Sometimes you choose to travel for art, sometimes for history and recently people started to travel the world to eat local food. Barcelona is one of those cities that you will travel for the food. Catalan cuisine has very prominent characteristics unique from Spanish cuisine. Since the culture, the living style and even the dialect are different here and these are all reflected in Catalan cuisine as well. You might be curious about what to eat in Barcelona, and more importantly, where to eat in Barcelona. Those can be tough questions! However, you don’t need to worry because we have prepared for you the perfect guide of where to eat local food in Barcelona. Here are 11 things to eat in Barcelona and where to eat them!
Barcelona is already popular for tapas and cocktails and people are not wrong to make them this famous. You will see much more different tapas on the list other than popular ones. The city is more than just a seafood or junk food place, the food here is a common way to connect with people and it is very valuable for them in every way. Therefore you will see the local food in Barcelona is rather calming, cozy, homemade and comfort food -also it’s much more budget friendly in this way!
If you are lucky visiting Catalonia, you will have a chance to eat calçots. So what exactly are they? Calçot is a crossover species of spring onion and leek – and it really looks like a mixture of them. Calçots are seasonal so you can only find them between November and March. After this season there is no possibility to eat it. Best way to enjoy calçots is winter barbecue style with romesco sauce – which is called Calçotada. Most of the times you have to travel to the countryside of Barcelona to eat it but if you want to stay in the city center and still taste these phenomenal calçots, try them at l’Antic Forn.
Address: Pintor Fortuny, 28
Phone: +34 93 412 02 86
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It is pretty sure that you’ve heard the name of paella before or probably you’ve tasted somewhere else. Paella is a proof that how a blend of two different cultures can result in such a beautiful and delicious way. Arabs showed them how to cook the rice perfectly with saffron and Valencians already has their pans and seafood. Paella requires a great expertise and cooking knowledge to prepare. Otherwise, it can be bland or taste way too metallic –means too much saffron. Even though it is known as a Valencian dish, it is advised to taste some Paella in Barcelona. Can Majo is a restaurant which happens to offer a huge variety of seafood mixes and rice dishes – go and dig in the rice!
Address: Almirall Aixada 23
Phone: +34 932 21 54 55
3. PATATAS BRAVAS
Well, it sounds simple right? Potatoes. One should never prejudge the book by its cover. Patatas Bravas is that kind of a dish. When you are looking for Patatas Bravas, avoid two things: Frozen potatoes and store-bought sauces. This dish is a tapa and you should enjoy like it’s a comfort food that comes from your home. It’s simply hand cut potatoes topped with spicy bravas sauce or occasionally alioli. Best eaten at a tapas bar, to be more specific have it at Bar Tomas de Sarria – a truly homemade one. You’ll thank us.
Address:Major de Sarrià 49
Phone: +34 932 03 10 77
4. JAMON IBERICO
Jamon Iberico’s fame is already passed beyond the borders of Iberia. Also known as Iberian ham, Jamon Iberico is a type of cured ham geographically indicated and regulated by EU. This special ham is generally made with black Iberian pigs, other types of pigs are controlled and strictly followed by the regulations. There are four grades of Jamon Iberico: Black, red, green and white. Black label has the highest quality which is also known as “de bellota”. You will see jamon everywhere around Barcelona but don’t forget that grades are not the same. This version will light melt in your mouth while eating and won’t be chewy. Try Jamon Iberico from different regions at Riserva Iberica – a whole tasting of delicious cured meat is waiting for you there.
Address: Rambla Catalunya, 61
Phone: +34 932 15 52 30
Botifarra is a sausage prepared in a Catalan way. You can find many different versions around the town. The options include filled with pork blood, rice, eggs, tripe or truffles. Botifarra is usually grilled or used in stew-like dishes and served along with white broad beans. This sausage is like a staple in Catalan cuisine so don’t be surprised if you see in many different dishes. Can Paixano is a perfect place to stop by and taste different kinds of botifarra of the house. You can also eat some nibbles and drink a nice glass of cava here.
Address:Carreer de la Reina Christina 7
Phone: +34 933 10 08 39
6. CREMA CATALANA
Let’s talk about desserts. Imagine a custard which lights as air but as sweet as your dreams. Crema Catalana is able to serve you the absolute joy with its perfectly balanced sweet custard. You can still sense the citrus and cinnamon aromas coming behind. There is a perfect balance of milk, caramelization and other aromas. Try this amazing dessert at Granja M.Viader – which is a milk/pastry shop opened in 1870. You can have traditional or mousse version of Crema Catalana here, both versions are yum yum.
Address: Xucla Street 4-6
Phone: +34 933 18 34 86
7. LA BOMBA
Another favorite from tapas bar, Bomba is a staple of the delicacy table of tapas. Bomba is fried potato sphere usually filled with ground meat and topped with bravas and alioli sauce. It’s a super good company for your drink and it’s really a bomb of flavor. It’s a tapa firstly made from the fisherman in Barcelonata and then got popular around the town by time. La Cova Fumada is a very popular small tapas bar that offers home-cooking style plates and apparently, the best bombas in town are here.
Address:Calle Baluard, 56
Phone: +34 932 21 40 61
8. PAN AMB TOMAQUET
Ok, this might be the simplest dish you’ve ever seen. It’s simple bread with tomatoes – pan con tomate in Spanish. This tapa is literally the first thing you will see on the menus of tapas bars. It’s the ultimate comfort food – nice bread, a tomato, maybe garlic and a good olive oil. Well, it’s classic here and it should be tried at a classic place like El Xampanyet. Try this bread with tomato craziness with their home-made cava here.
Address:Carrer de Montcada, 22
Phone: +34 933 19 70 03
One thing you should know while visiting Barcelona: Fideua and paella are not the same things! This is very important for locals as for them fideua has a more of popularity. Fideua is known as the sister of Paella – instead of rice, short and thin noodles are used. On the top, it is served with garlic mayonnaise – called alioli. You can find this dish in most of the traditional restaurant but you may have to give a notice as it can’t be prepared only for one person. Salamanca is a place where you can enjoy your fideua near the beach along with a nice view –still in a traditional way.
Address:Carrer de l’Almirall Cervera 27
Phone: +34 932 21 66 16
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10. BUNUELOS DE BACALAO
Bunuelos de Bacalao is another type of tapas very popular in Barcelona simply known as salt-cod fritters. Bacalao is the term used for salted and dried cod –like baccala in Italy. Bunuelos refers to a shape and cooking style called beignet. So basically small fried salt-cod balls to enjoy. Salt-cod is a very typical item in seaside Mediterranean areas and also in their cuisine which also became quite a part of Catalan cuisine as well. For the best salt-cod fritters in town, hit another tapas bar called Cal Papi – a bar you can have a nice cold beer with your fritters and tapas.
Address:Carrer Atlantida, 65
Phone: +34 932 21 85 64
Xuixo, xuxo or suso. A heavenly sweet known with different names. If you like crema catalana, you will like this even more. Why? Because it’s basically deep-fried sweet dough filled with crema catalana! Does it get any better than this? It’s true that this sweet is a calorie bomb but it is a must to taste this when you visit Barcelona. Do not mistake this with a regular churro – it is beyond one. Bar Pinotxo is very popular with their owns especially for breakfast. However, you have to be fast because they sell out within an hour!
Address:Rambla, 91. Mercat de la Boqueria
Phone: +34 933 17 17 31