Most people arrive to Lalín looking for one of the most iconic Galician dishes: Cocido. A caloric and tasty dish that is made with almost every part of the pig, potatoes, chickpeas and cabbage, among other ingredients.
While the dish is the center of one of the biggest gastronomical parties in the region: Feira do Cocido, Lalín has many more options for a gastronomic experience. The choices selected by the team at the Tourism Office proved full of great tastes, including Galician Cocido, but not only.
Where to eat in Lalín (Galicia)
Museo Casa do Patrón
The restaurant at the ethnographic Museum Casa do Patrón near Lalín, is not an ordinary museum restaurant. It is a reservation only place, but also a nice choice for those looking for traditional tastes.
They serve different traditional dishes, like empanada or carne richada, all of them cooked in a traditional kitchen and wood-fire ovens.
They also run workshops on how to produce your own cheese or cook bread the traditional way (reservation only.) And they have the most interesting private collection on traditional Galician arts and crafts.
Where: Codesedo, 1, 36519 Lalín, Pontevedra, Spain
Latitude: 42.608989 | Longitude: -8.131895
Tapería Alto da Pena
Not strictly in Lalín either, this spot is perfect for those visiting the traditional Galician manor houses of Pazo de Liñares, Pazo Bendoiro and Pazo de Anzuxao.
We got there recommended to try their Octopus pulpo á feira (I told you about it on this post on Galician food) but we also tried their carne richada (on the picture: meat in strips with roasted peppers and fried potatoes).
Where: Rúa Prado, 89, 36512 Prado, Pontevedra, Spain
Latitude: 42.683319 | Longitude: -8.191059
Taberna A Cunca
Probably my favorite from this list, although I wouldn’t have entered if I wasn’t told to. This small place is at some old building galleries next to the bronze pig statue.
We tried most of what they had to offer (with many vegetarian and pescetarian options I must say) but my favorites were the spanish omelette with Galician cheese and the fried eggplants with honey.
And they also serve café de pota (brewed coffee).
Where: Rúa Colón, 9, 36500 Lalín, Pontevedra, Spain
Latitude: 42.661642 | Longitude: -8.112655
Cocido at Casa Currás
This was our choice for Cocido. The place is a bit awkward as you have to go down the stairs for the main food hall but the quality (and quantity) are great.
They serve first the traditional cocido soup, a thick pasta soup with the water from boiling all the Cocido ingredients together. Then, the bring all the cocido items on different dishes, so everyone can choose what to eat: pigtail, pighead, ham, pork belly, chorizo, etc.
Just remember to make room for dessert, as they also have traditional desserts like filloas, leche frita and orejas.
Where: Plaza de la Iglesia, 2, 36519 Lalín, Pontevedra, Spain
Latitude: 42.661346 | Longitude: -8.112119
Shopping gastro in Lalín
If you are thinking on buying your own ingredients of Cocido or any other Galician Food, Lalín has many supermarkets, but we would recommend visiting:
- La Lalinense, for the “pork” ingredients of Cocido and also because they have pre-cooked cocido you can take with you when you travel.
- the food Market, for fresh meat, fish and vegetables. A small local market that opens Monday to Saturday, including a KM0 and sustainable shop.
- the Saturday Open Market, a local market that takes place at the pedestrian streets near the bronze pig every Saturday morning, bringing local producers from around Lalín to sell their fresh produce.
Some extra info
Lalín village is easily explored on foot but you will need a car to make the most of your visit here (or a good pair of hiking boots).
There are several private parkings available around town and many public parking areas.
How to get there
By train: Renfe operates direct trains from Ourense and Santiago de Compostela but timetables are a bit limited (and sometimes confusing). You can travel by Bus from Vigo, Santiago, Ourense etc. but car is still the easiest route.
By plane: all three airports in Galicia are at 1 hour – 1 hour and a half distance. Check Vigo (VGO) Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) and A Coruña (LCG).
The Way: two routes cross by Lalín, the Winter Way (Camino de Invierno) and the Silver Way (Vía de la Plata)