Barcelona, Spain – What & Where to Eat

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities and for good reason: It’s extremely beautiful, contains some of the most amazing architecture in the world and contains a ridiculous amount of good restaurants. The Barcelona restaurant scene is out of this world amazing with so many different places to eat for all types of price points.

I’ve listed my general recommendations for places to eat traditional Catalonian and Spanish food in Barcelona but stay tuned for my recommendations on where to eat Pinxtos on Carrer de Blai (Coming Soon!) and where to drink (Coming Soon!)

 

CATALONIAN & SPANISH FOODS TO TRY

Butifarra – Type of sausage
Fideuá – Noodles with seafood
Arroces – Rice and paella dishes
Mar y Montaña – Chicken with lobster and other seafood
Escudella – Soup with meats, garbanzos, vegitables and butifarra
Pinchos (or Pinxtos) – Small tapas served on individual slices of bread
Granizada de limón (or Sorbete de Limón) – Dessert of cava + lemon sorbet
Tinto del Verano Vermut cocktail (or Vermouth) – Sweet red vermouth and soda

WHERE TO EAT – Restaurants

El Nacional – Eixample District
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 18 50 53
Hours: Open daily from 12PM until 2AM (open until 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays)
Described as the prime representation of Barcelona’s gastronomic experience, El Nacional is a multi-zone culinary establishment. There are in total 4 restaurants and 4 bars within the space that allow for someone to try typical Catalonian-Spanish dishes.

The Bars:
Beer & Preserves Bar – Featuring a wide range of draught and bottled beers and tapas
Wine & Cured Meats Bar – Winos will appreciate the extensive wine list and cheese/ham tapas
Oyster Bar – Featuring oysters, clams, tuna, salmon and caviar that can be paired with cava and champagne.
Cocktail Bar – Mixology bar featuring an impressive liquor selection, the “classics” as well as El Nacional’s own signature cocktails.

The Restaurants:
La Braseria – This meat-centric restaurant features the mainstays of Spanish cuisine.
La Llotja – Specializing in fish dishes that can be prepared in 5 different ways
La Taperia – Featuring both cold and hot tapas plus rice dishes like paella fideuá
La Paradeta – Considered a “fast food” deli with sandwiches and pastries


Mas Q Menos – Eiample District

Website / TripAdvisor
Rambla de Catalunya 46, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 15 72 54
Located on the famous La Rambla, it’s a little touristy but is still a great spot to grab quality jamón ibérico and tapas.


Vinoteca Monvinic – Eixample District

Website / TripAdvisor
Diputacio, 249, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 72 61 87
Never got to try this spot but it was recommended to me by a local. Reserve this restaurant for more of a special occasion since the price point will be higher than normal restaurants in Barcelona.

Kimbara – La Sagrada Familia District
Website / TripAdvisor
Av. de Gaudí, 1B, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
+34 930 08 86 80
Not to be confused with the discoteca (meaning club in English) this tapas bar is located not even a block away from La Sagrada Familia but doesn’t feel touristy at all. Go here for lunch after visiting La Sagrada Familia but grab dinner elsewhere. They have free wifi and a good selection of cava and tapas at reasonable prices.

Taperia Princesa – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de la Princesa, 20, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 632 27 23 92
One of my favorite places in Barcelona, I stumbled across this restaurant when my friend and I were looking to eat a late dinner. We ordered pretty much everything on the menu, and everything was delicious! The place is owned and run by David and his father who emigrated from India and opened up Taperia Princesa. They feature a full bar plus an extensive wine list and are always getting in new wines from all over Spain. Make sure to tell David hello from me if you visit, and ask him if he has any new wines in 🙂
Recommendations: Foie gras, Spanish omelet, lamb short rib, gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas, croquetas, granizada (cava + lemon sorbet for dessert) and any of the wine.

La Xampanyeria Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 10 08 39
This hole-in-the wall deli is known for serving only 2 things: sandwiches and cava. The deli is standing room only, but they have THE BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had. You can pick your choice of various pork meats, cheeses and roasted vegetables.

Bar Celta Pulperia – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Facebook / TripAdvisor (Loc 1) / TripAdvisor (Loc 2)
Location 1: Carrer de la Princesa, 50, 08003
Location 2: Carrer de Simó Oller, 3, 08002 (“Pulperia Patatas Bravas” on Google Maps)
+34 933 15 15 10 (Loc 1) / +34 933 15 15 10 (Loc 2)
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We were recommended this place by a local and were not disappointed. This place served THE BEST “pulpo a la Gallega” (octopus cooked in the Galician style) drizzled with olive oil, dusted with sweet paprika and served over soft, sliced potatoes. We also ordered a plate of “Pimientos de Padron” which are similar to shishito peppers.
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Zona d’Ombra – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 00 58 02
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Go wine tasting here! You can pay 4.50 Euros for 4 glasses of wine and their selection is amazing and includes 2 wines from the Priorat wine region.

Carabela Cafe – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Facebook / TripAdvisor
Pas de Sota Muralla, 3, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 646 55 39 30
Recommended to us by our Airbnb host as a good place to sit outside and enjoy a drink, it appears to be a popular local hangout. The food they serve is the Spanish answer to Mexican food, but I wouldn’t go there expecting something on par with the Mexican you’re used to back in the US. The sangria is pretty delicious, so go here for a drink and work up your appetite.

Casa Tomasa – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Pas de Sota Muralla, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 19 29 82
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Right next door to Carabela Cafe, this is also a great place to sit outdoors and enjoy a glass of wine and tapas.

Bar Del Pla – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Montcada, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 68 30 03
A beautifully decorated tapas bar, this place is a little more on the pricey side (which hey, in Spain is still pretty affordable by western terms) but worth it.

La Vinya del Senyor – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Facebook / TripAdvisor
Plaza Sta Maria, 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 10 33 79
Amazing wine bar with outdoor seating in the Gothic Quarter that has an outstanding wine selection. Order a glass of the Clos Dominic.

Tosca – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 10 72
Cute tapas restaurant that serves reasonably priced tapas and drinks.

Bodega Vasconia – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Facebook / TripAdvisor
Carrer d’en Gignàs, 13, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 88 68 82
Small and cozy, this wine bar serves tapas in a relaxed and casual setting.

Bodega La Palma – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de la Palma de Sant Just, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 06 56
The focus here is mainly on the extensive selection of Spanish wines, but you can also find small plates if you get hungry.

El Flako Cereal Bar – Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)
Website / TripAdvisor
c/ General Alvarez de Castro, 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 931 48 59 03
Because how often do you get to go to a cereal bar?!

La Plata – El Raval District
Website / TripAdvisor
Carrer de la Mercè, 28, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 10 09
This bar serves up Spanish tapas as well as beer and wine.

Caravelle – El Raval District
Website / TripAdvisor
3, Passatge Mil Vuit Cents, 3, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 17 98 92
Never got a chance to check this place out but it was recommended to me by a friend who said the food (especially the breakfast) was delicious. It has a good mix of Spanish and international cuisine.

Entre Hores – Vila de Gracia District
Facebook / TripAdvisor
Carrer de Verdi, 4-6, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
+34 930 07 37 84
More pricey than it needs to be in my opinion, but good tapas all the same.

La Masia del Rocxi – Sants District
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig De Sant Antoni, 17, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 90 41 15
Good place for affordable tapas near the Barcelona Sants Train Station.

Tickets Bar (Upscale Tapas) – Theatre District
Website / TripAdvisor
Av. del Paraŀlel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
+34 606 22 55 45
A flagship tapas restaurant brought to you by the Adria brothers, Tickets Bar is a must for any serious foodie. Albert Adria, the former chef at the world’s best restaurant El Bulli, decided to bring his brother and other culinary heavyweights to help bring his vision of an upscale tapas restaurant to life and opened Tickets in March 2011. This restaurant is something you save for a suuuuper special occasion. Think multiple courses of tiny but beautifully presented plates that look more like they’re meant to be admired as works of art rather than consumed. I’ve still yet to go here since it’s so difficult to get a reservation, but you can check out the seasonal menus here. The best review of the dishes I’ve read so far can be found on the foodbarcelona.com website.
Reservations: You’ll need to make a reservation at least 2-3 months in advance in order to secure a table, which you can do via this link. But you can also give them a call the day-of and check to see if they had any last-minute cancellations.

 

WHERE TO EAT OUTDOORS BY THE OCEAN

Salt Restaurant & Beach Club
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig del Mare Nostrum, 19-21, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 95 28 19
Here they’re known for their burgers but you can also grab some slightly healthier small plate options while you sip a fancy cocktail by the sea.

Chiringuito Petit Far Vela
Website
Passeig del Mare Nostrum, Barcelona, Spain (In front of the W Hotel)
Go for a drink with a view. I wouldn’t consider this a restaurant as it’s more of a bar, but you can order small tapas to munch on if you’re feeling really hungry.

Brunch & Cake by the Sea
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig Joan de Borbo, 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 00 28 72
Very cute restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating that serves a very european-american inspired brunch. Think instagram-worthy dishes and avocado toast. #basic

La Deliciosa
Website / TripAdvisor
Playa San Miquel Paseo Maritimo de Barceloneta S/N | Ciutat de Granados, 55, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 618 68 23 80
Listed on TripAdvisor as #93 of restaurants in Barcelona, the direct translation of “The Delicious” proves its point while being steps away from the sandy beach.

Agua (Seafood & Paella) – Located on the Beach near Port Olimpic
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig Mar’tim de la Barceloneta 30, Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 25 12 72
This place was recommended to me as having some of the best seafood and paella dishes around.

Pez Vela (Paella) – Located on the W Hotel on the Beach
Website / TripAdvisor
Paseo del Mare Nostrum 19/21 | bajos del Hotel W, “HotelVela”, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 21 63 17
Located inside the W hotel, this restaurant is known for their Paella dishes

 

WHERE TO FIND A VARIETY OF SPANISH FOOD – MARKETS & STREETS

Carrer de Blai – Street located in the El Poble-Sec District
Google Maps Link
Go anywhere along Carrer de Blai and you’ll find what’s known at Pinxtos (or Pinchos) which are small tapas on slices of bread with different colored toothpicks stuck into them. You pay after the meal based on the colors of each toothpick, usually between 1-2 Euros each.

Mercat St Josep: La Boqueria Market – El Raval District
Website / TripAdvisor
La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 18 25 84
Hours: Every day from 8:00AM – 8:30PM
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This famous covered market is known for their merchant stalls filled with meats, cheeses, and other traditional Spanish foods.

El Nacional – Eixample District
Website / TripAdvisor
Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 18 50 53
Hours: Open daily from 12PM until 2AM (open until 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays)
Described as the prime representation of Barcelona’s gastronomic experience, El Nacional is a multi-zone culinary establishment. There are in total 4 restaurants and 4 bars within the space that allow for someone to try typical Catalonian-Spanish dishes.

The Bars:
Beer & Preserves Bar – Featuring a wide range of draught and bottled beers and tapas
Wine & Cured Meats Bar – Winos will appreciate the extensive wine list and cheese/ham tapas
Oyster Bar – Featuring oysters, clams, tuna, salmon and caviar that can be paired with cava and champagne.
Cocktail Bar – Mixology bar featuring an impressive liquor selection, the “classics” as well as El Nacional’s own signature cocktails.

The Restaurants:
La Braseria – This meat-centric restaurant features the mainstays of Spanish cuisine.
La Llotja – Specializing in fish dishes that can be prepared in 5 different ways
La Taperia – Featuring both cold and hot tapas plus rice dishes like paella fideuá
La Paradeta – Considered a “fast food” deli with sandwiches and pastrie

 

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About Kailee Crawford

I'm an Oregon-born travel addict living in New York making the most of my vacation days. I started this travel blog to keep track of my bucket list and it's morphed into a journal of my adventures and recommendations for things to see, do, eat and drink. My hope is that I can help other travelers find their way. I want to try everything once and to live a life without regrets or missed opportunities. I call my philosophy on life the "the death bed philosophy" - I want to be laying in my death bed reflecting on all of the things I've done and seen in this world, not the things I wished I had done. It's not meant to be morbid, just a reminder to take risks, go out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest. ♫♫♫♫♫ "You were only waiting for this moment to be free" --- "Blackbird" by The Beatles This quote is undoubtedly my favorite quote because it's a reminder of the infinite opportunities available to us. That in each moment there is an opportunity to find true happiness, and a sense of freedom when you're doing what you love. Freedom to explore, to create, to improve oneself, and to find fulfillment even during the 9 to 5 grind. ♫♫♫♫♫ I'm an incredibly pensive person with a wide variety of interests. In addition to traveling, my guilty pleasures include wine, food, music, art, languages and history. I grew up a nerd, watching The History Channel and reading The Lord of the Rings with my Dad. I'm driven by my pursuit of knowledge and growth and most passionate when I'm able to be creative. ♫♫♫♫♫
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