The bars, pubs and restaurants are re-opening slowly here so I think this could be a great time to share with you some places around where you could eat, have tapas or drink well.
El Bosque Animado – cocktail and café; has a terrace as well, perfect for the chilling outside
La Colmena – a typical cerveceria (beer house) that also serves food
Fitzpatrick - Irish pub where obvious, you can find different types of beers; nice music and cool atmosphere
Café Ficciones – good prices, cosy atmosphere and vintage air
Itaca – vintage, cultural-artistic atmosphere
Baraltea – a quite interesting place with a mini library inside; very suitable for a silent ambient during the week with good music in the weekend
If it is to talk about the university square in Merced then Kiosko, Iberios, Maraña, La Playa de la Merced or Menos Cuarto are perfect places for tapas, drinks and meeting your friends.
Image source: Kiosko Universidad (Facebook)
Mentioning Spain, tapas are a must so Pepe el de los Jamones (mainly products based on jamon), Los Bocatas de Antonio or Las Tablas del Escribano are places you should not miss.
Too much beer around so let’s get to the food part a bit:
In Plaza de San Juan there are various eating places and perhaps they might be a bit expensive, but they have a lot of delicious typical cuisine of the area (sea food)
Pizzeria la Gondola – well, a pizza place with great food and relative low prices
The Good Burger – burgers and grilled varieties
Togo – recognised for its tapas of different kinds
CafeLab – café with a great varieties of coffees and pastry; perhaps a bit more expensive, but worth it
Madre de Dios, La Cocina Vives, Pura Vida, El Estomago Alegre – big portions, good food, happy clients
Meson de Jesus – might look fancy and perhaps a bit more pricy, but the food experience worth the shot
Veg & Roll, Vegan Queen, El jardin de los Dragones or Pistatxo – specific for vegetarian and vegan lovers
For the fans of Asian food – Sakurando and Restaurante Chino Wen Zhou
Mexican food – Mi Mejico
Confiteria Espinosa – different pastries of Spain and Murcia; resources point this place as the best in town
And I cannot omit the ice cream - Heladeia Sirvent Miralles or Llaollao (based on yoghurt products).
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Moving a bit is a must after all this food so:
Revolver – my favourite dancing place for the old-new music mixture
Musik – situated inside the building of Plaza de Torros, it hosts concerts too and mostly plays rock’n’roll type of music
Republika – the music is quite diverse and the atmosphere inside is pretty crazy; in the weekends make sure you go there early if you want to fit inside
Woodstock – fans of rock music will find here heaven on Earth; try it out
Sala REM – a rehabilitated space specific for concerts and dancing, Sala R.E.M plays quite a lot of electronic music in the weekends
Parabap – if you are a fan of reggaeton music, here’s the place; it also seems to have the cheapest alcohol in all town
Image source: Sala Revolver (Facebook)
The list goes on for sure and even if it might not include fancy places, they sure worth to have a look at as the locals recommend them and they know it better.