THE ULTIMATE BARCELONA "WHERE TO EAT" GUIDE
Barcelona is a foodie destination. New bars and restaurants are constantly opening and… closing too. But those that are successful quickly become part of the city landscape and soul.
In this guide we’ve organized for you our favorites, so you can find the best for your trip in a breeze.
EATING TAPAS LIKE A LOCAL
We love tapas because the concept of small dishes to share allow you to try many different specialties in a single meal. Is there a better way of approaching the local cuisine?
Often tapas bars specialize in a particular product or recipe that makes locals flock to devour them, sort of becoming a city icon by themselves. So let us start our guide with them!
RESTAURANTS FOR TRADITIONAL COOKING
This is where to find traditional restaurants in Barcelona, either for generic local cuisine or more specific foods.
Enough of being adventurous? I know that when you’ve been traveling for some time already, going back to food you can relate is certainly comforting. These are our recommendations:
Sometimes the problem is finding somewhere to eat that isn’t full of fat, or you might need a lighter meal, or you have particular diet requirements and finding the right place for you would mean a lot of time researching… Not anymore! We’ve made the work for you!
CAFÉS AND MORE
Because eating isn’t just about a full meal… Here are the best places to seat down and relax for a moment while eating a bite and sipping a coffee.
HIGH END AND SPECIAL DINNING
Looking to celebrate a special evening in Barcelona? The city has a wonderful collection of luxurious restaurants, but you don’t need to pay hundreds of euros to enjoy a memorable meal. The following restaurants are always great hits.
EATING IN UNIQUE VENUES
Sometimes dinner can also be an activity by itself, not just a plan to eat. The city has hidden gems where access is limited, but sometimes they are open for visitors and… a gorgeous dinner! Surely a experience you’ll remember for years to come.
WHEN EATING IS TIME TO SOCIALISE
In Spain, food and enjoying being with people go together. Our meals are long because we love chatting and having fun while we eat. Maybe you are traveling with a big group of friends or relatives and want to share your meal with them, or you have little ones and hope that meal times will be pleasurable for them too. Here are some great ideas for you!
WHEN MOST RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED...
And sometimes eating is a necessity, not just a fun plan. What about when you need to eat when things are still closed? We get you covered, too!
PLANNING A MEAL CLOSE TO THE TOP SITES
When time is tight, an sightseeing is a priority, it’s a good idea to plan your meals around the sites you’ll be visiting that day. The problem is… it’s so easy to fall into tourist traps! But don’t worry: we’ve selected for you local venues in the top tourist areas where even locals would want to eat.
RESTAURANTS AS AN EXCUSE TO GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Do you have enough days in Barcelona to go explore the less visited areas and see districts where locals live? or maybe you’ve been to Barcelona before and feel comfortable wandering away from the city center and top sites? If so, eating is a great excuse to plan your expeditions!
GREAT TAPAS TOURS
Reading our recommendations doesn’t seem to be enough? Are you the kind of person that needs to see and feel, rather than just hear about a place? Then our tapas tours are a wonderful way to get a sample of a variety of local venues, so you can go back to your favorites later.
At the end of the tour your guide will be happy to mark the visited places on a map so you can easily locate them later, despite them being hidden in a maze of alleys. Your guide will also be able to make more recommendations, personalizing them to your taste and style, since after eating together on the tour it’ll be easier to come up with more ideas.
UNIQUE PRIVATE CITY TOURS WITH A TAPAS LUNCH STOP
If you want to make the most of your time, our full day tours and some of our food tours also incorporate a lunch stop. There won’t be the possibility of trying a variety of different venues, but you’ll be introduced to the tapas world… and you might end back going back to our favorite spot!
And of course, your guide will also be happy to make custom recommendations for you later.
I hope this Ultimate Restaurants Guide of Barcelona will inspire you to try amazing tapas during your stay in our city!