The region of Murcia is famed for its market gardens, the quality of its vegetables and its rice which is grown in the Murcian village of Calasparra. Murcian cuisine is therefore full of fresh produce from the surrounding area, and exquisite fish and seafood from the nearby Mar Menor.
The Murcian gastronomy is in fact one of its greatest tourist attractions, and renowned all over Spain for its wonderful tapas dishes. Many of the Spanish tapas recipes originate from this region.
In Murcia City you can sample tasty vegetable and rice dishes or wonderful seafood dishes while enjoying the beauty of the city.
There are many tapas bars throughout the city, especially in the Plaza de las Flores and the Gran Via Alfonso X area. A great place to enjoy morning coffee, tapas or paella is in the lovely Cathedral square: Plaza Cardenal Belluga.
There are restaurants and bars to suit all budgets, from the cheapest restaurants in the Plaza San Juan and Plaza de Julian Romea areas to the high class restaurant of the Hotel Ricon de Pepe.
Murcia's most famous tapas restaurant, and famous all over Spain, is Ricn de Pepe. Anyone who visits Murcia must have a tapas meal here. It is always very full, but service is generally quick.
Palacete Rural La Seda is a restaurant about 10 minutes drive from Murcia, and well worth a visit. Set in a 17th century building, originally build as a wine bodega and the used as a silk factory. Tastefully decorated, this elegant restaurant specializes in modern cuisine using local ingredients. Palacete Rural La Seda is one of the priciest restaurants in the region.