Barcelona Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Barcelona

In Barcelona, expect to find a mix of traditional Spanish dishes along with Mediterranean-infused Catalonian classics. While here, make sure to sample Spanish staples including jamón ibérico, manchego cheese, tortilla española (potato omelet), gazpacho (cold soup), and patatas bravas (sautéed potatoes typically served with a spicy aioli). And considering the city borders the Mediterranean Sea, you should indulge in paella accordingly. But when in Catalonia, try the Catalan versions of paella. There's arròs a la catalana, which features much of the same ingredients of paella except the dish doesn't use saffron, a key ingredient in Spanish paella. Fideuà is another paella-like dish with a Catalan spin, only instead of rice you get noodles. 
Catalonian cuisine is big on meat and fish. And while that may not sound too far off from the rustic, meat-heavy fare found throughout the rest of Spain, the difference here is that the Catalans like to mix both of them together in one dish. Mar i muntanya is the name of the phenomenon, so don't be alarmed if while in a restaurant, you notice a dish coming out with chicken and shrimp together on a plate. If that sounds too heavy for your liking, there are plenty of lighter options that are quintessentially Catalan. Grilled vegetables are surprisingly big for a place that loves pork. (Sausage is another staple here. Instead of focusing on chorizo, go for the regional botifarras sausage). One of the most traditional Catalan dishes available is escalivada, which is grilled eggplant and red peppers mixed with olive oil and garlic (sometimes with anchovies) served on top of bread. There's also the vegetarian-friendly, and favored pa amb tomàquet snack, or bread spread with a mix of olive oil, garlic and crushed tomatoes. And if you're visiting from December to early May, seek out a calçot cookout. Calçots are a type of spring onions native to the province, and it's a Catalan pastime to char them on a grill and dip them in romesco sauce.  Also part of the pastime? Wearing bibs (often emblazoned with calçots) and eating outside, where the grilled calçots are spread among newspaper. (If that sounds familiar, it's the same way crab and lobster is consumed in the USA.) 
Whatever you decide to eat while in Barcelona, make sure to leave room for dessert. Crema catalana is the Catalan version of creme brulee. Cheese is also dessert here. Mel i mató is a goat cheese drizzled with warm honey and accompanied by walnuts.  Cava, or Catalan sparkling wine, goes great with these too. 

In Barcelona, expect to find a mix of traditional Spanish dishes along with Mediterranean-infused Catalonian classics. While here, make sure to sample Spanish staples including jamón ibérico, manchego cheese, tortilla española (potato omelet), gazpacho (cold soup), and patatas bravas (sautéed potatoes typically served with a spicy aioli). And considering the city borders the Mediterranean Sea, you should indulge in paella accordingly. But when in Catalonia, try the Catalan versions of paella. There's arròs a la catalana, which features much of the same ingredients of paella except the dish doesn't use saffron, a key ingredient in Spanish paella. Fideuà is another paella-like dish with a Catalan spin, only instead of rice you get noodles.

Catalonian cuisine is big on meat and fish. And while that may not sound too far off from the rustic, meat-heavy fare found throughout the rest of Spain, the difference here is that the Catalans like to mix both of them together in one dish. Mar i muntanya is the name of the phenomenonso don't be alarmed if while in a restaurant, you notice a dish coming out with chicken and shrimp together on a plate. If that sounds too heavy for your liking, there are plenty of lighter options that are quintessentially Catalan. Grilled vegetables are surprisingly big for a place that loves pork. (Sausage is another staple here. Instead of focusing on chorizo, go for the regional botifarras sausage). One of the most traditional Catalan dishes available is escalivada, which is grilled eggplant and red peppers mixed with olive oil and garlic (sometimes with anchovies) served on top of bread. There's also the vegetarian-friendly, and favored pa amb tomàquet snack, or bread spread with a mix of olive oil, garlic and crushed tomatoes. And if you're visiting from December to early May, seek out a calçot cookout. Calçots are a type of spring onions native to the province, and it's a Catalan pastime to char them on a grill and dip them in romesco sauce. Also part of the pastime? Wearing bibs (often emblazoned with calçots) and eating outside, where the grilled calçots are spread among newspaper. (If that sounds familiar, it's the same way crab and lobster is consumed in the USA.)

Whatever you decide to eat while in Barcelona, make sure to leave room for dessert. Crema catalana is the Catalan version of creme brulee. Cheese is also dessert here. Mel i mató is a goat cheese drizzled with warm honey and accompanied by walnuts. Cava, or Catalan sparkling wine, goes great with these too.

Find the Best Restaurants in Barcelona

  • #1
    Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona
    #1 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 572 reviewsTripAdvisor (572)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, European, Neapolitan
    Calle Llibreteria 10, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #2
    Swiit
    #2 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)
    $ | Cafe
    Baixada de Viladecols 2C Placa dels Traginers, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #3
    Don Kilo Restaurant
    #3 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 682 reviewsTripAdvisor (682)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Neapolitan
    Carrer de Girona 133, 08037 Barcelona Spain
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  • #4
    Gelarto Rosa - Barcelona
    #4 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 117 reviewsTripAdvisor (117)
    $ |
    Carrer Tapineria 6 Local 5, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #5
    Pizzeria Bar Ottantotto
    #5 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 85 reviewsTripAdvisor (85)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Bar
    Passatge d'Utset, 2 passatge tranquilo en calle Mallorca 442, 08013 Barcelona Spain
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  • #6
    Teddy's Barcelona
    #6 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 474 reviewsTripAdvisor (474)
    $ | Lebanese, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Carrer Carme, 70, 08001 Barcelona Spain
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  • #7
    Teoric Taverna Gastronomica
    #7 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 636 reviewsTripAdvisor (636)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Carrer de Bailen, 117, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #8
    Pura Vida Cocktails
    #8 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 585 reviewsTripAdvisor (585)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Venezuelan, Central American
    Carrer dels Mercaders 20, 08003 Barcelona Spain
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  • #9
    Manna Gelats
    #9 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 919 reviewsTripAdvisor (919)
    $ |
    Carrer Dels Banys Nous 22, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #10
    La Gastronomica
    #10 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 649 reviewsTripAdvisor (649)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Carrer Vilamari 9-15, 08015 Barcelona Spain
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  • #11
    BelleBuon
    #11 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1755 reviewsTripAdvisor (1755)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Travessera de Gracia, 441, 08025 Barcelona Spain
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  • #12
    Chaka Khan
    #12 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1505 reviewsTripAdvisor (1505)
    $ - $$ |
    Carrer Hospital, 104, 08001 Barcelona Spain
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  • #13
    Roast Club Cafe
    #13 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 293 reviewsTripAdvisor (293)
    $ | Cafe, European
    Carrer Casanova 103 Bajo 1 Bajo, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #14
    Bodega Biarritz
    #14 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2067 reviewsTripAdvisor (2067)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, European
    Nou de San Francesc 7, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #15
    Viana
    #15 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4153 reviewsTripAdvisor (4153)
    $ - $$ | International, Mediterranean, Spanish
    Carrer del Vidre, 7, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #16
    Bordeaux - Cuina Oberta
    #16 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 237 reviewsTripAdvisor (237)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Fusion, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Carrer Del Taquigraf Garriga, 34 B, 08014 Barcelona Spain
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  • #17
    Paisano Cafe
    #17 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 516 reviewsTripAdvisor (516)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European
    Carrer Lepant, 277 Sagrada Familia, 08013 Barcelona Spain
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  • #18
    Rudi of Pirate Cooking
    #18 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 200 reviewsTripAdvisor (200)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Fusion, Spanish
    Barcelona Spain
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  • #19
    Blavis
    #19 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 794 reviewsTripAdvisor (794)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Carrer Saragossa, 85, 08006 Barcelona Spain
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  • #20
    OGGI Officina Gelato Gusto Italiano
    #20 of 11,609 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 328 reviewsTripAdvisor (328)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Carrer Comtal 15, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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