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5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona

In Food Guides, Food Tours, Spain by Mindi Hirsch10 Comments

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Such is the case with the food scene in Barcelona. There’s so much good food that it can be overwhelming to know how to eat in Barcelona. Here are five suggestions on how to dive into the local food scene without missing a beat.

Overwhelmed by Barcelona's culinary scene? Here are 5 suggestions on how to eat in Barcelona.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the world’s most vibrant cities with awesome art, architecture and nightlife.  There are so many cool things to do in Barcelona, but, at least in our opinion, the best thing to do in Barcelona is to eat.

1. Graze through La Boqueria

Barcelona has many neighborhood markets, but Barcelona’s biggest and best market is the world-famous La Boqueria right in the heart of the city on Las Ramblas. The market is a magical place featuring delectable jamon, wide-eyed seafood and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Although La Boqueria is always crowded with tourists and locals, it really is a can’t miss destination for any food lover.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. La Boqueria is ranked as one of the best markets in the world. The market is a must for anybody who loves food. Eat in Barcelona

La Boqueria is ranked as one of the best markets in the world. The market is a must for anybody who loves food.

Tasting Tip: If you still have room after grazing through the market, treat yourself to a sweet treat at Chök, a modern chocolatier right near the market. This cute shop is a pleasant respite after the busy market.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Chök - The Chocolate Kitchen serves all kinds of chocolate treats from donuts to dipped marshmallows. 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

Chök – The Chocolate Kitchen serves all kinds of chocolate treats from donuts to dipped marshmallows.

Chök is located at Carrer del Carme, 3, 08001 Barcelona, Spain.

2. Eat at Tapas Bars

Tapas bars are everywhere in Barcelona. Thanks to the popularity of al fresco dining, there’s a buzz in the city created by clinking glasses and animated chit-chat on almost every corner.

Eating at a tapas bar can be just snacks or it can be a full on meal. Popular dishes include pan con tomate (tomato bread), patatas brava (fried potatoes topped with aioli and spicy tomato sauce) and croquetas (fried bundles of oozing deliciousness). With so many options, it can be challenging to select a tapas bar. Here are three tapas bars that you should check out:

Cal Pep is a bustling tapas bar in the trendy El Born neighborhood. It’s a good spot to experience an open kitchen making traditional tapas dishes.

Bodega 1900, part of the Albert Adria restaurant empire, serves innovative tapas in a lively atmosphere. From spherified olives to cannelloni stuffed with foie gras, the restaurant takes old-school tapas and makes it new and exciting.

Bardeni is a modern meat bar located near Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. The small restaurant is the perfect place for an affordable meal like steak tartare with a side of patatas bravas.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Bardeni is a meat bar, so it's no surprise that they serve top quality meat like this spicy steak tartare. 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

Bardeni is a meat bar, so it’s no surprise that they serve top quality meat like this spicy steak tartare.

Pro Tip: People eat in Barcelona later than in the United States. In fact, many restaurants don’t start serving dinner until 8:00. Plan your day accordingly and embrace the laid back approach to time.

Bardeni is located at Carrer de València, 454, 08013 Barcelona, Spain.

Bodega 1900 is located at Carrer de Tamarit, 91, 08015 Barcelona, Spain.

Cal Pep is located at Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.

3. Experience Molecular Gastronomy

Molecular gastronomy has its epicenter in Barcelona. Perhaps this is because the same creativity can be found in a well constructed plate of food as can be found in one of Gaudi’s modernist buildings.

There are a whopping 22 restaurants in Barcelona that have been awarded Michelin stars. These restaurants elevate food with gastronomic techniques like spherification, not to mention a healthy respect for foam. More importantly, they are serving beautifully plated food with exquisite flavors.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. The classics tasting menu at Rocca Moo is a perfect introduction to molecular gastronomy. This amuse bouche packs the punch of a Spanish omelet into one perfect bite. 2foodtripppers Eat in Barcelona

The classics tasting menu at Rocca Moo is a perfect introduction to molecular gastronomy. This amuse bouche packs the punch of a Spanish omelet into one perfect bite.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Dining at Angle is an elegant affair, but the food is both exciting and creative, like this cured egg yolk served with a selection of Iberian meats. 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

Dining at Angle is an elegant affair, but the food is both exciting and creative, like this cured egg yolk served with a selection of Iberian meats.

Tasting Tip: Tasting menus are a great way to get a full dining experience from amuse bouches to petit fours and everything in between. Not only do tasting menus offer a comprehensive introduction to molecular gastronomy, but they also tend to be less expensive than ordering on an a la carte basis.

Angle is located at Carrer Aragó, 214, 08011 Barcelona, Spain.

Roca Moo is located at Carrer Rosellón, 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain.

4. Take a Food Tour

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Devour Barcelona's Gràcia neighborhood food tour makes 10 delicious stops. This dish with housemade meatballs in a bean and pea gravy is just one example of the local foods eaten on the four-hour tour. 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

Devour Barcelona’s Gràcia neighborhood food tour makes 10 delicious stops. This dish with housemade meatballs in a bean and pea gravy is just one example of the local foods eaten on the four-hour tour.

Since Barcelona’s food culture can be a bit intimidating for a first-time visitor, taking a food tour is a fun way to learn about the city and its food. As a guest of Devour Barcelona, I participated in a comprehensive food tour in the charming Gracia neighborhood. The four-hour Devour Barcelona walking tour offers a wide selection of foods and drinks prepared by local artisans and chefs. Taking this tour is a fun way to learn about Barcelona’s rich food culture.

Pro Tip: Try to schedule a food tour early in your visit. A good tour will set the tone for your culinary experience while giving you an understanding of the local food scene.

5. Don’t Forget to Drink

Drinking in Barcelona is more of a right than a luxury. Beverage prices are reasonable, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy a drink (or two) at every meal when you eat in Barcelona. My drinks of choice are Cava, Red Wine and Vermouth.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Drinking a glass of rosé cava at Codorniu vineyards is a classic Catalonia experience. Why not drink a glass with every meal in Barcelona? 2foodtrippers Eat in Barcelona

Drinking a glass of rosé cava at Codorniu vineyards is a classic Catalonia experience. Why not drink a glass with every meal in Barcelona?

Cava – There’s no better way to start a meal in Barcelona than with a glass of Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine that rivals France’s Champagne and Italy’s Prosecco.

Red Wine – Catalan wines can be bought all over the world, but they keep the best bottles for themselves. My favorite varietals are Garnacha and Tempranillo, especially those from the Priorat region.

Vermouth – No longer relegated to the grandmother or nana crowd, vermouth is a popular drink in Barcelona for people of all ages. Served with a slice of orange and a green olive and often accompanied by a green canister of soda water, a glass of house-made vermouth is not to be missed in Barcelona.

5 Ways to Eat in Barcelona. Vermouth's popularity in Barcelona is proof that everything old is new again. 2foodtrippers

Vermouth’s popularity in Barcelona is proof that everything old is new again.

Tasting Tip: Gin and tonic cocktails are quite the rage in Barcelona. Xix, a trendy yet cosy cocktail bar near Bodega 1900, serves a mean G&T in a huge goblet.

Xix is located at Carrer de Rocafort, 19, 08015 Barcelona, Spain.

Where to Stay in Barcelona

I stayed at the Hotel Praktik Bakery during my time in Barcelona.  Located in the Eixample neighborhood, this hotel is in walking distance to many restaurants, bars and tourist sites including those mentioned in this article. Click here to explore the best rates for this conveniently located hotel with a bakery in the lobby. (Yes, you read that right, the hotel has a bakery in the lobby.)

Wondering what to do besides eat in Barcelona? Click here for suggestions on how to spend 48 hours in Barcelona. Better yet, plan to spend three full in the city days since there are so many great things to do in Barcelona. Also, if you want to see the nearby countryside and visit a historic monastery, you can plan a day trip to Montserrat.

Traveling beyond Barcelona? We highly recommend the Savored Journeys Spain Travel Guide. There’s so much to see (and eat!) in this exciting country – you don’t want to miss a thing.


Comments

    1. The Devour Barcelona tour was lots of fun, and there was so much great food. I thought it was amazing too.

  1. Hi Mindi! I just stumbled upon this article…thank you so much for the mention! We are certainly honored to be in the ranks of molecular dining and the like! What a great idea for a post–and great tips too for visitors to Barcelona.
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  2. Oh boy does this bring back some fantasic memories. I need to get back to Barcelona asap! Yum! I loved the hospitality here. The food culture and life in general is so inspiring! x
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  3. I’m so angry that I missed out on the molecular gastronomy stuff when I was in Barcelona last summer. It’s possible that I was following your last tip a little too closely ^^ Do you have any suggestions for awesome food places in Madrid? I’m heading there at the end of this year, and there are so many resources out there I have no clue where to begin!
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    1. We have not been to Madrid yet. Perhaps you should start your trip with a food tour. Devour Madrid does several tours that look fun. If you do a tour at the beginning of your visit, you will likely get some great tips on where to eat during the rest of your visit.

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