Joe Walsh Tours Pick of Top Restaurants in Santiago de Compostela
A number of our walking pilgrims have requested advice on where to eat in Santiago de Compostela, as the choices are endless! So, we have compiled a list of our favourite Santiago restaurants, and the seafood capital of Spain does not disappoint! Santiago de Compostela has no shortage of eateries to choose from, whatever your style or budget.
What to Look Out For
Galicians are very proud of their cuisine, so a visit to Santiago de Compostela includes a number of ‘must try’ dishes!
Pulpo a la Gallega: Market fresh octopus boiled to perfection and sprinkled with sea salt and Spanish paprika.
Pimientos de Padrón: Lightly fried small green peppers covered with sea salt. Normally served on their own or as a garnish to a meat dish. Be careful as you never know what you are going to get, about one in every 20 peppers are HOT!
Tarta de Santiago: Almond cake covered with powdered sugar, usually featuring an imprint of the cross of Santiago. Perfect with a cup of coffee!
This fusion of Galician and Japanese cuisine makes for a very special experience. Dishes such as dim sum de cachucha y gambas (dim sum of pork head and prawns) showcase Chef Marcelo Tejedor’s innovation. Dive in to this immersive dining experience by enjoying the action in the open kitchen or making some new friends at communal tables.
This local tapas joint run by two brothers is something of a gastronomic jewel in Santiago! Located in the Santiago market, the dishes use all fresh local produce from the market, and offers an ever changing daily menu. The tapas are simple, tasty and fresh, everything a hungry walker could want!
Taste traditional Galician cooking with a twist at O Dezaseis, this well known eatery in Santiago de Compostela. Produce is always market fresh, with dishes such as ouvas (small, fried fish), chipirones (baby squid) and lacón con grelos (ham with turnips). This former stable gives the restaurant a warm and rustic feel, with wooden beams and stone walls.
Café La Flor
Trendy Café La Flor is a big hit with locals and tourists alike, with its quirky interior and walls adorned with art made from recycled materials. It presents a varied menu of traditional Galician fare and international cuisine. Make sure to try the Galician tosta, which is bread baked in a wooden stove topped with chicharrones, melted cheese, salt flakes and paprika. On the beverages side, there are a number of tea infusions (each one named after a famous literary novel or film), coffees and wines, not to mention the gin and tonics bearing the names of contemporary female Galician authors and poets.
Please see here for more details on our Camino departures or here for information on our short break to Santiago de Compostela for the Festival of St. James. Please don’t hesitate to to contact our team of Camino Specialists via email call on 01 241 0800.