Off to Barcelona soon and wondering the places you should visit to have the ultimate Barcelona food experience? I’ve recently visited Barcelona for two weeks and explored the city from North to South and from East to West to find the best places with the best food in Barcelona.
Barcelona to me is a very special city. I was in Barcelona the first time in 1999 as part of a school trip traveling from Mallorca and already loved it back then. It took another 15 years and a few short weekend trips to get back to that city and explore it thoroughly.
I’ve compiled a list of 6 great food places in Barcelona that will let your taste buds celebrate a crazy party!
Moderate priced Tapas: Xanfrà Gaudí
The Xanfrà Gaudí is a very typical tapas bar down the street from the Sagrada Familia. While the area is very touristy during the day, it is very quiet and less crowded at night. The restaurant offers great tapas with very affordable prices.
Address: Carrer de Valencia 443
Expensive Tapas: Tapeo
Great Tapas in a very small restaurant in the very popular neighborhood of El Born. The restaurant tries to make tapas a little more modern and serves little dishes for high prices. The quality of the food is exceptional and the wine is great! A good place to eat and jump to the other side of the street for a cava at El Xampanyet afterwards!
Address: C/ Montcada 29
Mexikan: Chido One
This little place is located in Gracia and a little off the beaten path from the touristy old town or el born. The area around the restaurant is very quiet and you could easily miss this place when walking by. Gracia is a beautiful old neighborhood in Barcelona!
Address: Torrijos 30
Fish restaurant: La Barca De Salamanca
Finding a good fish restaurant at the Barceloneta is difficult. Too many touristy places are located next to each other waiting for their next customer offering mediocre food. Right at the harbor of the port olympic we found a nice restaurant called La Barca De Samalanca where locals and tourists meet to enjoy their lunches and dinners. The food was great and the prices definitely ok for that area!
Address: Port Olímpic, Moll de Gregal 13-17
Bask Food: Bizkaia
El Born is the place to go for great food and if you like Pinxos from the Bask country, the restaurant Bizkaia might be the place you want to go. Always changing pinxos invite you to stay long and spend more. At 2 Euros a piece the prices seem pretty cheap but its deceiving. If you are really hungry it quickly becomes a very expensive dinner. The portions at 2 Euros are pretty small but the quality is really good!
Address: Vidriera 12
Tradition: Cal Pep
This is the creme de la creme in Barcelona and one of the most expensive places I’ve visited during my two weeks visit to Barcelona. The food though was just phenomenal.
At Cal Pep you need to reserve a table otherwise you’ll wait for a long time. The doors open at 19:30 and people already line up at 19:00 to get a seat at the bar immediately. If you want to make sure you get a table you need to reserve beforehand.
The staff is attentive and friendly and asks for your preferences, allergies etc. And makes recommendations based on your likes with a menu of 4 or 5 tapas. The food is very fresh and service is great. This comes with a crazy price. You’ll quickly pay around 100 € for 5 tapas for two persons and some drinks!
Address: Plaça de les Olles 8
If you are looking for an amazing hotel to stay during your Barcelona food trip, consider staying at one of the three Barceló Hotels, like the one in Raval where you have an amazing view over the city while enjoying cocktails from their awesome roof top!
Where did you have your best Barcelona food experience? Any place I don’t have on my list that deserves to be mentioned? Let’s discuss Barcelona food in the comments!