Our trip to Barcelona was filled with incredible food – I’m still dreaming about our food tour and cooking class one month later! In addition to these awesome Barcelona food experiences, we also sampled some delicious food on our own when wandering around the city.
I did a ridiculous amount of research before our trip to Barcelona and made a Google map with some 20+ restaurants to check out during our trip. (I did the same thing in Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Vienna…I’m a compulsive food planner). I picked up a lot of recommendations from fellow expat and travel bloggers who’ve written about their time in Barcelona. A big thank you to Travel Hungry and The Roaming Kiwi for all your wonderful tips!
Muelle de España, 5, 08039 Barcelona
On our first night in Barcelona, we were single-minded in our pursuit of good paella in Barceloneta, the beachside neighbourhood of Barcelona. After walking around for the better part of an hour, we settled on El Chipiron de Moncho’s at the new Maremagnum shopping mall which has a gorgeous view of Port Vell. We sat outdoors and were kept cozily warm by the heaters on the patio. We tried two kinds of paella (seafood for me, meat for S). I misunderstood the menu and thought there was a minimum order of two paellas per table required. When we were nearly done our meal, I noticed that the people at the table next to us had only ordered one pan of paella between the two of them. With the last mouthful of saffron-flavoured rice on my fork, I realized that S and I had polished off four portions of paella between the two of us. Turns out that each pan has enough portions for two people…The menu was in English so I can’t even explain why I didn’t understand! In any case, the paella was fantastic.
Chök – The Chocolate Kitchen
Carrer del Carme, 3, 08001 Barcelona
Located just around the corner from La Boqueria market off Las Ramblas, Chök is definitely worth a visit. I spent a few minutes oogling the elaborate donuts and cronuts in the display case before we entered the chocolate-scented shop and got a chocolate truffle and cronut to go. I was especially intrigued by the kruffin, a croissant-muffin hybrid, though I didn’t try one. Let me know if you do – I wonder what it tastes like!
Carrer de Petritxol, 2, 08002 Barcelona
Carrer de Petritxol is a narrow street not far off Las Ramblas that is known for having several cafés that serve churros and hot chocolate. After spotting a few when walking along the alleyway, we opted to try our first churros in Barcelona at Granja Dulcinea. We were quickly seated at a table and ordered two cups of thick hot chocolate with an order of fresh churros for dunking. Yum! Should have gone for that second order of churros…
Tapeo del Born
Montcada, 29, 08003 Barcelona
This tiny tapas restaurant in El Born came recommended to us by our Cook & Taste instructor Maria. Tapeo del Born was packed when we arrived around 9pm but they managed to squeeze us in at a small bar located at the back of the restaurant. The bar was located right in front of a window looking directly into the kitchen, so we got to watch three chefs crank out tapas from the smallest kitchen I’ve ever seen. We tried pan con tomate (toasted bread with tomato), patatas bravas (fried potatoes served with alioli, tomato and ñora peppers), and a croquette of Ibérico ham.
Placeta de Montcada, 1, 08003 Barcelona
Another recommendation from our cooking class instructor, Euskal Etxea is a popular pintxos restaurant in El Born. Originating from the Basque country, pintxos are small snacks served on toothpicks. A typical pintxo consists of a small slice of bread with seafood, meat, cheese, or vegetables on top. Once you enter a pintxos restaurant, you are given a plate by your server. You take your plate to the bar and load up on the pintxos you like. When you’re finished eating, you pay based on the number of toothpicks you’ve accumulated on your plate. We noticed that most diners were lingering with friends over a class of wine and eating a pintxo here and there, not gobbling down 10 at a time (as I was inclined to do). To dine like a local, take it slow, sample a few, and then move on to the next tapas bar.
Carrer de Còrsega, 341, 08037 Barcelona
This tiny hole-in-the-wall churro shop is a bit out of the way, but is so worth the visit. Xuerreria Trébol sells all kinds of churros but is known for its stuffed churros. We got three stuffed churros to go – chocolate, cream, and dulce de leche (caramel). Suffice it to say that we’re still talking about these churros one month later. Run, don’t walk, to Xurreria Trébol!
Rambla Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona
A perennial tapas hot spot in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Cuidad Condal is buzzing with tourists and locals alike. After waiting in a long line to get a table, we ordered patatas bravas, Jamón ibérico, pan con tomate, a Jamón ibérico baguette sandwich, pimientos de Padrón (Spanish-style blistered Padrón peppers), and a crunchy camembert skewer with raspberry jam. The servers were friendly and efficient and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful. If you’re lucky, you can snag a table at the bar to see all the tapas popping out of the kitchen.
Milk Bar & Bistro
Carrer Gignàs, 21, 08002 Barcelona
We went to Milk Bar & Bistro on our last morning in Barcelona after reading good reviews about their ‘Recovery Brunch’ on TripAdvisor. They don’t take reservations, so we had about a 30 minute wait for our table. (We used our wait time wisely and set off for Pastelería Hofmann to get another stuffed croissant). Since the restaurant was so busy, they asked us if we’d mind sharing a table for 4 with another couple. We were hungry and didn’t mind. I ordered a mix of toasted cereals with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds served with fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt while S ordered french toast with berries. When our meals still hadn’t arrived after the couple we were sharing a table with were half finished their meals, our server brought us each a complimentary mimosa (even though we hadn’t complained), which was a thoughtful touch. The breakfast was tasty and filled us up for our last day of sightseeing.
I’ve included a map below of the restaurants and eateries I mention above (marked in blue), plus a few other recommended restaurants that we didn’t get a chance to visit (marked in yellow). I hope you find it helpful!
What are your favourite eateries in Barcelona? Which restaurants must I check out during my next visit? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
P.S. Need some more inspiration for your trip to Barcelona? Take a Devour Barcelona Food Tour or a Cook & Taste Cooking Class! Also, check out my Sightseeing in Barcelona guide for must-see attractions.