Top Spanish Foods to Try in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela’s gastronomy

Santiago de Compostela’s gastronomy reflects a great variety of traditional dishes from all over Galicia. There are really fewer chances to not find a typical Galician recipe here. Ask a local about what they relish eating the most, and they will surely mention their seafood. The quality of their seafood is known globally. You get to eat fresh seafood and they taste exceptionally well! It is also referred to be a paradise for all seafood and fish lovers.  Here is a list of foods and drinks you should definitely try when in Santiago de Compostela:


Try the Vieiras or scallops which are a symbol of Camino de Santiago and is carried by locals when they walk through the Camino.

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Pulpo a la Gallega

Pulpo a la Gallega is a dish made of the Galician octopus. This is supposed to be the most representative dish at Galicia.

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Pulpo a la Gallega in Santiago de Compostela

Crabs, oysters, barnacles

You cannot miss out on the crabs, oysters, barnacles, prawns, shrimps and lobsters. Choosing the ones you love the most will be very satisfying.

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Mixed seafood plate in Santiago de Compostela

El Caldo Gallego

You should try El Caldo Gallego which is a Galician Soup. It is made with veggies, boiled potatoes and you get pieces of Chorizo and beans in it.

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Caldo Gallego

Empanada Gallega

Try out Empanada Gallega which is another famous dish at Galicia. Some people call it the Galician Pizza but it tastes different from what you’re assuming! The crust of bread is present on the bottom as well as on the top, and the space in the middle is filled with ingredients like tuna, peppers, onion and veggies.

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Empanada Gallega

Tarta de Santiago

Tarta de Santiago: the traditional sweets in Santiago make every tourist happy, but they give special attention to the ‘tarta’ (tart). It is a cake made of almonds. Other typical sweets include the almond cookies, known as Caprichos de Santiago.

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Tarta de Santiago


Wines: you can try out Albariño which is a young white wine and is best when combined and consumed with fish. Ribeiro wines which are either white or red are light and served in mugs. Some more wines that would interest you are Rosal, Valdeorras, Fefiñanes, Betanzos and Ulla y Amandi. All of these complement the Galician cuisine.

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Albarino, Galician white wine
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