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Barcelona food is among the best in the world.
It’s no secret that Barcelona is a beautiful city. Whimsical architecture with vivid colors and bold design harmoniously co-exist with stately, elegant buildings.
Walking in the city is a veritable feast for the eyes, thanks to eclectic buildings that flirtatiously tantalize pedestrians with their swirling, quirky details. Antoni Gaudi buildings scattered throughout the city are utterly unique and exciting, especially Casa Batlló with its colorful facade and sinewy design.
And then there’s the food.
Just like the rest of Spain, Barcelona’s food scene is an all-encompassing part of the city’s fabric. Clearly inspired by the city’s fantastic architecture, local chefs regularly use vivid colors and incorporate daring shapes and textures into their culinary creations.
Barcelona Food is Beautiful
This is a city where it’s not unusual to find bubbles dancing on the plate for mere moments before the inevitable flavor explosion. Molecular gastronomy has its epicenter in Catalonia, so it’s no surprise that spherification is prevalent in Barcelona’s high-end restaurants.
Spherification is the process of shaping liquid into little round balls, or spheres. The process is quite technical and involves sodium alginate and calcium chloride, but the end result is both fun and intensely flavorful.
Since Barcelona chefs live in such a colorful city, it’s no surprise that color is a key feature in the food preparation.
These chefs appreciate that food should involve all five senses, not just the sense of taste.
They understand that color adds so much to the dining experience.
It’s virtually impossible to walk around Barcelona without noticing the amazing architecture. Although many buildings are older than the century mark, the city continues to add contemporary buildings to its cityscape.
Similar to the architecture, Barcelona food is well-constructed with notable attention to detail.
Respect for the food results in exquisite quality in both taste and presentation.
Most meals in Barcelona end with desserts that are well constructed and teeming with color and style, similar to savory food but sweeter.
Visiting Barcelona can be overwhelming for the first time, making it critical to follow Barcelona tips from a trusted source as you plan your trip. We recommend that you include food in the planning process
Whether you have a day or a year to explore Barcelona, food must be part of your exploration. Food is just as important as the architecture and provides a direct insight into the city’s psyche.
It’s been said that you have to taste a culture to understand it. Tasting food Barcelona is like tasting beauty.
Angle Restaurant is located at Carrer Aragó, 214, 08011 Barcelona, Spain.
Bodega 1900 is located at Carrer de Tamarit, 91, 08015 Barcelona, Spain.
Roca Moo is located at Carrer Rosellón, 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain.
Plan Your Hotels in Stay
Have we convinced you to visit Barcelona to experience some of the world’s best food and architecture? We recommend two different Barcelona hotels based on our visits.
- Hotel Praktik Bakery in the Eixample neighborhood is within walking distance to many restaurants, bars and tourist sites including those mentioned in this article. Click here to explore the best rates for this hotel with a bakery in the lobby. (Yes, you read that right, the hotel has a bakery in the lobby.)
- The conveniently located Silver Aparthotel Barcelona in the Gracia neighborhood makes a good base for exploring the city. As a bonus, it’s near the Devour Barcelona tour recommended above and many of the best places to eat in Barcelona. Click here to check the rates for this convenient hotel.
If you prefer having access to a kitchen, click here to find an Airbnb apartment.
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About the Author
Mindi Hirsch left corporate America to embark on a never-ending quest for the next great meal. The award-winning Food & Travel writer lives in Lisbon with her partner Daryl.