Bilbao Tapas Part 3

I didn’t do a tapas/pintxos crawl during my return visit to Bilbao because quite frankly I am sick of tapas. I just want real meals. But I did have on my to-do this to visit this historic tapas place that is close to my new Bilbao hotel – Cafe Iruna.

Calle del Laurel

One of the best things to do in Logroño is take a tapas stroll down Calle del Laurel. It just so happens that my hotel room is located in the middle of it all.

I only scheduled one evening in town so after some daytime sightseeing I return to my room to freshen up for my food crawl.

During the day the street is easy to navigate but at night it becomes very busy

Logroño does pintxos right. You can find a few cafes that will offer many choices like below.

But what is different about most of this crawl is that there are specialty stops, meaning many places have their item that they do well. In addition most places are paired with a local vintage. So basically you have unique food and wine pairings at each spot.

Logroño really knows how to eat well!

As it gets later the street gets more crowded.

Probably my favorite of the night is Bar Volapie. There are many choices to eat but the specialty is the peel and eat prawns. I enjoyed my prawns and wine.

The crowd keeps getting thicker and I keep getting fuller so it is time to go back to my room. What a great night!

My cute little room

I definitely recommend Logroño as a stop in the region.

Mercado de la Ribera

I love my food markets and I found one around the corner from where I am staying in Bilbao.

Mercado de la Ribera is supposed to be the biggest covered market in Europe. How did I not know this existed?

Anyway I stumbled in this market because it is near my hotel and I was hot and looking to cool down.

Once entering I noticed at least two levels of fresh goods. Many stalls were closed but it could have been a the time of day that I visited. There was no lack of goods for shoppers.

I’m a traveler with no kitchen so what I really needed was the tapas food court located on the second floor.

There are so many different tapas choices that it might not be a bad idea to visit multiple times to try all you wish to try.

Mercado de la Ribera