Northern Spain is well known for its incredible gastronomic scene, so it is no surprise that there are plenty of Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand restaurants on the Camino Frances! If you walk the full French Way of Saint James you will have over a dozen Michelin Star restaurants to choose from, as well as many more boasting the Bib Gourmand distinction. The Camino Frances is a foodie’s dream!
Here are all of the best restaurants to visit of the Camino Frances this year:
Michelin Star Restaurants Between Saint Jean Pied de Port and Pamplona
The first stage of the Camino Frances is quite short, with only 3 days of walking. There is still plenty of delicious cuisine to look forward to, including one especially excellent restaurant.
El Molino de Urdániz
The gorgeous El Molino de Urdániz sits on the main road of the town of Urdaitz between Zubiri and Pamplona. It is perfectly located for a lunch stop on your third day of walking after starting in St Jean Pied de Port. It boasts not one but TWO Michelin stars!
Foodie Treats on the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Logrono
This is one of our favourite stretches of the Camino for foodies and wine lovers! Pamplona alone has 3 Michelin Star restaurants and a Bib Gourmand!
Situated in the Hotel Alma Pamplona, La Biblioteca offers incredible, modern cuisine. Some of the ingredients are even grown and picked by the chef himself!
Next on our foodie tour of Pamplona is Rodero. Another creative modern dining experience, this family-run restaurant will not disappoint.
Pamplona’s third Michelin Star restaurant, Europa, offers a contemporary twist on Basque cooking. Meals here are a treat to behold as well as to taste.
Restaurants to Visit Between Logrono and Burgos
Considering its position in the La Rioja wine region, it is not surprising that this stage of the Camino Frances offers so many gastronomic delights.
If you are looking for an updated take on traditional and regional dishes then Ikaro is a must-visit! This creative restaurant offers beautiful presentation and seasonal ingredients.
Sushi might not be the first thing that you think of when imagining your Spanish pilgrimage, but Kiro Sushi has earned a Michelin Star for its efforts! Exquisite ingredients and brilliant presentation.
You’ll need to take a small detour to visit Venta Moncalvillo, but it is only a 20-minute taxi ride from Logrono. The setting of this one-star restaurant is fantastic, and the food is prepared using seasonal ingredients from the Rioja and their own vegetable garden. If you are a fan of wine then you will be spell-bound by their wine cellar which boasts 1,300 labels!
Marqués de Riscal
To the north of Logrono, you will find the design marvel that is Marqués de Riscal. The 25-minute taxi ride is absolutely worth it for the architecture and design alone, and the food makes it doubly worth it!
El Portal de Echaurren
Our next 2-Michelin Star restaurant on the Camino Frances is El Portal de Echaurren. Just a short way from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, El Portal de Echaurren is said to be “a standard-bearer for the cuisine of the Rioja region”! Sample a fusion between traditional and innovative plates.
Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Burgos
The section of the Camino from Burgos to Sahagun is very quiet and sparsely populated, so you won’t find any Michelin Star restaurants here. There is a Bib Gourmand option on this stage of the Camino Frances though!
This modern and contemporary Bib Gourmand restaurant in Burgos offers a sleek, minimalist design. The food is market-inspired and centred on seasonal products.
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Michelin Star Restaurants in Leon on the Camino Frances
Leon is a fantastic city to visit for many reasons, the food is just one of them! The section of the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon has more modest restaurants and cafes, but once you arrive in the city you have plenty of delicious Michelin Star options.
“Minimalism meets gastronomy at this family-run restaurant showcasing a passion for cooking, enthusiasm and a desire to improve every day, ” says the Michelin Guide. This modern Michelin Star restaurant offers sumptuous dishes with beautiful presentation and contrasting flavours.
Situated next to the Parador de San Marcos, this sleek restaurant offers an excellently creative tasting menu featuring seasonal ingredients. Cocinandos’ modern interior is a wonderful contrast to the old facade that you see from the outside.
Gastronomic Treats from Leon to Ponferrada
The stretch of the Camino Frances between Leon and Ponferrada is another quiet one, but there is plenty of fascinating history to tide you over!
Las Termas is a Bib Gourmand restaurant in the heart of Astorga. “The focus here is on regional products and dishes such as cured meats and the conger eel with a garlic-based “ajoarriero” sauce, although the undoubted star of the show is its signature stew, the ever-present “cocido maragato”.
Just a quick detour off the main Camino Frances path after Astorga is Coscolo. Coscolo is a rustic Bib Gourmand restaurant with excellent traditional, regional cuisine. Dishes are created with products that are smoked, cured, and otherwise prepared on the property, using products from the local area.
A short way outside of Astorga you will find La Lechería in the gorgeous town of Val de San Lorenzo. The affordable food at this Bib Gourmand restaurant is classic, but not old fashioned. Make sure to try the “cocido maragato” stew.
Delicious Cuisine around Ponferrada
The second last section of the Camino Frances leads up the O Cebreiro Mountains. This rural stretch of the Camino is great fun, as more and more pilgrims join the Way as we get closer to Santiago!
Ponferrada’s Michelin Star restaurant is a gorgeous spot to experience modern and traditional food. Mu•na offers fresh, delicate dishes with roots in the Bierzo area.
Michelin Star Restaurants in Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is overflowing with amazing food. It feels like every second doorway leads to another restaurant or tapas bar in this historic city. There are 16 restaurants here that are featured in the Michelin Guide, including 9 Bib Gourmands and 2 Michelin Star restaurants. This might be the best stop for foodies along the Camino Frances!
We very strongly recommend adding a few days to the end of your Camino Frances in Santiago so that you can explore the old town and taste the food at a few of these wonderful restaurants.
An attractive gastro-bar, this restaurant also offers a tapas bar! It is just a few meters from the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, in the heart of the oldest part of the city. Booking is essential to get a table at Casa Marcelo, and absolutely worth it! The food is an amazing fusion of Galician, Japanese and Peruvian cooking.
The stunningly designed A Tafona has a beautiful interior. Serving modern fusion dishes, this restaurant is one to wander to after a day exploring Santiago de Compostela.
If you are looking for something a bit more relaxed, here are the Bib Gourmand restaurants to look out for:
- A Viaxe
- A Horta d’Obradoiro
- Asador Gonzaba
- Cafe de Altamira
- Mama Peixe
- Mar de Esteiro
- Abastos 2.0 – Mesas
- Pampin Bar
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Originally published on 9th March 2022