Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Moorish tearoom which almost could

One day, I will have to count the number of Moorish tearooms which exist in Granada. We were quite happy to find this new one hidden in the labyrinth of narrow streets in the Albayzin district.
When we pushed the door open, the owner quickly set up to clean the tables and mop the floor. Well...obviously he wasn't expected anyone before 6pm maybe.

He made us choose a seat but then I discovered the lovely terrace and told him it would be nice to sit outside. He looked very sad and apologetically said lo siento tanto pero ya no podemos usar la terraza porque es una terraza comun entre vecinos y a ellos no le gusta la idea - I'm so sorry, we can't use the terrace anymore because we share it with the neighbors and they don't like the idea of having tables outside.
oh well....so we stayed inside...I never tried one of these. I think they look quite decorative

pics : me
Teteria de los Baños Arabes
Albayzin- Granada

31 comments:

Susana said...

you never tried the shisha? you definitely should!

Melissa Mix Hart said...

Lovely photographs. Makes me want to visit Granada.

Anairam said...

Granada seems to have all these lovely, characterful gems! A pity about not being able to sit outside, maybe it gets a bit too noisy for the neighbours?

Kasey said...

I'm jealous, again. The Albayzin is my favorite part of Granada. Gracias por compartir las fotos.

Yoli said...

Lala que belleza, y que triste que los vecinos sean tan egoistas.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Oh love, love, love tearooms! Such hidden treasures you find.
Andalucia never fails to lure me with its endless charms!

A Cuban In London said...

I was there! I was there! I think this one is situated on a long stretch of shops, cafes, tearooms and the like. It's uphill and if my memory serves me well there was a shop nearby with a beautiful tea set, including samovar. Then, again, as you mentioned in your post there are so many tearooms that this one could well be in another part of town. Lovely pictures. You took me back to October 2006! That was the last time we went to Grenada. I miss that place so much. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Cheryl said...

Lovely, Granada is such a beautiful place!

Khaled KEM said...

Shisha or Narguila,

I use to smoke it back in Cairo especially after a good meal or with tea and mint. Not any more as I quit smoking five years ago. I like the Moroccan Cafe and their tea. We have similar Cafe in Egypt in the Old Cairo (Khan El Khalili).

Diana said...

What a lovely place...I wish our local aesthetics appealed to me as much as what I see on blog all the time:-)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I would love to have tea here. So exotic!
Catherine

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Oh these photos are captivating! And is that what we call a "hooka" here in the states. They were/are all the rage with twenty-somethings (or at least my son & friends) ; )

kendalee said...

This story made me smile! Just so quirky... :o)

Lovely pictures!

Helena said...

It looks so lovely! I must go back to Granada one day.

vicki archer said...

Shisha and tea ..you must Layla. What a gorgeous and ambient place to visit, xv.

Delphine said...

There is always a surprise behind every tavern door, lots of them appear mysterious, and I am wary of entering, but once inside they are generally welcoming... however it was a shame in your case that the terrace was a no-go area!!! What a waste of lovely space.

pranksygang said...

that surely is a wonderful place.. its looks so calm and lively...

M said...

I have been to Granada (I am portuguese living in extremadura) but I don´t think I took the best out of it, because we (me and my bf) didn´t really know the citty and nobody had told us about secret places like this.

Next time I go I will search those tea houses, definately.

Those pipes are very decorative!!! I love them and would like to have a few to spread around my living room!

Enjoy the springtime!

me, myself, I said...

Stunning photos - Makes me want to hop on the next flight to Malaga and head for Granada..:)

dutchbaby said...

What a find! A place like this would be bustling with loads of patrons here.

Beautiful photos!

Jelica said...

Your photos are mighty good! I have never been to Granada but would love to visit a tearoom in Moorish style if it looks anything like your images.

David Engel said...

Hi Lala ,

Just be careful what you put in your water pipe!

David
www.globalaroundtown.blogspot.com

l'air du temps said...

oh i really adore moorish tea rooms. there's something about the way they make the tea, and their sweets are a 'sweet' combination with tea.

too bad about the outdoor terrace...

Mélanie said...

J'adore ce genre d'endroit , too bad pour la terrasse . Le narguile me rappelle Istanbul

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Lovely little restaurant. You captured it so well in your photographs. My favorite place in Europe is the south of Spain. Andalusia is just beautiful with the Moorish influence. I'm happy to have found your blog through "A Cuban in London'.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oooooh Lovely respite! Great shots too!

Carla said...

Lucky you, gorgeous tea rooms. Thanks for letting us dream. Carla

willow said...

That's sad about the lovely patio. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos, Lala!

Aurora said...

Ooohhh. Yes, yes, yes.

Just in case yo wander around the Albaicín again, just try if you are allowed to have a look at the wonderful "Carmen de la Victoria", which is in the Cuesta del Chapíz", opposite the Casa dle Chapiz. It belongs to the University, but perhaps you are lucky and can enjoy its garden and know what a "Carmen" is.
I lived there for 3 years and the views are overwhelming.

Christina said...

I envision us sitting there and laughing together.
xo

Jillian & Marley said...

gorgeousssssssssssssssssssssss



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