Source: Kent Wang
The cosmopolitan jewel that is the city of Barcelona is bursting with incredible places to eat for all budgets. From traditional tapas to fusion cuisine, street food to Michelin starred venues, the city of Barcelona has a spectacular selection of culinary delights for foodies of all tastes.
1. Dos Palillos
The stylish place is the place to go to taste innovative tapas fusing Asian and Spanish ingredients. The restaurant has a Michelin star and it’s well deserved. The concept is a sort of mixing of a blue-collar bar and Asian haute cuisine where you eat tapas as in Spanish style but the food is predominately Asian. There are no tables, you sit at the bar where you can see into the Asian kitchen.
- Name: Dos Palillos
- Address: Elisabets 9, El Raval, Barcelona, 08001
- Opening hour: Tue – Wed 7.30 – 11.30/ Thu- Sat 1.30 – 3.30/ 7.30 – 11.30 (closed on Sun and Mon)
- Website: http://www.dospalillos.com
- Phone: 00 34 93 304 05 13
2. Quimet i Quimet
A tiny little bar, filled to the ceiling with dusty bottles of wine and well- known for it’s tapas, particularly the ‘conservas’ tinned shellfish and montaditos (mini sandwiches with delicious fillings). Try the salmon sashimi with cream cheese.
- Name: Quimet i Quimet
- Address:Poeta Cabanyes, 25, Poble-sec, Barcelona 080
- Opening hour: Mon – Fri 12 – 4/ 7 – 10.30 Sat 12 – 4
- Telephone: 0034 93 442 31 442
3. Restaurant Petra
Deep in the narrow streets of the Born district is this little gem of a place. Decked out in artistic style, there are chandeliers made from spoons and knives, teapots with lights and a scattering of tables loved by those in the know. The menu is extremely reasonably priced with a good range of vegetarian options as well as staple favourites with a twist, (try the cod with sweet tomatoes and sweet purple potatoes).
- Name: Petra
- Address: Carrer dels Sombrerers, 13
- Opening hour:Monday to Thursday: from 13.15 pm to 16.00 pm and 20:30 pm to 23:00 pm/ Friday and Saturday: from 13.15 pm to 16.00 pm and 21:00 pm to 24:00 pm
- Website: www.restaurantpetra.com
4. Can Culleretes
This restaurant in the Barro Gotico claims to be the oldest in Barcelona and the menú certainly reflect it’s long standing reputation. always full of a mixture of tourists, Spanish families and regulars having a great time in the grand old dining room. There is a menu for lunch at 17.50 euros, a bit more than the usual but worth it for unique dishes as well as the usual Barcelona staples (crema catalana) and fish and seafood.
- Name: Can Culleretes
- Address: Carrer d’en Quintana 5, Barcelona
- Opening hour:Open Tues-Sat 1.30pm-4pm and 9pm-11pm, Sun 1.30pm-4pm
- Holiday: Closed Mondays
- Website: culleretes.com.
An excellent, understated place known for exceptional service and delicious, great value menu (two starters, a main and a desssert included). The dishes blend Spanish classics (Salmorejo) with more international cuisine (chicken fajitas). A place well loved by locals and tourists.
- Name: Blavis
- Address:Carrer de Saragossa, 85, 08006 Barcelona
- Website: http://www.restaurantblavis.com
6. Bar Pinotxo
Some say the best tapas bar in La Boqueria, some say the best in Barcelona. Delicious dishes like garbanzos and spinach with pine nuts, baby squid and beef stew are favourites. A nice place to slip in and grab a couple of tapas and a cold beer after strolling around the city in summer.
- Name: Bar Pinotxo
- Address: Mercat de la Boqueria 466-470
- Opening Hours: 06.30 – 4pm
- Website: http://www.pinotxobar.com
In the more working class neighborhood of Sant Antoni a place called Federal (Australian founded) serves up a great brunch. There is a roof top terrace, a lovely place to while away some hours on a Sunday morning with one of their delicious coffees and healthy breakfast options. Choose from various types of croissants, yoghurt and museli, chia pudding and more).
- Name: Federal
- Address: C/ Parlamanet 39 Barcelona
- Telephone: +34 931 873 607
- Opening Hours: Mon- Thurs 8 – 23.00 Fri 8 -1/ Sat 9-1/ Sun 9 – 17.30
- Website: www.federalcafe.es
You’d be well advised to book ahead here (several weeks) due to Chefs Ferran and Albert Adria’s fame. A really top-end gastronomic experience. Innovative, exciting and tasty the tapas and dishes here are unforgettable. The concept here is all about fun and the food is delivered to your table in this spirit. The menu covers a wide range, from simple to the extravagant, Spain to China, you need to see and taste to believe.
- Name: Tickets Bar
- Address: Avinguda del Paral·lel, 164 – 08015 Barcelona
- Opening Hours: Tues- Fri 6.30pm – 10pm Sat 1-3pm 7 -10pm
- Website: http://www.ticketsbar.es
Galician cuisine is popular in Barcelona, and this modern wine bar and restaurant is a good place to start. There are sommeliers here that will recommend good Galician wine, it’s the place to go for wine tasting! Sip on a unique wine accompanied by classic plates from their menu like local lobster and curry or veal and pistachio sausage. You can book a private wine tasting event here.
- Name: Monvinic
- Address: Diputacio 249 Barcelona 08007
- Opening Hours:
- Website: www.monvinic.com
10. Morro Fi
Worth checking out for novelty value alone, this bar is in a converted garage and very popular with a hipster crowd. People flock here for the Vermouth on tap (with added fresh orange slices) and delicious snacks like spicy olives, anchovies, prawns and crisps sprinkled with paprika.
- Name: Morro Fi
- Address: Consell de Cent 171, Barrio Eixample, Barcelona
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12 – 16 and 18 – 23/ Sun 12 – 4
- Website: http://morrofi.cat
11. La Cova Fumada
In Barcelona a popular tapas is the bomba, a deep-fried meat filled potato ball. La Cova fumada in the Barceloneta neighborhood is really the top place to try this delicious snack and very authentic! Pull up a stool next to the old men that regularly inhabit this haunt in old establishment, loved by locals.
- Name: La Cova Fumada
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 3.15pm (Thur and Fri open at night).
12. Can Sole
If you’re looking for something a bit more luxury, try the paella at Can Sole. This is one of Barcelona’s best establishments for the seafood rice. The other specialty offered here are the stews, try the chickpeas with potatoes and chorizo and lentils. A nice filling option in winter. The atmosphere is relaxed but smart.
- Name: Can Sole
- Address: C/ Sant Carles, 4 08003 Barcelona
- Opening Hours: Tue – SAt 1.30 – 4/ 8.30 – 11pm
- Website: www.restaurantcansole.cat
Classic tradition with a twist. This small bar does not take reservations so get here early. You can order the usual Spanish tapas you would expect but be prepared for how different and delicious they taste! There are also unique offerings on the menu in among a more regular dishes like ensaladilla and croquetas.
- Name: Tapac24
- Address:C/ Diputacio 269, 08007 Barcelona
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 9 am – 2400
- Website: www.carlesabellan.com
Most reviews describe Uma as the place where they had the best meal in their lives! So not much more needs to be said. It is an intimate experience, with emphasis on creativity and visual pleasure as well as delighting the taste buds. You are allowed and indeed welcomed into the kitchen to observe the process . The cuisine is a fusion on Spanish and international. Uma means bite in Swahili, and each dish is just a bite or two, so you order a lot and combine the tastes.
- Name: Uma
- Address: Carrer de Rossend arus, 12 08014 Barcelona
- Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 1.30 – 9.30
A Dutch and Spanish fusion restaurant including tapas, Dutch specialties and the popular chef’s special sticky ribs. Service is given great mention and it’s a small but cozy atmosphere. Portions are generous. Try the fish curry stew or the mango chicken for a more exotic experience
- Name: Felice
- Address: Calle Francisco Giner 22, 0812 Barcelona
- Opening Hours: 1- 4pm/ 7.30 – 12 am
- Website: http://www.felicebcn.com
Barcelona truly has something for everyone, with budget eats easy to find as well as a more upmarket dining experience. It’s the kind of city where you’ll never feel you are scrimping on quality, even when you are crammed into a traditional old tapas joint paying very little. The food is of such calibre and the chefs in this city take such delight in preparation, it’s a wonderful destination for food lovers.
Have a good trip and travel!