By far my favorite thing to experience in new cities is the food, and I did some serious calorie damage in Barcelona. From the tapas to the pinchos, the sangria to the clara, Barcelona did not disappoint my insatiable need to eat and drink my way through the city. You can easily get lost finding new restaurants, bars and cafes amongst the city (which is half the fun) so I put together this list of some awesome food and drink spots separated by area to give you somewhere to start. Click the links for more info on each place. Cheers!
Awesome tapas and a great wine selection. This was a great spot for young restaurant goers and seafood lovers. The grilled squid was delicious!
One of the best brunches I have ever had. Everything was adorable and delicious. I recommend the fresh Coconut water and the eggs benedict over waffles. Yum!
Another great brunch spot. This is a french cafe with amazing Cafe’ Lattes and eggs sandwiches.
This was the first restaurant I visited when I arrived because it was close to the hotel and the concierge recommended it. The tapas were phenomenal and the sangria did not disappoint! So happy that we started here it was the perfect spot to set us up for the rest of our trip.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t actually go to this pub, however I was told about it and stopped by the outside of it to check out the Obama statue that they have outside. It was hilarious and we had every intention of going back because I was told there live bands were great but we never got the chance. Maybe next time 🙂
Such a great bakery. Grab desert here after eating at one of the many, many restaurants on this road or go here for some cafe’ and a quick breakfast.
This is a really cool restaurant where you sit at foot level in the floor and there is a koi fish pond that runs around the entire dining area.
I went crazy here. Its a “buffet” style candy shop and you fill different sized containers that are each a different amounts of Euro. This was a great thing to have in the hotel room and on flights as a little sugar fix. I’m a sucker for gummy candies.
This spot has some great tapas at a pretty reasonable price and the ambiance is nice.
This is a place that has four or five different types of restaurants in one location. It’s a beautiful place and but slightly more pricey than other places but worth checking out just for the experience.
Kind of a little hole in the wall, its a great Aperol bar and a wonderful place to have your first Aperol Spritz!
This is a pretty touristy square but a cool square to check out. If you eat here, try not to be roped into a restaurant by the “hosts”. Try the restaurants that are less flashy.
I really enjoyed this spot. There is a buffet of all different types of pinchos with large toothpicks in them. You fill your plate with all the pinchos you want and put the toothpicks in cup at the table. When you are finished eating the waiter/waitress counts your toothpicks and charges you accordingly.
This spot is slightly hidden has but really good tapas that are a bit different than what you normally find around. Defiantly worth the search!
I only had the sangria here but I felt like I had to add it to the list because it was really good sangria and in a great location. I found out later that the food here is supposed to be quite good as well.
Sant Pere-Santo Caterina i La Ribera
This is a gorgeous bakery and they are known for having some of the best croissants in Barcelona.
Sal Cafe ^
This was without a doubt one of my favorite spots. Its right on the beach in Barceloneta and the seafood and drinks are amazing. The paella was out of this world and the view was gorgeous.
This spot has a great selection of margaritas and mojitos and they are delicious! It’s a really cool place to go to at night when the ceiling lamps are all lit up.
I made the mistake of eating lunch before visiting this market. (it didn’t keep me from stuffing my face, though) This market is where dreams are made. Fresh fruit, meats, seafood, nuts, chocolate, small restaurants/bars, deserts, gelato, the list goes on and on and on. It was wonderful and I can’t wait to go back one day.
This is an awesome tavern like bar with large tables and an “underground” feel. They have a beer garden style ordering area and you can also get a beer tower tap for your table to share. Order at least one Clara while you are there, its half lemonade half beer and it is wonderful. Great place to start a night out in Barcelona.
Hope this guide helps you in your Barcelona planning or inspires you to visit this delicious city!
Are there any places in Barcelona that you love and want to share? Leave your comments below!