Restaurants in Spain
Whether you're looking for light tapas, hearty seafood Paella or a gourmet dining experiences in the Basque country, you can find restaurants in Spain to cater to your culinary needs.
Spain's most popular dining category is tapas, which are typically small servings of cured meats, olives and cheeses, grilled squid or meatballs. There are regional variations of tapas, for example pintxos are small plates served in the north. You will find some of the best tapas restaurants in Spain in Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville.
Other Spain restaurants to try include asadores, which specialize in grilled meats and marisquerías, which serve fish and seafood.
Some of the best restaurants in Spain are now some of the best restaurants, with the now closed el Bullí putting Spain on the map as a culinary destination. It is possible to find great food all over the country, but Valencia, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Andalucía and Seville are among the best cities in Spain for a foodie holiday.
Famous for bacony shrimp brochettes
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This tiny nook is simply the best place to have coffee in Barcelona. They supply coffee to a lot of bars in Barcelona, and now have their own bar, which serves the best coffee in town, by far.
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.