Best Places To Eat In Granada, Nicaragua

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Granada is a beautiful colonial town in Central Nicaragua. Within the shadows of volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua, it was founded in 1524 and was the first European city located on the mainland of the Americas. Unlike other cities that claim the same distinction, the city of Granada was not only the settlement of conquest, but also a city registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain. The city has been witness and victim to many of the battles with and invasions from English, French and Dutch pirates trying to take control of Nicaragua.

The rich history of this area is reflected in the flavors of Nicaraguan food and Granada is a wonderful place to experience this variety. When you’re done scaling volcanoes, trekking through thick jungles and snapping photos of Spanish architecture, check out these wonderful dining options in Granada, a city quickly becoming a must-see Central American tourist destination.

1. The Garden Cafe

The Garden Cafe is more than a restaurant. It is part of a growing trend in Central America for local restaurants to play an active role in the sustainable development of their community. Eating at the Garden Cafe not only fills your belly, but it also helps to provide local people with well-paying jobs and good benefits.

The restaurant serves traditional Central American food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and it also provides many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining options. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so it is always a good time to visit the Garden Cafe. The restaurant has a lush courtyard inside with two large hammocks for you to relax in after finishing a meal. It is located a block away from both the Parque Central and the Calle Calzada.

The Garden Cafe

Address: Corner of Calle Libertad and Calle Cervantes Granada, Nicaragua

Website: The Garden Cafe

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2. Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar

Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar is located inside Hotel Casa San Francisco, a mere three blocks from Granada’s central park. Bocadillos offers sidewalk and rooftop dining options and is a must-visit while in Granada. The restaurant is a few steps from Convento San Francisco, Calle La Calzada and Granada’s Cathedral.

As the name states, the restaurant serves tapas and a wide variety of Latin American dishes that vary by season. Bocadillos also serves beer, wine and mixed drinks to go along with your meal. It is a great place for casual dining in a friendly atmosphere. The rooftop terrace offers amazing city views and can be reserved for special events or romantic evenings.

Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar

Address: Calle Corral #207 Central America, Granada, Nicaragua

Website: Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar

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3. Monna Lisa

Monna Lisa is known to serve the best pizzas in Granada and they also serve great pasta dishes, including delicious puttanesca and anchuca sauces. Monna Lisa is an authentic Italian restaurant and their pizzas are cooked in an oven using wood while the pasta is homemade with quality ingredients. The service and atmosphere in Monna Lisa are unique in that they have a play area for kids to enjoy themselves in, while they wait for their meals, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Guests can sit back and enjoy themselves, knowing their children are distracted from their hungry stomachs.

Monna Lisa is located at one end of the Calzada street, and it is less noisy than some of the other restaurants nearby. A typical pizza at Monna Lisa costs about 8 USD, so it’s a great family dining option!

Monna Lisa

Address: Calle La Calzada, Granada, Nicaragua

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4. Pita Pita

Pita Pita is an Israeli-owned restaurant in Granada that is the only true Mediterranean option in the city. It serves heaps of warm pita rounds, excellent babaganoush, shawarma, humus and more traditional plates and platters. Pita Pita provides vegetarian and vegan friendly options and a typical meal costs 10 USD. Pita Pita has indoor and outdoor dining options and they also serve a variety of wines to go along with your meal. The restaurant is located a block away from Parque Central and it is the perfect place to have dinner after an evening stroll.

Pita Pita

Address: Calle La Libertad Granada, Granada, Nicaragua

Facebook: Pita Pita Granada

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5. Food inspired by world travel at Miss Dell’s Kitchen

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Posted by Miss Dell's Kitchen on Friday, 8 May 2020

Miss Dell’s Kitchen attracts many international travellers and this comes as no surprise, given that they serve food inspired by the owners’ own dining experiences while travelling the world. The restaurant’s spacious whitewashed interior is soothing and generates a calm, laid back vibe. Rustic-style seafood stews seem to be the specialty of the house as evident from the must-try Bahamian-style seafood chowder and the Portuguese-style cataplana. They also love to serve fresh homegrown salads from local vegetables, herbs and fruits delivered daily.

You also have the opportunity to indulge in fine wine; Miss Dell’s Kitchen has a small but impressive cache of rare wines, apparently a rarity in Nicaragua. Beyond chowder and salads, they offer a wide variety of bestselling dining options that include tacos, piri piri roasted chicken, tapas and more. Regardless of what you order you will certainly feel the passion that the people behind the restaurant have for the food and the care and attention they give every dish they serve.

Miss Dell’s Kitchen

Address: Corner of Calle Cervantes and Calle Arsenal | Across from Iglesia San Francisco, Granada, Nicaragua

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6. Art, Culture and Cuisine at Cafe De Arte

Drop by this unique restaurant along Granada’s main street to enjoy fresh and flavorful dishes amidst an ambience of art and culture. The menu is extensive, offering a wide variety of international, local and vegetarian meals at very affordable prices.The staff is friendly, attentive and ready to serve you with a smile.

The centerpiece at Cafe de Arte is its central open air patio and garden, where you can sit back and enjoy a cool breeze while sipping on coffee roasted and brewed to perfection. The space is adjacent to an art gallery that showcases the works of local artists. You can jump right into an art class after enjoying a hearty lunch.

Check out the smoothie menu; it’s quite a list! Or order a submarine sandwich with fresh fruit or a garden salad on the side. Breakfasts here are excellent as well and the outstanding breakfast muffin packed with fruits and nuts is outstanding goes very well with the equally outstanding coffee.

Cafe De Arte

Address: Granda Ciudad, Calle la Calzada, del parque central 1c al lago y 10 varas al Norte, Granada, Nicaragua

Opening hours: 6pm - 9pm (daily)

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Latin American hospitality

Costa Rican Gallo Pinto
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Legendre17 used under CC BY 3.0

Granada is an up and coming international tourist destination that seeks to emulate the Costa Rican model of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. This is evident in the types of restaurants that are sprouting up all over the Nicaraguan town. Not only do they serve a wide variety of delicious foods, but they seek to do so in a manner that is sustainable and beneficial to the larger community. Granada is quickly becoming a central hub for excursions to other areas of Nicaragua and Central America so if you are in the region, stop by one of the restaurants mentioned on this list for a taste of Latin American hospitality.

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