The world's Essential Eats curated by local food experts


The Spaniards take their food seriously, and when it comes to Catalonians, food is a passion. Barcelona's flavors are bold and dishes are hearty, embracing a variety of influences from the New World to the Eastern Mediterranean.

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El Quim de la Boqueria
Huevos con Setas y Foie Gras
Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08002 Barce...

La Boqueria market on Les Ramblas is a mecca for any foodie visiting Barcelona. One of its hidden gems is El Quim. In truth, it ... Read more

Cal Pep
Butifarra de Foie Gras
Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Some dishes match their venue perfectly and the Foie Gras Sausage at Cal Pep is one of these. Pep’s bar has only 20 highly-coveted seats, so arrive before it opens to avoid having to wait over an ... Read more

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El Celler de Can Roca
Calle Can Sunyer, 46, 17007 Girona Spain

One hour north of Girona is the culinary fraternity of Can Roca. Three brothers that grew up using their mothers kitchen as a playground have forged one of the greatest restaurants on Earth. Joan is ... Read more

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Via Veneto
Carrer de Ganduxer, 10 08021 Barcelona Spain

Often cities have a benchmark restaurant for authentic local cooking and for Barcelona, this is it. Since 1967, Via Veneto has been serving superior Catalan cuisine to well off locals, politicians ... Read more

Bar Bas
Tortilla Brava
Rambla de Catalunya, 7, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

It’s not easy to find respectable tapas near touristy Plaza de Catalunya, but this hip bar serves delectable small plates. While most any dish reigns supreme, the absolute must-order is the ... Read more

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Bar Cañete
Berenjena Frita con Miel
Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Fried eggplant with honey is very popular in the South and Center of Spain, and it became popular in Barcelona fairly recently. I’d dare to say Bar Cañete was probably the first local bar to ... Read more

Bar Celta
Pulpo a la Gallega
Carrer de la Mercè, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Galicia is an area in the North of Spain touching Portugal. They have a strong fishing tradition, and are famous for their seafood. One of their most famous tapas is octopus. It comes boiled and ... Read more

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Bar Tomás
Patatas Bravas
Carrer Major de Sarria, 49, 08017 Barcelona, Spain

Patatas bravas are definitely one of the top tapas in Spain. I haven’t seen locals fighting over what bar makes the best (name any other tapa here) the way they do with patatas bravas. Most will ... Read more

Bodega 1900
Carrer de Tamarit, 91, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

It was unlike any Parisian style of beef tartare and I didn't even realize it was jamon at first. The buttery texture resembled beef tarter, but the intensity was of high quality well cured Jamon ... Read more

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Pastel Xabina
Carrer de les Caputxes, 6-10, 08003 Barcelona Spai...

Carles Mampel is the award-winning pastry chef behind the haute chocolatier bubo and his new-wave tapas bubo bar. His adjoining ... Read more

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Can Majó
Fideuà de Marisco
Almirante Aixada, 23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Fideuà is a traditional dish quite similar to paella but made with noodles instead of rice. It is served with a small portion of aioli garlic sauce aside, which you mix up with the pasta for a ... Read more

Can Solé
Arroz Negro
Carrer de Sant Carles, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

If you are an adventurous eater, don't miss this paella made with squid ink.

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Cerveceria Catalana
Carrer de Mallorca, 236, 08008 Barcelona, Barcelon...

Around the corner from the luxury shops on Passeig de Gracia, Cerveceria Catalana is a well-oiled machine turning out perfectly executed ... Read more

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Ciudad Condal
Calamares a la Romana
Rambla de Catalunya, 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Spaniards grow up devouring deep fried calamari rings in their childhood, and it keeps being a favorite for grown ups. Unfortunately in many bars they use as much flour as actual calamari… But the ... Read more

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Carrer de la Llibreteria, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spai...

In this tiny bar in the Old Town, they handmake their own meat products. For a rich Catalan experience, go for this combination of the best local sausages and the best of our groceries: pork sausage ... Read more

El Cangrejo Loco
Moll de Gregal 29-30, Port Olímpic 08005 Barcelon...

This is by far the best of the seafood joints down at the Puerto Olympico. The attention to detail combined with live and ultra-fresh seafood is unbeatable

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El Vaso de Oro
Russian Salad
Calle de Balboa, 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Another typical tapa dish: diced boiled potatoes, carrot, green beans, green peas and tuna, all well mixed up with mayo and topped with grated hardboiled egg.

Carrer de Mallorca, 304, 08037 Barcelona, Spain

The economic crisis killed many expensive pretentious restaurants in town... But it opened a new trend: bistro-nomics! And Embat is their local flagship. 3 young chefs are using their creativity to ... Read more

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Carrer de la Princesa, 53 08003 Barcelona Spain

Have you ever dreamed of a whole meal made out of desserts? In Barcelona you can do it! And I don't mean having cake after cake, but a real three course menu where all dishes incorporate ingredients ... Read more

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Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona
Cazuelita de Queso Munster
Ronda de Sant Antoni, 39 - 41, 08011 Barcelona, Sp...

This historic brewery began was launched by Louis Moritz over 150 years ago and is known as “the beer of Barcelona”. Order a cold Moritz with this mini-fondue served with crunchy croutons. It is ... Read more

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Carrer de la Granada del Penedès, 14, 08006 Barce...

Mey Hofmann, one of Barcelona’s most talented chefs, opened her restaurant and cooking school in the ’80s in the Born district. While her renowned culinary school remains, her one ... Read more

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JJ Restaurant
Carrer de Mallorca, 18, 08014 Barcelona, Spain

For more than 30 years, this classic family bodega has awed customers with its unique preparation of boquerones, a classic tapa in southern Spain. A plate of six beautiful raw anchovies is rolled ... Read more

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Arroz Ahumado
Plaza del Mar, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Spectacular veggie paella made with smoked rice and topped with arugula salad. The first thing I thought when I saw it is: "What's this salad doing on top of my paella?” But the arugula actually ... Read more

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Kiosk Universal
Mercat de la Boqueria, Puesto 691, Barcelona, Spai...

You'll be surprised by the taste of these long-shaped razorclams that come grilled and sprinkled with garlic, parsley and olive oil.

Kiosko Hamburgueseria
Santa Caterina Burger
Avinguda del Marquès de l'Argentera, 1 bis, 08003...

Be ready to lick your fingers with this awesome burger that combines the best of the local produce to create a hamburger that could compete against the best American burgers. Organic veal, roasted ... Read more

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La Bodegueta
Tortilla Española
Rambla de Catalunya, 100, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Another classic tapa in Spain, Spanish omelet is made with fried potatoes, caramelized onion and eggs. The trick is to make it crispy on the outside but as tender and creamy as possible inside. The ... Read more

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La Gardunya
Calle Jerusalem, 18, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Never thought barnacles where edible? Yes, they are and Spaniards consider them a delicacy! At La Gardunya they'll get them fresh from the market for you, and serve them boiled. Ask them to show you ... Read more

La Plata
Boquerones Fritos
Carrer de la Merce, 28, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Monday is a bad day to order fish, because fishermen don’t work on Sunday and therefore there is no fresh fish the next day. However, at La Plata they are the first to get the best sardines as soon ... Read more

La Vietnamita
Vietnamite Rolls
Carrer del Torrent de l'Olla, 78, 08012 Barcelona,...

Finally a good street food place for Asian food in Barcelona! They have traditional ones (Goi Cuon) as well as their house specialty with fruit, salmon and avocado. Yum!

Lolita Taperia
Habitas con Huevos de Codorniz
Carrer Tamarit, 104, local2-4, 08015 Barcelona, Sp...

Amazing combination of delicate baby beans sprinkled with truffle oil and served room temperature with avocado and quail egg. Surprising combinations that will make you want to order a second round.

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Leek, Egg and Truffle Pizza
Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 1, 08002 Barcelona

You would never think that these three ingredients combined that well! Beautiful pizza with thin crust smoothly sprinkled caramelized leek. The egg adds up creaminess, and the truffle oil brings the ... Read more

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Mercat Princesa
Amb 2 Ous
Carrer dels Flassaders, 21 08003 Barcelona Spain

Baby eels are called "angulas" in Spain, and they are considered a delicacy. However, they aren't the kind of delicacy to be served in a fancy dish with foams and stuff: it's a down-to-earth ... Read more

Enchilada Explosiva
Carrer d'Amigó, 57, 08021 Barcelona, Spain

From their several restaurants in town, choose the one in Banys Nous St. where Josep, the manager, runs it with his personal and welcoming touch. Ask him to prepare the Explosive Enchilada for a ... Read more

Panino Silvestre
Piadina Cannone
Major de sarria 92 08017 Barcelona Spain

This amazing piadina infuses your palate with flavors: tasty bresaola (air-dried beef) with melted stracchino cheese, topped with caramelized onion and the bitter touch of rugula.

Petit Comité
Passatge de la Concepció, 13, 08008 Barcelona, Sp...

The traditional Catalan recipes are revisited by chef Nandu Jubany in this restaurant around the corner from Passeig de Gràcia. The best Spanish products (some of them so local that you'll have to ... Read more

Red Ant Noodle Bar
Stir Fry Noodles
Carrer dels Tiradors, 5 08003 Barcelona Spain

Great organic wheat noodles at an affordable price. Although most people go for the chicken or the vegetarian options, our favorite is the pork one: delicious! Nicely spiced sauce, and fresh veggies ... Read more

Sagas Restaurant
Goat Cheese Sandwich
Plaça de Pau Vila, 13, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

A bite of the local counstryside: Tasty but not too pungent local goat cheese, the best Aragon olives, fresh watercress and juicy tomato lovingly arranged between two slices of countryside oil bread.

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Tapas 24
Croquetas de Jamón
Carrer de la Diputacio, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spai...

Croquettes are one of those tapas locals always order; we’ve eaten them at home since we were little! A light, crunchy crust of breadcrumbs on the outside, and a creamy inside of thick béchamel ... Read more

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Avinguda del Paral·lel, 164 - 08015 Barcelona

Ferran Adrià was the acclaimed owner of El Bulli, considered the best restaurant in the world for many years until it closed in 2011. Since then, this busy chef has opened Tickets, the only tapas ... Read more

Calle la Rambla, 115, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

This sandwich of spiced minced beef has become a classic at Viena. Since the name is difficult to pronounce for Spanish-natives, people started calling it Zipi-Zape, the name of some popular cartoon ... Read more

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Helado de Pomelo y Jazmin
Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 55, 08003 Barcelona, Sp...

I love innovations, that's why this place was become my mecca for gelato when I'm walking around the water front. From all their sophisticated flavors, my favorite is grapefruit-jasmine for its ... Read more

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Jabugo Ham Plate
CarrerMontcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

No one should leave Spain without trying Jabugo ham. Yes, there are other types of ham (país; serrano) but the bellota ham from the Jabugo area is the best of the best. And what better place to ... Read more

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Pimentones Rellenos de Queso
CarrerMontcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Set on one of their marble tables, order some "xampanyet" sparkling wine and enjoy some delicious sweet baby peppers stuffed with goat cheese. They almost melt in your mouth. This is an authentic old ... Read more

La Cova Fumada
La Bomba
Carrer del Baluart, 56, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Bomba is a popular tapas tourists don’t usually order because they have never heard of it, but which the locals love. Said to have been invented in the Barceloneta district, this tapa is usually ... Read more

Chipirones con Judías Blancas
466- 470, Mercat de la Boqueria, Carrer la Rambla,...

White beans with baby calamares, the dish par excellence at Pinotxo, only rivalled by Juanito's (the bar owner) chickpeas with blood sausage. A glass of Catalan cava is the best way to accompany this ... Read more