Food in Barcelona


Food in Barcelona

When it comes to food, Spain has the freshest and most amazing mediterranean cuisine. Don’t shy away from local restaurants.

Coffee Shops

Caravan Made (£)
Federal (£)
Satan’s Coffee Corner (£)
Onna Coffee (£)

Relaxed Lunch Spots

Santa Caterina Market (£)
La Boqueria (£)
Lukumas (£)
Cup & Cake (£)

Food Markets & Sweet Treats

Santa Caterina Market (£)
La Boqueria (£)
Lukumas (£)
Cup & Cake (£)

Coffee Shops

One of my favourite things about Barcelona is that you can have a “cafe con leche” and a croissant for €2. (The price can range between €2 and €5 depending on the coffee shop.) The act of having a coffee is not something to take lightly… sometimes it tastes even better when you are catching up with a friend. Reserve some time from your schedule to sit outside a coffee shop, let the sun embrace you with its warmth and enjoy a simple cup of coffee. You might want to follow that up with a cold beer. My personal favourite: an Estrella Damm.

Relaxed Lunch Spots

Do you usually research the best places to eat before you arrive to your holiday destination? I knew we had something in common… The thing with Barcelona (and Spain in general) is that their culinary scene is pretty much a dream come true for any foodie. Did you know that the Mediterranean Diet was inscribed on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013. The Mediterranean diet does not only make reference to the type of food but also the act of eating together as the foundation of the cultural identity of the communities throughout the Mediterranean basin. Basically, it’s a way of life.

Places in Barcelona like Flax & Kale, El Nacional and Tickets are examples of simple and tasty mediterranean food. From tapas with a gourmet twist at Ferran Adria’s Tickets to healthy and mouthwatering dishes from flexitarian restaurant Flax & Kale. You’ll find that choosing a place to have lunch or dinner becomes the worst part of your holiday (in a good way of course), there are so many places to choose from that it’s impossible to try them all. But don’t worry, here’s a selection of some of the best places to try, so you can focus on what matters the most: enjoy your meals and forgetting about everything else.

My Favourites

Flax & Kale

I recommend booking a table for a healthy and tasty lunch. The restaurant is spacious and has the most beautiful interior decor as well as the biggest windows that let in so much light! Just after stepping through the door, you feel like you are at home. I had the ‘Grilled Watermelon with Goat Cheese’ for starters and the ‘Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad’. Both were absolutely delicious. My friend had the ‘Supertagliatelle’ a very generous serving of pasta with a pesto kale, spirulina and salmon. And for dessert, ‘El Copito Vegano’, a caramelised pear cake with macadamia nuts and a white cocoa cover. Pretty amazing way to end a gorgeous meal. Follow them on Instagram @flaxandkale

El Nacional

Before traveling to Barcelona, I was really looking forward to paying a visit to El Nacional. I had heard about it months in advance, so my expectations were growing each day. To say that I fell completely head over heels with it is an understatement. The interiors are an absolute dream, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Every corner is filled with greenery and the decor feels like you are back in the 1920s with a touch of modern day glamour. I could have eaten there every day but I had lots of other places I wanted to try. I spent some hours at ‘La Paradeta’ which is the perfect area to go to for a light lunch of sandwiches and savoury pastries or sweet treats. My friend and I had a selection of savoury cocas (a catalan crunchy bread) topped with vegetables. I recommend you visit El Nacional for a lunch you will never forget. Try other areas like La Braseria (for meats), La Llotja (for fish), La Taperia (for tapas). Follow them on Twitter @elnacionalbcn

 

Tickets

Tickets is a great place to visit if you don’t mind booking a table 2 months in advance and you are very much into a different kind of tapas. Although I’ve always appreciated molecular cuisine, don’t show up expecting to leave with a full belly unless you are willing to pay around £60-£80 per person. All in all my experience didn’t go exactly as I expected, the atmosphere felt rushed, complicated, overcrowded and overbearing. My friend and I went there to try some of Adria’s culinary masterpieces but left with a bitter taste in our mouths from the service we received. Our waiter expressed many times that he thought we weren’t ordering enough food. The menu doesn’t seem to explain very well the dishes and even though they are absolutely mind-blowing, the overall experience left me unsatisfied. I think the best to take out from this is that you should visit Tickets if you want to try something completely new, and not expect a five star service. I recommend you try the: ‘Tickets Tree’, ‘Iranian pistachios acorns with crunchy rice’, ‘Tickets Olives’ (you won’t regret it) and ‘Rubia Gallega’. Follow them on Twitter @ticketsbar

Picnic

My friend recommended we go for lunch to Picnic which is located near the Ciutadella park. The best thing about Picnic is that you can get three courses for €12 – including drink and coffee. I promise you won’t find something like this anywhere else in Barcelona. I had the Eggs Benedict and they were pretty much the best I’ve ever had. The place is cosy and service is great. It’s ran by an American Chef. I had a big breakfast that day so didn’t manage to try anything else from the menu, but if the eggs were that good, I’m sure the rest was exceptional too. Follow them on Facebook @PicnicRestaurant

Food Markets and Sweet Treats

You probably already heard about La Boqueria, but have you heard about Santa Caterina’s Market? It’s a very similar market to La Boqueria minus the tourists. I love visiting food markets like these when I’m travelling, I just really love looking at food, fresh produce and incredible selections of seafood. If you are staying at an aparthotel and don’t want to go out for lunch or dinner every day, food markets are a great way to pick up some essentials and maybe try something new.

For foodies with a seriously sweet tooth – you’ll be in heaven. There are patisseries everywhere in Barcelona, brimming with a gorgeous selection of traditional treats. Some of my favourite spots include: Cup&Cake and Lukumas.