Some of our most memorable food experiences in Andalucía came from our time in beautiful Cádiz. It really has a little bit of everything, cosy yet buzzing traditional tapas bars, modern restaurants, beautiful local produce and markets, delicious churros and more. In this food guide, we will take you to all of the places we loved eating, to help you decide where to eat in Cadiz, Spain.
- Cádiz Food Guide Video
- The Best Tapas In Cadiz
- The Best Restaurants In Cádiz
- The Best Breakfasts In Cadiz
- Mercado Central Cádiz
- More Places To Eat In Cadiz: Bakery & Sweets
Cadiz Food Guide Video
The Best Tapas In Cádiz, Spain
Some of the best food in Cádiz can be found in delicious tapas bars. But visiting a tapas bar is about so much more than food. It’s an experience. A community of people gathering in spaces that each has their own individual character, providing the perfect harmony between food, drinks and togetherness. Here are our absolute favourite tapas bars in Cadiz.
Bar La Tabernita
Bar La Tabernita is a small family traditional tapas and wine bar in the charming La Viña neighbourhood, the former fishing quarter. It’s only open a few days per week so make sure to check the current opening hours before your visit. We had the chickpea and meat special, pork loin sandwich, cuttlefish meatball with squid ink, and our favourite, a delicious ratatouille. The service was super friendly. It was quite busy when we visited, so we put our name on the list to sit outside at the wine barrel tables. Overall, it was just a really nice experience.
Address | Calle Virgen De La Palma 32, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Friday, Saturday + Sunday from 8.30 PM – 11 PM (this often changes so click the link to their website above to check the current times)
Casa Manteca is another lively historic tapas bar in the La Viña barrio. This place is really well known and popular. Inside, Casa Manteca is cosily packed, with people overflowing onto the street. Here we had flavoured tomato, Ibérico meatballs with salsa, and their famous Chicharrones, that is pork slices served with lemon and salt.
Address | Calle Corralón de los Carros 66, La Viña, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 12 PM – 4.30 PM + 8.30 PM – 12.30 PM
Recreo Chico is a delicious tapas bar that is home to one of my favourite dishes from our trip to the South of Spain, grilled artichokes. I honestly still think about this dish today. I don’t know how to cook artichokes or even what they should taste like, having only had them a few times. But I have absolutely no doubt that this is as good as they get because nothing is better than perfection. I’m sure some sort of special magic went into this dish to make this deceptively simple dish so joyful.
We also had a delicious rice dish, patatas bravas, croquetas and more over two visits. Definitely recommend making time to eat at Recreo Chico during your stay. We loved this cosy space but since our visit, they have now moved to a new location in Cádiz.
Address | Calle Ancha 9, Cádiz
Opening Hours | Monday – Saturday from 9 PM – 11.30 PM + Tuesday – Saturday from 1.30 PM – 4.30 PM
La Tapería De Columela
Although we loved our dinner at La Tapería de Columela, we believe it has changed a little since we ate here, so we can’t speak for what it is like today. When we visited, we had delicious leeks with cheese and brick pastry, Ibérico pork shoulder with capsicum and onion jam with a chestnut puree, manchego cheese, and salmon with asparagus foam. It was a great atmosphere sitting at the long bar and enjoying tasty food.
La Tapería de Columela
Address | Calle Columela 4, Cádiz
Opening Hours | Monday – Saturday from 12.30 PM – 4.30 PM + 8.30 PM – 12 AM
In a great location right near the central market, Ancá Lidia is a great place to try some delicious Spanish dishes. We enjoyed the fried hake, patatas bravas and padrón peppers, which went nicely with a Tinto de Verano. We loved the friendly service here. The outside seats had a great feel for lunch in Cádiz on a beautiful sunny day.
Address | Calle Libertad, 13, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 12.30 – 4.30 PM + Thursday – Saturday from 8.30 PM – 11.30 PM
The Best Restaurants In Cádiz Old Town
So the Cádiz restaurants in this section might also be tapas bars, but we have tried to include the places in this section that had more of a restaurant feel, to help you choose the best places to eat in Cadiz for your trip.
La Candela is an incredible tapas bar and restaurant, that has more of a modern fusion approach to its delicious food. We loved it so much that we came here twice during our week in Cadiz. Some of the dishes we loved included the Hawaiian poke, slow-cooked vegetables with pesto, and ceviche. Honestly, the only way to know how good the food at La Candela tastes is to experience it yourself.
Address | Calle Feduchy 3, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 1.30 – 4 PM + 8.30 PM – 11.30 PM
La Marmita is a modern tapas bar with a nice design and friendly service. Here they have some beautiful tuna dishes, with Tuna being a speciality of Cadiz. So of course we decided to try a few. The guacamole with tuna in a cone, tuna with wasabi and green apple ice cream, and tuna tataki were all delicious. We also enjoyed the vegetable tempura, lamb momo with tikka masala sauce, bao with small squid and their play on ‘carrot cake’ for dessert.
Address | Calle Buenos Aires, 5, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 1 PM – 4 PM + 8 PM – 12 AM
La Isleta de La Viña
La Isleta de La Viña is a restaurant in the La Viña neighbourhood that also hosts live music and other events. We enjoyed the octopus with passion fruit, pork cheek, and cheese. If you have young kids, this restaurant is also located on a square with a playground right in front of it.
Address | Calle Corralón de los Carros, 54, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Monday – Thursday from 12.30 PM – 5 PM + 7 PM – 2 AM & Friday – Sunday from 12.30 PM – 3 AM
The Best Breakfasts In Cadiz
Sometimes it’s the little daily rituals that become the special memories of a trip. For us in Spain, that’s pan con tomate, such a simple yet delicious start to the day that gradually becomes a tasty anchor, reminding you where you are each morning.
Here are some of our favourite places to start the day in Cádiz, Spain.
La Clandestina is a cosy cafe and bookstore where you can enjoy breakfast surrounded by books. Such a nice atmosphere here. We had a croissant with ham and cheese, pan con tomate, chai tea, and Cafe con Leche. Little shots of orange juice came with each order, which was a really nice touch. Here you can order, collect and pay at the bar.
Address | José del Toro, 23, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Monday – Friday 9.30 AM – 2 PM + 5 PM – 8.30 PM + Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
La Vaca Atada
La Vaca Atada is a great cafe to come to for breakfast. Here we had tostada with crushed tomatoes, which was great, especially when adding a bit of salt and olive oil to it, which you will find on your table. This also came with coffee or tea, and we ordered an orange juice too.
Address | Calle Plocia, 17, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 10 AM – 10 PM
Cafe Royalty is a stunning historically preserved grand cafe from 1912. In my experience, sometimes these types of beautiful grand cafes can end up being underwhelming, with the setting often being the highlight. This was not the case with Cafe Royalty, where the food was just as good as the stunning environment.
We came here for the picatostes, a deep-fried bread dish dusted with sugar, made with an old traditional recipe from Cadiz. I thought this was going to be way too sweet for me, but it was surprisingly not too sweet, and so delicious, I would happily start the day this way. We also had a lovely mint tea, made with fresh mint leaves, and an excellent pan con tomate.
Address | Plaza de la Candelaria, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Monday – Friday 11 AM – 11 PM + Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM – 11 PM
Top Coffee And Juice
Top Coffee and Juice, as the name suggests, is a great option for freshly made juices. We loved our delicious carrot, apple and ginger juice. We also had an acai bowl that was a little on the sweet side, and a nice pan con tomate.
Top Coffee And Juice
Address | Calle Lázaro Dou, 1, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 11 AM – 8 PM
Churrería La Guapa
Churros for breakfast are also not a bad way to start the day, and the ones from the little kiosk Churrería La Guapa, just outside the markets, are absolutely divine.
Churrería La Guapa
Address | Pl. Libertad, 1, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 8.30 AM – 12 PM
Mercado Central Cádiz
Mercado Central is a beautiful market that not only sells fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and other food products, but it’s also home to some great places to eat.
We tried a delicious zucchini sandwich and tuna sandwich at Dosbocados.
At DKY we had delicious fried shrimp fritters, known as Tortillitas De Camarones, and seafood rice.
The atmosphere is buzzing in this beautiful historic market.
Address | Place de la Libertad, Cádiz
Opening Hours | Opening hours differ throughout the year, you can check the current market opening hours in the link above.
More Places To Eat In Cadiz Spain: Bakery & Sweets
Pastelería Casa Hidalgo is a great little bakery in Cádiz. Here we tried their tasty empanadas and pastries.
We had a delicious chocolate fondant and pistachio ice cream at Verde Pistacchio Gelato, a cute little gelato shop.
We had another tasty gelato at Bolas Helados Artesanos, which has since been renamed El Limonero Helados Artesanales.
And if you didn’t catch it in the breakfast section, you can’t miss the delicious churros at Churrería La Guapa.
Address | Plaza Catedral, 8, Cadiz
Opening Hours | Every day from 9 AM – 9 PM
Address | Calle Ancha 13
Address | Plaza Candelaria 3
Hope you enjoy all of our picks for the best places to eat in Cádiz Spain as much as we did.
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