In Cordoba, especially in the city centre, there are countless possibilities to eat and drink something. Many of the restaurants in Córdoba profit from the day visitors who arrive in the city every day.
We were looking for something special, reasonably priced and pleasant to eat at in Cordoba.
The Mercado Victoria is a gourmet market that ideally combined all our wishes. The market is located about 5 minutes from the historic city centre in the gardens of La Victoria and many city dwellers eat there at lunchtime.
The building is the oldest hall of the former Córdoba Fair and dates back to 1877. Around 1918, an extension was added to increase the usable space to 2000 square metres. The building, which has a zinc roof, was originally built for the members of a circle of friends.
About 30 different stalls with a wide variety of culinary offerings can be discovered on a tour and, of course, you can eat very well everywhere. From octopus to cheese and Basque cuisine to Creole pâté and Mexican delicacies, everyone should find something to their taste in the market hall. In the evening, meet for a cocktail, beer or wine at the Mercado Victoria.
We visited the Mercado Victoria at a time that is not the typical eating time in Spain. So we were lucky to find no waiting times at the stalls and free seats to eat.
Our first choice was a stand offering Iberian products from the Valle los Pedroches. Here we could choose from various sausage specialities from the Iberico pig. Our mixed sausage platter was wonderful. The different types of sausages were unique in taste and the wine we had bought at the neighbouring stand to go with them rounded off the taste experience.
We then shared a pizza at an Italian stall. A wonderful loose dough with lots of toppings and above all lots of cheese made the early dinner an all-round fitting visit to the most varied restaurant in Córdoba.
Paseo de la Victoria, 3
14004 Córdoba, España
Breakfast in the annex (café area)
12.30 – 22.30 h
Pasteleria Cordoba: La Sultana
A look into the bakeries / confectioneries of a city is always exciting. What sweet delicacies are there to discover? What have we not yet seen or tasted?
Near our holiday flat was one of the most traditional pastry shops in town. Here we hoped to improve our mood with something sweet on a completely rainy morning.
La Sultana offers handmade products made according to traditional recipes. There are also lactose-free and dietary products. Whereas, in our choice, there was certainly nothing even close to being left out. We opted for a Milhoja de Meringue.
Meringue is a traditional sweet from Andalusia, made from egg whites, sugar and water. The resulting sweet mass is sweet, sticky, sweet, fluffy and did I write sweet? This mass is placed between sheets of puff pastry and, as in our case, the result is an impressive cake.
Recipe to bake:
- 400 g sugat
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 4 egg whites
- 1 Egg
- 150 ml water
- Icing sugar
- Ground cinnamon or chocolate powder
Using a rolling pin, stretch the puff pastry well, it should be as thin as possible. Prick the pastry with a fork and cut into rectangles of equal size. Then place the pastry in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden.
For the sweet meringue, put 300g of sugar and 150ml of water in a saucepan and heat it very slowly. A kind of syrup forms, which is only ready when it starts to bubble. Don’t forget to stir well!
Beat the egg whites until firm. Then slowly add the remaining 100 g sugar and slowly fold into the egg mixture.
In the next step, mix the egg-sugar mixture and the sugar-water syrup together. To do this, gradually fold the still warm syrup into the egg mixture. The meringue is only ready when you can turn the bowl upside down and nothing falls out.
Now spread the puff pastry bases with the mixture. You can use another puff pastry base as a “lid” or sprinkle some icing sugar, cinnamon or chocolate powder on the meringue mixture.
I was thrilled by this cake (despite a slight sugar shock). But the other baked goods in the display also looked simply delicious.
C. Cronista Salcedo Hierro, 6,
14001 Córdoba, Spanien
Drinking beer in Córdoba
If you go to a restaurant in Córdoba and want to drink a beer, you will often be offered a Cruzcampo. This beer is produced in a Spanish brewery in Seville, which has belonged to the Heinecken Brewery Group since 2000. The brewery was founded in 1904 under the name La Cruz del Campo, and since 1929 the beer has been sold under the name Cruzcampo.
Although there are several Cruzcampo beer varieties, you can actually get the 4.8% Cruzcampo everywhere, a golden yellow Pils with a rather standard taste.
Califa is a beer that is brewed directly in Córdoba. The brewery has existed since 2013 and has meanwhile brought several types of beer onto the market. We bought three varieties in a supermarket and tested them in our holiday flat.
The beer is an amber ale brewed from roasted malt with a mild taste of roasted biscuit, caramel and liquorice. In the glass you can see the light amber colour and the light ivory foam. The craft beer has an alcohol content of 5.2%. In terms of taste, it is a middle ground between very soft and tart, it drinks away well.
The Blonde Ale has an alcohol content of 4.8% and smells quite malty. Pilsner and Vienna malts were used in the brewing process, which give the beer this smell. The Rubia tastes slightly bitter with some citrus flavour.
In the glass, the beer is pale gold and clear. For me, the beer tasted too much like a Pilsner.
The Califa IPA is brewed in the style of an American IPA. It has a dark golden colour and shimmers a little orange in the glass. The foam of the beer stays relatively well in the glass for a long time. On the nose, the combination of tropical aromas and citrus fruits stands out, reminiscent of very ripe mango, pineapple and passion fruit.
I liked this type of beer best. It was pleasantly malty with a slightly fruity note and hoppy and pleasantly bitter in the finish.
The beer has an alcohol content of 6.3%.