Zanpanzar restaurant is a small local bar with a seperate restaurant with a very varied menu. We ate in the bar which had a cosy atmosphere, although the place was busy with business lunches being served, service was good. The waitress was a bit sour until we used a bit of local lingo - her warm smile brightened up the bar.
Favorite Dish: Here they don't serve tapas - the speciality here is Pintxos which is traditional Basque cuisine also known as Pinchos. These are cold finger foods served on a slice of bread with a cocktail stick to ease serving. We also tried the local wine Txakoli which is slightly sparkling white wine served in little tumblers and the very delicious Bravas - deep fried potato pieces served with tangy salsa and tomato dip. An enjoyable and relaxing lunch for under 15 euros
I just love Lizarran's tapas. They make a little bit of everything, the interior is really cosy and comfy, has a great view towards the Old town and they play good music.
the tapas served are also suitable for vegetarians... well, at least a part of the offer.
Highly recommended... located at Plaça de Independencia...
Favorite Dish: the cheese-&-peppers croquettes. And the pinchos with pate made from black olives.
... and their "patatas bravas".
See, that particular dish, patatas bravas, is quite a famous product almost everywhere in Spain, and this sometimes can be a disadvantage. Why? Well, because people know that "patatas bravas" is sort of a brand, many people who come here have heard about it and inevitably order. So, in many places they are not exactly good. (I have tried some BAD versions of patatas bravas).
The ones served in Lizarran, in my opinion, are the BEST I have tried. And they have NEVER disappointed me.
Yes, crepes are not typical from the area. But as I can get Catalan food at home and I love crepes, I try to eat at this place when in Girona.... they make some of the best crepes/galettes I ever had. Better than in some places in France (said by a French friend!)
Favorite Dish: The menu offers many varieties of both "galettes de sarrasin" with the most delicious and tasty fillings (my personal favs are the ones with spinachs, mushrooms and chese), and sweet crepes with fresh fruits, chocolate, cream, etc.
To drink, you may have a cup of authentic cider of Bretagne (yes, a cup, or kind of small bowl, not a glass ;)
The same owners have restaurants in Barcelona, Colliure and Valencia as well, but the one in Girona is the original. Very fun and interesting decoration, into an old building.
Simple and very nice. Tapas gallegas, for people who have a chance to try that marvellous invention called tapas, it would be easy to notice the difference between tapas served in different regions.
Padulles is a comfy place, homey atmosphere and serves taaaasty things.
Favorite Dish: oh, the spinach rolls... mmmm...
On our arrival in Girona and walking totally in the wrong direction we eventually realised we were not in the tourist spots so we retraced our steps and stopped at the Cafe Rex on the edge of the tourist route. Moira who had been here before, phoned her Sisters to try and locate our position. This made me realy mad as I could see the great Cathedral in the distance. Rex was just a simple cafe but it hit the spot calming my temper.You can eat inside or outside in the two patio areas - we chose the second one nearest the road.
Favorite Dish: Moira had some wine and I a white coffee, we both had crepes with lemon and sugar, such a sweet delight to bring friends once again together. Prices were reasonable with the total bill accumulating to just under eight euros.
"Antiga" means old or ancient in Catalan. This is certainly a lovely old-style place. Very nice for having a rest. Even better: to sample some "xocolata amb melindros" (tick hot chocolate with soft cookies) to warm you up on winter after a long walk around the old city. Around 5-6 PM the place becomes crowded by locals and the smell of chocolate will make it very difficult to resist the temptation... you're warned! ;o)
To have one of the lunch menu offers in Spain can be a good deal. For a set price you will get a starter, a main course, a desert, bread and something to drink. There are normally a few dishes to choose from.
In Girona I went to a small café on Carrer de la Forca and had tortilla as a starter, paella as the main course and ice-cream as desert. To drink I had a “jarra” of vine. All this was 10 Euro (plus tip).
In a few places in Barcelona where I had had the lunch menu they gave me everything to eat very quickly, but at this café there was time between each course and that I liked. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the café, and the sign seen on one of my photos is not clear enough to read.
This place has a wide range of breakfast and small snack menu items, given in about 5 different languages. The baguette or breakfast sandwiches were the best. Plus they had some great coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. They are also situated right off the Pujada de Sant Domenec in the historic city.
"volta i volta" restaurant in Plaça Independencia is just OK, average Mediterranean food, but not pricey and if you reserve a table near the window you can enjoy fabulous views to the river/famous colored houses/old city while having lunch or dinner
Favorite Dish: "Menu del dia" for 9 € on weekdays, 15 € on festive days.
We had a very good and stylish - square plates, amongst others - lunch in this small restaurant in the old center of Girona. It was crowded when we came in - late in the afternoon - and we were the last to leave. Very good menu item, good bread, good music very friendly people.
Ask for the coloured pencils to make your own drawings during the wait!
I suppose I do not have to give you a translation of the name - it refers to a lion close by.
Favorite Dish: The chicken was very good, also the eggplant (aubergine) with goat cheese and i had the rice with sea food.
Behind the Cathedral near the old city wall are narrow streets. Stroll around to find cozy restaurants and cafes that line the streets in the old part of Girona.
There are also cafes around the main square, Plaza de la Independencia, in the new part of Girona. The main square is a hlaf block from the Pont Sant Agusti bridge.
This is a nice small tapasbar, home to as well tourists as locals. The menu is in several languages.
We had some different tapas dishes like mejillones, albondigas, croquetas, calamars,... they were of very good quality as well as the sangria we drank with it.
To be honest, we had our doubts before entering, because the menu outside stated things like "paella with noodles". A very weird combination! But seeing mainly Catalan people going inside, we decided to give it a go.
We had a paella ( a normal one, without noodles!) and it was truly tasty! Together with a bottle of vino tinto de la casa, we had a delicious meal!
Very friendly service as well!
Jorbel is a nice small cozy bar at the square of Sant Pere. Here first time Spanish tortilja (omelette) and good taste sandwitches with streaky bacon were tried.
Here we met nice Latino American looking waitress, she helped us to orient where to find at least one food shop, working on Sundays :)
The place has quite reasonable prices and looked like having popularity by local visitors.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN GIRONA (city):
1) For all the budgets
• EL CUL DE LA LLEONA: very good morrocan couscous. Nice decoration and friendly place.
• EL CAU DEL LLOP: in the old twon. Tortillas, salads, pa torrat,… Cozy atmosphere with a fireplace in winter. Only open at night.
• BOIRA: (not upstairs). Nice place with view of the river Onyar for taking tapas: we like the tempura vegetables and fried oignions with soja sauce.
• SANDWIDTXERIA CREPERIA LA POMA: sandwiches, pasta, very good salads, good wines. A little fashion now. EXPENSIVE.
Cort Reial, 16, Phone: 972 21 29 09
• LA POLENTA: very good vegetarian. Long time I have not been there. Menú 10 Euros.
Cort Reial, 6. Phone 972 20 93 74
• L'ARCADA: quite good pasta, pizzas and salads. Menú 10 E.
Rambla de la Llibertat
• L'ARGADA: catalan food, Try calçots and pa amb tomata!!!
Price depends of dishes. Nice ambience. Meat in the fire place.
2) Cheap budget:
• LLORET: centric. Cheap menú for 7 Euros: 3 dishes, dessert, wine, etc. Pl. Independència.
• LOS PADULES: cheap and authentic 'cutre' (word in spanish, like shawy). Tapas/Fireplace/Musicians. In the old town.
• MANAUS: please try the Brasilian Sandwiches and pizzas, the best sandwiches and fruit saft in Girona
3) DELICIUS (luxe):
• EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA (** Michelin!)
• EL BALCÓ: argentinian. Good meat. Center.
• LA PENYORA: very small, lovely place. Good menú affordable: fish, meat, cuscus. Art gallery. Old town. Nou del Teatre, 3 - 17004 Girona. Tel 972 21 89 48
• CAL ROS: Good quality. Catalan food. Old town.
• POL NORD: modern cuisine. Situated in a Pedret, street with a lot of restaurants and night life. VERY NICE PLACE!!!
• HOTEL CARLEMANY: EL PATI VERD. French chef very smart.
Favorite Dish: I also recomend DIVINUM: Café with very good tapas, cheese and wines! Carrer Argenteria (near Rambla)