As an international student, we hope you will come understand and hopefully take to heart the fact that Spaniards are the quintessential foodie. If this trip doesn't turn you into one, we will be very much surprised. This page will help you navigate your way through some of the local mealtimes and places to eat on and off campus.

To start the Spanish lifestyle revolves around meal times. Most Spanish days follow this schedule:


7.00 h. Breakfast normally consists in a piece of toast, and one or txo basics cookies with café con leche (coffee with milk).


10.30 h. This mini meal is meant to help carry you over to lunch. It normally consist in a tortilla de patatas (egg omelet), or a pasrty with café con leche.


13.30 / 15.00 h. In Spain it is customary to have 2 hour lunch with friends or family. The reason why that is so long is because in Spain lunch is the largest meal of the day. It normally consist of 2 dishes and a desert with a coffee or tea. Nut if you in the mood for just a quick bite there are such options available as well.


18.00 h. As is evident, spaniards love to snack. This time, snacks normally consist in pastries. It is hard to find anything that isn't sweet for thid afternoon break.


21.00 h. Dinner consists in whatever you find in the house if you're staying in. But if you are going out, expect lots of pintxo bars where you can find some of the best food in town.


  • Supermarkets

    There are many different supermarket chains in Pamplona, such as: Eroski, Caprabo, BM, Día, Lidl, and Aldi. These are the smaller supermarkets that can easily be found in every part of town.

    For big shopping trips to find items that the smaller supermarkets do not have, we recommend that you go to either the Carrefour (walking distance from the university), E.LeClerc (take the bus line 11 to the La Morea mall. The supermarket is inside the mall) or El Corte Inglés (walking distance from the university. Can be reached by the bus line 4). El Corte Inglés is also a very popular department store chain in Spain where you can do a lot of clothes/appliance/electronics shopping.

    A helpful tip to help you save money in supermarkets is to trust the "marca blanca". A marca blanca is the store brand that a supermarket offers, and each supermarket has their own unique name for their store brand. These items are much cheaper than the branded products in the supermarket and are just as good.

  • Groceries

    These are the Spanish equivalent of a convenience store and can be found all over Spain. Since the owners of these stores are usually Chinese, many people go to Alimentaciones to buy mostly Asian ingredients that cannot be found in Spanish supermarkets. It is for this reason these stores are affectionately called "chinos". Most supermarkets and groceries in Spain do not carry a large international section. Some of the more popular ones can be found on Calle Iturrama, the area where most students live.

    A "chino" can also refer to the wholesale stores that can be found all over Spain. These are stores that offer everything from bed sheets, to school supplies, to kitchenware. Anything that you might need for your stay in Pamplona can be found in these stores at an affordable price. They can easily be found in every area of Pamplona. Some of the biggest ones are Bazar del Parque. Asia City, and Cris Gran Casa.

  • Fruit stores/ butcheries/ fish markets/ bakeries

    Sometimes when you want the freshest food, you won't find it in a supermarket, but in a specialty store. Going to fruit stores, butchers, fishmongers, and bakeries will give you better quality and variety of products than your nearest supermarket, and you can pick exactly what you want in the quantity that you want.

  • Mercadillos/ little markets

    There are 2 weekend markets in Pamplona that we believe are worth mentioning.
    - Mercadillo Landaben - This happens every Sunday morning except for the months of July and August. It is an open air market where you can buy fresh and local fruit, vegetables, cured meats, wines, liquors, flowers, clothes, tools, and many other things. The quality and price of what you find here cannot be beat by any supermarket, since the sellers are the usually the farmers/producers themselves. The market is located a little bit outside of town, so the fastest way to get to and from the market is to take a taxi or simply walk (it is only a 30 minute walk from the university), because while the buses can take you near to the market, they do not take you directly there.
    - Mercadillo de las Buenas Pulgas - This is an antique flea market that happens every Saturday morning from 8:00 - 14:00. This flea market brings antique dealers from all over Navarra to the Plaza San Jose in the old part of town, right beside the cathedral. They sell everything from old comic books to World War II memorabilia.

  • Sobremesa

    This term does not have an English equivalent. What it means to explain is that it is important in Spanish culture to get some food to share with drinks and friends and sit talk at a table for hours enjoying each other's company. This is the Spanish way.

  • Picar

    As said previously, Spaniards love to eat. One of the best terms to describe a need to pick at or nibble on something is picar. Most Spaniards use food as one of their best socializing tools. So to meet a Spaniard, you must eat.

  • Bread is king

    In Spain, cutting carbs is not an option when it comes to bread. For locals it is as important as coffee drinking to get a fresh loaf from the bakery every day. Don´t forget to find your favorite type of bread while here.

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