There is so much food to eat in Spain and even a few months after my visit, I am still thinking about it. Eating out is relatively cheap and I am going to share with you how to save the most money while eating in Spain (*Warning: This post might cause you to drool*)
Before starting in on what to eat and where to eat, you should first know WHEN to eat, as Spain has it’s own time system for eating meals, which can take some adjusting to get used to.
Mealtimes in Spain
- Breakfast (El Desayuno): early in the morning to about 10 am – eat light!
- Lunch (La Comida): 2:00 pm – 4:30pm/5:00pm – eat the Menú del día (see below)
- Dinner (La Cena): 9:00pm – Midnight
- Tapas & Merienda: eaten throughout the day when you are not eating your regular meal
Saving Money: Menú del día (aka Menú)
The Menú del día is the main meal of the day and can also be one of your most inexpensive meals of the day. It comes with El Primer (your appetizer), El Segundo (the main course), El Postre (your dessert), and a beverage ( I usually went for Tinto de Verano – pictured below).
Drumroll…. What to Eat & Drink in Spain
Churros con Chocolate
A ‘typical’ Spanish breakfast, churros dipped in chocolate is a heavenly treat that will excite your mouth! The picture below was taken at the famed Chocolatería San Ginés in Madrid.
Bocadillos de Calamares
Sandwiches with fried calamari inside. Absolutely delicious!
Spanish tortilla; Egg filled with potatoes and onions. No photograph, but see the video below where my CS host family made it for me on my first night.
Boquerones en Vinagre
Anchovies in vinegar. Also, not pictured but in the video below.
Tinto de Verano
Tinto de verano is a summer drink comprised of wine and a light soda served over ice. The drink is very cool and refreshing. When many people think of drinking in Spain, they think of sangria, but the Spanish actually prefer to drink tinto de verano (or ‘tinto’).
Paella is a food that is best known for coming from the southern region of Spain, but can be found throughout the country. It is a mixture of rice, vegetables, and seafood.
Where To Eat in Spain
There are a lot of wonderful restaurants in Spain. Below are my personal favorites from my trip, and some links to finding more great places to eat! (Note: Avoid eating in overpriced areas such as Plaza Mayor and Sol).
- La Campana (Calle de las Botoneras, 6, Madrid, Spain) – Cheap bocadillos de calamari at 2,80 Euro each and almost NO tourists
Have you tried any of these foods or others during your trip to Spain? Which were your favorite(s)?
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