There’s nothing better than visiting a city and falling in love with its cuisine. It’s the actual definition of discovering the world.
In addition to Gaudi’s architecture and the beautiful golden beaches, you should also visit Barcelona for the Catalan cuisine.
Not just food, the tapas and cocktails made by some of the best bartenders and chefs in the city will take you to another world.
Here’s a guide to navigate through the millions of Barcelona restaurants to ensure you’ve tried the best dishes:
Gala is one of the top-rated restaurants popular for its scenic nightlife view and stunningly photogenic interior.
The restaurant describes the experience as a journey into 20th-century Barcelona and the main courses feature Mediterranean cuisine.
Marco Gari, the genius chef, contributes his signature dishes like prawn omelet and faux risotto with asparagus and parmesan.
Sunday to Monday: 1 pm to 1 am
Besta is the result of the finest blend of in-season ingredients created by Carles Ramon and Manu Nunez.
The restaurant invented a mixture of sea and land with dishes combining shrimp, chicken, squid, and meatballs.
Wines here are of high quality, and the restaurant owns a gin distilled with algae plus oysters.
The specialty dish is Galician oyster with thinly sliced dry-aged beef and market-fresh octopus with a suckling pig’s ear.
Monday to Sunday: 1 pm to 8 pm or 10.30 pm
A terrace hotel with the elegant night view of the pool and the Mediterranean sea is the speciality of FIRE.
It is a perfect place for an open-air beach party with fire as the main attraction at every table.
The name has more depth as the restaurant uses an ancient method of barbequing straight from open embers.
Dishes like spider crab with watermelon and crème brûlée made with Tahitian vanilla and a caramelized crust are served here.
Good food, soulful music, dancers and an ocean view, what more to ask for?
Monday to Sunday: 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 12.30 am
Berbena is the most popular among the locals of Barcelona, where you’ll find people sitting at tables by the window till midnight.
The interiors are the opposite of minimalistic posh; it has homely woody tracks like a grandma’s kitchen where you can snack and chat.
Popular dishes here mainly comfort food like beef with wine stew, gooey slices of Spanish omelet and platters of locally sourced cheese and charcuteries.
Monday to Friday: 7.30 pm to 12 am
Akimia likes to describe the experience as a journey to the limits of our gastronomy.
With the interior renovated by French architect Jean Nouvel, the place gives a comfy and posh ambiance.
Chef Jordi Vila offers dishes like the prawn Suquet (stew) and the Arroz de casi ná (‘rice with almost nothing’).
Sunday to Monday: 1 pm to 3.30 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm
Lasarte is renovated with contemporary and trendy designs that open the space yet give you privacy.
With Martin Berasategui as the chef, the restaurant creates dishes like a pickled oyster with hibiscus, warm crustacean salad, wagyu and glazed-eel ravioli etc.
Chef Paolo Casagrande also welcomes you with his signature dish red sea prawn on a seabed, fennel and coral emulsion.
Sunday to Friday: 1 pm to 3 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm
If you happen to be a fan of Indian cuisine and suddenly crave it, Barcelona has got you covered.
Baby Jalebi is a celebration of Indian and Pakistani street food located on Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes.
This restaurant offers popular dishes like naan, chicken tikka masala, chicken korma or lamb Madra curry.
Monday to Sunday: 12.30 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
Let’s not forget the great cuisine nation, Italy!
Xemei is one of the trendiest spots visited by famous celebs like Woody Allen, James Murphy and Bob Dylan.
The place offers savory dishes like baccalà mantecato (whipped salted cod), sarde in saor (sardines in an onion and vinegar dressing), marinated anchovies and more.
Take this chance to try Colombo brother’s specialty dish, stracciatella with dried beef, figs and homemade pappardelle with ossobuco ragout.
Monday to Sunday: 1.30 pm to 4 pm and 8.30 pm to 11 pm
This is nothing like the restaurants you have seen up till now. The most surprising part? It’s a fast-food restaurant!
They combine the finest ingredients and the street style together to form fast food of first-class quality.
The unique point of GoXo is that it offers no table service because the fast food is finely wrapped so you can eat while you tour.
However, for those with a sit-down dining preference, a dining room and a terrace are available.
The most popular dishes here are Singapore udon carbonara, barbecued rib tacos and the Hong Kong-Madriz stew (with chicken dumplings, chickpeas, and potatoes)
Sunday to Monday: 1.15 pm to 4 pm and 8.15 pm to 11 pm
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