Barcelonans usually grab a café solo (espresso) or a cortado (espresso with milk) in the morning, sometimes with a mini bocadillo (sandwich) or a croissant.
Lunch menus are widely available and affordable. A meal including starter, mains, dessert with a drink costs around €9. Lunch is between 14.00 and 16.00.
Around 18.00 you can go for some tasty tapas. Try for example the meat embotits, creamy salads and seafood. Drink a vino (wine), a caña (glass of beer) or a clara (beer and fizzy lemon).
Dinner is around 22.00. With one of the oldest ports in the world, Barcelona is good for seafood and the arroz negro (paella with squid ink) is not to be missed.
Our Top Picks for Restaurants in Barcelona
Fabra I Puig, 296, 08031 Barcelona
Tapas, authentic, great value
Tapas can be found everywhere; good tapas are harder to find.
Leave the tourists in the centre and visit the authentic neighbourhood of Nou Barris for a real culinary treat.
This terrific, typical tapas bar is jam-packed with locals and serves classic Catalan and Spanish dishes that will make your mouth water.
Don´t miss the Patatas Bravas, famed as the best in Barcelona! At only around 14€ per head you´re looking at a culturally stimulating, great value and tasty evening out!
Avinguda Paral.lel 164, 08015
Tapas, modern, high class
Going to Albert and Ferran Adria´s tapas bar Tickets can be compared to going to the theatre or watching live music. It´s an experience for all your senses and an experience you´ll never forget.
The two brothers have created tapas with a twist. They combine unusual flavours to get phenomenal results.
At the beginning of the evening tell your waiter what you do and don´t like and they will give you a selection of dishes that suits your palate.
The restaurant is incredibly exclusive so if you haven´t booked in advance expect to get there early or late to get a table and anticipate a bill that matches the quality.
Comte D'urgell, 168, 08036
Galician, seafood, simple but delicious
Although not typically Catalan this Galician style seafood restaurant is one of the best in the city, so we thought we had to mention it!
This unassuming restaurant may not look like much from the outside but once you try the food you will see why this fabulous restaurant is one of Barcelona´s best kept secrets.
The restaurant is slightly away from the centre but is still easily accessible and you will find the prices very reasonable particularly considering the quality.
Carrer Comercial 7, 08003
Seafood, authentic, mid-level
Don´t expect high class when you arrive at La Paradeta. Expect sensational fresh seafood cooked to order.
This restaurant has got a new take on the dining experience. First, choose a fish that takes your fancy. Then, decide how you want it cooked. Finally once it´s ready collect it and enjoy.
The whole experience is unpretentious but utterly delicious. La Paradeta has a number of locations in and around Barcelona so there should be one near you!
C/ Bellafila, 5, 08002
Mediterranean, vegetarian friendly, luxurious
As you wander through the winding streets of Barri Gotic you will hopefully come across the beautiful restaurant Pla.
Low-level lighting and rustic but smart décor lends the restaurant a romantic feel. The food manages to be exquisite without being pretentious. Unlike the food of other top restaurants in Barcelona you will not be disappointed with portion size so both your stomach and your taste buds will go away satisfied.
Try the tasting menu at €40 a head to get the opportunity to sample a large range of the beautifully crafted dishes on the menu.
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