The best way of getting to know the ingredients we cook with here is visiting the traditional “Mercado de Abastos” (food market), open every morning (except Sunday and public holidays) or walking around Franco and Raíña streets. These are full of restaurants with large fish tanks in their windows, where you can see live Galician shellfish.
Apart from the Spanish specialities that are popular with children and which you will find in almost all of the city’s restaurants (croquettes, omelette, paella, fried eggs and chips, etc), there are also Galician dishes that are certain to please young gourmets: fried squid (rings), fried baby squid, “raxo” (pork loin), pie, etc. The popular “churrasco” (barbecued meat that is usually served with sausages called “chorizos criollos,” chips and salad), a great favourite with children, can also be found in many restaurants.
The best-known Galician cheese is called “queso tetilla.” It is also the most popular kind with children since it is soft and mild, which is generally the case of all Galician cheeses. For breakfast or an afternoon snack, do not miss a cup of hot chocolate, which is one of the city’s typical customs and is usually served with “churros” (fritters). And from November to February, on the streets of the old town, there are stands selling roast chestnuts that look like toy trains: chestnuts are served in paper cones and are delicious!
Children are welcome in the city’s restaurants and cafeterias. However, to guarantee the best service possible and the necessary peace and quiet, you are advised to avoid rush hours, i.e. 2 to 3 pm in the case of lunch and around 10 pm for dinner.
SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS AND CAFETERIAS for children
These establishments have been selected with a view to children: some have children’s menus, others are spacious and peaceful, several have pleasant outdoor terraces, some even have swings and there are establishments with an attractive atmosphere or decoration for young ones...
Some of the following cafeterias have places for children to play. Others offer a great variety of sweets, buns and cakes. And some even feature real drinking chocolate with “churros” (fritters), which is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.