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A few meters away from the middle of the old quarter of Girona, you’ll find ‘Draps’, a charming and modern restaurant with a dining philosophy: dishes to share. Ever since the restaurant’s opening over nine years ago, its concept has been a total success. The generous proportions (fit for two) are made with the superb quality of local ingredients and extensive culinary experimentation. The result is a menu with a fair balance between quality and affordability.
My journey through Draps’ began with a snack of fresh hummus and toasted bread – both homemade, followed by a salad of greens, sprouts and seasonal fruits, drizzled with a sauce of fresh citrus and balsamic vinegar and accompanied by exquisite freshly baked Burekas stuffed with vegetables; a delicious sweet-sour combination presented in an abundant amount to be shared by two. The dish was a perfect starter following a morning of tours and routes around the Call.
Eager to share his original dishes, the restaurant’s owner took the initiative to share with us one of his star salads: fresh vegetables, sprouts and olives, complemented with savory feta cheese and served in a crunchy biscuit bowl; a pleasant surprise that never goes unnoticed. I decided to wait a moment before moving on to the main course, as I needed to properly test one of the jewels of the Spanish industry: its wine. Draps is the only restaurant in the Jewish quarter in which we found kosher wine, and not just any wine; one of the best kosher wines in the world for 2013 – the Peraj Ha’abib of the Capçanes winery, of Montsant.
After the brief pause, I continued with two of the menu’s main dishes. The first was a turkey shish-kebab served with spiced rice, while the latter consisted of succulent fresh cod loins, grilled and then baked, served with asparagus and cucumber side salads.
A final and memorable end came with dessert, which complied with the quality and ease of preparation of the prior courses. I opted to try a heavenly apple strudel paired with a variety of fresh fruits for a sweet and healthy ending.
My impression of Draps was that of a socially engaging restaurant offering healthy dishes prepared with quality, fresh and mostly raw materials. Second best to this is its affordable pricelist. My menu, including the appetizer, first and second course, dessert and glass of champagne or wine, would cost someone between 25-30 euros; a very good price considering that the portions are made to share! Draps presents professional service within a friendly atmosphere, located in one of Girona’s most famous districts.
Draps opened in 2005 and since then has built a solid reputation both among locals as well as visitors. Even for those searching solely for a relaxing environment to have a glass of wine, Draps’ suiting ambiance of white table cloths and fresh white flower decoration is more than enough of a reason to stop by on your visit around Girona’s Jewish Quarter.
Girona is the capitol city of the northern province of Catalonia, also called Girona. Located between the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava and the seductive nature of the Pyrenees, this province offers it all and can be visited all year round.
The best way to start your trip in this region is by visiting the city itself and strolling through the enchanting narrow alleyways of its old quarter. Crossing over the river Onyar, on one of the bridges that lead into the old city, you will enter into a beautiful place carrying the stories from over two thousand years of history. In 2015, this magical town was even used as the set for filming the popular series “The Game of Thrones”!
How to get there
Bus: Daily bus services take you to Girona from Barcelona, Barcelona airport and the Girona airport. The bus company is Sagales. Consult the website for the timetables.
- From Barcelona buses leave the Estació del Nord de Autobuses in Barcelona. The fare is € 14.50 and the journey takes around an hour and a half.
Train: Daily trains leave the Barcelona-Sants train station to Girona. The fast train (AVE) takes fourty minutes and the fare is €16.20. Check the timetable at Renfe.com.
Car: The drive from Barcelona takes around an hour and a half. The highway toll is € 4.85.
Where to sleep
Girona offers a variety of sleeping accommodations fit for all budgets. You can find simple hostels starting from €30 a night for a double room to luxurious five star hotels for €250 a night. It is best to look for a hotel close to the old city as that is the most interesting part of Girona.
We highly recommend the Casa Cundaro Apartments located in the heart of the Jewish Call of Girona. These apartments offer the comfort of the 21st century in authentic buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries.