The Bottom Line
- Unadulterated cheese for unadulterated cheese fans
- Cheap - a euro for wine, two for a huge hunk of cheese and bread
- Great atmosphere - everyone else here loves cheese as much as you do
- Central location
- Not much seating
- Ultimately, it's just cheese on bread
- Spanish bread isn't a patch on French bread
- Some of the softer cheeses looked like they'd been out a while
- Bar Estudios
- Zaragoza tapas bar
- Calle de los Estudios, 15
50001 Zaragoza, Spain
+34 976 29 93 09
Guide Review - Zaragoza Tapas: Bar Estudios
Bar Estudios is just off the main Calle Mayor street, making it very central but not over-run with tourists - it's just the right amount of hidden to make you still feel like you're discovering a local secret without the need of a map.
Anyone who doesn't like the smell of cheese should keep away from here as the first thing you notice when you enter is that it really reeks of cheese. But by the time I left, I was accustomed to the smell and had started to feel that the rest of Zaragoza was sadly lacking in cheesy odours.
The staff are all friendly enough, though they reminded me of a frustrating Spanish quirk - a reluctance to provide recommendations. I wasn't the only person to say "Which cheese do you recommend?" in the hour or so I was there - but we both got a vacuous "They're all good!" in response.
And when you've had enough cheese? They have some great pates, various fish-based products and excellent cecina - a Leonese specialty that is like ham, but made with beef (or beef jerky, to you and me, just don't tell anyone I called it that).
The French may make half the cheeses here, but the Spanish know how to serve it.