Top 10: Places to Eat in Barcelona with Teletext HolidaysBy Angelica Malin
Planning the perfect Spain trip? Discover the best places to eat in Barcelona with our handy guide. Barcelona holidays are amazing fun – with delicious food, a great beach, wonderful hotels and lots of adventures to be had. If you’re booking a holiday to Barcelona, discover Teletext Holidays for all your travel needs and discover their blog for holiday inspiration. Here’s 10 things you simply must eat in Barcelona:
Places to Eat in Barcelona: Local Favourites
The Lowdown: For gastronomical delights like none other, Spoonik Restaurant is the place to come. Located in the neighborhood of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, near the Jardines del Putxet, it’s a great spot for a romantic dinner, with amazing Spanish food created by chefs Jon Giraldo and Jaime Lieberman.
Eat: Barcelona holidays don’t mean just tapas and wine – it’s all about avant-garde fare here, with a focus on new techniques and beautifully presented food. There’s Mexican and Colombian influences in every dish, and a huge wine cellar for wine lovers to enjoy.
Where: 08023, Carrer de Bertran, 28, 08023 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Spoonik Restaurant
The Lowdown: Moments from the Picasso Museum, near some of Barcelona’s best attractions, this quirky coffee shop and tapas bar is a great place to come to soak up the local vibes. The bar attracts a young, buzzy crowd, day in and day out, with some of the best tapas and cocktails in town. One of our favourite spots during Barcelona holidays for sure!
Eat: El Xampanyet is ideal for a tapas-style dinner, with lots of delicious nibbles and wine. Try the roasted beef and padron peppers, they are too good. For something local to the area, you can’t miss their rustic homemade bread with tomato puree and olive oil, and the famous jamon.
Where: Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
The Lowdown: Barcelona holidays don’t need to be expensive. For a really creative meal that doesn’t break the bank, head to Ofis – a day-time restaurant that specialises in good food, at great prices. The concept is simple – there’s a delicious menu of six dishes, you can pick two to enjoy in any order, with a lovely glass of wine and divine desserts to match.
Eat: There’s everything from homemade pizza to tender meat, classic vitello tonnato or
Where: Carrer d’Espalter, 4 bajos 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Ofis Restaurant – Facebook
The Lowdown: Les Truites is an egg lovers’ dream – the restaurant offers a menu with a concept of homemade tortillas. There’s an amazing array of tortillas here, from traditional Spanish omelette with onion, to creative and original recipes, such as omelette onions with romesco sauce.
Eat: One of the best places to eat in Barcelona for something quick and delicious. Eat all the tortillas. From cheese to mushroom, vegetable to ham, they have every flavour of Spanish omelettes here – you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. My personal favourite is the is the Spanish omelette with potato, it’s too good. For more advice on travelling to Barcelona, see here.
Where: Carrer d’Arimon, 22, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
Places to Eat in Barcelona: Must-Try Restaurants
The Lowdown: For local fare, you can’t get better than this. El Mercader de l’Eixample is a traditional Catalan cuisine restaurant, which serves up organic, healthy cuisine, using the best local, quality produce from Barcelona. El Mercader de l’Eixample concentrates on products that come from farms that are close and organic, using seasonal products, avoid using GMOs and serving only sustainable fish.
Eat: All the delicious, local delights. Favourites include the roast chicken croquettes, baby quid with garlic and parsley and grilled vegetables with spicy tomato sauce. You can’t miss the custard filled doughnuts for dessert, they are beyond delicious.
Where: Carrer de Mallorca, 239, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: El Mercader de l’Eixample
The Lowdown: For a spot of Japanese sushi, you can’t leave Barcelona without trying Can Kenji. The food here is fresh, healthy and delicious – just as nature intended. Either dine a la carte, and choose meat or fish with a bowl of rice and a bowl of miso soup, or combine three or four basic menu items with sushi for a great tasting menu.
Eat: One of the best places to eat in Barcelona for something different. Delicious plates include Iberian pork with ginger sauce, teriyaki salmon, mackerel with miso stew and dice monkfish. There’s also a great range of sashimi and sushi, with a delicious green tea ice cream to finish on.
Where: Carrer del Rosselló, 325, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Can Kenji
Places to Eat in Barcelona: Fine Dining
The Lowdown: ABaC is a restaurant like none other in Barcelona – the restaurant was awarded with 2** Michelin, and nominated by The Best Restaurant 2011 in Catalonia by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy. Beautifully located in the newly constructed pavilion, this is a calm, neutral and elegant place for the best fine dining around.
Eat: The food is fancy, but very delicious – perfect if you’re planning Barcelona holidays with a bit of sparkle. Try dishes such as tuna marrow and cutlet with Pacific oyster, lemon and salted sunflower seeds, or roasted turbot, glazed fish skins and smoked fish bone jus with cockles, aubergines and pickled. For a taste of everything, order the tasting menu, which is a 10-course foray into Michelin magic.
Where: Av. del Tibidabo, 1, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: ABaC Restaurant
The Lowdown: Con Gracia opened its doors in 2004, and has become one of Barcelona’s top gastronomic spaces in the neighborhood of Gracia. Chef Jordi Delfa focuses on using the best quality produce, native to Spain, and giving a modern twist to classic dishes. Come here for all the local foodie delight, and don’t skip dessert – it’s a real highlight.
Eat: One of the best places to eat in Barcelona for tasting menus. There’s so many heavenly dishes on this menu, you’ll struggle to choose. Highlights include mushroom rice with truffle, lamb with celery cream and violet potatoes, and cod with ceps and salsa. Their ginger cookies with a coffee are also perfection.
Where: Carrer de Martínez de la Rosa, 8, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Photo credit: Con Gracia – Facebook
The Lowdown: If you’re looking for something once in a lifetime, this is the place to come. There’s some crazy, amazing alchemy happening at Alkimia, with a theatrical approach to food. Expect lots of deconstructed dishes, and food that wows, created by chef Jordi Vilà.
Eat: Everything is not what you expect at this special restaurant – one of our favourite special spots for Barcelona holidays. Even the traditional bread rubbed with tomato is deconstructed, to give a modern, surprising touch. We won’t give away too much about the food, but expect a wonderful tasting menu with lots of gourmet twists and turns along the way.
Where: Ronda de Sant Antoni, 41, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Places to Eat in Barcelona: Cafe Culture
The Lowdown: Els Quatre Gats is a wonderful café that famously became a popular meeting place for famous artists throughout the modernist period in Catalonia. Today, it serves up some of the best delicious tapas in all of the city, and one place you must visit.
Eat: Come here for all the Spanish sharing plates; there’s everything from scallops with ham to Northern-style fried eggs with red prawns. Other highlights include black cuttlefish croquettes and the Spanish cheese platter with raisin toast. If you try one thing, make it the slow-cooked egg in a jar with truffle potato cream, it’s dreamy.
Where: Carrer de Montsió, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain