A Coruña, gastronomic haven

A Coruña, gastronomic haven

Situated on the Atlantic coast, A Coruña combines the best of land and sea in its cuisine, offering both traditional formulas that never disappoint and cutting-edge innovations.  

Life in A Coruña revolves around food, with countless events on the calendar and the custom of gathering with family and friends for wine, tapas, or brunch. The key that sets the Atlantic diet apart is the quality of the local product.

The classics

If you visit A Coruña, you must try the customary regional cuisine (from Galicia and, specifically, A Coruña). There will be no shortage of shellfish, like barnacles, scallops, Dublin Bay prawns, velvet crab, and king crab on your platter.

percebes a coruña
Percebes (barnacles)

A classic is the “á feira” octopus (pulpo), topped with delicious olive oil and paprika with cachelos (boiled potatoes). 

pulpo “á feira” coruña
Pulpo “á feira”

But in this city, gastronomy extends beyond the monarchs of the sea. From neighbouring Betanzos comes the famous ‘loose egg’ Spanish tortilla. To eat like a true A Coruña native, try the empanada, ideal for a family feasts or a day at the beach. We also enjoy our meat. During Entroido (Carnival), it is customary to enjoy lacón (cured ham) with turnip top, while in the summer months, gatherings are organised around a churrasco (grilled meat).

empanada gallega

A Coruña also offers the perfect meal pairings. In addition to our regional wines, Estrella Galicia beer is 100% local. The city even houses the Estrella Galicia museum.

museo estrella galicia
Estrella Galicia museum

Reinventing tradition

By putting a spin on traditional A Coruña cuisine and revamping the culinary panorama, an innovative array of recipes emerges, each worth trying: tartars of melon, prawn, tuna with avocado, and sea bass, marinated mackerel, king crab cannelloni, smoked octopus, and mushroom and Arzúa-Ulloa soup are just some of the city’s most avant-garde dishes.

A Coruña’s cuisine regularly receives accolades. The city has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Árbore da Veira, as well as several featured in the guide, including A Mundiña, NaDo, Taberna de Miga, El de Alberto, Bido, and Culuca

estrella michelin coruña

Eating and socialising go hand-in-hand

In A Coruña, eating and socialising go hand-in-hand. If the shops and the beaches are empty, you’ll find people in the wine district. At sunset, the city centre fills with families, couples, and groups of friends out to enjoy some tapas.

Between Troncoso, Olmos, Barrera, Estrella, Franja and Galera, there is a network of local joints brimming with life that offer the best pinchos, tapas and raciones. For lighter meals, Victoria, Morriña, and Jaleo do not disappoint.

tapas a coruña

The most unique (and oldest) are A Troula and O Tarabelo, where you can try the ‘crocodile’ (grilled beet in fried potatoes) and drink wine from traditional cuncas (bowls). For vegetarian options, stop by Lola & Cía, and for a calamari sandwich in the Plaza de Ourense, try the renovated Quisco Down Experience.

During the week, locals and visitors alike tend to congregate in the Ensanche area. Near the Plaza de Lugo, beside the market and between the modernist buildings are several restaurants and bars. O Cabo is famous for its Spanish tortilla, while at Casa Rita, beside the Casa Museo Picasso, the specialties are pork loin and baby squid.

But enjoyment of the city’s gastronomy begins even before lunchtime. In the mornings, you can stop in for breakfast at Atlántico 57, with views of the sea, and La Granera, next to the tobacco factory that inspired Emilia Pardo Bazán. For churros, you have a choice between Bonilla a la Vista and El Timón, the two churerrías that divide the cities’ residents. 

churros bonilla a la vista

For those craving more than toast or who want to combine breakfast and lunch, the city offers a variety of brunch options. Miss Maruja in Zalaeta, Valentín and Waco Coffee in the city centre, and Ingooco and Mamá Chicó in Ensanche are excellent choices.

Looking for a place to bask in the morning light with a nibble and a vermouth? Take your pick. Beside the Plaza de Vigo are several restaurant patios, including the vermutería Chitin. Another great option for vermouth is El Almacén on calle Olmos, which also functions as a concept store. And among the classics, don’t miss La Gata in the historic Plaza de Azcárraga.

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In case you’re wondering, the key to the success of A Coruña’s cuisine lies in its raw materials. Every morning tons of the finest seafood and shellfish arrive at the fish market, where the city’s restaurants and markets bid on the day’s haul. Individuals cannot participate, but they can attend this one-of-a-kind show as spectators. 

pescado fresco a coruña

The rest of the products arrive by land from the neighbouring Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo biosphere reserve, our local breadbasket. Some of its gems include bread and empanadas from Carral, sardines from Sada, mussels from Lorbé, as well as honey and other preserves. 

Gastronomy on the agenda

The biosphere reserve itself is on the A Coruña calendar. In October, it celebrates the Atlantic Region Culinary Fair, which focuses on the richness of sustainable, healthy agrifood and cuisine. 

Other major events include the Tapas Picadillo contest in November, which celebrates A Coruña’s tapas tradition, and the Boucatise Gourmet Sandwich Festival in December. Beyond the fairgrounds, partake in lacón during Entroido and sardines during San Xoán, integral parts of these festivities.

Now that we’ve whet your appetite and you know where to go and what to order, just choose when to come! We look forward to welcoming you!

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