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
    La Patsa Lab
    #1 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 120 reviewsTripAdvisor (120)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Northern-Italian, Southern-Italian
    Calle Casanova 94, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #2
    La Cava Cakery
    #2 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Psg. Sant Joan 111, 08037 Barcelona Spain
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  • #3
    BelleBuon
    #3 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2274 reviewsTripAdvisor (2274)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Neapolitan, Campania, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    Travessera de Gracia, 441, 08025 Barcelona Spain
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  • #4
    The Coffee House Barcelona
    #4 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 81 reviewsTripAdvisor (81)
    $ | Cafe, European
    Valencia 143 Casanova, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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  • #5
    Swiit
    #5 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 130 reviewsTripAdvisor (130)
    $ | Cafe
    Baixada de Viladecols 2C Placa dels Traginers, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #6
    Chaka Khan
    #6 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2064 reviewsTripAdvisor (2064)
    $ - $$ | Central Asian, Dining bars
    Carrer Hospital, 104, 08001 Barcelona Spain
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  • #7
    Bodega Biarritz
    #7 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3638 reviewsTripAdvisor (3638)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, European, Catalan
    Nou de San Francesc 7, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #8
    Billy Brunch
    #8 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 664 reviewsTripAdvisor (664)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, International
    Carrer de Bailen 115, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #9
    Eva & Olga of Evohe Barcelona
    #9 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 86 reviewsTripAdvisor (86)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, Mediterranean
    Barcelona Spain
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  • #10
    Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona
    #10 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1381 reviewsTripAdvisor (1381)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, Mediterranean, European, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian
    Calle Llibreteria 10, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #11
    Manna Gelats
    #11 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1025 reviewsTripAdvisor (1025)
    $ |
    Carrer Dels Banys Nous 22, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #12
    Kiltro Restobar
    #12 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 103 reviewsTripAdvisor (103)
    $ - $$ | Latin
    Carrer del Montseny, 13 Local 2, 08012 Barcelona Spain
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  • #13
    Teddy's Barcelona
    #13 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 774 reviewsTripAdvisor (774)
    $ | Lebanese, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Carrer Escudellers 12, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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  • #14
    Paisano Cafe
    #14 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 744 reviewsTripAdvisor (744)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European
    Carrer Lepant, 277 Sagrada Familia, 08013 Barcelona Spain
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  • #15
    La Gastronomica
    #15 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1044 reviewsTripAdvisor (1044)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Catalan
    Carrer Vilamari 9-15, 08015 Barcelona Spain
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  • #16
    Pizzeria Bar Ottantotto
    #16 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, Mediterranean
    Passatge d'Utset, 2 passatge tranquilo en calle Mallorca 442, 08013 Barcelona Spain
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  • #17
    Cremat 11
    #17 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 277 reviewsTripAdvisor (277)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, International
    Carrer Cremat Gran iXic 11, 08003 Barcelona Spain
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  • #18
    Don Kilo Restaurant
    #18 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1320 reviewsTripAdvisor (1320)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    Carrer de Girona 133, 08037 Barcelona Spain
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  • #19
    Teoric Taverna Gastronomica
    #19 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 903 reviewsTripAdvisor (903)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Catalan
    Carrer de Bailen, 117, 08009 Barcelona Spain
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  • #20
    Eixampeling Brunch Cafe & Bar
    #20 of 10,636 Places to Eat in Barcelona
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 855 reviewsTripAdvisor (855)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Mediterranean, Fusion
    Diputacion 158, 08011 Barcelona Spain
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