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Restaurants in Alcalá de Henares

The restaurants of Alcalá de Henares combine the tradition of Castilian cuisine with modern flair. The city has become one of the most important culinary destinations in the Community of Madrid. Known as the birthplace of Cervantes, it’s not just a city of literature; its streets are filled with options for a break during a tourist trip, whether it’s for a snack, lunch or dinner.

Where to dine in Alcala de Henares

This question can be answered by simply walking around the city, where several culinary events are organized throughout the year to guide customers and promote local restaurants. The Jornadas Gastronómicas Cervantinas (Cervantine Gastronomic Days) will be held for the 25th time in 2021. During one week in October, guests can experience how people ate during the Golden Age and taste some of the recipes mentioned in Don Quixote. However, according to the Alcalá Gastronómica Association, which organizes the event, local cuisine is not just about tradition. The city has great chefs who embrace modernity and innovation. The Jornadas Gastronómicas de febrero (February Gastronomic Days) are an excellent opportunity to discover our restaurants and taste the most creative recipes. In Alcalá, literature and gastronomy can also be combined during the Jornadas Gastronómicas Literarias (Literary Gastronomic Days) in April, in honor of the current winner of the Cervantes Prize.

Of course, there’s no shortage of gastronomic events, but any time is perfect to enjoy the restaurants of Alcalá de Henares. The offer is extensive, especially in the traditional Castilian cuisine. You’ll always find a good garlic soup, breadcrumbs, Madrid-style tripe, or some roast lamb or kid. Modern cuisine is also well represented, with a significant number of young and entrepreneurial chefs who use modern techniques along with top quality ingredients. 

The desserts of Alcalá de Henares also deserve a special mention. While the costrada or rosquillas alcalaínas usually steal the limelight, the almendras garrapiñadas, tejas or penitentes should not be overlooked during Holy Week. For those with a sweet tooth, the local pastry shops and restaurants offer a wide variety of sweets and desserts.