Restaurants in Barcelona
Flanked by the Pyrenees and bathed by the Mediterranean, Barcelona has an unbeatable bounty that makes it one of the prime culinary destinations in the world. Feast on high-end tapas by superstar brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià at Tickets, or seasonal fare at Carles Abellán's Michelin-starred Comerç24. Restaurants in Barcelona also boast touches of Moorish cuisine and, of course, Catalan specialties like mar i muntanya (surf 'n' turf) and crema catalana. In true Spanish style, bares de tapas are also a Barcelona staple, and one of the best ways to explore the city.
You'll want to check out a variety of Barcelona restaurants to fully experience its rich gastronomic landscape; try the legendary wood-oven lechazo asado at El Asador de Aranda, a juicy suckling lamb with a crispy outside. The restaurant has three locations (in Tibidabo, Londres, and Pau Claris) and focuses on specialties from the Castilla region. When strolling around La Barceloneta, stop for lunch at La Gavina, inside the Palau del Mar building. The menu is built around seafood, and their arroz negro (squid ink rice with seafood and vegetables) is one of the best in town.
The best thing about this place is not the coffee (in fact, the coffee isn't very good) but the bar, founded in 1909, which is so atmospheric that you’d pay to visit it.
A visit to this shop is an absolute must when you’re in Barcelona. Caelum sells pastries from all the convents in Spain (nuns are excellent bakers, you’ll see) and the peaceful atmosphere of the place is somehow related to that.
I really love this place, which is just five minutes from the city center, and its traditional vibe. The owner is a former employee of The Ritz Barcelona who decided to pursue her dream of having her own little bar.
Located in Gracia, a beautiful neighborhood just 10 minutes from the city center, this is a very cool place to have a coffee after a nice lunch.
A fantastic hideout in the gardens of the former hospital of Santa Creu, this is a perfect place to enjoy a meal in summer or spring. Special menus are offered here every day (ranging from $12-$16), giving you a perfect opportunity to have a nice alfresco lunch without spending a fortune.
If your kids love pizza (and don’t all children love pizza?) this Italian place is the perfect family restaurant for you. La Gondola serves excellent pizza and pasta, and goes the extra mile to make kids feel at home.
This modern tavern is a great place to introduce your family to the best of Catalan cooking. I like the airy, rustic décor, and the tapas-style dishes are quite good; there’s also a good prix-fixe menu ($30 dollars per person, including an appetizer, a main dish, dessert, water, and wine).
I like this place because of the location and the views; it’s set on the top floor of the Museum of History, facing the sea and the Barcelona skyline. The food is fantastic (although keep in mind the menu focuses on seafood); and the light, especially in spring and autumn, is really something.
I love this quiet and cozy place, whose walls are made from weathered old bricks that give you the feeling of visiting someone’s home.
My favorite bar in Barcelona (and I love bars), the London Bar first opened its doors in El Raval in 1910. Over the years, it served as a hangout for artists like Dali and Picasso, and was also a favorite spot for circus performers (you’ll see the decoration for yourself).
This is possibly the biggest underdog in Barcelona when it comes to excellence in cooking. The chef, Isidre Soler, has worked with the best cooks in Catalonia and his restaurant is a kind of résumé that shows off everything he has learned along his culinary journey.
This restaurant is a Barcelona classic and a fantastic excuse for a great meal. Its cooking is based on an absolute respect for old-school Catalan cuisine, cooked to perfection and served in a superb location (in summer and spring, book a table on the terrace).
I adore this place. The cooking is fresh, daring and delicious—and different from anything else you’re likely to find in Barcelona. The chef, Oriol Ivern, works with seasonal produce and combines his knowledge of Catalan tradition with a wonderful Asian touch that shows up in every dish.
The Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona has always been a good place to eat. They have a couple of great restaurants and one of these is Moments, which serves the traditional Catalan cuisine of chef Carme Ruscalleda, along with some unexpected extras.
This is simply one of the best tables in the city. Albert Adrià’s "tapas with a twist" are always a sure bet in Barcelona, and the restaurant itself—a kind of a circus with tributes to film and theatre—is worth a visit in itself.