Grilled baby octopus sprinkled with paprika, cheese and Iberico ham toasties drizzled with truffle oil, plump anchovies freshly plucked from the sea… welcome to Barcelona, a foodie’s haven. In this city, Catalan cooking and globetrotting-cuisines collide to create a delectable line-up to choose from. Think street food markets and temples of tapas rubbing shoulders with high-brow eateries.
Enjoy relaxed meals and share a bottle of wine to the clatter of cutlery and chatter of fellow diners. It’s the only way to do it in this vibrant seaside city – food is nothing but a social experience.
Here’s our line-up of the best restaurants in Barcelona to sample during a city break here.
Turn off the tourist track and seek out this foodie gem nestled within the depths of Raval. You’ll be greeted by an artful interior and buzzy atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door, but the real draw here is the exquisite tapas. Graze on oxtail croquettes, teriyaki octopus and boar-stuffed baked cannelloni, with a side of the restaurant’s special Russian salad. Oh, and don’t forget to wash it down with the locally-made wine!
This fine dining establishment has not one, but two Michelin stars to its name. Not to mention it sits among the World’s Top 20 Best Restaurants! If you want to splash the cash on a memorable meal, this is the best place to eat in Barcelona. Disfrutar delivers its culinary wizardry in the form of Mediterranean dishes with a unique twist. Tasting menus guide you through the restaurant’s best picks – deconstructed ceviche or caviar-filled pastry, anyone?
Enjoy a cosy dinner inside this teeny tapas and wine bar. Snack on Iberian ham, manchego cheese and freshly-baked bread before diving into the tapas. Croquettes, patatas bravas and wedges of tortilla are the traditional staples you can expect, along with a line-up of wines from both Catalonia and Basque country. You can’t beat a classic!
This is tapas, but not as you know it - if you like a little entertainment with dinner, you’re in the right place. Step into a fantasy world of food at Tickets, where the restaurant has been designed to resemble an amusement park and the food is all about out-of-the-box creations. Air baguette, charcoaled wagyu and tuna three ways are just a taste of what’s on offer here. Book in advance though, as this is the hottest ticket in town…
Cafè de l’Acadèmia
Tucked within the Gothic Quarter, Cafè de l’Acadèmia serves up a dose of classic Catalan cooking. It’s in the perfect place to eat in Barcelona if you need a break from a morning spent sightseeing. Take a seat at one of its tables in sun-baked Plaça Sant Just if the weather’s good and flick through the menu. It’s emblazoned with dishes like black pudding lasagne, grilled turbot and salmon tartar. Nom.
Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona
In the mood for Italian? Get yourself to Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona. This casual eatery has perfected the Neapolitan-style pizza, right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The Napoletana is an authentic choice, topped with anchovies and black olives, while the fiery Diavola is embellished with spicy salami. The pizzas are totally affordable and taste divine – what’s not to love?
Seek out this much-loved tapas bar inside bustling Mercado de La Boqueria, just off La Rambla. It’s a laidback eatery, where you can hop onto a stool at the bar for lunch. Tapas is the order of the day, with dishes like rabbit stew, chickpeas with black pudding and codfish ratatouille up for grabs. Our tip? Make sure you order the salt cod croquettes – they’re like little bites of heaven.
Four culinary spaces and four bars come together to create one memorable experience at El Nacional. There are decisions to be made here – opt between meat, fish, tapas and deli offerings and then, for a post-dinner drink, select either the beer, wine, cava or cocktail bar. More than 700 diners can fit into the space, creating a truly vibrant atmosphere.
Fun-loving vibes are what you can expect from this ultra-cool restaurant in Raval. The menu lends inspiration from cuisines all over the world, from Brazil to Vietnam, with dishes such as stuffed curry bread and black bean croquettes to devour. Go at the weekend and you’ll eat to a live music background, with artists from a variety of genres entertaining punters.
Posted: 15th Apr 2019.