This blog post was originally posted on February 4, 2016, and was updated on September 24, 2017.
Barceloneta, Barcelona’s old fishermen’s neighborhood, is teeming with incredible tapas, fresh seafood and authentic bars that are lost in time.
When visitors to Barcelona think of Barceloneta, they usually think of spending time on the beach. Soaking up the sun with a beer in hand, and unfortunately, eating from a selection of restaurants with their flashy tourist menus that end up being a less than satisfying meal. But the truth is, there are some amazing, authentic eats to be found! Furthermore, read on to find out where to eat in Barceloneta with our insider recommendations!
Maians is a small tapas bar on a small street off the main square of Barceloneta. Rustic decor with a central bar, it’s easy to feel at home in the lovely little blue bordered restaurant. It’s also home to one of the best-value fideuàs in Barcelona. At only €11 per person, enjoy this tasty noodle version of paella.
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 28
It’s rare that there’s no line outside Forn Baluard, and when you go, you will realize why. This bakery was one of the first to bring back the art of making bread, boasting dozens of different loaves of all shapes and sizes. And if you’re looking for amazing pastries in Barcelona, you now know where to find them! Their almond croissant is to die for—trust us!
Address: Carrer de Baluart, 38
El Vaso de Oro
This corner bar on the edge of Barceloneta is always crowded, but don’t let that dismay you. Dressed to the nines, the waiters at El Vaso de Oro not only offer service but quite the show at this tapas and beer bar. Plus for beer lovers in Barcelona, they also make their own brew!
Address: Carrer de Balboa, 6
Cova Fumada is most definitely what you’d call a hole in the wall! There are no frills here, and you won’t miss them! There isn’t even a sign on the door, though it won’t be hard to find. You can smell the delicious plancha from down the street, cooking up all sorts of delicious tapas. Rumor has it that this was where the first bomba was served—a fried potato and ground beef croquette, so typical of Barceloneta.
Address: Carrer de Baluart, 56
We do love a good, old-school bodega. Bar Electricitat is your go-to corner bodega for a vermouth and a few cold tapas. The barrels have collected dust, but that doesn’t mean that what comes out of them isn’t delicious! Wondering where to eat in Barceloneta, and drink, look no further than here!
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 15
Run by a mother-daughter team, Cal Papi is a dreamy little maritime tapas bar that specializes in buñuelos de bacalao, or salt-cod fritters, a staple to any tapas menu in Barcelona. You will feel like you’re off at sea in this adorable hole-in-the-wall, and they will welcome you as if you’re family.
Address: Carrer d’Antlàntida, 65
Moncho’s Marina Bay
We know, we know, a list of where to eat in Barceloneta would be nothing without at least one seaside option! With an idyllic location right by the sea, the Moncho’s group standout restaurant Marina Bay is the perfect spot to tuck into incredibly fresh seafood and sip on cava. This lovely restaurant also happens to be the home of one of the best paellas in all of Barcelona.
Address: Calle de la Marina, 19–21
Jai-Ca is a local favorite for tapas in Barceloneta, so much so that they even opened a second location down the street. The list is long and the options are many, but rest assured that you can’t go wrong at this classic Barceloneta tapas bar!
Address: Carrer de Ginebra, 13
Of course, there’s one dish that you will find at its best in the old fisherman’s neighborhood, and that is a delicious paella. Check out the video below to enjoy one at its best.
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