If there is one thing Granada is known for, apart from its legendary Alhambra, it is the art of tapas and its delicious gastronomy. There is no doubt that one of the best experiences you can have here is to treat yourself to a meal after visiting the famous Nasrid fortress.
If you have already booked your tickets for the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces, the next best thing to do is to book them at a restaurant in the city so that when you leave the tour you don't have to live an odyssey with an empty stomach trying to find a free table in such a touristy area as this one. Discover some of the best places to eat near the Alhambra!
The Morayma Restaurant is the ideal place to recharge your batteries after a long walk around the Alhambra, as it is located just ten minutes from the monument. It has the best views of the Nasrid Palaces and legend has it that Princess Morayma lived within its walls during the captivity of Sultan Boabdil, the last king of Granada.
It is a very quiet restaurant with a carefully decorated where you can savour the best dishes of traditional Granada cuisine. If you want to have some tapas, I recommend you try the salmorejo, the croquettes or the goat's cheese with quince jelly grown in the restaurant's own vegetable garden. If you prefer to eat on a tablecloth, don't miss the Morayma salad and the secreto ibérico with potatoes and mojo picón, which is delicious!
- Where: Calle Pianista García Carrillo, 2.
- Why I like this place: A nice meal in the garden with views of the Alhambra is the finishing touch to a magical day. To make sure you get a good table, I recommend booking a week in advance.
- Recommended if... you are looking for traditional Granadian food in a unique setting with a lot of history.
With its excellent location, just outside the gates of the Alhambra at the entrance to the Generalife, the Jardines Alberto restaurant is one of the perfect places to eat after a visit to the palace city. You won't have to walk far, which is great if you're travelling with children.
The atmosphere in this beautiful restaurant is relaxed and family-friendly. It also has a terrace overlooking the Alhambra where it is cool, which is ideal for hot days. As for the menu, the restaurant has dishes where Mediterranean and Granadian gastronomy are the protagonists.
If you feel like tapas you can order an Andalusian gazpacho, fried squid, croquettes or an assortment of cheeses but I recommend you to try especially the dishes of the Nasrid cuisine, which is the one the inhabitants of the Alhambra used to eat. The lamb with the vizier is delicious!
- Where: Paseo de la Sabica, 1.
- Why I like this place: The food is delicious and the prices are not expensive considering that the restaurant is just a few steps from the Alhambra, which gives it magnificent views from its terrace.
- Recommended if... you feel like trying a different kind of Nasrid cuisine when you're on your way out of the Alhambra.
Parador de Granada Restaurant
If budget is not a problem for you and during your trip to Granada you can spend a little more on meals, then I recommend you to book a table at the Parador de Granada restaurant. It is well worth it!
Located in a former 15th century convent built by the Catholic Monarchs, the views of the Alhambra, the Generalife or the Sacromonte and Albaicín neighbourhoods are spectacular. It's a place with a lot of history and the kitchen serves traditional dishes with innovative touches.
If you book a table for lunch at the Parador de Granada at the end of your guided tour of the Alhambra, I recommend you order "remojón granadino", "habitas con jamón" or a refreshing Andalusian gazpacho. And if you fancy trying some Nasrid cuisine, try the monkfish in Mozarabic sauce or the Alpujarra-style kid.
- Where: Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n,
- Why I like this place: The Parador de Granada has a special charm and you can breathe history in its rooms. In addition, from the dining room and the terrace of the restaurant of the Parador de Granada there are spectacular views of the palatine city.
- Recommended if... your visit to the Alhambra has come to an end and you would like to enjoy the scenery for a while longer but in a relaxed way, while tasting the best traditional cuisine of Granada.
Saffron Route Restaurant
At the foot of the Alhambra, in the lower Albaicín and next to the river Darro, is the Ruta del Azafrán restaurant. A modern place where you can taste the best fusion cuisine of Andalusian, Spanish and Arabic recipes at very reasonable prices.
If you are passionate about trying unique flavours, the Ruta de la Alhambra restaurant offers dishes inspired by Granada's cultural heritage, the result of a mixture of cultures, such as Moorish pastela, harira soup or lamb couscous, which will take you back to the golden age of the Alhambra. However, the menu also includes traditional dishes such as croquettes, candied artichokes or grilled octopus.
- Where: Paseo Padre Manjón, 1.
- Why I like this place: From its terrace you can take beautiful photographs of the Alhambra, which rises imposingly among the lush vegetation that surrounds it. It is the ideal place to rest after a long walk around the monument, sipping a few wines and enjoying the views.
- Recommended if... you come out of a night visit to the Alhambra and want to enjoy the beautiful scenery while dining quietly on the Paseo de los Tristes.
Restaurant La Mimbre
Another place to eat well near the Alhambra is the restaurant La Mimbre, a charming space located in the woods of the Nasrid fortress, one of the most impressive places in Granada, whose halls have been visited by artists such as Rafael Alberti, Antonio Gala or Miguel Ríos.
In the restaurant La Mimbre you can taste the authentic Andalusian gastronomy such as oxtail, kid with garlic, fried squid or picadillo soup.
- Where: Paseo del Generalife s/n
- Why I like this place: It has a terrace in a unique setting for a quiet meal. The menu is good and the price is very reasonable for a restaurant so close to the most important monument in the city.
- Recommended if... you are looking for a cosy place to enjoy the best traditional cuisine of the region in a dreamlike setting such as the woods of the Alhambra.