When traveling the world, it’s important to make the cuisine a high priority. Spain can be the perfect destination to enjoy a culinary adventure. It’s vast array of countrysides and shorelines make for an eclectic dining experience that allows you to sample everything that the country has to offer. The only problem is there are so many restaurants that it can often times be a daunting task to find the right one. We’ve narrowed the list down to the 10 Must Visit Restaurants in Spain.
10. Mugaritz Dining in a Natural Environment
If you’re a fan of woodsy areas and a natural environment, Mugaritz will stand out as a must visit restaurant for you. The restaurant has been built in a vast oak forest which also points out the environmental concern that the restaurant addresses. The restaurant promises a sensory exploration at the hands of chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.
9. Arzak Historic Taste and Modern Design
Arzak is a classic restaurant with a rich history fused with modern design. Arzak specializes in the Basque cuisine that is taken on by chef and current owner Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena. The restaurant is always looking for new ways to evolve their cuisine and their highly interactive website brings you all of the information you’ll ever need to know about their progression.
Botín is located in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid and also has a deeply rooted history. The restaurant is now in the third generation since Emilio González and Amparo Martín feel in love with its charm. The restaurant takes pride in their customers satisfaction and creating a hospitable and comfortable environment.
7. Quique Dacosta in Alicante
Not only is Quique Dacosta one of the world’s best restaurants, it also happens to be the name of the chef who takes his cuisine seriously. Dacosta has an incredibly artistic spin on food and believes in innovation and creativity. The exterior of the restaurant alone will tell you everything you need to know about this place.
6. La Capilla De La Bolsa
This culinary experience is another one of Madrid’s famous destinations. Not only is the cuisine fine incredible but once again there is a rich history surrounding it. It is said that the building in which the restaurant resides has a relation to the Knights of Templar. The classic Spanish architecture really stands out and so does the gourmet cuisine offered.
Biblioteca is the perfect name for this restaurant that is part of the Hotel AC Santo Mauro. The english translation for Biblioteca is library and in this case it could be referring to the library of wines found in the restaurants cellar.
4. Café Iruña
Café Iruña is located in Pamplona and was founded in 1888. The styling from vintage accessories keeps the richness of the restaurants history alive and well. The menu features hearty dishes like squid with onions in ink tomato cassé. While the outsides canopy hides some of the beauty, take a step inside and you’ll marvel at the elaborate setting.
3. Sergi Arola Gastro
This restaurant is yet another named after the chef, Sergi Arola. Arola played the guitar in a pop-rock group called “The Babysitters” and he studied the culinary arts as a way to escape school according to his bio. His cuisine is centered on modifying homemade recipes to turn them into modern works of art.
2. Restaurante Cornucopia
Restaurante Cornucopia really treats food as art with elaborate displays and food so beautiful you almost don’t want to eat it. The restaurant is fairly new being opened in 1992 by Kim Manning, Bernardo Martínez and Fernando Bazán. Cornucopia presents visitors with a pretty awesome visual and tasty experience.
1. La Buganvilla Twice As Nice
La Buganvilla is so awesome that it actually has two locations. The first is located in Madrid while the other is located in San Sebastián de los Reyes. You can dine in private or among the general customer population. This dining experience is also heavily focused on rice from the paddies of Spain’s east side.