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T+L's Definitive Guide to Barcelona

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Barcelona is full of experimental restaurants, seafood shacks, and, of course, tapas bars.

Tickets: Ferran Adrià and his brother Alberto’s first spot since closing El Bulli is a sophisticated tapas place with serious eats: liquid olives; tissue-thin tuna belly with tartare and salmon roe; algae tempura. Don’t miss the house-made seasonal sorbets. $$$

Alkimia: Cerebral, offbeat takes on traditional Catalan dishes are the standard at chef Jordi Vilà’s sleek space. The menu includes tenderly cooked seafood (rice with langoustine and ñora peppers) and grilled-to-perfection meats (gizzard with Campari sauce and pickles), accompanied by an excellent wine selection. $$$

Abac Restaurant & Hotel: Despite the far-northwest location, this high-end restaurant serving deconstructed neo-Catalan cuisine has been a power-lunch destination ever since chef Jordi Cruz earned it a second Michelin star this year. Order raw hamachi with cherries and cucumber snow followed by violet ice cream with yogurt and flower nectar. $$$$

Sagàs Pagesos, Cuiners & Co.: The ingredients here come from chef-owner Oriol Rovira’s nearby farm, but recipes are globally inspired: bo ssäm (Korean pork buns); chicharrones; sheep-milk curd with rosemary honey. $$

Can Maño: Join the locals and line up outside this no-frills seafood canteen in La Barceloneta for fried artichokes and calamari washed down with amber-colored Moscatel wine. 12 Carr. del Baluard; 34/93-319-3082. $$

Tapas Crawl

Our three-stop itinerary of the city’s best authentic bars.

Bar Celta Pulpería: Feast on marinated octopus a la gallega and razor clams at this dive in El Born. 50 Carr. de la Princesa; 34/93-315-0006. $$

Quimet & Quimet: Classic smoked dishes with a twist draw crowds every night. Try the salmon topped with honey. $$

Tapas, 24: Small plates and truffle-laced ham-and-cheese sandwiches are chased with balls of chocolate mousse at chef Carles Abellan’s popular new venue. 269 Carr. de la Diputació. $$

After Hours

Four new hot spots.

Bocachica/The Apartment: You’ll find the usual Spanish cocktails at these two upscale bars, but the atmosphere—regional antiques and a touch of chinoiserie—is one of a kind. $$$

Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona: Architect Jean Nouvel just renovated this 19th-century three-level space, which includes a popular microbrewery and wine bar. $$

Dry Martini: Behind a dimly lit wood-paneled bar are row upon row of gin and vermouth bottles, which white-tuxedoed waiters mix expertly. $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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