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Cod at Roca Moo in Barcelona Spain

Barcelona Food Is Beautiful

In Food Travel, Spain by Mindi Hirsch23 Comments

There is much beauty in Barcelona starting with the architecture and ending with the food. Without doubt, Barcelona food is beautiful.

Cod at Roca Moo in Barcelona Spain

It’s not a secret that Barcelona food is among the best in the world.

It’s also not a 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.

Casa Battlo Barcelona in Barcelona Spain

Casa Batllo, or House of Bones, is a classic Antoni Gaudi building. Buildings like this are not unusual in Barcelona, and they set the tone for the city in all things, including the food.

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.

Tsukadani Turbot at Angle Restaurant in Barcelona Spain

This Tsukadani Turbot course at Angle Restaurant features curry spheres. The spheres add balance to the place as well as an intense curry flavor.


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.

Colorful Building in Barcelona Spain

In Barcelona, architects and city planners are not afraid to incorporate color in buildings.

Smoked Pigeon Carpaccio at Roca Moo in Barcelona Spain

The smoked pigeon carpaccio plate at Roca Moo incorporates color from candied orange peels and edible flowers. Without these colorful elements, the plate would not be so visually pleasing.


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.

View from Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain

The view from Sagrada Familia shows the colorful Barcelona cityscape bordered by the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Mushrooms and Foie Focaccia at Restaurant Angle in Barcelona Spain

Before eating the mushrooms and foie focaccia at Restaurant Angle, it’s important to take a few moments to appreciate the intricate construction. The paper-thin mushroom slivers are layered with foie over a thin focaccia cracker. The cracker is then placed over a glass of Albidum Pico consommé.


Most meals in Barcelona end with desserts that are well constructed and teeming with color and style, similar to savory food but sweeter. In my opinion, desserts in Barcelona rival desserts in any other European city including Paris.

Pastry Puff at Bodega 1900 in Barcelona Spain

The pastry puff at Bodega 1900 incorporates careful construction and colorful fruit to create a satisfying dessert experience.

Pumpkin Dessert at Roca Moo in Barcelona Spain

The pumpkin dessert at Roca Moo is a colorful work of creative art. Without good construction, this dessert would instead be a colorful mess.

Visiting Barcelona can be overwhelming for the first time, making it critical to follow Barcelona tips 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.

Research Hotels in Barcelona

Have we convinced you to visit Barcelona to experience some of the world’s best food and architecture? If so, click here to explore where to stay in Barcelona. This guide will help you navigate the city’s different neighborhoods and hotel options.

We recommend two different Barcelona hotels based on different 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 conveniently located 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 2foodtrippers approved hotel.

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Mindi Hirsch is half of the team behind the award-winning Food and Travel website 2foodtrippers. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Mindi lives in Lisbon, Portugal with husband Daryl.

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  1. Oh man… I went to Barcelona as an undiscerning, indiscriminate and inexperienced college student so obviously I didnt eat (or do many other things) properly there. I see you more than made up for it. And I just love your juxtaposition of food and the city!

    1. Just think about how much fun you’ll have when you return to Barcelona. It will be a whole new experience.

  2. Mindi! What a beautiful, whimsical post! Loved the comparisons of the city with its food. Hope to see you again one day!

    1. I really enjoyed meeting you during the Devour Barcelona tour! I hope to see you again in your beautiful city, sooner than later.

  3. Those desserts look so amazing. I noticed that the below average, overpriced restaurant we ate in, was not mentioned.

  4. We were in Barcelona last month and the food was incredible!! I absolutely loved it. Though we mostly ate at tapas-y places we still had so many good meals. The only thing that was tough was the opening hours are so late! Especially challenging when travelling with kids.

    1. If you’re going to eat tapas, then Barcelona is the place. I love how the food is so good all over the city.

  5. Wow- this looks like quite the food adventure. Your images and descriptions really make the meals come alive. That puff pastry desert looks heavenly 🙂

    Sampling the food is such a great way to get to know a destination on a more personal level. Looks like you have an amazing connection. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Barcelona is such an amazing city, sangria and tapas! It’s definitely the colour red for me – all warm and welcoming. We are hoping to spend longer than a long weekend there in 2016.

  7. Our 11-year-old daughter tried her first pigeon dish at 8 years old and she loved it. I wonder is she’d like it as a carpaccio? It looks delicious. The Foie with mushroom is so beautiful too and probably even more delicious! Now, I’m starving! Can’t wait to get back to Barcelona.

  8. Wow! The interplay between the architecture and the food is incredibly original! I definitely have to got to Barcelona!

  9. I love the pics. The food looks so fabulous. I love how you matched the images of the food so well with the architecture.

  10. All of the food in your pictures looked beautiful! I think I would be afraid to eat it though! 😉

  11. wow these photos are gorgeous! sure makes me hungry!

  12. I love the architecture of the first photo. I see fish in the side of the one building and must sadly admit I’ve never been outside the United States, furthest I have been was knee deep in Pacific/Atlantic oceans.

  13. Barcelona is an amazing city and I love everything about it

  14. if you like Barcelona, then add San Sebastian to your list. There you can find even more delicious food 🙂

  15. This blog was beautiful! I love the connection from the architecture to the food, I’m starving now too!

  16. I go every year (just got back a few weeks ago). I absolutely adore the food in Barcelona. Thanks for taking me back. 🙂

  17. I’ve got a friend in Barcelona at the moment for a couple of months. I’ll send her the link to this post to pass on ideas of places to try. Food looks fantastic.

    1. Your friend is so lucky to live in Barcelona for an extended time. Hopefully, you’ll be able to visit her/him and eat some of Barcelona’s fantastic food.

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