The Camino is much more than a spiritual walk, it is often described as a gastronomic journey worth enjoying. In many of the towns and villages, pilgrims will find an incredibly diverse and vibrant food scene filled with local produce and Galician specialities.
The Camino routine generally involves a morning stop for coffee, a lunch stop, and perhaps an afternoon beer or wine break and late dinner. Many people say that Santiago de Compostela might just be one of the best cities to eat in. From breakfast pastries to traditional tapas, market-stall treats and more modern eats, food here is fresh, local, budget-friendly and cooked with love.
But no matter where you are walking along the Camino, you will see many restaurants on the way offering the “Menú del Peregrino”. This basic meal, focused on pilgrims, usually includes: a starter, a main, a dessert, and drinks and is very reasonably priced at around €10 per person.
Here are some of the most popular dishes you will find in restaurants and tapas along the Camino:
Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette)
You will see this speciality at almost every restaurant in Spain. We strongly recommend you to taste the one in La Tita (Santiago de Compostela).
Empanada gallega (Galician pie)
This pie can be filled with different stuffings: tuna, scallop shells, mussels, meat… always with a lot of onion!
Caldo gallego (Galician soup)
This is very usual to see the “Caldo Gallego” as a starter on every Pilgrim Menu. This soup contains “grelos” (Galician vegetables), beans and lacon.
Tarta de Santiago (Santiago cake)
For breakfast or as a dessert… any time is perfect to try some Tarta de Santiago.