What’s known as a part of everyday life in Granada is guaranteed to be the ultimate food experience for any visitor! Not only is Granada an amazing city filled with history, but it has some of the very best tapas bars and restaurants in Spain. So join us on our tour around town as we search for the best places for tapas, delicious drinks, and where to eat in Granada Spain!
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What is Climbing the Ladder?
Let us describe to you what might be the most fun restaurant business plan in the world. Something we’ve come to refer to as “climbing the ladder.”
At some of the best restaurants in Granada Spain you can still pick your own tapas from a small menu, but the original style is much better!
The majority of the best places to eat in Granada will gift you a small plate of food depending on the number of drinks you order. This means with each beer or wine, comes a new and unique tapa!
Even if we were full it was always a constant struggle not to order another round. We were so amazed by how much bigger and better the Granada tapas were getting!
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How to Order Granada Tapas
1. Go to any place serving Granada tapas and order a drink! Our recommendation in the summer is the Tinto de Verano which is red wine on ice mixed with lemon soda.
2. Once you order your drink the bar will then give you a plate of food for free. Most of the best restaurants in Granada Spain will serve whatever is fresh that day so you know it’s going to be good.
3. Repeat as many times as necessary!
More About Where to Eat in Granada
Simple as that… You’re on your way up the ladder! Drinks at the Granada tapas bars are typically 2 Euros or less. Also, it’s great to know you’re not required to order something with alcohol for every round.
There are plenty of other great beverages that will get you free tapas! Soda, water, or non-alcoholic beer are perfectly acceptable.
Most restaurants have specialties such as seafood, meat, or sandwiches as your free plate. Even though the levels of the ladder change daily, the general type of Granada tapas at each place stays the same.
Our Favorite Granada Tapas Bar
The best tapas in Granada Spain can be found at a local spot called Bar Los Diamantes. Fresh seafood is trucked in daily from the coast, but beware!
This place is so popular that if you don’t arrive as soon as the door opens you’ll have to fight the crowd to place your order.
There are several branches of the same name as the original, so if you want the best experience make sure you hit the one linked below!
Granada Tapas Round 1
Granada Tapas Round 2
Granada Tapas Round 3
Granada Tapas Round 4
Granada Tapas Round 5
Honestly, this was some of the freshest and cheapest seafood we’ve ever had! Any trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the best restaurants in Granada Spain, Bar Los Diamantes. For more fun things to do in Granada check out our blog below!
Best Restaurants in Granada Spain
Located near Bar Los Diamantes, this unique Spanish restaurant will blow you away with flavors. The Tinto de Verano is made with a splash of local sherry liquor, and the Granada tapas plate was one of the best we had!
Location: Calle Navas 27
You know you’re in for an authentic experience when you walk into a restaurant and countless jamon legs are hanging from the ceiling.
In a city with so many unique twists on tapas, it’s nice to visit an original. Also, if you’re really hungry and are looking for more than a snack, the 10 tapa platter looked AMAZING!
Location: Calle de Almireceros 1-3
Bar La Riviera
If you’re starving and looking for where to eat in Granada Spain, this is the spot for you. After visiting a few Granada tapas bars this one put an exclamation point on our night!
The tapas at Bar La Riviera are more like large plates of food. Plus since they’re coming free with your drink for only 2 Euros, this is easily one of the best places to eat in Granada!
Location: Calle Cetti Meriem 7
After hearing everyone rave about this spot we had to see for ourselves what the hype was about. Leave all stereotypes about British cooking at the door because these international tapas are packed with incredible flavors!
Once you hit Bar Poe for a drink you’ll quickly see why this is one of the best restaurants in Granada Spain for students, ex-pats, and locals alike.
Location: Calle Veronica de la Magdalena 40
As one of the few Middle Eastern Granada tapas bars, Oum Kalsum doesn’t disappoint. From your typical falafel and mini-shawarma to the more unknown snacks, this is a must-visit Granada tapas bar! Not only will you expand your international pallet, but the food is also delicious!
Location: Calle Jardines 17
Please let us stress this is just a handful of the endless Granada tapas bars. Use this as a loose guide to find the best restaurants in Granada Spain, and hunt down your own hidden gems!
Whether you’re going to climb the ladder or just want to try some new and amazing foods, one thing is for sure… you’re not going to leave Granada hungry!
Want to share more of the best places and where to eat in Granada Spain? Leave us a comment below!
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Where to Stay in Granada Spain
Ultra Luxury – Alhambra Palace – Located just outside the Alhambra walls, this luxury hotel has incredible views of the city and Sierra Nevada mountains! Enjoy the Moorish style decor while being just steps from the famous castle.
Fun Vacation – Hotel Casa 1800 Granada – In the heart of the Albaicin district, this beautiful property is the perfect spot to stay in Granada. Next to many incredible landmarks with comfortable rooms and amenities.
Central Hotel – NH Collection Victoria – Amazing 19th-century accommodation in the historic center. Walking distance to the Cathedral, Alcaiceria Market, and other major attractions.
Hostel Stay – Toc Hostel Granada – Awesome hostel to explore the city of Granada from. Make friends at the bar and shared lounge before sightseeing in one of Spain’s best cities.
For more places to stay in Granada Spain you can explore the latest prices here!
Spain Travel Planning
Flights: We always find the best flights using Skyscanner. Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly between cities in Spain than driving or taking the train!
Rental Car: We use Discover Cars to explore when traveling. Consider renting a car in one city and dropping it off in another for an epic Spain road trip!
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for thousands of activities around Spain. You can book a tour of the Madrid Royal Palace, skip the line and explore the Alhambra de Granada, or even jump on a Tenerife Dolphin cruise!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without protection! We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
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