In Barcelona you can choose from tasty tapas, authentic Thai food, delicious sushi, spicy Indian, sophisticated French dishes and even enjoy the ultimate dining experience at Michelin star restaurants. So to help you choose where to go for your next meal, here are the best restaurants by neighborhood.
Xiringuito Escribà is an intimate restaurant located right on the beachfront. It is run by the famous Escribà family who is known for their exceptional cakes and pastries. The paella here is often quoted as one of the best in Barcelona so book your place if you want to try it as there are many people rushing there to do so.
Location: Av. del Litoral, 62
If you’re looking for a sophisticated dining experience, then look no further than Michelin star restaurant Dos Cielos. Located on the 24th floor of the Melia Sky Hotel, it provides diners with an unforgettable experience with the backdrop that offers a 360° view. Twin brothers Sergio and Javier Torres are behind the incredible menu which offers Latin American food with oriental influences.
Location: Carrer de Pere IV, 286
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Quimet & Quimet
Quimet & Quimet is technically not a restaurant but rather a tapas bar. However, it is known as one of the top tapas bars in the city and which means it is well worth a place on our list. First opened back in 1914, Quimet & Quimet is still going strong serving delicious montaditos (open sandwiches with tasty toppings), preserves and larger dishes with Catalan cured meats.
Location: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25
At the higher end of the price spectrum in Poble Sec, there is the famous Tickets. The theme is based on a concept that connects gastronomy to how you understand life. Food is turned into a grand theatre production, but bear in mind that you need to reserve months in advance because this restaurant is owned by none other than chef Ferran Adrià!
Location: Av. del Paraŀlel, 164
Els Quatre Gats
Els Quatre Gats is one of the most famous restaurants in Barcelona as it was frequented by Picasso himself. You can see the artistic influence and history which decorates the interior of the venue, offering a unique dining experience for art lovers, that complements the delicious food that they serve.
Location: Carrer de Montsió, 3
Can Culleretes is said to be the oldest restaurant in Barcelona, serving hungry customers since 1786. Take a step back in time to enjoy traditional local Catalan gastronomy and enjoy a tasy fish soup, boar stew and crema catalana. Can Culleretes i a perfect lunch spot to have a break from sightseeing.
Location: Carrer d’en Quintana, 5
Les Quinze Nits
An elegant restaurant located on Plaza Real, Les Quinze Nits serves traditional Mediterranean dishes using fresh produce. Despite being a formal setting it is reasonably priced and is the perfect place for dining out on a summer’s evening.
Location: Plaça Reial, 6
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Teresa Carles is an extremely popular vegetarian restaurant with good value and healthy dishes. Vegan or gluten-free items on the menu are clearly marked. Here you can try such inventive creations as the pumpkin and crispy tempeh salad or the aubergine cake with figs and goat’s cheese.
Location: Carrer de Jovellanos, 2
Caravelle is one of the best brunch options in Barcelona serving delicious dishes with decent portions. But it’s also a great spot for lunch and dinner with homemade tacos and the Caravelle Double Cheeseburger. Plus, you can wash it all down with their beer that’s brewed on site.
Location: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31
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Dreta de l’Eixample
Miu is one of Barcelona’s most popular Japanese restaurants. Here you can find traditional Japanese dishes in a stylish and modern interior with a friendly service. If you want a fun dining experience you can sit at the bar and watch the chefs working away.
Location: Carrer de València, 249
Vila de Gràcia
La Singular may be a small, cozy setting with only 10 tables but it certainly packs a punch in terms of the food. It’s a favorite for locals in Gràcia, especially for lunch where it offers a classic Catalan menu with an innovative twist serving such dishes as sweet potato gnocchi with sausage sauce, brie and honey, salmon tartar with mango and hummus, and ceviche with rasberirries and tiger’s milk.
Location: Carrer de Francisco Giner, 50
Somodo is a restaurant located in a former textile shop that serves Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese touch. Japanese chef Shojiro Ochi perfectly fuses seasonal Catalan products with Japanese cuisine.
Location: Carrer de Ros de Olano, 11
Now that you have a list of some of the best places to dine in Barcelona. Pick the neighborhood you want to start with and make your choice from the list!
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