Barcelona is on the top of my favorite cities in Europe. The reason for that is the friendliness of the people and obviously the incredible food they have to offer. I spent 5 days exploring the city, seeing the famous attractions, and eating A LOT.
What made me love eating in Barcelona was the price of the food. Tapas, an appetizer or snack, are so cheap that you can try a variety of different dishes and not hurt your wallet. If you want to know more about my days in Barcelona, follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove and watch my highlights about this amazing trip.
On our first day in Barcelona, we had lunch at Craft, a tapas and beer bar in the Gothic Quarter.
The ambiance is very laid back, where the tapas are on the counter and you take as many as you want (1.50€ each), then the waitress counts the amount of toothpicks on your plate to calculate your bill. The food was good but not very fresh since we got there around 3pm. Most stuff was a little cold, but nothing that affected much of the food’s taste.
ADDRESS: Carrer del Paradís, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Xiringuito Escribá is listed as one of the best paella spots in Barcelona.
We ordered two different paellas; one traditional seafood for me, and the chicken paella for my husband. The food comes in a huge hot pan. Both paellas were delicious and it was worth it, especially for its beautiful sea view. This place is a must for a nice lunch on a warm sunny day at the beach
ADDRESS: Av. del Litoral, 62, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Bar Cañete is the perfect spot to eat very fresh seafood. ⠀⠀⠀
I had a delicious meal there eating octopus with mashed potatoes, and a lobster croquette to start. Of course everything was washed down with a glass of Cava (a local sparkling wine). The place is beautiful inside and the service was excellent! Everyone was very nice and friendly.
ADDRESS: Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
The potato “bomba” is a dish you can’t miss in Barcelona, and La Bombeta is the place to go.
The “bomb” is a fried potato ball, sometimes filled with meat, with a delicious combo of hot sauce and aioli. La Bombeta is a very local Catalan restaurant, and is said to have invented the bomba (hence the name). The atmosphere is very simple but huge crowds line up the streets to snag a seat here. The owner stays behind the counter preparing orders and chatting with the clients (in Spanish only). If you want to have lunch, get there early. In my case, I went specifically for the bomba, so I squeezed myself at the counter to order.
ADDRESS: Carrer de la Maquinista, 3, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
El Quim de La Boqueria
You can’t miss the famous ham croquettes from El Quim de la Boqueria. I can’t think of any food creamier than this ham croquette, it was definitely one of the best of the trip. It goes perfectly with a glass of cava. If you want to have lunch at La Boqueria Market, stop by this place and enjoy.
ADDRESS: Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Sensi Tapas was one of my favorite spots in Barcelona. The culinary is a mix of traditional dishes and modern Spanish food (including Asian fusion!)
The tuna tartar was by far some of the best I’ve ever had and the paella was also amazing. They have three restaurants, all very close to each other, so in case one is too crowded you can go to one of the others (not sure if the menus are the same).
ADDRESS: Carrer Ample, 26, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
My F*cking Restaurant
I know the name is funny, but My F*cking Restaurant is a great spot in the El Raval area.
The place serves delicious and modern tapas. We had osso buco croquetes, patatas bravas made of chickpeas (patata means potato), parmesan and foie gras risotto, tomato bread and beef tacos. Everything was absolutely delicious!
ADDRESS: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 35, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Bar del Pla
Another well recommended spot with cheap and delicious tapas.
The place is tiny with just a few tables available, but it’s possible to sit at the bar during lunch time. We got a few of the “classics” like “la bombeta”, bread with tomato, ham croquettes and a “summer salad”. Everything was delicious!
ADDRESS: Carrer de Montcada, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
This might be the most famous spot inside La Boqueria market. The owner is still working (he’s probably about 80 years old), making coffee and serving tapas. They’re known for their seafood, but I had no creativity at the time and just ordered a ham croquette (again) and chorizo.
It’s very hard to get a seat on this counter, so you’ll have to squeeze through to order.
ADDRESS: Mercat de la Boqueria, Carrer la Rambla, 89, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
An awesome local bar in Barceloneta. The portions are big and the food is delicious.
The potatoes with eggs and bacon is to die for. If you speak Spanish, they’ll treat you a lot better (sad, but true). In the end, you’ll get a shot of something really strong lol. Next time I’d skip the crema catalana dessert, it was very bitter to me.
ADDRESS: Carrer de Ginebra, 9 y 13, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
A classy spot, with two restaurants (a few blocks from each other) that are ALWAYS packed with long lines. Ciutat Comdal is a great option for a nice dinner in the city.
Just keep in mind that if you get there too late, some of the tapas won’t be available. The menu is extensive, so there’s something for everyone. Ask for different kinds of “montaditos”, the one with shrimp, salmon and cream cheese was one of my favorites. The crema catalana was amazing, I could eat 10 of those. The only bad part for me was the service. It was very slow and each time a different waiter came to take our order, plus they didn’t explain the ingredients since we didn’t understand on the menu (I speak Spanish WAY better than I can read…).
ADDRESS: Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
I hope you enjoy the restaurants and the city as much as I did. Let me know if you’ve ever been to any of these and leave a comment below. I’m looking forward to going back to Barcelona! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove.