On this route, as well as getting to know the city, you will be able to enjoy the gastronomy, tapas and traditional Murcian food. The Plazas Romea, de las Flores, Cardenal Belluga and San Juan are representatives of Murcian gastronomy and identity.
Julián Romea Square.
It is one of the most central places in the city, surrounded by the Vinader and González Campuzano Palaces, the Romea Theatre and one of the façades of the Church of Santo Domingo, it is the cultural and commercial centre of the city, where we can find an ideal place to take a break in any of its terraces, restaurants, bars and cafés, and enjoy delicious rice dishes, cold meats, and a wide variety of tapas, appetizers and dishes. El Palco del Parlamento Andaluz or Mesón de Jesús are two recommended places in this square. If you prefer international cuisine, visit the Italian restaurant La Tagliatella. Another classic in the area is El Café del Arco, where you can have tapas as well as a variety of delicious coffees and desserts.
Las Flores Square.
In the setting of two of the most cheerful and typical squares of the city, Santa Catalina and Las Flores, and between the streets Arzobispo Simón López y Ruipérez and the squares of San Pedro and Mayor, we find a large area of terraces, bars and restaurants ideal for enjoying tapas, as well as for tasting typical Murcian specialities, the pastel de carne (which dates back to the 17th century), the marinera (doughnut with salad and anchovy) the matrimonio (anchovy and anchovy) the zarangollo, the michirones, the potato cooked with garlic, rice, roasts, broth with balls, migas, stew and a whole range of imaginative snacks, fried foods, salted meats, Iberian cured meats, and products from the garden and the sea, in places such as El Gran Bar Rhin, La Tapa, El Parlamento, El Secreto and El Fénix, La Bodega de Pepico el del Tío Ginés, La Taberna de Perela and Las Mulas, among others.
Cardenal Belluga Square
In the area around the squares of Cardenal Belluga and Los Apóstoles and their adjacent streets there are bars, restaurants, beer gardens and taverns where you can enjoy national and international cuisine, but above all a wide range of hot and cold tapas. It is advisable to sit on any of the terraces in the Plaza de Belluga and savour a coffee, a chocolate or a beer while enjoying the spectacular baroque façade of the Cathedral. El Pasaje de Belluga, El Portal de Belluga or La Terraza Belluga are all terraces located in the same square. La Tapoteca, Meridianam or La Sastreria gastrobar are also excellent proposals, located in the Plaza de los Apóstoles.
St John's Square.
Presided over by the church of St. John of God, and located in one of the most popular districts of Murcia, the busy St John's Square and the surrounding areas, Cristo del Rescate Square and Calle Cánovas del Castillo, are home to a good number of terraces and restaurants offering a varied gastronomy, ranging from international and market food to traditional Murcia cuisine based on vegetables, stews, scrambled eggs, pistos, roasts, pork products, rice dishes, etc. In the area we must highlight Pura Cepa, recommended in the Michelin and Repsol Guide, traditional recipes with modern techniques accompanied by a great wine cellar. La Pequeña Taberna and La Parranda with typical dishes from Murcia, and in the Ceballos Square, just a few steps away, you will find the Mercado de Correos, a gastromarket that combines avant-garde gastronomy and fun in the same space.