Traditional cuisine with deep Moorish roots
Because the city is near the Sierra Nevada ski resort and the Costa del Sol, where tropical fruit is grown, the traditional cuisine of Granada has an exotic touch, with deep Moorish roots. Fish from the sea, country dishes from the Alpujarra and the delicious produce from the vegetable gardens in that area make up a mysterious and pleasant cuisine.
Granada is famous for its large amount of bars, taverns, cellars, restaurants and tea shops, where you can taste typical products and practise the popular tradition of "going out for tapas". It involves going from one bar to another and enjoying small and varied portions of typical dishes which are often free with your drink, normally local wine or a caña (a small glass of beer). Tipping is not obligatory, although it is common practice. There are established routes and perfect places to practise this gastronomic tradition: Navas and Sarabia streets near the Town Hall, the Albaicín neighbourhood, around the bullring or in Plaza Bib-rambla.
- High quality restaurants in the area around the cathedral, like in the Plaza del Campillo. Some of the most typical dishes are beans and ham, migas (fried breadcrumbs with meat and peppers), gazpacho, Sacromonte-style omelette or products such as Trevelez ham, asparagus or tropical fruit.
- Sweets made in monasteries: in convents such as San Antón, Zafra, Las Tomasas and La Encarnación you will be able to purchase products made by the cloistered nuns. The most famous are glorias and tocinillos.
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