Leon, Capital of Yummy Delights
Are you one of those people who set aside time on each trip to discover good places to eat or feast on tapas? If this is you, you may want to put the pleasures of the palate at the center of your next trip, explore new flavors, get to know the cuisine of other lands and, in general, dedicate yourself to exercising your jaws with joy.
And for places where you can indulge your taste buds, there are few better options than Leon, the Spanish city with the most tapas bars and restaurants, with around one for every two hundred people. It’s known far and wide as the quintessential destination for tapas, and for good reason: the people of Leon are foodies at heart, and this is clearly seen on the map when we look for places to sample local delicacies.
The great thing is that when it comes to finding fab spots to hang out with friends and have a few ‘cortos’ (they call smaller beer servings ‘shorts’ here), Leon has much to offer in any of its lively neighborhoods. And to make it even greater, tapas are generally of a good size and included in the price of your beer.
The center where it all happens in Leon is in two neighborhoods. First of all, the well-known Barrio Húmedo (aptly named the ‘wet quarter’) is the city’s quintessential tapas district. Located in the old town on one side of Calle Ancha, it’s one of the liveliest areas. If you want a culinary point of reference, this is undoubtedly the place.
Next to the Barrio Húmedo (on the other side of Calle Ancha) is the second area of interest: the Barrio Románico. And although it may not be as popular as the previous one, there is also much to see and do.
So now that you know Leon is the capital of tapas, good atmosphere and fun, the ball is in your court. What are you waiting for? Some of the best cuisine in the country is just a stone's throw from Madrid with Iberia.Photo: LifeOfPix