Michelin starred or mentioned
You don't need me to know about the
Celler de Can Roca 3*,
one of the best restaurants in the world at the moment, but perhaps you didn't know that the Roca brothers also have a restaurant called
in the Palau de Bellavista Hotel. The main advantage being, you might be able to get a table.
Another pair of much-acclaimed related restaurants are
, the first of 25 years standing and the second a new enterprise by Sr Massana and his wife. All of these restaurants are in walking distance from the apartment.
(near, but not such a nice walk), also has a highly recommended restaurant, as does the Carlemany Hotel, with its'
is not to be sneezed at either, having been around for donkeys years.
Favourites old and new
has to be seen because it's an institution in Girona but i wouldn't bother with the so-called rustic pizzas - you can eat that at home. You can just go for a coffee to see inside but it's pleasant for a slowish lunch and also if you're on your own. A rather romantic place is
though rather over-priced, for the hole in the wall that it is. Nearby is
more brash and with a terrace, but we had a perfectly acceptable meal.
is what they call here 'catering' (pronounced 'kattering'). The food is prepared off-site as far as i can tell, but it's a good place for lunch between museums or a, 'i'm too fagged out to bother much' evening meal. Some of the dishes are really good, others not so much, i like the atmosphere and the decor.
I haven't personal experience of the following new young things on the block but they look alright and have good reviews -
had great reviews,
Arros i Peix.
These last are 12-14 euros for a lunch, which is quite high so be demanding. Recently we tried
just off c/Migdia again, near the apartment, and their 'menu' is about 11€ and the 3 courses were very acceptable, in a clean, efficient, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Planet Liza and Manel
go? Summer evening on a terrace,
Cull de la Lleona
Jardins de la Merce
(you have to be patient....they have a bit of 'attitude' here, but equally, generosity - looking after friends' luggage for example, while we saw the sights). I previously recommended
, but they've lost the plot, too slow, too hippy by half, and that nice waitress isn't there anymore...
, Dali and Gala had their wedding reception here.
nearby used to be lovely outside in Summer, but we haven't been for too long to say what it's like now.
is the best for a great salad and crêpe and
for a family spaghetti/pizza night.
in the Rambla also used to be good for pasta and pizzas, upstairs. downstairs is tapas.
in Plaça Independencia has a good restaurant upstairs and downstairs is a haven for a beer and tapas break after shopping and meeting up.
Not to be forgotten are the cocktail bars and restaurants in
which is a hike, so get a taxi. There's a night club there as well.
and C/ de la Creu near the apartment are the Chinese restaurants we know. Japanese restaurants are a bit of a let down in Girona, although the takeaway suchi near the apartment in c/Migdia, is good but pricey.
Cheap and cheerful
is Girona's fast food chain, found near the cinema, in Plaça Independencia, Near Sant Felix/Feliu Church and near the apartment in C/Migdia. Hamburgers and hotdogs but also salads and sandwiches and the atmonsphere is much nicer than MacDonalds - more like a cafe with terrace. The original one is in c/Jaume I near the post office and has tables outside.
is a pizza/pasta chain where the huge portions are used to justify the rather high prices, but it is tasty and speedy. It's in C/Santa Clara.
They also do a normal very cheap catalan lunch menu and you can sit and read the paper in peace (well, it's not exactly quiet, but you have to tune out). Just on the corner of Juli Garreta is
whose speciality is to serve half rations of a starter and a main on one plate! Bit strange, but quite good and the menu is varied. It's also a very popular cafe and place to plug in your wifi thingies...