Shop: Lycka

I really enjoy visiting this toy shop on each visit to Granada city center. It always has fun toys and gifts for children. They have an extensive selection of children’s plush toys, backpacks, accessories, socks, and games. I always find a good children’s book in Spanish and an adorable Jellycat toy. The price ranges are wide so I find something to purchase with every visit. I highly recommend stopping by if you need a small gift or a cute item for a child in your life!

damasqueros RESTAURANT

Today I had lunch at Damasqueros which is on the Michelin guide. The restaurant’s exterior is unassuming but the interior is really nicely done. It’s a great date spot with romantic and calm vibes. I really liked that it was a quieter restaurant which is different than the hustle and noise of most tapas spots. The service was really attentive and I liked supporting a woman owned business/chef.

Clockwise starting from the top left: 1) warm soup with chicken meatball, 2) GAZPACHUELO Malagueño + BACALAO Marinado y Limón, 3) RICOTTA + CHORIZO de Güejar, Rebozuelo y TRUFA Fresca., 4) CALAMAR FRITO, Zanahorias y Bulgur Ecológico, 5) CANELÓN DE TERNERA, Boniato Asado y Puerro, 6) CHOCOLATES Y AVELLANA»

La Finca Roaster

While doing some last minute shopping for Three Kings’ Day, we unexpectedly came across this cute little coffee stop. I’d say it’s more of a to-go place than a sit down but there were a few bar seats available by the window. It’s located in a little side street next to the Cathedral. We ordered lattes to go as well as a croissant. The coffee was very tasty and the croissant was definitely fresh. They also sell bags of beans in-store as well as online. Cheers!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sur Coffee Corner

Although I love the culture in Granada that encourages spending time having a coffee, sometimes you’re on the go and require coffee ASAP. The decaffeinated version of myself was so happy to find Sur Coffee Corner. Serving coffee to go they even carry milk alternatives like my favorite, Oatly! They also have very delicious looking pastries I can’t wait to try when I return. It’s also just nice to find a place where the baristas are really kind and like their jobs. I totally recommend this place for a coffee to go! It is just around the corner from the Cathedral.

Plaza de la Romanilla &, Calle San Jerónimo, 18001 Granada

HAMMAM AL ÁNDALUS: Part 2 COVID UPDATES

A lot of my readers have been wondering if the baths in Granada are open. The answer is yes! They have taken a lot of precautions like cleaning with UVCs, new disinfectant and air circulation systems, ensuring proper social distancing, and many more safety rules. There is also an offer going on where you can receive 20% off digital gift cards for your services (for gift cards purchased until January 6th). I’d highly recommend purchasing a gift card you can use on your visit.

Restaurante Arriaga

Restaurante Arriaga was beautiful from the entrance to the dessert. Our meal consisted of 9 dishes and wine pairings. Lunch was delightfully well presented and the waitstaff was really kind. It’s clear that there is a lot of thought on flavors and presentation to each dish. The views of Granada are really nice and I would love to see the vibes of this restaurant at night. This restaurant would be good for a date or small gathering. I’d imagine private events here are wonderful as well. My favorite dish was the duck liver pate topped with truffle.

Ruta del Veleta

Ruta del Veleta is on an unassuming street in Granada. It’s a beautifully decorated, quiet, clean, and the service is very attentive. The plates are very attractive and it’s quite clear there was a lot of thought going into the designs of the dishes. It’s truly art and maybe the best restaurant in Granada. Everything from the appetizer to the dessert was of quality.

I really enjoyed my visit here and I highly recommend a visit if you’re looking for a date night or even a night out with friends. It’s definitely pricier than your typical night out but worth the cost!

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La reina kitchen bar

Directly behind one of Granada’s most famous statues and most popular meeting place, Plaza Isabel Católica, is a chic restaurant La Reina Kitchen Bar. Owned by the Marquis Hotels, it’s fairly new (1 year) and I’m certain this restaurant will continue to be a new millennial hot spot. The restaurant interior is super chic and modern for a girls night that includes garnished cocktails and sushi bites. The menu skews towards the vegetarian side which is refreshing. Sometimes I drool just looking at their Instagram!

Marquis Hotels also has opened a vegetarian/super food restaurant next door called Wild Food Cafeteria which I’m also quite excited about. Don’t get me wrong, I love jamon but sometimes a quick veggie fix is necessary!

La Reina Kitchen Bar

Address: Plaza Isabel Católica, 7, 18009 Granada, Spain

Hours: 12:30pm-12am

Carmen de los Martires

Slightly hidden within the Alhambra grounds is a building called Carmen de los Martires. Originally a 19th century home with a beautiful garden, this now government building is open to the public and sometimes used as an event venue. A long dirt path leads to the mansion that is lined with greenery and statues. Home to several peacocks, you can see these friendly birds hanging out near the home even during the winter.

The atmosphere is very peaceful when visiting this building and it is also free to visit. I would definitely recommend stopping by when visiting the Alhambra for a break from the crowds.

Plaza de Bib-Rambla

Situated near the famous Cathedral in Granada is Plaza de Bib-Rambla. This plaza is filled with restaurants to have chocolate con churros or a glass of wine during a long day of being a tourist. Personally, I enjoy Gran Cafe Bib Rambla for a quick drink and tapa. It’s also a good place for people watching with tourists and locals gathering on the square as you can sit in the heated tents outside the restaurant. During the winter season, holiday markets fill the plaza so visitors can buy various Christmas trinkets.