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Granada's Tapas: Contemporary Eating in a Historic City

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May 11, 2014 / Spanish / By
Sarah Jane Phillips


Granada's Alhambra Palace

Granada is perhaps best known for being home to the Alhambra Palace, the 1100-year-old construction that presides proudly over its Old Town. Once a power centre in Moorish Andalucia, the Alhambra now draws nearly 7000 visitors daily, and has been named number one tourist attraction in Spain by Lonely Planet. This impressive historic site is one great reason to visit the southern Spanish city, but for food fans tapas are another.

Granada boasts an enviable array of bars, each with their own unique character and approach to serving tapas. Moroccan, vegetarian, Italian and seafood, as well as traditional Spanish, are amongst the styles on offer. This is largely due to the cosmopolitan range of residents living in the city- it draws magnitudes of students and workers from across Spain, and, indeed, across the world.

And the best bit? Tapas come free, with every drink, in every bar (well, with a small number exceptions close to main tourist attractions- but these can be easily avoided).


Diners enjoy Tapas on Granada's Plaza Pescaderia

Granada has a plethora of exceptional tapas bars worth seeking out- but here are my three top picks to get you started:

1.Poe

British owner Matt and his wife Ana have created a Spanish Tapas bar with a distinctly English vibe; it's 'home away from home' feel making it a favourite for many visiting students. Tapas are innovative and international, ranging from pork and pineapple (presented on a skewer) to Italian style vegetables or Thai spicy chicken with rice. These are each delivered in small clay dishes while you relax on comfy armchairs, huddle around high tables, or cluster at the bar. Poe makes for a great spot to chill out mid-week, or a top place to start your night out- it’s ‘hora feliz’ (or ‘happy hour’) offers discounted drinks later on into the evening before you slip off to somewhere a little louder…

Top tip: Arrive early. Poe fills up quickly as the night goes on- even on week nights.

Bar Poë, Calle Verónica de la Magdelena 40, Granada, Spain.

2. Tango

Tango is a bar with attitude. It's cool. It's edgy. It knows it. Walk in, and you’re met with dark walls splashed with psychedelic paint, tiny beanbag seats, toadstall tables, and, often, a distinct wiff of smoke- and it ain’t tobacco. Its tapas dishes are named after famous politicians and filthy swear words, and one gets the impression that the combination is probably no coincidence. You have a choice between homemade mini pizzas, and small but delicious tacos. Hardly fine dining, but mouth-wateringly tasty.

Top tip: Don’t eat dinner first. These tapas are surprisingly filling- and you’ll want to taste plenty.

Tango, Calle Sol 22, Granada, Spain

3.  Mundo Manila

Manila's chilled out eco-friendly vibe might draw a significant hippie crowd, but it is testament to the quality of tapas in this vegetarian bar that it seems to be enjoyed in equal- if not higher- numbers by meat-eaters and veggies alike. Including soups, falafel, dumplings, pasta and more, Manila's creative and delicious tapas make it a must-visit spot for any visitor to Granada. What’s more, not only is Manila eco-friendly, but it is also economical- only 2 euros for wine and tapas makes it one of the city’s best value eateries.

Top tip: Extra tapas comes in at only 1 euro a plate- start exploring!

Mundo Manila, Plaza de las Descalzas, 3, Granada, Spain. 

 


Hearty tapas, near Plaza Nueva, Granada


Granada's Old Town: El Albaicin


Historic streets of Granada

 

Sarah is a travel-loving, Edinburgh based writer. More of her work can be found at
www.teaandcakeplease.com  

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