OUR PICKS FOR PASSEIG DE GRACIA RESTAURANTS
Passeig de Gracia is the heart of the Eixample District, and during your Barcelona trip you are likely to spend a lot of time there. Either when visiting the Gaudi buildings (Casa Batllo and Casa Mila / La Pedrera), or when you are doing some shopping, or just because you are actually staying there – some of our favorite hotels are near Passeig de Gracia (Paseo de Gracia in Spanish)
Actually, the Clapham were staying in a Passeig de Gracia hotel, and during their tour they asked me to recommend them a few places to eat nearby. Since that’s a question I get often asked, I thought it’d be a good idea to share with you some of my favorite Passeig de Gracia restaurant recommendations. Here they are!
These are our favorite restaurants in Passeig de Gracia or nearby:
High end restaurants
This street concentrates one of the highest rates of high end restaurants in town. Top chefs have been invited by luxury hotels to run their restaurants. The Condes de Barcelona features two restaurants by Basque chef Javier Berasategui, an old friend of the hotel owners. At the Mandarin, Raul Balam, son of the prestigious lady chef Carme Ruscalleda manages the 2-Michelin star Moments.
If you are near Passeig de Gracia at breakfast time, you must head Rambla Catalunya, just one block away: From 1929, the Mauri cake store has been delighting the locals with their cakes, pastries, quiches and mini-sandwiches. Sweet or savoury, every bite is delicious. And if you are into chocolate, not too far down you’ll find Cacao Sampaka, a chocolate store and café focused on transmitting the cocoa culture. Their hot chocolate is divine, and they also have great chocolate croissants. BTW, both places are also interesting options for light lunches.
Passeig de Gracia offers so many places to visit that you may not have much time for lunch. In this case, I recommend to stop by Casa Amatller, one of the buildings in the Block of Disagreement: at the bottom o f their entrance hall you’ll find a café serving fresh salads and wraps, plus lovely bakeries and hot chocolate. Another option is Le Pain Quotidien in front of La Pedrera (it’s not the French chain, though!). Their bread is only made with organic flour, salt and water, and it’s handmade everyday.
For those of you who are meat lovers, you must head to 9 Reinas restaurant, in Valencia Street half a block from Passeig de Gracia. This Argentinean restaurant specializes in the best meats from around the world and they strive to make their customers feel at home. The most difficult thing is the choice between all the varieties of meat that you will find in the menu! But don’t worry, you can repeat whenever you want!
Need some informal but fun dinner? Here you have two excellent options: MonVinic in Diputació Street is said to be one of the 5 best wine bars in the world. Together with their wonderful (and more affordable than you’d think) wines, they offer elaborated tapas made of seasonal produce and game, with a French touch. Our second option is Tragaluz, in Passatge de la Concepció: Traditional Catalan recipes served in modern presentations, in a lively atmosphere and a space distributed in several floors under a huge skylight.
AND BONUS! Are there any good tapas restaurants in Passeig de Gracia?
Unfortunately, not all tapas restaurants in Passeig de Gracia are good. Some of them are chains and the food is average. Don’t fall in such traps! Instead, head to Tapas24, in Diputació Street, a tapas bar owned by the chef Carles Abellán, who has given a new look to the classical tapas. And the newest thing in town is El Nacional: In the middle of Passeig de Gracia, this new option is a very special restaurant because it offers 4 different spaces specialized of course in different food, and also 4 different bars depending on what they serve. You might want to go to the El Nacional more than once!
Any other Passeig de Gracia restaurants you’d like to recommend?
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