RESERVATION FOR TWO
Paellas, tapas and much more. Here’s a list of 8 handy, high-quality food places to try out, spotted by DATS on the Telegraph!
bar - tapas - rustic
The most popular of the counter bars in the Boqueria market, it has been going for more than 70 years and also attracts top local chefs. There’s no menu, but you can inspect the platters displayed along the counter and ask for the daily specials. Expect to queue along with a mixed crowd of tourists and locals.
traditional - tapas - lively
The second oldest restaurant in Spain, it’s been around since 1786. There are 3 main dining rooms, decorated with oil paintings and photos of happy patrons. Tasty Spanish dishes at really good prices. It's better to book your table for late in the evening.
tapas - lively - lunch
Bullfighting has now been banned in progressive Catalunya, but still lives on in the heart of this lively and charming restaurant, where photos of toreros and bulls' heads still grace the walls. Beyond a long list of tapas, there's not an extensive choice of main courses.
LUZIA international - lunch - rustic€€A fun place to eat, just a few steps from La Rambla. Pro tip: try the roast beef sandwich with gherkins, mortadella and mustard if you’re just after a quick, light lunch.
ELS QUATRE GATS
design - modern - mediterranean
A place worth visiting for its gorgeous Modernista architecture, stunning interiors, and its “colourful” history: in the past, it was the watering hole of Picasso and other artists of the time! You can also stop by for a coffee in the bar at the front.
seafood - local - rustic
A real classic, the city's literati have been coming here for decades. Seafood dishes served in a bright, unpretentious setting. Make sure you book in advance.
paella - traditional - intimate
An excellent paella restaurant, a little more upmarket than the average. Besides paella, their specialty is the so-called 'grandmother's spoon food'. There’s a quiet dining room upstairs, but the best place to sit is downstairs, by the open kitchen.
elegant - vibrant - gourmet
Typical Catalan cuisine with a peculiar twist. The restaurant has recently moved to the Fábrica Moritz and has a separate dining room which serves simpler (and cheaper) dishes.