Restaurants in Spain

The name means “dark door,” but stepping in off the sultry streets into the over-the-top baroque salon—be it for coffee or the Benedictine-spiked house cocktail—will lighten your mood. Make like the Spaniards and pair your apertivo with plump olives or toasted marcona almonds.

First opened in 1894, Chocolatería San Ginés is renowned for its churros con chocolate — deep fried pastries served with a cup of thick dipping chocolate.

Among the old fishermen’s houses of Barceloneta, this sepia-toned cervecería is full of local sea dogs and other salty types who come for house-brewed lager and a dizzying array of tapas (boat-fresh squid and shrimp; flash-fried padrón peppers).

Grabbing a quick bite between flights doesn’t have to mean eating unhealthily. These cafés offer fresh-made salads, sandwiches, and juices, which you can either enjoy in the glassed-in modern dining areas, or pack to take on board.  

The bulls in Sixtina’s ceiling paintings have been inspired by the nearby Altamira caves. They turn up on the menu as well in the form of succulently tender rabo de toro (stewed bull’s tail).

Patrons stand elbow-to-elbow at this tiny bustling tapas bar just off of Pral Lel. With walls of shelves filled with wine, this fifth generation restaurant is not much larger than a typical home dining room.

This smart urban grill house flanks the Santiago Bernabéu stadium with a sweeping view of the pitch.

The lunch spot has a real Valencian making the paella.