Andorra offers a great range of restaurants of all kinds distributed around the city. In most of them you will be able to enjoy typical Andorran cuisine, such as mountain game or baked snails.
Nevertheless, there is a variety of great French and Catalan restaurants, as well as tasty pizzerias and Michelin Star restaurants. There is something for everyone's budget.
Andorran gastronomy offers a very rich mix of tastes; from its own "Pyrenees and mountain" gastronomy to its French and Spanish influenced flavours. With an abundance of land dedicated to sheep and cows in a small mountainous area withdrawn from the sea, Andorra native cuisine dishes are:
- Escudella: Beef garnished with a stew of vegetables
- Lentils and rice: Usually combined with meat or seafood
- Snails "a la llauna": Simple, roasted snails
- "Rosés a la mel": Pork slices sautéed in honey and vinegar that acquire a bittersweet taste and an exquisitely smooth texture that makes them very popular
- Cassoulet: A result of French influence, this stewed dish is a cross cultural favourite.
- Civet of Venison: Another French import, it may also come with wild boar
- Duck: Popular with mushrooms, legumes, pork and rabbit or with some fruits, such as the duck with plums and peanuts.
- Trout: The most popular seafood, it is often cooked in the oven, roasted, in broths, combined with vegetables and spices, bathed in champagne or wine, with French-style sauces or simply fried. Other popular seafoods are crayfish, clams and prawns.
Restaurants in Andorra
Where to eat when visiting the Andorra? Here are some restaurants, for all preferences, that you cannot miss when visiting the country.
- Restaurante Arrels: This restaurant is one of the two restaurants that you can find at the luxurious Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa 5 * in Soldeu (Andorra). The awarded Michelin Start chef, Nandu Jubany, runs its kitchen. Notice that the restaurant is only opened during the winter season.
- Taberna Angel Belmonte: This tavern is specialized in shellfish traditional cuisine and "tapas". Moreover, it also offers and exclusive wine and liquors menu.
- Celler d'en Toni: Although the restaurant highlight is the wine cellar, housing almost 12,000 different types of wines, they also offer both a set menu and "à la carte" listing. Opened since 1964, they still offer traditional Andorran dishes such as snails, freshwater trout, mountain game and Andorran cannelloni.
- Restaurant Versailles: Located right in Andorra la Vella historic centre, Versailles, as the name describes, is a French restaurant where to enjoy plates such as foie gras, filet mignon, duck and fresh fish. Of course, all dishes can be accompanied with a glass of Champagne.
- Kökosnot: This new restaurant is specialized in recovering the identity of traditional local cuisine while updating local resources and modernizing them with some Asiatic seasonings. The best? Again the big variety of regional wines
- La Capricciosa: (Italian restaurant) Described as the best pizza place in Andorra, its dishes will transport you to Italy from the very first bite.
For a complete guide of restaurants in Andorra visit VisitAndorra.com (only in Spanish).
Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine in Andorra
The vegetarian restaurant panorama has increased in the last few years in Andorra and its gastronomy has so much to offer to its citizens and its visitors.
Here are the very best options to choose for vegetarians and vegans:
- La Vita è Vegan is a restaurant located in the old quarter of the parish of Escaldes-Engordany. It is specialized in vegan cuisine. The restaurant can accommodate up to 30 people. Credit cards are accepted and the staff speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English and sign language.
- Veggie's World: Vegetarian tapas bar offering organic food, juices, handcrafted beer and wine.
- Eximi: The restaurant combines French and Mediterranean cuisine with vegetarian and vegan options
- Odei Café: Well-rated Odei Café brings Australian-style café culture to the heart of the Pyrenees. It serves breakfast, lunch, drinks and coffee with vegetarian options
- Restaurant Can Pere: This restaurant mixes the best of the Andorran traditional cuisine with a big range of vegetarian options.
Drinks in Andorra
Although Andorra offers a wide range of typical dishes in its varied gastronomy, its main drinking traditional specialities are not that diverse. Most of its drinks are typical and imported from France and Spain. In any case, when visiting the country and enjoying any of its traditional dishes described before, you can accompany them with any of the following drinks:
- Acqua d'Or: The official name for Catalan brandy. Imported from Spain, this brandy is very popular among Andorran citizens
- Aiguardent: Term that refers to any distilled spirit
- Anis: Anis is available in sweet or dry flavour/texture and it is sold in "faux cut-glass" bottles. It is also known as "Rakja" in Eastern Europe, "Ouzo" in Greece and similar to Italian "limoncello".
- Armagnac: High-quality brandy from Gascony (France), long-aged in oak casks.
- Liqueur de Violette: Violet flavoured digestive from the Toulouse area
- Cava: The local version of the French Champagne. 95% of it is produce in Catalonia region.
Wines are not characteristic of the region, since it is not possible to grow grapes in Andorra. Even so, it is possible to find wines of the best brands and qualities in most restaurants of the Principality, mainly Spanish and French
Liquor Laws in Andorra
As many any other European cities, Andorra follows a law that forbids drinking in public areas and streets. The minimum legal drinking age in Andorra is 18 years old.
Notice that Andorra is not part of the European Union. Consequently, duty free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods are subject to taxes and duties on re-entering the EU countries. Bordering countries like France and Spain apply strict rules on the amount of tobacco exported from Andorra for personal use.
Purchasing amounts in excess can be impounded as can the transporting vehicle.