From classic Valencian paella to granadino style rices, Granada is full of opportunities to experience one of Spain’s most loved dishes.
It’s no wonder why rice is one of the staples of the Spanish diet. Not only can you find it all over the Iberian Peninsula, but it’s also easy to prepare and customize with all sorts of colors and flavors. While most visitors have heard of paella, which originally comes from Valencia on Spain’s eastern coast, there are all kinds of rice dishes that deserve a taste as well. Hungry yet? Here’s where to find the best arroces and paella in Granada.
1. Las Perdices
Without a doubt, Las Perdices is one of the best places to have arroz caldoso (rice in a hearty broth) and paella in Granada. It’s located outside of the city, so you’ll need a car to get there, but the fantastic rices are well worth the drive. Both seafood and meat paella are available, and be sure to try the house specialty: paella mixta, which is a delicious mix of both.
Address: Camino Real de los Neveros, 93
2. Arrocería Maese Pío
Located in a charming plaza in Granada’s historic center, this is your best bet downtown for a variety of delicious rices. From made-to-order risotto to delicious arroz meloso (a happy medium between arroz caldoso and paella’s drier rice), Arrocería Maese Pío has something to make every traveler’s taste buds happy.
Address: Placeta del Pulgar
3. Los Manueles
One of our all-time Granada favorites! This beloved local eatery has delighted granadinos and visitors alike since 1917. While we love the gigantic croquetas that put Los Manueles on the map, their paella—especially the meat paella with lamb and chicken—is one of the best in town.
Address: Calle Reyes Católicos, 61
4. El Pescaíto de Carmela
This spacious locale is conveniently located right in front of the cathedral. The menu at El Pescaíto de Carmela features a rich variety of seafood options. Try the house specialty: black rice (which gets its color from octopus ink) topped with a dollop of alioli (garlic mayonnaise). Yum!
Address: Calle Marqués de Gerona, 12
5. Bodegas Castañeda
Want to try paella in Granada but not that hungry? Swing by local hotspot Bodegas Castañeda, where one of the many tapas available is paella. In addition, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the house Calicasas wine: a sweet vino mixed with rum and other secret ingredients. Cheers!
Address: Calle Almireceros, 1-3
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