Barcelona Food

A Guide to Barcelona Food & Drinks | The Ultimate Barcelona City Guide

From Tapas Bars to Michelin Star restaurants, Barcelona food has literally every craving for the palate covered. With authentic Catalan dishes at every corner and barbeque parties in the summer with the side of some of the most refreshing drinks, Barcelona is every foodie’s dream come true. Every person who comes to Barcelona should indulge themselves in a Barcelona food tour for the best way to explore the city’s culture. Every dish that you get in Barcelona has a story and exploring the food market is the only way to get around in the city.

Best Food in Barcelona

Local Delicacies
Desserts
Street Food
Popular Drinks
Paella
Paella

Paella is one of the best-known dishes in Spanish cuisine. It contains rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, etc., cooked and served in a large shallow pan.

Where to eat it?
Barceloneta restaurant, Arume Restaurant, Vigo Restaurant Tapes, Xiringuito Escribà.

Bombas
Bombas

Inspired by a grenade or ‘la bomba’, the Bombas is a potato-filled croquette served with a garlic white sauce and a spicy red sauce. 

Where to eat it? 
La Cova Fumada, La Bombeta, Bar jai-ca, Cañete

Calcots
Calcots and Romesco Sauce

Calcots are a type of onion paired with the Catalan salsa sauce called Romesco. They bring life to roadside barbeque parties in the city.

Where to eat it?
El Glop, L'Antic Forn, Can Martí Restaurant, 7 Portes

Pa amb Tomaquet
Pa amb Tomaquet

The Pa amb Tomaquet is a simple slice of bread with a fresh tomato sauce seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Where to eat it?

Paco Meralgo, Palosanto, Elisabets Restaurant, Tickets

Escalivada

Escalivada is a traditional Catalonian dish that typically consists of roasted eggplant and bell peppers with olive oil, onion, tomato, minced garlic, and salt.

Where to eat it?

Taverna El Glop, Cervecería Catalana, Teresa Carles, Sesamo

Arròs negre

Arròs negre is a Valencian and Catalan dish made with cuttlefish (or squid) and rice, somewhat similar to seafood paella.

Where to eat it?

L'Arrosseria Xàtiva, Barraca, Kaiku, Elche

Fideua

Another local version of the classic paella, Fideua is made with noodles instead of rice. It is a blend of seafood and meat and is found in smaller eateries.

Where to Eat it?

Can Majo, Garlana, El Merendero de la Mari, Tapeo del Born

Fricando

Made with a silverside cut of beef, Fricando features small mushrooms in a traditional sauce.

Where to Eat it?

Restaurant Can Fuste, Can Paneda, Bodega Montferry

Botifarra

The Botifarra is a Catalan sausage believed to have its origins in Ancient Rome. It is made using a combination of raw pork and spices.

Where to Eat it?

Canete, La Botifarreria de Santa Maria, PORK… boig per tu, Debutis

Creme Catalana

Crema catalana or crema cremada, is a dish that is similar to a crème brûlée, almost virtually identical.

Where to eat it?

Granja La Pallaresa, Pastisseria Escribà, Julivert Meu, La Pastisseria Barcelona

Panellets

These little sweet morsels have an inner core of almond paste with diverse toppings, the most classic one being toasted pine nuts.

Where to Eat it?
Mauri, Pastisseria Escribà, ,Pastisseria Badia Roca, Casa Vives

Xuixo
Xuixo

The Xuixo is a deep-fried, sugar-coated cylindrical pastry filled with crema Catalana. It is a breakfast food but can be eaten at any time of the day.

Where to Eat it?
Hoffmann Patisserie, Mercado de La Boqueria, Pinotxo Bar, Bubó Sant Pere

Mel i Mató

This Catalan dessert is a simple combination of honey and mató, a kind of fresh cheese made from goat or sheep milk topped with walnuts.

Where to Eat it?
Granja M Viader, Restaurante Sanabres, ,Frankfurt el racó de la Mel, La Pubilla

Patatas Bravas
Patatas Bravas

An authentically Spanish dish, the Patatas Bravas is a pile of unevenly cut potatoes with cheese and a spicy sauce.

Where to Eat it?

Rekons, Pulperia Patatas Bravas, Bar El Tomas de Sarria, Palosanto

Entrepa
Entrepa

Catalans can make the experience of a plain sandwich extraordinary by pairing the most delicious ingredients.

Where to Eat it?

Bo De B , La Pineda, Ikastola, Can Ros

Croquetas
Croquetas

Crunchy-on-the-outside and creamy-on-the-inside delicacy is a perfect snack that goes with an ice-cold can.

Where to Eat it?

Croq and Roll, Cañete, La Pepita, Palosanto

pincho de tortilla
Tortilla

A simple, flavourful, and sustaining snack, a pincho de tortilla is a staple of Spain.

Where to Eat it?

El Xampanyet, Flash Flash, Taktika Berri, La Esquinica

Cava
Cava

Cava is champagne which is produced in Penedes and is Spain’s authentic answer to the traditional French Champagne

Where to Try it?

Cava Bar, Can Paixano, El Xampanyet, La Champaneria

Cervaza
Cerveza

A cool glass of Cerveza (local beer) is best with empanadas or patatas bravas.

Where to Try it?

Fabrica Moritz Barcelona, ,Garage Beer Co, Kælderkold Craft Beer Bar, Ale hop

Vermut
Vermut

A sweet and fortified red or white wine, Vermut in Barcelona is consumed with plenty of embellishments.

Where to Try it?

Story, Morro Fi, Quimet & Quimet, Bodega Cal Pep

Tinto de Verano
Tinto de Verano

Some red wine mixed with a fizzy lemonade, Tinto de Verano is what the locals prefer on a hot summer afternoon.

Where to Try it?

El Bosc de Les Fades, Bodega Biarritz 1881, Irati Taverna Basca, Bar del Pla

Rebujito
Rebujito

Your classic cocktail of sherry and sprite, the Rebujito is a refreshing drink especially with a little mint leaf up top.

Where to Try it?

Boadas Cocktails, Viana Barcelona, Tickets, Cañete

Horchata
Horchata

Horchata is a refreshing summertime drink which is tiger nut milk with a pinch of cinnamon in it.

Where to Try it?

Horchateria Sirvent, Orxateria Sirvent, Horchatería El Tío Che, Orxateria Verdu

Granizado
Granizado

Granizados are fruit frappes that help beat the heat. They come in all citrus flavors but the best one is the Limon Granizado.

Where to Try it?

Solange Cocktails, Horchatería El Tío Che, Sirvent Orxateria, DeLaCrem

Cafe
Cafe

One of the most famous non-alcoholic drinks has to be a good old cup of Spanish coffee.

Where to Try it?

Onna Cafe, Hidden Café Barcelona, Satan's Coffee Corner, Nomad Coffee Lab & Shop

Top Restaurants in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with a culinary mix. Many Michelin star-studded restaurants dot the city and you could find yourself fine dining at any one of these if you fancy that. If not, there are other mid-level and economic restaurants that promise you a hearty meal, if you are not a gourmet food enthusiast. If you are up for a food tour of the city you have got to try all the famous restaurants though. There are places where fusion foods take the center stage and there are some restaurants that bring the Catalan delicacies to gourmet perfection.

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Pubs/Bars
Las Brasas del Tio Manolo
Las Brasas del Tio Manolo

This restaurant serves Mediterranean barbeque and classic steakhouse cuisine at a value price. Other than that, they have vegetarian options and some classic Spanish street food options as well. (Image Credits)

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

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The Coffee House
The Coffee House Barcelona

This coffee house arguably serves the best latte in town. It is also known for its classic European bites. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Swiit
Swiit

This ice-cream cafe serves the best and the most unusual ice-cream flavors in town. They also have vegan and gluten-free options. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Pizza
Pizzeria da Nanni Barcelona

This small pizzeria brings the authentic taste of Italy to Barcelona with its Mediterranean, European, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian specialties.

Timings: Daily: 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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Bar Santa Fe
Bar Santa Fe

Head to the Bar Santa Fe for its vegan and vegetarian options. The Brazilian Bar, like many authentic Brazilian bars, is small but lively. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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Blanc
Blanc

Blanc is the place for local Spanish cuisine. All ingredients are grown and processed locally. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Thali
Thali

A taste of authentic Indian food in Barcelona, Thali is a place where you get the best chicken tikka masala in town. Get a slice of India in the middle of Barcelona. The service is also very quick. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily:9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM

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Spoonik
SPOONIK

In Spoonik, you get a taste of the Latin and Columbian foods as well as classic Spanish. They have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. (Image Credits)

Timings: Friday and Saturday: 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM

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Hetta
Hetta

Hetta specializes in Mediterranean and classic European cuisine. The cafe features a new-age geometrical design. (Image Credits)

Timings: 1:30 PM–4 PM, 8:30 AM–11:30 PM, Sundays & Tuesdays Closed

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Beam
BEAM

Beam is a fusion restaurant in Barcelona. If you are looking for vegetarian and vegan options, they have those too. (Image Credits)

Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:45 PM

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Lasarte
Lasarte

A meal at this 3-Star Michelin rated haven of Catalan experiences is an expensive affair. It is known for its 12-course tasting menu. (Image Credits)

Timings:

  • Wednesday to Saturday: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays

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Cocina Hermanos Torres
Cocina Hermanos Torres

Set in a refurbished industrial warehouse, the 2 Michelin star Cocina Hermanos Torres features an open kitchen for a distinct dining experience. (Image Credits)

Timings: Tuesday to Saturday: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM

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Moments
Moments

If in Barcelona, don’t miss out on Moment’s unique Catalan and the Mediterranean cuisine by the world’s most celebrated female chef, who holds seven Michelin Stars. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 1:30 to 3:00 PM, 8:30 to 10:00 PM

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ABaC
ABaC

Enjoy mouth-watering dishes from around the world at this three Michelin star restaurant., Sip on wine from the wine cellar’s nearly 1,400 references. (Image Credits)

Timings: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Koy Shunka
Koy Shunka

This Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona offers the perfect fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean ingredients. Its intimate setting and a dinner of baked lobster and sushi will become the highlight of your trip. (Image Credits)

Timings: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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Forn Mistral
Forn Mistral

From sweet pastries to soft croissants, this bakery situated at the heart of the city is perfect for grabbing a light breakfast before you start exploring Barcelona. Ensaimadas, slow-fermented bread, and Catalan bakes are their specialities. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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Baluard Barceloneta Bakery
Baluard Barceloneta Bakery

A sweet little enterprise specializing in bread making, this bakery presents extensive flavors and shapes of Barceloneta bread. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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Patisserie Santa Clara
Patisserie Santa Clara

A bucket list favorite among travelers, this bakery is a heaven for those who savor sweet treats. Tartaletas de Coco and Selva Negra are a must-try here. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM

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Macxipa
Macxipa

Located right next to the famed Sagrada Familia Basilica, the iconic Macxipa bakery has kept the tradition of baking the most delicious Pastries and Sandwiches for over a century. (Image Credits)

Timings:

  • Monday to Saturday: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Cruixent
Cruixent

Serving delicious bread at a reasonable rate, this bakery is famous in Barcelona for its Coca and a hearty selection of unique pastries and croissants. (Image Credits)

Timings:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:30 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Nomad Coffee
Nomad

These world-renowned coffee experts offer a great selection of coffee beans and roasting methods to indulge in this beloved beverage. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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Three Marks Coffee
Three Marks Coffee

A hidden gem prized by the cafe regulars of Barcelona, this establishment is known for its espresso. (Image Credits)

Timings:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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Hush Hush Cafe
Hush Hush Cafe

This modern cafe offers a variety of healthy snacks, from perfectly pulled espresso and natural juices to tasty breakfast options. (Image Credits)

Timings:

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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Syra Cafe
Syra Coffee

Syra Coffee and its logo are recognized across Spain as symbols of well-made coffee. Pop into one of their trendy stores and grab yourself a latte to-go. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM

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Cafés El Magnífico
Cafés El Magnífico

The family behind this institution has been roasting coffee beans for over a century in Barcelona. Visitors can choose from a variety of quality beans sourced from over 18 different countries. (Image Credits)

Timings: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Closed on Sundays

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Red Garter
Red Garter Barcelona

The RedGarter sports bar mainly serves American fast food and steakhouse joint food. The ribs and the burgers here are very famous. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 10:30 AM to 3:00 AM

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Futballarium Barcelona
Futballarium Barcelona

The pub serves mainly Hungarian drinks and some great food. This is the best place to hang out before going to watch an FC Barcelona game. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and sometimes open till 12:30 AM

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La Confiteria
La Confiteria

Known for its cocktails made out of fresh fruit juices, this bar has outdoor seating for those who enjoy a drink with a little breeze. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM

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Paradiso
Paradiso

The Paradiso bar features a super-secret entrance through a regular sandwich shop. This bar has a range of theme-based cocktails and other drinks. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

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Kiltro
Kiltro Restobar

The Kiltro Bar has a very exotic range of cocktails and a great selection of food. (Image Credits)

Timings: Daily: 6:30 PM to 1:30 AM

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Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona

Tapas
Bar Canete

If you can eat only one plate of tapas in Barcelona, let it be at Bar Cañete. It's the number 1 recommended Tapas Bar in Barcelona

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Tapas
Jai-Ca

Step into the traditional yellow tiles at Jai-Ca and soak in the Catalan dialect, you're in the most authentic tapas bar in Barcelona.

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Tapas
Bar Del Pla

A bright and buzzy Tapas favourite among tourists, with glorious Catalan tiling, a vaulted ceiling and bottles of wine lining the walls.

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Tapas
Cal Pep

There's more to this slightly dingy bar than meets the eye that serves one of Barcelona's best tortillas.

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Tapas
Lolita Taperia

Located in Sant Antoni, Lolita is an old-school "taperia" serving all the traditional tapas dishes with quirky fillings.

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