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 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!
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
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.
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.
Visiting the Arab Bath house in Granada is easily the most relaxing activity you can enjoy. Here you will experience a dimly lit, beautifully decorated bath house. Hot tea is served in the bath house for guests to keep hydrated. There are 4 baths of multiple temperature including one that is ice cold and one that is perfectly warm. There is also a steam room as well as different types of massage bookings. My personal favorite is the body scrub and massage combination.
The staff here is also extremely professional and the baths themselves are kept amazingly clean. Towels are available for after shower use. Locker rooms are supplied with body milk, bags for wet swimsuits, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, and cotton swabs.
Bring your swimsuits!
Pro tip: Book your visit online as there are always Special Offers listed on their website
I originally visited Granada, Spain with little insight except for what I found on Wikipedia. While I’ve had the opportunity to visit multiple times since my first visit, I still frequently seek new reading material on this city while dreaming of it from abroad. Here, I wanted to document my visits in hopes to share it with future visitors.