Hungry? How to Feed Yourself in Spain

Sometimes getting used to new meal times and local foods can be stressful. Let us help you out with our tongue-in-cheek guide about how to feed yourself in Spain.

One of the first things you´ll notice about meals in Spain is that the timetable is totally different.

  • Breakfast is normally light, and you can have a tosta or doughnut with coffee–cafe con leche, cortado, or espresso. Some restaurants offer larger breakfast options such as a sandwich mixto con huevo. Breakfast times are normally from early in the morning (for professionals) until 9 or 10

  • Lunch is a larger meal in Spain. Lunch times are from 1:30 p.m. until about 3. Most restaurants have the Menú del Día, which is a three course meal which usually includes a beverage and bread. You choose from a few options for each course, and average prices are €8 to 14. Most restaurants have a chalkboard outside so you can read the options as you walk.

  • Dinner is normally not as heavy as lunch, and usually starts around 9 or 10 p.m. You can choose larger portions or stick with tapas. Typical tapas include tortilla (Spanish omelette), bocadillos or pulgas (sandwiches on baguette bread), and a variety of other things. Tapa options are different in each region of Spain, and can provide a fun culinary adventure. We suggest Mercado San Miguel.

Restaurants are found on streets parallel and perpendicular to the general university and downtown areas. If you´d like suggestions, please ask a staff member.

Of course, you can also venture into a grocery store and make something at home. Larger grocery stores include Mercandona, SuperSol, Simply, and a few others. You can normally find a supermarket and/or fruit store within a minute or two walking. Make note, though, that at Spanish grocery stores, you must pay for plastic bags and bag your groceries yourself. If you want to be eco-friendly, purchase a sturdy, reusable bag. Most grocery stores sell them for less than a euro.

Happy eating!

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