Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Barcelona - Bueno, bonito y barato!

Like in most big cities, you can get food from any part of the world in Barcelona, but when visiting make sure to try the local Catalan food.  Here are some recommendations from Marta, a native of the region.

Eating in Barcelona:
Pintxos can be found throughout the city
- Tapas at El Vaso de Oro. This is a small bar with homemade beer, called Filo. It's awesome but sometimes can be really crowded and it's really small! Other suggestions for tapas: Chocos, foie encebollado, pimientos del padrón, patatas bravas, solomillo, the list goes on...

- For a snack, walk along the street “Carrer Petritxol,” parallel to the famous tree-lined pedestrian walkway, Les Rambles, where there are some cafeterias.  It's very popular to go here for a hot chocolate with churros, or other kind of pastry, during the afternoon.
- If you want to eat paella don't go to Les Rambles because they are really focused on tourism and the quality is not that good. One of the most famous restaurants in the city is the one called 7 portes, a little pricey but the quality is really good.

- You could go for dinner to LesQuinze Nits located in la Plaça Reial. They don´t take reservations and you might have to wait in line, it´s worth it. The nightlife in that area is pretty cool, just be careful of pickpockets!

Outdoor dining is a must in Barcelona
- There is a pretty cool bar (next to the Wax museum in Les Rambles) called El Bosc de les Fades and the ambiance is very nice.

- If you want to go for a drink with nice views from the city try Mirablau. Make sure to take a taxi because it’s located on a hill.

-In the town of Girona, about 1.5hours from Barcelona, is a nice restaurant called Le Bistrot.  The food is amazing!  If you're willing to put your name on the waitlist (up to 1 year in advance) and splurge, there is a 3 Michelin Star rated restaurant, ranked #2 of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants," called El Celler de Can Roca, which I highly recommend, both for the amazing food as well as overall dining experience.  

El Celler De Can Roca's food presentation is art.

Seafood in Spain is Spectacular

Leave room for dessert -
Strawberries and Cream


  1. Thanks for the tips! I love Barcelona!

  2. I wish I had read this before I visited Barcelona. Instead of rushing through in order to get to Majorca, I would have convinced my companion to stay a few days. Thanks for the suggestions.