Barcelona secret restaurants: Cova Fumada

Let us take you exploring the best Barcelona hidden restaurants: after all, isn’t travel about adventure, too?

Some Barcelona restaurants are “secret” because they are kind of hidden. Some other are hidden because they are meant to be secret – only accessible if you are in the know. But they are all Barcelona hidden gems. Wouldn’t it be fun to eat in one of them? We don’t want you to miss them, either. Today we are taking you on a secret restaurant discovery.

This is our list of favorite secret restaurants:

Passadís d’en Pep

If you have done some research about good fish restaurants in Barcelona, you might have come up with this name already. After all, it’s one of the top Barcelona restaurants for fish and tapas. But if it’s easily trackable online, why would I say it’s a “secret restaurant”? The truth is that it’s not easy to find. There is no sign at the door, just the street number on top of a door leading to a dark corridor that enters a building. If you dare entering it, at the end of the corridor you’ll open a door and behind it… surprise! Here is this huge restaurant where they don’t have a menu to chose from: they just start serving you food and more food, and when you can’t eat anything else, they’ll go: “So what should you have now as a main course?” (skip straight to desert if you are too full for a big plate of meat or fish). BTW, “Passadís d’en Pep” means “Joe’s corridor” – enigma solved.

Cova Fumada

Another secret restaurant difficult to find: this is a famous tapas place in the main plaza of the Barceloneta district. Again, no sign at the door and not even the street number! So when you finally deduce what door should it be and you open it up, you find yourself in a busy tapas bar famous to have invented the “bombas” (deep fried mashed potato balls stuffed with spicy minced meat). This place has a meaningful name, too: “Cova fumada” means the “smoked cave”, when you get it, you’ll understand that the name really suits the venue.

Barcelona hidden restaurants: Hare Krishna vegetarian restaurantHare Krishna vegetarian restaurant

Although you don’t see them very often in the streets, there is a small Hare Krishna community in Barcelona and their main temple is located in an alley off La Rambla. They run a small vegetarian restaurant to support their activities, but again, there is no sign in the street. And this time, getting in is a bit trickier: you need to know the floor number and call the intercom. Attention: if you arrive too early and they are still praying they won’t answer: you’ll have to wait a few minutes and try again until someone opens the door from upstairs. Then you walk up to the floor where the temple is, go in, walk in along a corridor… and if you are lucky to cross a monk, as directions on how to get to the restaurant (that apartment is a bit like a maze if you don’t know it!). The food is correct and actually pretty cheap. And don’t worry, they won’t try to convert you to their beliefs!

Philippines Club. Plaça Reial is the home to one of the most recently oppened Barcelona hidden restaurants. In one of the porched side alleys, a door leads you to a dark staircase with run down old steps. Two doors open in the second floor: now guess which one is the café. If you open the wrong door, you’ll end up at the Phillipines consulate – but from there they’ll show you how to get to the Club through a secret door. So far it’s not open for dinners yet, but it’s open from the morning until the early evening for comfort food and drinks. PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

secret restaurants in Barcelona: Plaça Reial hides the Philippines ClubDontell Laundromat

Who would have thought that the back of a humble laundromat hides of the most famous secret restaurants in Barcelona? This place is not secret by accident, but hidden in purpose. Following a trend that arrived from NYC, the owners decided to open the first secret restaurant in Barcelona where people would only get the address by word of mouth, and they could only access it if they knew the password. The formula was so successful that other people has copied their idea already. BTW, can you guess where the name of the laundry place comes from?

So what about you? Had you heard about any of these secret restaurants in Barcelona?


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