Located in Galicia in the northwest of Spain, Santiago de Compostela is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Its combination of old streets, traditional tavernas and modern, cosmopolitan bars make it a fantastic place to spend time with friends and ir de tapas. Drinks often come with free snacks, making it not only atmospheric but perfect for the budget-conscious jetsetter.
Restaurante San Jaime – Make this your first stop in Santiago. A favourite amongst locals and tourists, this bar is reasonably priced and authentically decorated. Expect Ensaladilla, Tortilla or Croquetas with your drinks and if you desire a little more, you’d be crazy not to order their Chorizo al Vino! Rúa da Raiña, 4
Casa Pepe – Amazing wine with a fantastic selection of meats and cheeses on little pieces of bread, Casa Pepe may be a little more difficult to find, but really is a tucked-away gem. Cantón de San Bieito, 5
Café Bar Tokio – Often overlooked by tourist guides and websites, Café Bar Tokyo is the place to choose on the strip facing Parque da Alameda for the best tapas, in both quantity and quality and without the marked-up drink prices. Avenida Figueroa, 7
El Gato Negro – Simplicity in every sense of the word. If you are looking for fine dining, then El Gato Negro may not be your cup of tea, but if you want good, local food at much lower than reasonable prices and homemade wine, then this is the place for you! Order lots and mop up all of the divine sauces with fresh bread. Rúa da Raiña
Trafalgar – Make sure you hotfoot it over to Bar Trafalgar for their Tigres Rabiosos. These locally-sourced mussels in a spicy sauce will set your tastebuds on fire! Every customer usually receives one with a drink. Stand at the bar, if you can find a space! Rúa da Raiña
Ambitus Veter – At just 1€ for a glass of wine, you can’t really go wrong in this spacious, modern bar. The amount of tapas that you receive is a little ridiculous and you get even more when you order another drink! Keep an eye on football times however, as the place is absolutely packed when there’s a game on. Aller Ulloa, 3
Senra – For an amazing selection of tapas and a great menu to boot, Senra is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Albariño. Just make sure you can get a seat, as this place is a genuine hotspot for locals! Rúa da Senra
Restaurante Marte – Sit and enjoy the sunshine outside this traditional bar. If you arrive at the right time, you will be greeted with a lovely little plate of tortilla, croquetas or even a mini-paella! The terrace is a gorgeous suntrap, so top up on suncream before you relax! Avenida de Rodrigo de Padron, 11
Agarimo – The name means ‘darling’ in Galician and they certainly do cherish their customers. With a glass of the local Ribeiro or a caña, expect a mini spaghetti bolognese, pizza, sandwich or even a mini chorizo and chips! On a good night, you may even receive amazing tapitas, open sandwiches with a whole host of scrumptious toppings! Do not be put off by the sheer amount of people at the bar, fight your way to the back where you’ll find a few tables and a lovely atmosphere. Praza de Cervantes / Rúa do Preguntorio 2
San Clemente – Renowned amongst students for their almost meal-size portions of tapas, San Clemente is the place to go if you are looking to sample some mussels and olives whilst sipping a glass of wine. The menu is a little pricey, but the tapas are enough to fill you up over a couple of drinks! Rúa do San Clemente, 6
This article was previously published on Running in Heels.