When travelling to Barcelona, there is definitely no shortage of brunches, tapas, or cava filled dinners ahead of you. Some of the best meals of your life are waiting for you in this wonderful city, so here is your foodie guide!
Between tapas, sangria, outdoor scene, and late night dinners, there is no doubt you will love the food culture here. While travelling and figuring out plans can be overwhelming, we can tell you some of the best spots in town to go to so you don’t have to spend hours trying to find them yourself.
Barcelona is full of traditional and non-traditional food throughout the city. When first travelling to a new place, typically a tourist’s first goal is to get as local as possible and taste the food of the region. The perfect way to do this is through tapas typically such as padron peppers, patatas bravas, croquettes, and of course; pa amb tomate. You can find these dishes on almost any menu in Barcelona, although I would recommend Casa Lollea. This restaurant has a homey and cozy ambiance accompanied by a spectacular menu. The tapas at this restaurant’s menu is the best for a dinner filled with tapas along with some of the best sangria you can find in the area. While it is pricey, I would highly recommend it and given its popularity, a reservation is highly suggested.
While Barcelona is traditionally known for tapas, I was happily surprised when I found out that the city has an amazing brunch scene. When first travelling here from the United states, I have found new brunch dishes that I have never known about, one being Chakcouka. This brunch dish is a baked skillet with red peppers, tomatoes, and eggs usually served with fresh bread on the side. While this city is full of amazing brunch restaurants, I highly recommend Billy Breakfast. The service is impeccable, and the menu includes many of the brunch dishes I have seen across the city. All the dishes are incredibly prepared (and they have the best mimosas I have ever had).
If you are looking for drinks other than the traditional sangria and cava scene, I recommend Paradiso. While this spot doesn’t have the transitional Barcelona drinks, it does have the feel and vibe of the big, upcoming, and bustling city. This bar has a chill yet energetic feel and it is rated as one of the top 50 bars in the world. Paradiso is not your classic bar, it is a speakeasy with a fridge door entrance and impeccable drinks. The cocktails are presented in a dreamy way with smoke, bubbles, mysterious magical berries and more. Reservations are not allowed so I would recommend going earlier in the night so you don’t have to wait in line.
One place that Spanish Trails tour guide, Craig Markarian, highly recommends is El Bitxo. This small spot is highly recommended by Barcelona locals. During our taste of Barcelona tour, we will even take you to this spot. There are only a few tables at this amazing restaurant as well as a few favorite tapas to taste. This small spot has the most welcoming vibes as well as service and is a must when visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Check out our food and wine tours throughout the region of Catalonia. Spanish Trails will show you all the best little spots that were carefully selected by our expert guides!
P.s. A little secret from a Paradiso regular…
Ask your waiter about the secret room. You will venture through a secret door through the bathroom into another speakeasy room with more special drinks and no phones allowed (a guaranteed special experience for your journey in Spain).