Paellas, tapas and much more. Spanish cuisine if full of flavour, fresh ingredients and a whole lot of amor - at least that’s how Enrique Iglesias makes us feel. Regardless dining in the beachside city couldn’t feel more romantic. Table for two? Coming right up!
bar - dates - easy-going - 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.
local - dates - 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. Top tip: do it like the locals and book for a late sitting.
tapas - dates - lively - classy
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. The thriving tapas takes the lead for the popular dishes here.
Easy-going - dates - 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.
Hip - dates - 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! In a hurry? No problem, just stop for a coffee at the bar.
Local - dates - seafood - rustic
A real classic, the city's literati have been coming here for decades. Seafood dishes served in a bright, unpretentious setting. Make sure to book in advance.
paella - dates - local - intimate
An excellent paella restaurant, a little more upmarket than the average. Besides paella, their specialty is the so-called 'grandmother's spoon food', because you can’t beat home cooking! There’s a quiet dining room upstairs, but the best place to sit is downstairs, by the open kitchen.
classy - dates - 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.