetarian. Try Manila at Plaza de las Descalzas, 3 in the Realejo area. They have some vegan and vegetarian tapas in Granada on offer..
- Splurge. Head to La Tana on Calle Rosario. They serve locally produced Granada wine as well as Granada beers too. Some days have guacamole for tapa. (picture above) This smart bar reminds me of being inside a wine cellar as the walls are lined with bottles.
- Budget. If you want a large tapa to go with your beer head to La Bella y La Bestia or La Antiqualla on Calle Elvira. Both will be busy but your tapa is guaranteed to be filling.
- Eccentric. Check out La Trastienda. This curious place, looks like a delicatessen shop. You walk in, past the cold cuts counter and through to the seats in the back. This is on a small side street off Plaza Nueva. Tapas tend to be cold cuts and olives here.
I like to go for tapas every now and again but it does bother me that the great food on offer in Granada is overlooked due to the trend for free tapas. I´ll write up soon some of my favourite restaurants in the city to show that Granada really should be on anyones Foodie map. In the meantime you can read more on this link: Typical Spanish dishes and tapas
Which is your favourite Tapas place?.. Let me know in the comments below…