13 Jun 2012

The ultimate Barcelona food guide

I have been asked over and over about where to eat in Barcelona.

I would love to say: "Wherever!!! all Spanish food is great!!!" but unfortunately that is not the case. Of course all the Spanish food is great but there are many tourist traps around the city and you should be very careful when choosing a place to eat.

But do not panic dear tourist, it's not going to be difficult, you just gotta trust me and follow:

Let's start with the most important thing: follow The 3 Golden Rules.

Golden Rule number 1:
Do not eat/drink anything in the Rambla, Plaza Catalunya (or near any other main touristic attraction). The only exception to this golden rule is the Mercat del la Boqueria

La Rambla by slasher-fun
Golden Rule number 2:
Avoid the places were they have a "Paellador" sign at the door. Seriously.

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Golden Rule number 3:
If you see a waiter outside a restaurant holding a menu and trying to get you inside the place, run. (Run faster if he is also making the effort to speak English to you).

by Emilio Labrador

If you have followed The 3 Golden Golden Rules, you should be able to get a decent meal.

If you actually want some suggestions, I have made my own list of restaurants I like (and restaurants I would like to try).

However, it is impossible for me to mention all the good places in Barcelona, specially because I do not live there at the moment (and also because most of the time I lived there I was a student, and like every other student in Spain, I was pretty broke).

So, if you have any suggestions to add to the list, they are more than welcome.
I will also try to keep it up to date with the new places I may find on my next visits there.

I have been to & I recommend:

El Xampanyet

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One of the most classic tapas bar in Barcelona, it's been owned by the same family since the 30's. Famous for their home made "cava" (Catalan sparkling wine).
It is always packed, you will literally need to fight to get to the counter, all politeness is left at the door... that is, in my opinion, part of the fun!

La Cerveseria Catalana

Carrer de Mallorca, 236
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A very well known tapas restaurant in Barcelona. It is always crowded but it is worth the waiting. 
Try the Patatas Bravas!!
If you are new in the art of eating tapas, you may want to take a look at this Tapas Guide for beginners.


Enric Granados, 41
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Good 3 course lunch menu, healthy food with fresh ingredients.
They got free WiFi and a great terrace.



Asturias, 33
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If you go slow shopping in Gràcia do not miss the "Menú del día" at the SMS. It is also great for a casual dinner with tapas an a glass of wine.
Ah! and they have the best marinated olives ever!


Mercat de la Boqueria

Rambla, 91
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It is one of the biggest food markets in Barcelona, there are many food stalls where you can either grab something to eat or seat down and enjoy a proper meal.
I specially recommend the Pinotxo Bar (stall 66-67).


Federal Café

Parlament, 39
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They have very good coffee and even nicer terrace on the 3rd floor! Brunch on Sundays.


Can Margarit

Concordia, 21
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A very typical Catalan "taverna", they serve real Catalan food and tapas. Pretty rustic.
You must try the rabbit!

Cantina Machito

Torrijos, 47
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In my opinion one of the best real Mexican restaurants in Barcelona.


C3 Bar

Montalegre, 5
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Located in the inner yard of the Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA), by the CCCB, with a nice and quiet terrace. The lunch menu in there is usually very good.

Rita Rouge

Carrer Carme, 33 (Plaça Gardunya, 1)
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Restaurant and night bar, I usually go there for lunch in summer because they got a terrace with rather peculiar views to a the Mercat de la Boqueria parking. I know it sounds weird but for some strange reason I like it there.


Meatpacking Bistro

Travessera de Gràcia, 50-52
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Organic dishes and nice atmosphere.
You can get brunch during the weekends.


Chocolateria La Nena

Ramón y Cajal, 36
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Go there after a long day and get a real cup of hot chocolate and a piece of carrot cake!

Bobby Gin

Franisco Giner, 47
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A bar specialized in gin tonics.
The decoration of the place is just lovely.


Lolita Bakery

Carrer de Provença, 267
Carrer del Portal Nou, 20 
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The best cupcakes in Barcelona!
These lovely girls inspired me to start baking.


Someone has recommended to me & I would like to try: 


Comercial, 9
Eat fresh sea food while you have a glass of wine and listen jazz. Pretty fancy place.
They also have another restaurant where they sell fish and make sushi (Amigó, 39)

Tapas 24

Diputació, 269
Gourmet-like tapas, the chef is from El Bulli.

La Reina 

Sant antoni sombrerers, 3
A very good place for a romantic dinner. (Maybe in there I get to wear my new dress?)


Diputació, 251
Sandwiches made with delicious local products.

Las Delicias

Another good place to eat tapas near Parc Güell. The place is not so fancy but the food is good and the portions are huge. They got a nice terrace.


Marquès De L’Argentera, 1bis
Gourmet burgers


Rabassa, 37
Creative tapas. You get a small tapa for free with every drink. They also have a great selection of gin-tonics.

Mam i Teca

Lluna, 4
Local dishes with seasonal ingredients, they also serve craft beer made in Barcelona.

Cal Pep

Placa de les olles,  8
Catalan-Mediterranean cuisine, on the pricey side but I heard that is so worth it!

Quimet & Quimet

Poeta Cabanyes, 25
Tiny place with great tapas.

Have you tried them all already?
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And... if you want to know more about tapas, I super recommend this tapas guide for beginners in Taste of Sundays