Where to Eat in Barcelona: The Gothic Quarter

This blog post was originally posted on November 26, 2015 and was updated on September 11, 2017.

Barcelona’s oldest area, the Gothic Quarter, is filled with charm, enigma and, well, its fair share of tourist traps.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well there! If you aren’t familiar with el gòtic, the area can be a bit difficult to navigate. However, there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the Gothic Quarter if you know where to look. So get out your maps and get ready to explore, and let us help you find where to eat in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona (and don’t miss out on our full post on things to do besides eat in the Gothic Quarter!).

Barcelona's oldest area, the Gothic Quarter, is filled with charm, enigma and, well, its fair share of tourist traps. But that doesn't mean you can't eat well there, you just have to know where to look! Read our guide as to where to eat in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, and have yourself a delicious adventure in this wonderful city!

La Alcoba Azul

There are some pockets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter that breathe magic and history. The old Jewish neighborhood, El Call, does just that. If you ever find it, head to La Alcoba Azul, a dusty little tapas bar specializing in tostas. These thick slices of countryside bread, slathered with anything from sobrassada to roasted vegetables, are what bring locals back for more. It’s one of the simplest, most authentic places to eat in the Gothic Quarter.

Address: Carrer de Sant Domenech del Call, 14 

We love the tostas at La Alcoba Azul, one of the best places to eat in the Gothic Quarter!
These tostas couldn’t look tastier!

Granja Dulcinea

Some of Barcelona’s most historical cafes can be found at the many granjas around town. The word granja, in this case, refers to a Catalan style deli, that specializes in cream, pastries and thick hot chocolate.

Granja Dulcinea is a time warp that transports you to a Barcelona of the early 20th century, when families would go out for their afternoon snack after a walk around town. And in any case, you should definitely add Spanish hot chocolate to your list of things to eat in Barcelona!

Address: Carrer del Petritxol, 2

Spain's famous churros and chocolate are one of the most classic things to eat in the Gothic Quarter!
Churros and chocolate: the perfect snack for the whole family!

La Plata

There’s a reason why the little corner bar La Plata calls itself the last standing authentic bar in the Gothic Quarter. Now, whether or not this is true is debatable, but most would agree that it’s one of the best. Rustic, authentic and with only four (yes, four) tapas on offer, we also had to include it in our list of top tapas bars in Barcelona.

Want to visit La Plata in good company? Join us on our Tapas, Taverns & History of Barcelona tour to visit this hidden gem and so much more in the Gothic Quarter!

Address: Carrer de la Merce, 28

Meet our friend Pepe at his bar La Plata as we show you the best places to eat in the Gothic Quarter and beyond!
Pepe, owner of La Plata, runs one of the most iconic establishments in the Gothic Quarter.

Federal Cafe Gotic

Federal Cafe, originally opened in the trendy neighborhood of Sant Antoni, was such a smashing success that they opened a second location in arguably one of the most gorgeous alleyways of Barcelona. This local favorite does a lot of things well, from coffee to brunch, to cakes, to healthy but hearty organic meals. Airy, open and comfortable with a beautiful design, this place itself is worth seeing (or rather, finding), even if you aren’t starving!

Address: Passatge de la Pau, 11

Federal Cafe is a local favorite place to eat in the Gothic Quarter!
From classic pastries to trendy avocado toast, you can’t go wrong at Federal!

Shunka

Tired of tapas? Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a lot on offer–not only Spanish and Catalan food! One of the best (and well-priced) Japanese restaurants is just a stone’s throw from Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral, yet you might walk by it ten times without ever realizing it. Shunka has it all—whether you just need a sushi fix or you’re in the mood for a three-course proper Japanese dinner.

Address: Carrer de Sagristans, 5

Japanese restaurant Shunka is one of the best places to eat in the Gothic Quarter for international food!
Shunka is home to some of the best sushi in Barcelona!

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Looking for stellar coffee in Barcelona on one of the quietest, coziest, sun-drenched corners of the city? Satan’s Coffee Corner is one of the trend-setters for good coffee in Barcelona, so if you love a high quality cuppa joe, be sure to make this a stop in your wanderings while finding where to eat in the Gothic Quarter. Don’t know how to order? Check out our guide for how to order coffee in Barcelona, though the coffee at Satan’s Coffee Corner does get a bit more gourmet!

Address: Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11

Pla

Barcelona and Catalonia have long been on the map for creative cuisine, and Pla, a local favorite, is the perfect spot for special occasions or romantic dinners. Get ready to stimulate your senses with their inventive dishes and different tasting menus. All the while, you’ll be tucked into one of the most beautiful places to eat in the Gothic Quarter.

Address: Carrer de Bellafila, 5

Sometimes it feels like there are not enough meals in the day. You want to try so many things in such little time! That’s why you should join us on a food tour, a wonderful way to get a handle on Barcelona’s cultural, historical and, most importantly, foodie background, all in one morning, afternoon, or evening! 

7 Comment

  1. […] bad considering what a historical place it is. Expect comfort food and house wine! And head to our full post about great food in the area if you’re looking for more places to eat in the Gothic […]

  2. […] Have one of Barcelona’s best brunches at Federal Cafe, with two gorgeously airy spots in the Gothic Quarter as well as Sant Antoni. From hearty egg dishes to perfectly crafted sandwiches, it’s no […]

  3. […] Where to Eat: The cornerstone of the Gothic Quarter’s food scene is the Boqueria Market— Barcelona’s most famous food hall. While the market can get a bit crowded for my taste (Barcelona is home to many other great markets too!) there are still a lot of delicious bites to discover. And right down the street is one of the best places in town for rich Spanish hot chocolate, Granja Dulcinea. See more foodie tips for the Gothic Quarter on this Devour Barcelona guide! […]

  4. […] Granja 1892 boasts one of the most priveldged locations: tucked away on a small street of the Gothic Quarter, you can have your hot chocolate sitting next to pieces of the old Roman […]

  5. […] Castanya: Check out modern Mediterranean tapas with a creative twist at this Gothic Quarter tapas bar that boasts an almost entirely gluten-free kitchen. Carrer de Escudellers, […]

  6. Rachel says: Reply

    I’ve just arrived back from an amazing two days in barcelona, I found a fab restaurant in the gothic quarter it’s called arcana little bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. It was my boyfriend’s birthday so it waS my treat. The food was exquisite the waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine, who’d definitely recommend it if you want something a little bit special

  7. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Thanks for sharing this list, everything looks so delicious!

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