Having come directly from Valencia on the Trenhotel, where I’d had the best salad in the whole of Spain at La Tastaolette – I foolishly expected great things from Granada. I knew it was a busy city and thought that there would be an number of vegetarian options. I was a bit wrong.
The vegetarian options are La Paprika – which personally I didn’t have a particularly positive experience with (although that could have been bad choices on my behalf. I chose the two ‘raw’ options that were both uninspired, overpriced and small in the portion department) and El Races (which was closed every time I attempted to visit.)
The other options are well ummm….. the Moroccan restaurants at the foot of Albacin where good old veggie stalwarts hummus and falafel are served, but again – I only had bad experiences with these too.
How you can getter better Hummus on supermarket shelves in England and the US than you can in the Arabic quarter of a country so close to Morocco it is almost shagging it – I don’t know.
Any road, both attempts at eating North African resulted in a sinking heart. The hummus was expensive and pissy and spread so thinly on the plate it was more like a carpaccio of hummus than the real thing. The salads were tasteless and watery. Blah blah blah.
I tried a Mexican restaurant – La Cantina – where the salad consisted of ice berg lettuce, two slices of carrot, 1 tomato, and some tinned sweetcorn served in a deep fried tortilla. And a guacamole that had no balls to it.
So, vegetarian Granada – self cater. If you can afford La Paprika, then avoid the raw dishes. If you can find Raices open – then that might be your best bet – otherwise – self cater.
And then I stumbled across Art Hicuri – a mere several moments after a disappointing run in with a Mexican restaurant. Read about Art Hicuri here. But in essence it is a cheap and busy co-operative that serves primarily vegetarian with options for vegans but also some meat dishes. Refreshingly, the meat dishes seems like an aside to the vegetarian side of the menu so essentially it’s more like a carnivore-friendly vegetarian restaurant.
But if you are a raw foodist after salads – you will have to self cater or spend your days wandering around Granada feeling perpetually and monumentally disappointed.
You can find a hotel in Granada by clicking here.
If you would like to comment on this article, then there is a commenty box below just for that purpose.
You can discuss vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan Spain in our forum section by clicking here.
You can look for other vegetarian, vegan and raw-food information in Spain by going to our Food section.