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Restaurante La Más Barata

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On Calle Cimadeville, just past the open arch of the Ayuntamiento building, La Más Barata is one of Oviedo’s most famous and popular restaurants.

Paella Negra

We were excited to check it out, mostly because its name translates as “The Cheapest”, and we’re eternally on a budget. But the name turned out to be a bit of a misnomer; La Más Barata wasn’t anywhere close to the most barata meal we’ve had in Oviedo. But it’s not crazy expensive, either, and we had a good experience.

The restaurant is most known for its rice dishes. I had a delicious serving of black rice with squid tips cooked in ink, but Juergen’s plate, tenderloin with french fries, wasn’t very interesting. So if you go, you should probably stick with the house specialty: rice. The paella we saw on other tables looked incredible.

La Más Barata also has a popular bar/lounge where you can snack on tapas and tostas. Here, the prices really are cheap. The tostas are huge and packed with great toppings, and the atmosphere is perfect, too; crowded and loud, but overly so.

Location of La Más Barata on our Oviedo Map
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Carbayón – The Pastry

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Carbayón is a word with various meanings to the people of Oviedo. First and foremost, it refers to a beloved oak tree which had been the symbol of Oviedo for centuries, until it was torn down to make room for Calle Uria in 1879. The term “carbayón” can also refer to a native of Oviedo.


But the third definition of carbayón is my favorite: “disgustingly sweet almond pastry”. When the oak tree was uprooted 130 years ago, it was a traumatic event for the sentimental people of Oviedo. A baker at the Camilo de Blas Pastelería honored the city’s fallen symbol by inventing a pastry bearing its name. The sugary treat immediately won awards, and has become a cherished part of Oviedo culture in its own right.

The carbayón is a puff pastry, filled with a mixture of egg, ground almonds, cognac, and sugar, and covered with a crusty syrup of lemon juice, syrup and cinnamon. If that description didn’t make you shiver in delight, you must not have a sense of taste. Carbayones aren’t exactly cheap, even a small one will set you back about €1.20, but they’re worth it.

The original bakery, Camilo de Blas Pastelería, is still one of the best places in the city to buy carbayones, or other sweet, baked goods. Found on C/ Jovellanos, the rustic feel, marbled floors and delicious creations inside the bakery are a throw-back to simpler times. You won’t walk out empty-handed.

Location on our Oviedo Map

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Pizzería La Competencia on the Ruta del Vino

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Here’s a tip for all you young entrepreneurs! Want to make sure your new bar is massively popular? Offer free slices of pizza with every drink. And make the drinks crazy-cheap.


It works for Pizzería La Competencia, on Calle de Manuel Pedregal, a street otherwise known as Oviedo’s “Wine Route”. I couldn’t believe my ears when the waitress said “€2.20”, after setting down two large glasses of wine and two pieces of pizza. Just to make sure, we ordered another round. Yep, that was the price!

But, we wanted to make extra-extra-sure, so we ordered another round. All in the service of providing accurate information to our loyal readers.

As you might expect, this place gets really crowded in the evenings, and patience is required to find a seat. The perfect spot to start out a long night.

Pizzería La Competencia
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