DISCOVER THE BEST BARCELONA PAELLA RESTAURANTS

Paella is THE dish all visitors want to try when in Spain. However, it’s not so easy to find a good one. Too many places serve a frozen pseudo-paella heated in the microwave. That’s not paella, that’s blasphemy!

To eat paella like locals would, plan it for lunch to start with: it’s a too heavy dish to have it for dinner. Also, take into account that even if the stoke has already been carefully prepared by the chef, the rice needs to be cooked the moment you order it and you need to allow at least 20 minutes before it’s served. Wise locals will order a light dish such as a salad or some (better non-fried) tapas to share, while they wait. Do the same!

These the best paella restaurants in Barcelona:

1

7 portes

Old-fashioned restaurant that locals have been frequenting for over 100 years. It is said that here was created the famous “paella Parellada”, served without shells nor bones. Old School style, with checker floors and heavy courtains, many seats boast a metal plate indicating what famous people have seated precisely there. 

Best paella restaurants in barcelona

2

Can Solé

A fishermen restaurant in the Barceloneta quarter with a sailor-style decoration, famous for their rice dishes. Many locals will tell you they make the best paella in town. It’s not cheap, but their are glorious. And it’s away from the tourist traps along the port. Recommended for people who can appreciate good food and don’t mind paying for it. Great paella and great 

3

Elche

Paella is actually a dish from the region of Valencia. If you want to be a purist, then you’ll have to venture off the beaten path into the Poblenou district, where a family of immigrants opened the first rice restaurant in town in 1959. You won’t find anything more authentic!

Best place to eat paella in barcelona

4

Can Majó

Back to the Barceloneta district, if you are looking for a great location outdoors you’ll love Can Majó. It’s a family-owned fish and paella restaurant serving fresh local dishes and it’s got one of the most coveted outdoor terraces in the area. location, if you are looking for a more informal type of restaurant with great food.

5

Arrosseries Xàtiva

With over 25 years of experience in town serving paella and other rice dishes, this group features now 3 venues in town that will allow you to explore areas off the beaten path. Their original one is located in the district of Les Corts (combine it with a visit to  Camp Nou by taking the tram from Palau Reial to L’Illa), the second one is a great place to end a stroll around the Gracia Plazas, and their newest restaurant adds up to the formidable food scene of the Sant Antoni District.

Where to eat paella in barcelona

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1 thought on “WHERE TO GET THE BEST PAELLA IN BARCELONA?”

  1. Experienced 7 Portes last night – was off the chart! Thoroughly enjoy the "Rich Man's" Paella, preceded by the spinach/raisins/pine nuts.Outstanding evening celebrating with family!

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