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 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.

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  • #1
    La Patsa Lab
    #1 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 324 reviewsTripadvisor (324)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Northern-Italian, Southern-Italian
    Calle Casanova 94, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #2
    La Gastronomica
    #2 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 163 reviewsTripadvisor (163)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Catalan
    Carrer de Calabria, 118, 08015 Barcelona Spain
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  • #3
    BelleBuon
    #3 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2470 reviewsTripadvisor (2470)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    Travessera de Gracia, 441, 08025 Barcelona Spain
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  • #4
    Corte&brasa
    #4 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 75 reviewsTripadvisor (75)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, Gastropub
    Carrer Comandante Benitez 20, 08028 Barcelona Spain
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  • #5
    Pizzeria Da Nanni BORN
    #5 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 133 reviewsTripadvisor (133)
    $ | Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian, Pizza
    Carrer del Rec 30, 08003 Barcelona Spain
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  • #6
    Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona
    #6 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1643 reviewsTripadvisor (1643)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, European, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian
    Calle Llibreteria 10, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #7
    Babula Bar 1937
    #7 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 210 reviewsTripadvisor (210)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Fusion
    Calle Pau Claris 139, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #8
    The Coffee House Barcelona
    #8 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 86 reviewsTripadvisor (86)
    $ | Cafe, European
    Carrer de Valencia, 143, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #9
    Eva & Olga of Evohe Barcelona
    #9 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 91 reviewsTripadvisor (91)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, Mediterranean
    Barcelona Spain
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  • #10
    Swiit
    #10 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 130 reviewsTripadvisor (130)
    $ | Cafe
    Baixada de Viladecols 2C Placa dels Traginers, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #11
    Le Romane
    #11 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1118 reviewsTripadvisor (1118)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
    Carrer Muntaner 103, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #12
    Bella Italia
    #12 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 870 reviewsTripadvisor (870)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    Carrer de Roger de Lluria, 87 Esq. Valencia, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #13
    Bodega Biarritz
    #13 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3642 reviewsTripadvisor (3642)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, European, Catalan
    Nou de San Francesc 7, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #14
    Chaka Khan
    #14 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2067 reviewsTripadvisor (2067)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Central Asian, Dining bars
    Carrer Hospital, 104, 08001 Barcelona Spain
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  • #15
    Billy Brunch
    #15 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 743 reviewsTripadvisor (743)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, Healthy, International
    Carrer de Bailen 115, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #16
    Anita Flow
    #16 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1474 reviewsTripadvisor (1474)
    $ - $$ | International, Mediterranean, Spanish, Healthy, Dining bars, Beer restaurants
    Consell de Cent, 413, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #17
    Eixampeling Brunch Cafe & Bar
    #17 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 914 reviewsTripadvisor (914)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Healthy, Fusion
    Diputacion 158, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #18
    Teddy's Barcelona
    #18 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 858 reviewsTripadvisor (858)
    $ | Lebanese, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Carrer Escudellers 12, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #19
    Don Kilo Restaurant
    #19 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1437 reviewsTripadvisor (1437)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    Carrer de Girona 133, 08037 Barcelona Spain
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  • #20
    Paisano Bistro
    #20 of 10,591 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 762 reviewsTripadvisor (762)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    Carrer Lepant, 277, 08013 Barcelona Spain
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