Arroyo de la Miel - What to Eat

Restaurants in Arroyo de la Miel

The picturesque town of Arroyo de la Miel is full of winding backs streets and pretty plazas that adhere to the old village way of life. The town offers every type of cuisine imaginable and visitors can enjoy traditional Andalusian tapas, typical regional recipes and bustling cafés with aromatic coffee and mouth-watering deserts. Because the town is popular with tourists - and the fact that it has a large expatriate community - one will also find a variety of sushi, pasta and noodle bars, British themed establishments, American burger franchises and eateries catering for just about every European palate.

The area of El Gamonal is full of local cafes and bars and is a good place to enjoy a cool afternoon beer while watching the world slowly trickle past. Those wanting a livelier ambience should head to Plaza La Mezquita, a large square lined with tapas and cocktail bars that is popular with the younger set in the evening and dark hours. 

Along the Avenida de Constitución,one will find no end of breakfast cafes offering toasted molletes (flat bread rolls),churros (deep fried doughnuts),or a full English fry-up. Some of the best are Bar Volapie, Mesa La Pantitas, Bar La Pimienta and The Rima Bar.

There are also plenty of restaurants, like Restaurante Mediterraneo, an attractive pizzeria that serves authentic Italian cuisine; and the Buffet Asiel, a wok bar serving freshly cooked Asian food.

For those seeking a truly Andalusian ambience, Bar Triana would be a perfect choice. Situated next to the train station, this Spanish tapas bar has a large shaded terrace and offers the best home cooked cuisine at extremely low prices. The menu offers breakfast snacks, tapas, and platos combinados, which includes an array of typical Spanish dishes.

A short distance from here is the delightful Plaza de la Iglesia, a small square dominated by the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Here one will one will find several small bars and restaurants. One of the best is El Rincón de Asturias, an attractive wine and tapas bar that also offers a full a la carte menu.

This elegantly decorated eatery offers delicious serrano ham, mouth-tingling cured cheeses, and dishes typical of Asturias, like fabada, a hearty stew of beans, vegetables and Iberian pork products. They also hold an extensive collection of wines from Northern Spain.

Meat lovers must head to Casa Emilio in the Centro Commercial de San Juan. This tiny maze of restaurants, mostly owned by the same family, is located just off the main street and is popular with tourists and locals because of the quality of its food and the impeccable service. Most of the meat, which includes steaks, ribs, Iberian pork products and chicken, is cooked on an open barbecue. There is an extensive fish and seafood menu and one of the house specialities is its sizzling gambas pil pil, succulent prawns fried in olive oil, chilli and garlic. The restaurant can also boast one of the best gazpacho recipes in the area.

One of the most popular areas in Arroyo de la Miel is Calle Blás Infante,a pedestrianised street that enjoys the character of the Mediterranean pavement café society. This tree-lined street, with abundant cervecerias, coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants, is the ideal place to escape the hubbub of the town centre. A short walk along the Calle Felix Solesio one will discover the tranquil Plaza de España, a small hideaway with several traditional bars: one of the best is the Bar España.

For the British tourists that might be looking for a good old fashioned English breakfast, or roast beef and all the trimmings, then a trip to The Vine in Calle Federico García Lorca would be a wise choice. This family run pub has built its reputation on decent home-cooked pub food and is particularly busy during weekends, when they show all major sporting events.

A little further past The Vine, one will discover two of the most popular cafe bars in Arroyo de la Miel - Vinos y Tapas Azafran and Bar Malagueño.

Vinos y Tapas Azafran is an authentically styled Andalusian tavern, complete with wood-beamed ceiling and arched brickwork, and it serves a wide selection of tapas accompanied by an extensive wine list.

Bar Malgueño is a busy bar used mainly by the locals and so it is relatively cheaper to eat and drink. The menu offers everything from breakfast and tapas, to soups, stews and paella, but its real appeal is the truly Andalusian ambience.

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