If Granada is known for something, with permission of its mythical Alhambra, it is for 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 entradas a la Alhambra:, the next step is to do the same in 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. Discover some of the best places to eat near the Alhambra!
1. Morayma Restaurant
The :Restaurante Morayma: 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 neat decoration where you can taste the best dishes of traditional Granada cuisine. If you want to have some tapas, I recommend you to try the salmorejo, the croquettes or the goat cheese with quince jelly grown in the orchard of the restaurant. If you prefer to eat at tablecloth, you can't miss the Morayma salad and the Iberian secret with potatoes and mojo picón, very good!
Where it is**: Calle Pianista García Carrillo, 2.
Why I like this place: enjoying a nice meal in the garden overlooking the Alhambra is the finishing touch to a magical day. To ensure a good table, I recommend booking a week in advance.
Recommended if... you are looking to taste traditional Granadian food in a unique setting with a lot of history.
2. Alberto Gardens
Because of its excellent location, right at the gates of the Alhambra at the entrance of the Generalife, the restaurant Jardines Alberto: is one of the perfect places to eat after a visit to the palatine city. You won't have to walk far, which is great if you are traveling with children.
The atmosphere in this nice place is relaxed and familiar. It also has a terrace overlooking the Alhambra where it is cool, which is ideal for hot days. As for its menu, the restaurant has dishes where the Mediterranean and Granadian cuisine 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 try especially the dishes of its Nasrid cuisine, which is what the inhabitants of the Alhambra used to eat. The lamb al visir is delicious!
Where it is: Paseo de la Sabica, 1.
Why I like this place: the food is great 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 cuisine as the Nasrid taking advantage of a visit to the Alhambra.
3. Restaurant Parador de Granada
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 restaurant Parador de Granada::. 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 Albaicin neighborhoods are spectacular. It is a place with a lot of history and the kitchen prepares traditional dishes with innovative touches.
If you book a table for lunch at the Parador de Granada at the end of the guided tour of the Alhambra:, I recommend ordering remojón granadino, habitas with ham or a refreshing Andalusian gazpacho. And if you feel like trying a dish of the Nasrid cuisine, bet for sure for the monkfish in Mozarabic sauce or the kid to the Alpujarra.
Where it is located: Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n,
Why I like this place: The Parador de Granada has a special charm and breathes 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 ... the visit to the Alhambra has been short and you would like to enjoy the scenery a while longer but in a relaxed way, while tasting the best traditional cuisine of Granada.
4.Saffron Route Restaurant
At the foot of the Alhambra, in the low Albaicín and next to the river Darro, is located the restaurant Ruta del Azafrán::. 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 flavors, the restaurant Ruta de la Alhambra offers dishes inspired by the cultural heritage of Granada as a result of the mixture of cultures as the Moorish pastry, harira soup or lamb cous-cous that will transport you to the golden age of the Alhambra. However, its menu also includes traditional dishes such as croquettes, candied artichokes or grilled octopus.
Where it is**: Paseo Padre Manjón, 1.
Why I like this place: From its terrace you can take beautiful pictures 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 some wine 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.
5. Restaurant La Mimbre
Another place to eat well near the Alhambra is the restaurant La Mimbre:, a charming space located in the forests 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 Rios.
In the restaurant La Mimbre you can taste the authentic Andalusian cuisine such as oxtail, kid with garlic, fried squid or picadillo soup.
Where is it**: Paseo del Generalife s/n
Why I like this place: It has a terrace in a unique setting to eat quietly. The menu is good and the price is very reasonable for a restaurant so close to the most important monument of the city.
Recommended if... you are looking for a cozy place to enjoy the best traditional cuisine of the region in a dreamlike setting such as the woods of the Alhambra.