Since we have time for lunch on our own in Granada, here are my three favorite restaurants in the city, all three within a five-minute walk from Plaza Nueva, at the bottom of the road that brings us to the Alhambra
LA RUTA DEL AZAFRÁN (literally, the Saffron Route) offers delicious takes on traditional Spanish food with fresh market ingredients and a touch of imagination. And its location could not be better. It is located on the Paseo de los Tristes, from which you can see the Alhambra looming above you. The paella is delicious and their soups addictive. They even have a brownie desert!
I am emotionally attached to the place, I must confess, since I chanced on it in January 2005, a few weeks after it had opened and got caught in their enthusiasm to make it work. I spent two weeks in Granada at that time and dined there almost every day.
Here’s their website: http://rutadelazafran.com
LA MORAGA is a branch of the Malaga gourmet tapas chain, and a relatively new addition to the tapas scene in Granada. La Moraga has some great tapas and excellent wine at reasonable prices, in a very comfortable and spacious bar. The decor, as you can see, is modern and full of light and the food is imaginative and tastefully presented.
There is also a nice sidewalk terrace.
You can read reviews here:
PUERTA DEL CARMEN is on an old elegant house on Plaza del Carmen–a traditional setting of dark-wood furnishings and lofty ceilings–and has a reliable good menu of tapas. Their ham is scrumptious and the fish tapas always fresh and tasty. The wine list is superb. And surprisingly inexpensive since the servings are huge and very good for sharing.
You can find them at http://www.puertadelcarmenrestaurante.com/en-index.html