Granada is a city marked by Arab influence, palpable in its architecture, its craftsmanship, and, of course, its gastronomy. Granada's cuisine is characterized by the use of spices, the great importance of vegetables, and the use of olive oil.
Its cuisine is quite similar to that of Almeria and Malaga. Also, in Granada, you can always pair your meal with a nice cold beer brewed in the city, called "Alhambra".
Traditional dishes in Granada
- Broad beans with ham: Perhaps one of the most traditional dishes of Granada is the broad beans with diced ham. They are served in a casserole accompanied by a sofrito in almost every restaurant in the city.
- Tortilla del Sacromonte: This omelette characteristic of Granada and the neighborhood that gives it its name is made from mutton brains, chorizo, walnuts, and breadcrumbs. It's a dish exclusive to the cuisine of Granada, so you can not leave without trying it.
- Remojon granadino: Granada's Arabic influence is perfectly reflected in this dish made with orange, cod, olives, boiled egg, onion, and tomato.
- Zalamandroña: This cold salad is an excellent option to fend off the heat if you travel to Granada in the summer. It's prepared with roasted bell pepper, zucchini, cod, dried tomato, olives, and olive oil.
- Eggplants with honey: This dish is also typical of Cordoba's cuisine. It consists of eggplant slices fried in olive oil accompanied with cane honey.
- Pionono: The pionono is the quintessential sweet of Granada. They are made in Santa Fe, a town in Granada, and consist of a layer of sponge cake topped with a cream base.
- Soplillos alpujarreños: Although these sweets are typical of the Alpujarra, you'll find them all over Granada. Their origin is Arabic and they are made with eggs, sugar, almonds, and lemon.
Best places to eat
Granada is full of restaurants and bars where you can eat, so you'll have no problem finding a good place. In the historic center, the best places to eat are Plaza de Maria Pineda, Plaza Nueva and Carrera del Darro. If you're on a budget, the Paseo de Los Tristes also has many restaurants where you can sample Granada's typical dishes.
Elvira street is quite lively at night and has many bars and restaurants to dine in. If you're looking for bars for breakfast or snacking on chocolate with churros, the best cafes are concentrated in the Plaza Bib-Rambla.
Tapas in Granada
Granada has become popular in recent years for its famous free tapas when you order beer or wine. This tradition is quite common in the rest of Andalusia and is a good way to have a drink and a free lunch or dinner.
The best Granada tapas area is the Realejo. In this neighborhood, you can find lots of bars and small places where they do not skimp on the quantity of the servings. This way, just by ordering a drink you'll find yourself with a very generous appetizer.
If you want tapas in the historic center of the city, Navas Street is the best option. Along this street, there are numerous bars with terraces and high-quality tapas. If you're looking to save as much as possible, you can go to Gonzalo Gallas street and have tapas in this student-friendly area. Either way, going out for tapas is a must in Granada!