This foodie guide shares some of the best places to eat and drink in Catalonia’s capital city. The food in Barcelona is incredible, so deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. This post lists some of the must-eat restaurants in Barcelona. And all of this without breaking the bank.
This is a photo of the view from the top of Casa Milà because I felt like having a city view in here amongst all the calories.
Food in Barcelona: where to eat
El Quim de la Boqueria
This little counter restaurant is a food stall within Barcelona’s busy La Boqueria market. The patatas bravas, croquetas and sangria were great. All have earned a well-deserved place in this foodie guide. Just like La Boqueria Mercat, this place was packed! I definitely recommend making the effort to arrive early and allow yourself to enjoy this incredible dining experience.
Address: Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
If you can never get enough of tapas, look into dining at Paco Meralgo. This restaurant was my absolute favourite. Their tapas are a little more sophisticated. Not only the tapas are finger-licking good, but the same goes for their montaditos. These are tapas on a piece of bread. If this doesn’t convince you yet, their fish is fresher than fresh. Their daily offer depends on the market. Overall, this a great dining option for seafood lovers.
Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 171, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
Betlem Restaurant offers a pleasant and uninhibited ambience. This little place dates back to 1892. This place has survived wars, a dictatorship, globalization and much more. This small restaurant has now been given a more modern interior but still retains its charms. They offer a wide variety of tapas for meat lovers and seafood lovers, but also for veggies.
Address: Carrer de Girona, 70, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
I know what you’re thinking. Why would I recommend an Italian restaurant when in Barcelona? That has to do with an eventful visit to Camp Nou. We went to see Barça play against Arsenal. We stumbled upon this gem near our hotel. Ristorante Margherita serves up great pizzas and pasta in a gorgeous decor.
Address: Carrer del Rosselló, 253, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Drinks in Barcelona
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably (almost) running from place to place to see it al. This is where Buenas Migas comes in. They offer coffee, water, smoothies and snacks for on the go. They’re cheap and you can find them all over the city.
Casa Vicens offers a small cafe. Give yourself a moment to cool down in Barcelona’s hot summers while enjoying the architecture of Gaudi’s first house.
Address: Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Hotel Colon – Terrassa Panoràmica
If you love rooftop bars with amazing views, make sure to check out Terrassa Panoràmica at Hotel Colon. Hotel Colon offers a front-row view overlooking the Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, perfect to enjoy with a glass of cava!
Address: Av. de la Catedral, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Cafe Foyer is the cafe inside the Palau de la Música Catalana. In this cafe, you can enjoy the architecture of this concert hall without paying the entrance fee.
Address: Palace of Catalan Music, C/ Palau de la Música, 4, 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain