Erasmus, Erasmus, Erasmus… how lucky you are to be finally in Córdoba, right? A small and cosy city, with a lot of students, sunny weather, with two whole months of local festivities (the famous month of May) and its flamenquines, salmorejo, rabo de toro, croquetas, gazpacho, tortilla de patatas… Gastronomy could easily be one of the things that will make you feel sure about choosing Córdoba as your Erasmus destination. Here you have the 8 bars in Córdoba you have to visit before the end of your Erasmus… and don’t worry, we know your budget is tight 😉
1. La Bicicleta
You are right, we have mentioned above the most traditional food of Córdoba and this may not be the best example to try a traditional rabo de toro recipe. However, it is probably the place where you’ll find the best salmorejo on toasted bread you have ever tasted. Furthermore, all of the dishes from their menu are elaborated with local products. If there is one traditional dish from Córdoba that you must try at this bar, that is mazamorra, Salmorejo‘s predecessor, made of almonds, bread, garlic, oil, vinegar and salt. At La Bicicleta you can enjoy it as a dish or on toasted bread…it is delicious either way 🙂 Prices are between 4 and 12€ and if you go, make sure you try one of their fresh juices.
2. El Abanico
Located on one of the most famous streets of Córdoba, la Calleja de las Flores, you can find this little place (really little) where you can taste some great croquetas de rabo de toro, with a price even greater 🙂 You will be surprised by its decoration and unique charm.
3. Bar Santos
You could think it is a tourists bar, but the tortilla that is served does not care about nationalities. It became famous more than 20 years ago due to the size of its tortillas and it has been keeping up its fame thanks to the quality of the food and the charm of the bar. You will pay 2€ for a generous piece of tortilla and if you want to, you could also order a bowl of salmorejo (it is as delicious as tortilla) and a beer and then relax on the Mosque’s wall and enjoy the sun at midday. If you have never done so because you thought it was too touristic, get that idea out of your head. This is one of those places you have to go before leaving Córdoba and going back to your home country.
4. Bar Rafalete (Ayuntamiento)
Don’t be fooled by its appearance, even though it look like an expensive restaurant… That has nothing to do with reality 🙂 Located in front of the city council, El Rafalete offers the best pinchitos (skewered pieces of chicken) you have ever tasted. This bar is always full of families and groups of friends and it is now part of the culture of the city. For less than 1€ you can have a “mini pinchito” that, together with a beer, will taste like heaven.
5. Mercado Victoria
El Mercado Victoria is the first gastronomic market of Andalusia. And what do we mean by gastronomic market? Well, here you will be able to enjoy a great variety of food, not only traditional Cordoban and Spanish food, but also international dishes. It is as simple as going through its more than 20 stands, decide what you’d like to have and take a seat wherever you want. As you can imagine it is a great place with lots of people during the whole day. Furthermore, a lot of leisure activities are offered, such as dance lessons or markets of clothes and accessories. It has become, without any doubt, into a key meeting point in Córdoba for people of all ages.
6. Bar Moriles (Ciudad Jardín)
Similar to Rafalete, it is a traditional bar in Córdoba where everyone should go to at least once. There are three different bars under the same name in the city, proof of its success. In this traditional bar you can find all the typical dishes and tapas from the Cordoban cuisine at affordable prices. That is the reason why it is usually full of students and, why not, Erasmus. The most remarkable thing are the portions of food that are served, as they tend to be very generous to make sure that nobody stays hungry. So, if you are feeling hungry don’t hesitate and go to Moriles to find out by yourselves.
7. Canadian (Río)
Close to the river we find the Canadian bar, which is probably the one with the lowest prices within this area. Yes! It is not a mistake, affordable prices at one of the most touristic areas of Córdoba. But don’t you think this is related to the quality… not at all! The best thing about Canadian is that you can find the classic tapas with an innovative and gourmet twist. Perfect for Erasmus pockets, as you won’t have to give up on great food, no matter how tight your budget is.
8. La Taberna del Río
Following the line of bars with privileged location, next to the river and the Mosque, we can see La Taberna del río. Although its prices are a little bit higher than Canadian’s, they are still pretty affordable. When it comes to the menu, it contains all the traditional Cordoban dishes and some international ones. Moreover, the presentation of the plates tends to be very exotic. Another strong point of this bar has to do with its great space, including two terraces and a white Andalusian patio. Definitely, a view you will remember after your Erasmus.
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