As a busy metropolitan city which has attracted over 9million tourists since 2016, Barcelona is just bursting with different bars, restaurants and other eateries competing for your attention at every turn, all which have something very different to offer. Not only does this provide you with an incredible amount of food options but it also leaves a lot of room for you to go wrong and make some poor choices. That’s why I wanted to put together this blog, to give you a few suggestions of where to eat in the city to tickle your fancy.
Bar Del Pla
Starting off with one of my favourites from the whole trip, Bar Del Pla offers a variety of different tapas dishes which had quite a mixed range of prices but was still very reasonable. On our visit, we ordered the patatas bravas, squid ink croquettes and an octopus bomb. All three dishes would be on my recommendations list but I would be as bold as to say that the patatas bravas here were the nicest that we experienced during our whole trip. But I would definitely recommend making a booking as it constantly seemed popular so getting a table appeared to be tricky at peak times.
Located just a short walk away from Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, Tapas 24 in run by famous chef Carles Abellan and seemed to be a very popular stop for Barcelona visitors. We stopped here for a brunch visit and when doing so, we ordered eggs with chorizo served on a bed of patatas bravas chips. Although this was in a good location and therefore made it a pretty convenient stop for us, our dish was quite oily so if you’re not good with greasy food, then this isn’t one for you. But I would highly recommend it if you’re struggling with a hangover and it’s quite reasonably priced too.
La Plata is one of the oldest original tapas bars left in Barcelona. There are only six tapas dishes on the menu to choose from but La Plata is mostly known for its fried anchovies. These floured and fried little fish are the star dish for the restaurant and if they hadn’t offered us a dish when we initially sat down, perhaps we would have missed out on them, but I’m so pleased that we were confident enough to try them. La Plata is cheap, casual and cosy and we stopped here at every opportunity, even just for a few drinks, so I highly recommend that you do too.
Located in Barceloneta, this was one of the cosiest of our stops, offering great home cooked food in a family run restaurant. It was clear on our visit that this is a restaurant regularly frequented by locals and was not a tourist trap, despite its convenient location near the beach and La Rambla. Instead of opting for small tapas dishes, we ordered a large seafood paella here. This dish was split between the two of us and was absolutely delicious – I would highly recommend ordering this. Come here for a relaxed atmosphere and good food but just remember, they don’t open until 8pm for evening dining but daytime opening hours are between 11am- 3.30pm.
I mentioned this place in my previous blog but based in the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Pinotxo bar is a stall located near the La Rambla entrance with a bar seating area to offer up its produce to passers-by. It serves incredibly fresh produce including prawns, lobster and a whole host of other seafood and meat options. We took advantage of this and ordered a variety of dishes here including squid served with white beans, prawns and a mushroom bake. I couldn’t fault the food at all – it was very fresh, tasty and very flavoursome. But just beware of the price tag that comes with this food – it’s not extortionate but it certainly took us by surprise.
We could easily have spent our whole trip travelling around Barcelona searching for the best places to eat and sampling all of the tapas offerings. In fact, I would have loved to have done that but as you can imagine, the bill soon racks up. But Barcelona has a lovely mix of places to visit dotted around the city and if you get it right, the experience can be extraordinary and very unique. Where are your favourite places to eat in Barcelona?