This blog post was originally posted on January 22, 2015, and was updated on January 26, 2018.
Wondering where to eat in Barcelona? In the city that is a mecca for food lovers, the answer is a long one!
Barcelona is a food lover’s city and there are not enough meals in a day to truly grasp all that’s on offer. Ancient family-run tascas to Michelin-starred creative hotspots the list is endless. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or calling Barcelona home, you will have to be choosy! Let us help you decide where to eat in Barcelona (and why!).
The best way to try a variety of what Barcelona has to offer food lovers and truly discover where to eat in Barcelona (like a local!) is by taking a Barcelona food tour. We recommend our daytime tours to get a true taste of how locals eat, drink and shop!
Carrer del Parlament
It’s hard to go wrong deciding where to eat in Barcelona if you’re on Parlament Street, a wide strip cutting through the Eixample district’s Sant Antoni neighborhood. Furthermore, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or vermouth, there is always something of top-notch quality on hand.
Els Sortidors del Parlament (Carrer Parlament, 53) is a local favorite with great wine, delicious tapas and a perfect, buzzing atmosphere around the clock. Down the street, the tucked-away terrace of Bar Calders (Carrer Parlament, 25) is also amazing, if you can snag a table! This is the place to go for a bit of picoteo, a light snack before lunch or dinner. Try the house-made vermouth with their special patatas bravas—yum!
Local’s Tip: Don’t miss out on latest local trendsetters like Federal Café (Carrer Parlament, 39) for great coffee and even better brunch. Or finally, La Donuteria (Carrer Parlament, 20) for first-class donuts, because yes, donuts are back.
In Barcelona, not only can you buy extra-fresh at the numerous local markets, you can also eat at them too. The famous Boqueria market (La Rambla, 91) is obviously high on the list of places to eat the freshest of the fresh in Barcelona. It also has a few tiny and timeless restaurants inside.
One of those is El Quim de la Boqueria, serving up a multitude of mouth-watering dishes along their 16 meters of bar space since 1987. Another classic is Pinotxo Bar, the perfect place for what they call esmorzar amb forquilla. This is a big Catalan-style breakfast that involves a lot more than your typical toast. Have a look at the video below to meet the wonderful owner Juanito!
If you’re looking to escape the crowds while getting a real taste of Catalan cuisine, look no further than the Village of Gracia. North of the Eixample, this bohemian neighborhood is home to a multitude of family-run restaurants, bars, and bodegas that know good cooking.
Carrer d’Enric Granados
With its stunning architecture and beautiful, tree-lined boulevards, Barcelona’s Eixample District is elegant, classic and a must for hungry foodies. Head to the charming pedestrian street Enric Granados for a concentrated dose of Barcelona’s classier side.
We love Brunch and Cake (Carrer Enric Granados, 19), a New York style cafe that gets Barcelona on the map for good brunch!
Seafood fans prepare. There are fantastic seafood restaurants all over Barcelona, but head to the old fishermen’s neighborhood of Barceloneta to get that true salty flavor of the city. Find hole-in-the-wall fried fish joints to no-frill tapas bars filled with regulars. Furthermore, it’s the perfect area to immerse yourself in Barcelona’s authentic, maritime past.
Discover the secrets of the Barceloneta neighborhood on our daytime Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona food tour—we go off the beaten path and into tiny family-run food gems—sign up before spots are gone!
Wander to Poble Sec, a quaint neighborhood at the foot of Montjuic! It has one of Barcelona’s biggest up-and-coming foodie scenes. Blai Street is where many nights start. There are endless amount of hopping tapas and pintxos bars lining each side. Head further up and find other gems like famous Adria brothers’ restaurants and the like. If it sounds tempting, read our full post on where to eat in Poble Sec!
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