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Sandwich and Cappuccino at La Fabrica in Girona Spain

Where to Eat in Girona Spain – The Best Girona Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

In Europe, Food Guides, Spain by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch51 Comments

Check out this Girona food guide for the best food and drink spots in the charming Costa Brava city. We include our favorite Girona restaurants, cafes and bars.

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Girona Spain hit the international culinary radar in 2013 when El Celler de Can Roca won the coveted top spot on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. As diners flocked to the city with their elusive reservations in hand, many may have wondered where else to eat in Girona. Our guess is that they didn’t find a lot of great Girona restaurants back then. Today is a different story.

As we’ve traveled the globe this past year, we’ve learned that young chefs like to train at the world’s best restaurants, both to learn gastronomic techniques from the masters and to build their personal resumés. Like we observed in Scandinavia, these young chefs often stay local and open smaller, more accessible restaurants. In some cities, these restaurants are easy to find. However, some of the best restaurants in Girona Spain hide in plain sight right in the main tourist area. The key is to know how to find them. We traveled from Barcelona to Girona without knowing where to find these restaurants but with the wits and resources to figure it out.

Pont des les Peixateries Bridge in Girona Spain

We loved this view of Girona from the Pont des les Peixateries Bridge. The best food in Girona lives up to the city’s gorgeous scenery.

We spent our first days in Girona wandering around the winding, cobblestone streets, marveling at the ancient terra-cotta brick buildings in the Jewish quarter and photographing key Game of Throne sites. (Yes, we’re huge fans of the HBO show. Seeing the monumental church steps where Jamie Lannister charged up on his white horse gave us both an electric thrill.) As we wandered, we started our exploration of the Girona food scene by eating patates braves and jamon, our gateway foods to Catalan cuisine. But we really weren’t sure where to eat during those first few days. Beyond the city’s two Michelin starred restaurants and some surprisingly excellent local chain restaurants, we didn’t find a lot of good information about the best Girona restaurants.

As we talked to local food experts like Xavier Escatllar and Marco Gonkel, we started to peel away the city’s layers to find a thriving food scene that takes full advantage of the bounty of local products. Girona’s location in Costa Brava provides the city access to amazing food. With the mountainous Pyrenees on one side of Costa Brava and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Girona has freshly pressed olive oil, deeply red tomatoes, seafood plucked from the sea and some of the freshest garlic we have ever eaten. And we can’t forget the wine. Girona is a city where Empordà wines flow freely and for little cost.

We found that young chefs have learned to harness these ingredients in fun, new ways and that Girona’s food scene, which has jumped beyond the dictums of pure Catalan food, embraces food genres from all over the world. We loved eating bowls of ramen made with Iberico Jamon in Girona. And, with a fish supply that the Japanese would envy, it only makes sense that Girona’s sushi would be great.

Our days in Girona turned into weeks, which gave us ample time to discover several wonderful spots for food and drinks. With some dedicated time in Girona, it’s possible to sit back, relax and eat well!

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Restaurants

People in Girona are proud of their two Michelin starred restaurants, the aforementioned El Celler de Can Roca and Massana, and you should go to them if you can get a reservation and have the budget. We didn’t go to either during our three-week visit, but we still dined out frequently – so much that restaurant staff recognized us as we walked in their doors and greeted us with smiles normally reserved for regulars. These are the restaurants that win our votes for the best places to eat in Girona Spain:

El Cul de Món

Food and Wine at El Cul de Món in Girona Spain

Chef Lofti Bousatta serves Catalan food with a Moroccan twist at El Cul de Món. The restaurant is located in an idyllic setting on the opposite side of Girona’s city wall.

We liked everything about our Girona lunch at El Cul de Món starting with our scenic 27-minute walk to the restaurant’s “end of the world” location. This walk beyond the northern edge of Girona’s millennial old city walls around a horseshoe switchback turn took us by a pleasant stream running under quaint footbridges leading to Chef Lotfi Bousatta’s Moroccan inspired restaurant that oozes Catalan sensibilities – think pork slow cooked for 12 hours with chocolate and raisins and Catalan sepia ink rice with sausage. Our set lunch was a true bargain at £17.60 for three courses and a glass of local wine.

El Cul de Món is located at Sant Daniel, 17007 Girona, Spain.

Divinum vins i formatges

Gastronomic Food at Divinum vins i formatges  in Girona Spain

Divinum vins i formatges provides a gastronomic experience without astronomic prices – especially at lunch.

Located on an appealing street in the historic part of town, Divinum provides an excellent introduction to Catalan gastronomy in a contemporary setting. As a bonus, the restaurant offers two affordable lunch menus. We opted for the €35  menu – a great value for the quality and quantity of food. Each dish, including citrus marinated sardines and a savory steak tartare, was a winner in both flavor and appearance.

Divinum’s top chefs trained in the Roca kitchen, and their expertise shines in their creative food wizardry. Although Michelin has already recognized Divinum, we wouldn’t be surprised if the restaurant receives a star sooner than later.

Divinum vins i formatges is located at Carrer de l’Albereda, 7, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Nu

Seared Tuna and Roe at Nu in Girona Spain

Nu excited us with its gastronomic take on Catalan food. The casual restaurant is owned by the group behind Massana, a one star Michelin restaurant in Girona.

Also located in the historic part of town, Nu is another Girona restaurant preparing exciting food created with the tools of modern gastronomy. Chef Sito Manzano, previously the chef at Michelin-starred Massana, uses his culinary chops to create Catalan dishes with an Asian twist at Massana’s sister restaurant. Nu offers reasonable set menus for both lunch and dinner, providing a value option for those hungry to try a wide selection of Nu’s plates.

Though we’re not normally big fans of fusion food, we loved everything we ate at Nu. Highlights included a starter of large tempura fried prawns whimsically displayed on wires as well as cubes of luscious foie gras served over a bed of ground chocolate cookies and topped with banana ice cream. Nu holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand designation, and the restaurant’s casual atmosphere and excellent food echo a world trend found in amazing U.S restaurants and many French restaurants lauded in Paris’ Le Fooding guide.

Pro Tip: Sit at the long bar for a front-row view of the Nu chefs in action. There is no better place to watch determined chefs plate food with tweezers while using other fun gastronomic techniques.

Nu is located at Carrer d’Abeuradors, 4, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Ham Session

Jamon at Ham Session in Girona Spain

At Ham Session, legs of Jamon are expertly sliced next to an assortment of the finest cheese and charcuterie in the region.

We mentioned that jamon was one of our gateway Catalan foods. Well, we crushed the gate when we dined at Ham Session, a restaurant that serves a mind-boggling array of meat and cheese every weekend. Ham Session’s charcutiers expertly slice multiple legs of fine Iberico Jamon, both cured and cooked. There’s also a full selection of cured Iberico Lomo (Loin) and chorizo. If you like foie gras, they have that too as well as a full bar menu with local wines and a wide selection of gin.

The folks from Don Jamon (see below) serve this protein fest in a buffet style, so make sure you come hungry and wear stretchy pants. For some reason, the young, thin, ultra-hipster Catalan crowd didn’t seem to need those pants though they had plenty of Jamon piled high on their plates. Did we mention that competitive cycling is popular in Girona?

Ham Session is located at Carrer del Riu Güell, 18, 17005 Girona, Spain.

Mien

Ramen at Mien in Girona Spain

This bowl of Catalan Style Ramen at Mien was one of our favorite meals in Girona.

We didn’t expect to find good ramen in Girona but that’s exactly what we found at Mien, the new restaurant from the team behind local Japanese favorite Umai. Mien’s broth and noodles transported our taste buds back to Asia, but the local pork and fresh vegetables were pure Catalonia. As if the ramen’s not enough, Mien also serves a range of noodle dishes as well as several fine starters like the seared tuna tataki pictured at the top of this article.

Mien is located at Plaça Josep Pla I Casadevall, 21, 17001 Girona, Spain.

König

Patates Braves at König in Girona Spain

We quickly became addicted to the patates braves at König in Girona. The recipe for the spicy ‘braves sauce’ served on top of the fried potatoes is a closely guarded secret.

Normally, chain restaurants go against everything that we like about dining out, casual or otherwise. This is not the case in Costa Brava, where local chains like König serve some of the best tapas in Girona. König’s affordable menu with hamburgers and sandwiches, all made with locally sourced meats and produce, excels when it comes to tapas and beer. Rumor has it that the König’s owners protect their addictive patates braves recipe with high security. We don’t blame them – we liked König’s tapas and beer so much that we made a YouTube video.

König has multiple locations in Girona.

La Fábrica

Sandwich and Cappuccino at La Fábrica in Girona Spain

The food at La Fábrica is as pretty as it is tasty. The cappuccinos are even better, especially when enjoyed on the scenic patio.

Our quest for excellent third wave coffee in Girona ended when we walked through the doors of La Fábrica in the heart of Girona’s historic neighborhood. This cyclist cafe serves the best coffee in town both at their central location and at nearby Espresso Mafia (see below), but that’s just part of the story. Opened by Canadian expats, one of whom is a former professional cyclist, La Fábrica serves a full menu of healthy sandwiches and decadent desserts that can be enjoyed on the café’s scenic outdoor patio located in the middle of a winding alley. The decor is cycle chic, but that doesn’t stop non-cyclists like us from loving every bite and sip. We also enjoyed drinking their incredible roasted beans at home, brewed up in a Moka poton our kitchen stove. (See Espresso Mafia Below.)

Pro Tip: Although La Fábrica is a popular spot for lunch in Girona, the café is not open for dinner. Come early to avoid the inevitable wait.

La Fábrica is located at 17004, Carrer de la Llebre, 3, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Can Roca

Patates Ferceds at Can Roca in Girona Spain

The Patates Ferceds, or Stuffed Potatoes, at Can Roca are simple but enjoyable.

We didn’t score a reservation at El Celler de Can Roca, the best restaurant in Girona Spain, but that didn’t stop us from checking out the Roca family’s Catalan working man restaurant. We ate at Can Roca to feel and taste the local eating vibe of Girona, where we enjoyed dishes like a solid sausage plate and stuffed potatoes (pictured above.) The prix fixe lunch menu is a bargain at only €11 including wine. Not a light version of El Celler, this old-time eatery provides a glimpse of the Roca Brother’s family roots.

Pro Tip: Plan way ahead if you want to dine at the three-star Michelin El Celler de Can Roca. The waiting list is a full year.

Can Roca is located at Ctra. de Taialà, 42, 17007 Girona, Spain.

Additional Girona Restaurants

We also enjoyed meals at the following restaurants:

  • Cafè Le Bistrot  – great old city location and prix fixe meals
  • La Terra – casual Girona tapas bare with beer and surprisingly tasty burgers
  • Occi – traditional Catalan food
  • Restaurant Draps – shareable family style plates
  • Txalaka – festive Basque pintxo style tapas away from the tourist zone

Pro Tip: Take a food tour or cooking class soon after you arrive to learn about the local cuisine and meet new people. We also recommend Girona Food Tours for a comprehensive food tour and Tots a Taula for a fun cooking class.

Desserts

As much as we loved Girona, we had a small problem. We loved the desserts too much, if there’s such a thing. We wanted desserts every day during our visit, and we found plenty of places to satisfy our sweet tooth issue. These are our favorites:

casamoner

Xuixoat at casamoner in Girona Spain

We fell in love with the Girona pastry called xuixo, a cross between a donut and a croissant.

Casamoner is another Girona chain that surprised us. We visited the bakery daily to purchase fresh baguettes that rivaled some of the best bread we’ve eaten in France… plus a dessert or two. Sometimes we picked a sugary sweet meringue. Sometimes we went for the intoxicatingly rich egg yolk custard flamet. But, usually, we opted for xuixo (pronounced shoo-show) – a flaky, tube-shaped, donut-like fried pastry filled with Catalan cream and coated with sugar. To us, and to many others, the xuixo is the official dessert of Girona!

casamoner has multiple locations in Girona.

El Pessic

Reixada Xocolata pastry at El Passic in Girona Spain

This chocolate filled Reixada Xocolata pastry at El Pessic is more than big enough to share.

We stopped in El Pessic on our first day for cappuccinos and a Reixada Xocolata. We couldn’t resist the café after ogling its pastry selection through the window. Thanks to its tasty treats, central location and free Wi-Fi, this was not our last visit to El Pessic.

El Pessic is located at Plaça de Catalunya, 10, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Montse L’Artesana

Churros at Montse L'Artesana in Girona Spain

All that’s missing from these churros at Montse L’Artesana is the chocolate.

Our only complaint about Montse L’Artesana was that it was rarely open when we craved the café’s churros with chocolate and sugar or their steaming cups of drinking chocolate. We later realized that the shop was closed so that the staff could participate in a seasonal stand at Girona’s Christmas Market.

Montse L’Artesana is located at Carrer de la Cort Reial, 9, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Rocambolesc Gelateria

Violet Ice Cream at Rocambolesc Gelateria in Girona Spain

Rocambolesc Gelateria serves ice cream and toppings created by Michelin starred chefs.

As if running a three star Michelin restaurant and a more casual restaurant in Girona wasn’t enough, the Roca family also operates Rocambolesc Gelateria (conveniently located across the street from a casamoner location). Under the leadership of Jordi Roca, this festively decorated ice cream shop dishes up some of the world’s best soft serve ice cream and creative toppings. If you haven’t had candy floss or cotton candy atop ice cream, then this is the shop for you. As for us, we enjoyed our ice cream feast at Rocambolesc Gelateria so much that we produced a YouTube video about the experience.

Rocambolesc Gelateria is located at Carrer de Santa Clara, 50, 17001 Girona, Spain.

Tornés Pastisseria

Coffee Break at Tornés Patisseria in Girona Spain

Off the tourist track, Tornés Pastisseria is a good spot for a coffee break.

A short walk from the historic center and right by Parc del Migdia, Tornés Pastisseria provides a relaxing spot for a cup of coffee and a light bite. Wide windows provide a view of pedestrians walking by the café, and there’s no need to rush in this pleasant café with free Wi-Fi.

Pro Tip: Don’t eat too many sweets with your coffee. Tornés Pastisseria has a counter filled with a variety of tempting treats. You’ll want to buy some to eat later in the day.

Tornés Patisseria is located at Carrer del Migdia, 51, 17003 Girona, Spain.

Drinks

We drank a lot of wine in Girona, but we also drank coffee and cocktails in the city. (As for good craft beer, we found that at Cervesa Popaire in nearby Blanes.) Here are our favorite places for coffee and cocktails in Girona:

Espresso Mafia

Barista at Espresso Mafia in Girona Spain

Espresso Mafia sells the best coffee in Girona. We bought their roasted beans to make coffee in our apartment.

Once we realized that La Fàbrica has the best coffee in town, we wanted to buy some to make in our apartment. Alas, the café was closed! That’s when we discovered that Espresso Mafia sells the same freshly roasted beans as La Fàbrica. The coffee shop’s baristas also make well-crafted coffee drinks that go well with desserts like cheesecake.

Pro Tip: Like its big brother La Fàbrica, Espresso Mafia does NOT provide free Wi-Fi for its coffee-loving customers. 

Espresso Mafia is located at Carrer de la Cort Reial, 5, 17004 Girona, Spain.

Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar

Mariona Vilanova Reyes at Nykteri's Cocktail Bar in Girona Spain

Mariona Vilanova Reyes crafts specialty cocktails at Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar. As if that’s not enough, the cocktail bar also offers a gin and tonic class.

Despite the availability of wonderful local wine in Girona, sometimes we found ourselves wanting a cocktail. That’s when we went to Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar, an intimate bar on the edge of the historic quarter. Here, veteran bartender Mariona Vilanova Reyes whips up unique creations, some with local Terrània Ratafia. Nykteri’s also offers a gin and tonic making class (reservations required.)

Pro Tip: Not sure what you want to drink? Just tell Reyes what you like, and she will suggest a cocktail from the bar’s vast drink menu.

Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar is located at Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 4, 17007 Girona, Spain.

Market

Most European cities have a central market. Girona is no exception to this rule. If you stay in an Airbnb apartment, you’ll be able to shop at markets like locals and cook at home.

Mercat del Lleó

Mercat del Lleó  in Girona Spain

Mercat del Lleó, the largest Girona food market, is the best spot in town to shop for local products.

A large lion statue greets visitors to Mercat del Lléo, Girona’s busy central market. Inside the market, 60 vendors sell a myriad of local products including meat, fish, seafood, spices, produce and more. Housewives vie with chefs and tourists for the best products. Luckily, there is more than enough for everybody – especially on Saturdays when additional vendors line the outer sidewalks with additional stalls.

Mercat del Lleó is located at Plaça Calvet i Rubalcaba, s/n, 17002 Girona, Spain. 

Specialty Shops

As great as Mercat del Lléo may be, it’s hours are limited. Plus, it’s fun to shop in the city’s different neighborhoods. We checked out a lot of specialty shops in Girona, and these are our favorites:

Don Jamón

Don Jamon in Girona Spain

Hoof your way to Don Jamon for some of the finest Jamon Iberico in Girona. The shop also sells chorizo and other Catalan specialties.

Don Jamón is our favorite jamon shop in Girona. Perhaps it’s because the shop sells a wonderful selection of meats at all price points. Perhaps it’s because the staff is super friendly. Perhaps it’s because we love the shop’s Ham Session (see above) concept. Perhaps it’s because Don Jamón was only a couple blocks from our apartment. Who are we kidding? We love Don Jamón because it’s the best jamon shop in town.

Don Jamón is located at Carrer Ultònia, 3, 17002 Girona, Spain.

La Fromagerie

Sandrine Poupinet at La Fomagerie in Girona Spain

Sandrine Poupinet sells an excellent selection of French cheese at La Fromagerie. Her shop is located in the Mercat del Lléo.

True confession – we adore French cheese. Lucky for us, we discovered La Fromagerie early in our visit to Girona and returned numerous times to purchase cheese lovingly imported by Sandrine Poupinet, a Girona resident who hails from Brittany. We found incredible cheeses here including a 6-month version of Tomme de Laguiole, one of our favorite cheeses from a recent visit to France.

La Fromagerie is located inside the Mercat del Lleó.

La Noucentista

Xavier Baig at La Noucentista in Girona Spain

Xavier Baig shows off his product at La Noucentista, a top notch gourmet shop in Girona.

As much as we love French cheese, we weren’t so sure about Catalan cheese until we wandered into La Noucentista, a gourmet shop across the street from our neighborhood casamoner. Owner Xavier Baig introduced us to local cheeses like the award-winning Casa Mateu from nearby Lleida – think sheepy Roquefort cheese without the bleu. With his selection of wine and cheese, along with specialty meats like sobresada (a spicy Catalan spreadable salami) and boutifara, we could eat and drink for quite a while after shopping at La Noucentista.

La Noucentista is located at Carrer del Migdia, 22, 17002 Girona, Spain.

Outside Girona

A visitor to Costa Brava could eat well without leaving the city of Girona, but that would be a shame. Costa Brava has so much to offer with its beaches, mountains and gastronomy. During our visit to Girona, we checked out many smaller towns and ate lots of great food along the way. These are the meals we liked the best outside of Girona:

Michelin Meal at Ca l’Arpa in Banyoles

Foie Gras over Pig Trotter at Ca l'Arpa in Girona Spain

Foie Gras over Pig Trotter at Ca l’Arpa

Costa Brava has an inordinate number of Michelin starred restaurants. Located just 28 kilometers from Girona, Ca l’Arpa is a great choice for a lunch cooked by one of the area’s starred chefs. The restaurant is formal yet casual and offers an affordable set menu for lunch featuring rich foie gras served over braised and grilled pig trotter meat (pictured above) and marinated sardines so good that they converted Mindi from a sardine hater to a sardine lover. We enjoyed our Michelin meal so much that we produced a YouTube video about the experience.

Ca l’Arpa is located at Passeig de la Indústria, 5, 17820 Banyoles, Girona, Spain.

Seaside Meal at Enoteca MF

Fresh Blue Fin Tuna conserva in a can at Enoteca MF in Girona Spain

Fresh Blue Fin Tuna Conserva is cleverly served in a can at Enoteca MF.

Costa Brava’s coastline is stunning, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than a meal with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. Enoteca MF offers this experience along with fresh catches like bluefin tuna and anchovies caught locally by the family. 75 kilometers from Girona, the restaurant serves wine from the family vineyard and proprietary craft beer to go with its full menu of freshly prepared food.

Enoteca MF is located at 17488 Cadaqués, Province of Girona, Spain.

Fresh Fish at l’Espai del Peix in Palamos

Chef Ramon at l'Espai del Peix  in Girona Spain

Chef Ramon watches Daryl work the mortar and pestle while he makes aioli at l’Espai del Peix.

Just 46 kilometers from Girona, Palamos is the jewel of the Costa Brava seafood scene. Thanks to the proximity to deep waters, red prawns known as Gambas de Palamos are some of the best shrimp in the world. We loved visiting the market and trying the food at l’Espai del Peix. Check out our YouTube video to see what it’s like to experience seafood in Palamos.

l’Espai del Peix is located at Muelle Pesquero, s/n, 17230 Palamós, Girona, Spain.

Traditional Catalan Meal at Sala Gran near Pals

Sala Gran in Girona Spain

Sala Gran takes rice and shrimp to a higher level with their use of rice from Pals and shrimp from Palamos.

A visit to Costa Brava would be incomplete without a visit to an ancient walled city like Pals. What makes Pals unique from the other walled cities is its rice production. Known as Nembo, this rice, similar to Bomba rice, pairs perfectly with Gambas de Palamos. We enjoyed our traditional Catalan meal at Sala Gran just outside of Pals and 41 kilometers from Girona so much that we produced a YouTube video about the experience.

Sala Gran is located at Calle de la Barceloneta, 44, 17124 Llofriu, Girona, Spain.


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Comments

  1. Wow! We are completely amazed by those meals. Everything seems to be so tasty and delicious! We really enjoy your tips and recommendations! We need to add this to our list! Thanks!

    1. Author

      The food in Girona is great, and we personally recommend all of the restaurants in this article.

  2. A really interesting post with great food photos, we are looking to go back the Costa Brava and explore the area again soon. Mel has bookmarked the post as she is always looking for good and unique places to eat. Thanks M & M

    1. Author

      Awesome! Let us know if you have any questions about the restaurants or food in our article.

  3. Wow, this is so comprehensive. We have never been to Girona, however we lived in the Province during a long term home exchange. While I don’t know the specific destinations, your food photos really brought back memories. Thanks.

    1. Author

      How lovely that you were able to live in Costa Brava for an extended time. It’s such a wonderful part of the world. If you return to the area, you should definitely plan a visit to Girona. It’s a great city for a short or long visit.

  4. I didn’t realised theres 2 Michelin star restaurants in Girona i only knew Massana i need to check out the other restaurants. .. ive been to Konig too it was nice and great location by the square.

    1. Author

      Since Girona’s El Celler de Can Roca is ranked as the number 2 restaurant in the world, it’s important to make a reservation well in advance. If that doesn’t work out, you will love any or all of the restaurants highlighted in this article. Cheers!

  5. Way too much here for me to individually pull out faves. Loved the story of the young chefs and I really do marvel at the creations they make and the way in which they “modernise” traditional food. One of our fave things to do is sit at long bars, or where we can see the chefs !! Always great to know which restaurants offer this. Photos are amazing, food divine, this is right up my alley.

    1. Author

      You will love Girona’s food culture since people show the food and wine utmost respect here. And you’re right – the food is divine. It’s an ideal destination for food lovers like us and you!

  6. You two really do find the most incredible foodie experiences and Girona is no exception. With such a diversity of styles and talented young chefs I think the cooking class would be a must too.

    1. Author

      The cooking class was a highlight of our time in Girona. It was such a fun and educational experience. You must do it when you visit Girona!

    1. Author

      We love to travel slowly and live like locals. In our opinion, it’s the best way to experience a city.

  7. Wow Girona has two Michelin starred restaurants!!! The food has to be good. And what a great chance you got to attend a cooking class there. The food photography done well, they successfully triggered hunger pangs in me.

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comment. As you can tell, we loved spending time and eating in Girona!

  8. I wish my trips of days would turned into weeks too lol. Jost WOW on everyhting, seriously I want to try everything on here. Girona is now on the bucket list.

    1. Author

      Girona is a special spot whether you have days, weeks, months or years. Highly recommended!

  9. My stomach started rumbling looking at all the food photos, and then I got to desserts! But, the markets always grab my attention and that is where I would start my visit 🙂

    1. Author

      Like you, we like to start our visits in new cities at markets too. It really is the best introduction to a food culture. Girona is no exception to this rule.

  10. What can I say . . . I truly believe that Catalans have one of the best cuisines (and wines) in the world but being Catalan people can think I am not objective! I encourage people to visit Catalonia and try for themselves. Thanks for making me missing Catalunya even more 🙂

    1. Author

      You are lucky to be from such a beautiful part of the world. Hopefully you get home often to enjoy all the great food and wine.

  11. Wow, some incredible looking food in Girona and not even from the two michelin restaurants there! Love your round up and seriously now considering a visit, especially given the Game of Thrones revelations (big fan here too!).

    1. Author

      If you’re a GOT fan, then you really must visit Girona!

    1. Author

      You will love the food in Girona as well as the rest of Costa Brava!

  12. Hey guys, it turns out that I’m from Girona so love to comment on your post. I’ve checked your list and your choices are pretty accurate. These restaurants are among the best of the best in town. And you are absolutely right about Konig, as it’s probably the only Spanish chain that serves good and authentic good food at a very low price. By the way, you mention that Celler de Can Roca is within the top 50 restaurants. This is not 100% accurate, as it’s been #1 for 2 consecutive years 😉

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      You’re so lucky to be from Girona – it seems like a wonderful city to grow up. Also, you are correct about El Celler de Can Roca’s ranking. Although we mention that the Girona restaurant won the top spot on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list in 2013, it is currently ranked number two. A very impressive ranking indeed!

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      Girona is alive with history and has a wonderful food culture. You are right that the two are connected.

  13. Great food post! Girona looks like a charming town. I guess when you spend time wandering in a new place, you do tend to find some great eateries. The food looks delicious!

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      We love researching food when we travel, but often times we find the best restaurants by word of mouth and by luck.

  14. I had heard about Girona’s two Michelin starred restaurants, but you’re right – there seems to be a lack of information out there about the rest of the food scene and where to eat. Thanks for putting together such a diverse guide which includes bars, markets and deserts too … I don’t think there’s such a thing as loving desserts too much :D!

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      If loving desserts is wrong, we don’t want to be right!

  15. ¡Ay, Dios mio! Great post and I got hungry just by looking at your pictures. And I have to say that Girona is fantastic place to visit and to enjoy amazing food. Yummy!

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      We love photographing beautiful food – almost as much as we enjoy eating it. We’re so glad that you enjoyed the pictures!

  16. All of the food looks delicious. Especially the dessert. Gelato is a favorite no matter where you go! Thanks for sharing.

  17. the next time you visit Girona, I recommend you try the restaurant Munchen. exceptional cuisine

  18. You guys are so bold with your food choices. I love your passion for tradition and modern cuisine. I will say, the hamsperience sounds awesome!

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      Thanks Rob! We love great food and certainly found plenty in Girona – especially the jamon. If you love ham, then you will be in ham heaven here.

  19. First of all, this was a really detailed post. Secondly, I love the food photos. Finally, well done, you have convinced me to visit Gerona someday. Awesome!

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      Thanks for the feedback. You will love Girona when you visit!

  20. I eat less for dinner to save room for dessert. It is the most important part of a meal to me:) I’d be in heaven here!

  21. As usual, you are making my mouth water and in this case missing Spanish food. I love all those tapas…let alone that gorgeous gelato.

  22. I have lived in Girona for almost two years now and have eaten at several of the restaurants cited. I am vegetarian and have never found a shortage of good vegetarian dishes on the menus. I was delighted to read your rave reviews of the food in what is now my home, but disappointed you referenced very little in your main meals that was not meat or fish-based. I was also surprised and disappointed at your enthusiastic promotion of foie gras, which numerous countries no longer produce or sell, and the production of which even the Humane Society of the United States considers ‘cruel and inhumane treatment of animals’. Spain, to its credit, does produce some ‘ethical’ foie gras, ie. not from intensely-housed, force-fed birds. Perhaps it will soon reach Girona’s restaurants.

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      While we’re open to Vegetarian food, we write about the food that we eat. In Girona, we ate a lot of jamon and seafood. As for foie gras, we share your concerns and hope that the Girona restaurants are sourcing from responsible producers. Thanks for your comment.

  23. Wow these food looks very delicious thanks nice article its very interesting and informative and yummy also i really enjoyed it thanks for it.

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