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Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

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Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

I shall be going to Girona with five mature male friends for 4/5 days during September this year. The main purpose of our trip is to eat at El Cellar de Can Roca for which I do have a reservation.

As trip organiser I am expected to find suitable restaurants for the other days.

I know we shall spend a great deal of money in Can Roca. Consequently, we will be looking to eat well but more modestly on other days. Obviously I have looked at the TripAdvisor recommendations but find I am totally confused after a short while of searching. So what am I looking for? I do hope someone out there can help.

We would like a restaurant or restaurants that are within walking distance of Girona centre. Not a tourist restaurant but those used by local people where we can enjoy typical Catalan food and wine at sensible prices. At least two of our party are not seafood oriented. So the restaurant should serve both meat and fish.

I would be eternally grateful for some recommendations. Being British we tend to eat early in the evening, say 8/8.30pm, so would it be necessary to make reservations.

Thank you in anticipation of an avalanche of replies.

Brian.

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1. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

I have had lunch in Casa Marieta and Boira,both in Plaça Independéncia, just across de river and close to the Peixeteries Bridge. There is a lovely view of the river and the old town from Boira restaurant, a plus to the nice meal here

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2. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

Many thanks Joseantonio, I shall put those on my short list.

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3. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

Read my restaurant reviews. I am an English guy, aged 44, now living in Girona and keen for people like yourselves making the most of their trip. I would definitely recommend Zanpanzar, it is actually basque, but has an ideal location in the old town, choice of pinxos or tapas meals, perfect sizes for you to share each others plates and try the local food. Always great atmosphere. Also Le Bistrot specialises in Catalan "coca" (a local style pizza). Again very popular with the locals and great location in the old town where you can sit on tables placed on the steps to a church. Reservations not needed but you might have to wait but don't worry you will enjoy that, it is part of the local flavour. As for snacks/drinks/cafe culture, try Lizaran in Plaza Independencia (but don't eat your main meal there - only a pinxos with your wine or beer) and La Pedra, a locals bar in the old town especially if Barca are playing when you are visiting (not touristy, very Catalan,but after the initial stand offishness, you will end up feeling very welcome). By the way, if you enjoy Can Roca (I am sure you will) they have also recently opened an ice cream parlour in the centre where you can enjoy their desserts again without repeating the expensive price tag.

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4. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

Many thanks Darren, just the sort of information I need. Should you have any more thoughts that might be useful to us, please be kind enough to let me know,

Thanks again,

Brian.

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5. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

No problem, enjoy your holiday.

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6. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

I'm arriving tomorrow and would love to know which restaurants you ended up liking? I'm a vegetarian so it's always a bit of a task to find a good place for both me and my DH

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7. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

Pack the suncream, the weather is hot in Girona at the moment, we are expecting 30 degrees plus, up to 35 degrees on thursday. Fortunately, finding shade in the city is easy so it will enhance your stay with plenty of places to eat outdoors on lovely terraces.

Anna, the chef, at la pedra is vegetarian and always has good options on her lunchtime menu, she also does the cooking properly, i.e. separate utensils etc from the meat, which is something the Spanish are not typically very understanding about. Similarly, many "vegetarian" options consist of fish, fish and more fish!! La Pedra is in the old town down a quiet alley just off the ramblas.

There is also a very good galician bar that serves great food. Speaks good English so asking for vegetarian food is no problem. The bar is unpronounceable, Esconxuro Tasca Gallega (Galician for you!) so just ask for Toni's opposite Babel (just off Plaza Independencia).

Not particularly strong for vegetarian options but you will find something nice on their extensive menu (Queso de cabra ensalada / Goats cheese salad is a good choice) is Zanpanzar, basque restaurant, worth attending for its atmosphere, again in the centre of the old town.

I have chosen these as laid back, tapas style bar/restaurants with outdoor space. If more formal restaurants with a heftier price tag are more your flavour, there are options such as Draps and Nu, but have a look and see what you fancy.

Enjoy

Darren

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8. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

Thank you I'll try those. Nu looked interesting but maybe too much fish! I'm staying at a strange hotel up the hill hotel Palau de bellavusta. I'm guessing there isn't anything near that!

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9. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

There isn't really but don't worry you are not that far from town and on the old side of the river. On the way into town, have a drink at El Jardins De Merce, there is a fantastic walled garden at the back, a real treat for a city centre location.

There is also a specialist vegetarian restaurant in town that I forgot about. I have never been, to be honest, and can't remember the name but it is on the same road as Divinium and Draps. Find those 2 in the old town and it is only 3-4 doors away (walking up the hill as if going to Cathedral). Quite odd looking for Girona (frilly tableclothes, english tea shop look and feel), you can't miss it.

In the current weather I would also suggest Le Bistrot, basically serves Catalan style pizza, plenty of veggie options, you might not fancy pizza but the outdoor tables are on the steps in the middle of the old town, stunning location for outdoor eating.

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10. Re: Girona Restaurants-recommendations please.

I'm here. It's hot! I'll go look for your suggestion!