Best Restaurants in Barcelona
The gourmet scene of Barcelona is one of the most talked-about currently in Europe. Let’s discover together why.
Very often cities’ gastronomical merits are compared among each other. So you might read in a magazine how New York, Paris and Barcelona compare in terms of latest gourmet trends for example. Few take a second to consider that the gastronomical wonder that the Catalan capital offers us, does not come from a capital or from a city with 10+ million inhabitants. No, Barcelona is not a tiny province, but I do give it some merit for competing among humongous metropolis filled with restaurants. Barcelona has 1,6 million people.
How about we start the day with a punchy brunch? Breakfasts on the seashore are ALWAYS a great idea
If you want to try something a little bit different, go for an Italian version of a Brunch. The go-to Trattoria in town at the moment, Totó, serves a delicious Italian version of this generally British tradition.
In Sant Antoni you can find the sober and relaxed Federal Cafe. The owners are Australian and to them it goes the merit of introducing the concept of Brunch in the catalan capital. “Before nobody used to do it, now it’s hard to see place without it” tells us the owner.
If you want to go Grand, the Hotel Majestic offers for you for about 40€ with champagne an abundant variety of pastries, different eggs, shellfish, croquetas, but also intriguing main course dishes that make this one of the most complete brunch options we feeli like proposing you.
Barcelona is a relatively small city, and in small cities with a huge foodie addiction, you are likely to find smallish restaurants. Space in good location is limited, so smaller more cozy options are the answer. Smaller does not mean lower quality in Barcelona, generally quite the opposite. The french word Bistro applies perfectly to these corners trying to present you honest and real food.
Not far from the Rambla del Raval, you get across Suculent and let me tell you, the name is not a coincidence! This juicy bistro has plenty of Spanish and Catalan classics, from the ganxet beans with bacon and eggs down to the salt cod pil-pil and the smoked sardines. This neighbourhood tavern is pretty simply decorated but offers quality food at an honest price. About 60€ for 2 people.
Cañete Barra y Mantel in the Raval area is a typical catalan Tasca where they serve Andalucian very tempting tapas. Meatballs with cuttlefish, poached eggs with sauce Perigord and foie, the Wellington stake are only some of the wonders you can try here.
Prices are around 60€ for the two of you.
Chiringuitos – Beach Huts
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The word chiringuito means something absolutely special to the spanish people. It reminds them of a comfy shack by the beach while they sip fresh white wine or beer and enjoy with paella or grilled fish. This romantic yet relaxing image however has been evolving lately and all over Spain lately (even where there is no beach!) new chilled Chiringuitos have opened for the pleasure of our palates.
Martinez decided to do something original. Chef Jose Maria Parrado replicated the entire beach, seashore feeling, almost on top of the Montjuic hill! The result? The jaw-dropping terrace on top of the harbour makes you immediately grasp the reason of this choice. Prices around 70€ for two.
La Barraca lies is tasty roots right in front of the seaside, just next to the famous and very visible Arts Hotel. I don’t need to say that if you are a fish lover this is the place for you. You can find all the spanish classics and much more, Paella, chipirones in a variety of ways and the Wine menu is very intriguing too, let Jose guide you among the choice. The prices are around 65€ for two.
If you are up for more Chiringuitos you should not miss out on the Pez Vela, also very close. There is a very wide variety of fish dishes, drinks and dessert. All amazing of course. Prices around 45€ for two.
the Real Deal
Pakta in the Poble-Sec neighborhood, is a unique Nikkei eatery mashes Peruvian classics with the Japanese immigration that Peru had. The Adrias brothers are an institution in Barcelona already with their 5 others gourmet inventions: Tickets, Hoja Santa, Enigma, Bodega 1900, Niño Viejo. Each with a different concept, and all pretty much steps away from each other, these two brave brothers will surprise you in their small cozy dining room, with the ethnic colors and elements they will slowly immerse you in this intimate and exclusive experience where the food is definitely the protagonist. Prices go around 75€ for the full course menu.
Not too far, in Eixample, you can delight yourself with another Barcelona star of fine eating, the Petit Comité. Gloriously held by chef Fermi Puig for many years, you could taste here many catalan classics coming from the everyday tradition, yet revisit with a genius touch. Recently the golden ladle passed to Michelin starred chef Nandu Jubany, who was able to bring this marvelous restaurant even further with a five course menu that is seasonal and that adapts to the offers of the territory, to bring you only fresh genuine proposals to your dish.
First of all the internationally famous chef Paco Perez has been dictating trends in the kitchen since decades in Spain. Starting from his first beach hut in Llaçà, a small village in Costa Brava. This small chiringuito magically turned into what now is the acclaimed Restaurante Miramar, two Michelin stars populate the sky above this cozy and excellent classy restaurant.
Pepito used to be a popular place for hot dogs (Pepito in Spanish), but things have changed. now it became a classy option, among one of the trendiest in the city. This is a very practical, straight forward diner with genuine dishes that serve the purpose. Despite the very glamorous yet elegant look, the prices are extremely reasonable (40€ for the two) and the service particularly excellent. From the same owners, Xalada in Sant Antoni just opened receiving a surprising success despite being so new and there is a plan to revive the famous Para.lel (Corner with Parlament and Calabria).
Arts Hotel is one of the most visual hotels in Barcelona, one of the tallest skyscrapers easily
recognizable from distance. Enoteca is the proposal for Barcelona of chef Perez and the 10 course tasting menu for 140€ will seriously make you challenge what food meant to you up until trying it.
From the Cap de Creus prawns down to the black truffle and the foie gras, chef Perez makes every dish seem impeccable yet not pretentious, all within a frame of a restaurant that feels warm and welcoming blissed with its maritime orange light. The Catalan influence in his cooking is clear and well appreciated and the relationship with his originary village are clear. The genuine relationship between true honest ingredients and fine cuisine is astonishing and reassuring at the same time.
In Berlin, Paco opened Cinco, another curious invention that redefines Spanish cuisine with an international touch. Royale, L’Eggs and Hotel Mirror complete the sensorial journey this very talented chef invites you to try.