Querido Granada: El Balcón de San Nicolás

El Balcon de San Nicolas, Granada, Spain, The Aviso, Richard Vorisek AssociatesPerched on a ledge in Albayzín there’s a charming restaurant called El Balcón de San Nicolás. Easily missed by the casual passerby, El Balcón blends into the neighborhood, concealed among the cafes, white-washed dwellings and Moorish doorways of Calle Atarazana.

Inside, the style is a blend of traditional Andalusian decor with a nod to contemporary design. Viny plants hang over tiled floors and comfy rattan sofas. But with one glance out the rear, this simple, modest arrangement expands onto the not-so-modest views of one of the most incredible constructions in Europe: The Alhambra.

Hanging off the hill like some magnificent beast, as though it just crawled its way to the top, the Alhambra has stood for centuries as a home and center of command to the various Kings and Sultans of the region, and the dazzling apex of Moorish architecture in Spain. Where better to begin one’s day?

To top it off the food was great. The tortillas in the south can’t touch the one’s made up north, but the eggplant moussaka was the best I’ve ever had.

El Balcón de San Nicolás
Calle Atarazana 4, Granada, Spain
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