Whenever visiting a new city, we always want to make our way in through the table. Local gastronomy is a must when in Barcelona. Some of you might know about the popular dishes you can taste in Spain restaurants, but here you can learn about the typical food and delights available in most Catalonian restaurants.
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Best Food in Barcelona
Barcelona is well known to be a great destination for Gourmet Delicacies, the first thing to try about Barcelona’s rich gastronomy is its seafood.
Most local dishes show that famous Mediterranean taste combined with the Catalan spice that you don’t want to miss, but you’ll be surprised to find how varied their local cuisine can be.
Dairy products, virgin olive oil, sausages, meat and vegetables grown in the heart of this land make it one of the best gastronomic destination in Europe.
Here you have a list with some of the best dishes you can taste. But, first, get ready taking a vermouth.
This is one of the most famous food in Barcelona.
The emblem dish of Spanish Gastronomy, that takes its origin from Valencia, where it was made with meat and beans instead of tainted rice and shellfish.
This is the best dish to taste the delicacies of the Mediterranean Sea and the rice with a scent of the local spices.
These days you can find it everywhere and every day of the week but it was custom to prepare it every Thursday, some say because late president Francisco Franco would wander away on Thursdays to try the Paella in the local restaurants of Madrid.
If you want to eat some of the best paella in Barcelona, just take a look!
WHERE TO EAT IT: Casa Lola.
ADDRESS: Rambla de Catalunya, 70 / La Rambla, 12 / Via Laietana, 42
Sometimes foodies prefer spaghetti over rice, don’t worry, Barcelona has got it for you!
All the delights of local seafood in a sea of tasty wheat noodles.
It’s known that this was the creation of a fishing ship cook from the port of Gandia called Gabriel Rodríguez Pastor, that came about it during a rice shortage and had to cook for the sailors.
It quickly spread throughout the region and became a local dish over the years.
WHERE TO EAT IT: La Mar Salada.
ADDRESS: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 58-59
Calçots with Romesco Sauce
These are one of the more popular foods in Barcelona.
Calçots are local seasonal vegetables, only available from January until March, they sort of look like distant cousins of leeks and only grow in the Tarragona–Barcelona area.
Calçots together with the ancient recipe of Romesco Sauce (which is short for tomatoes, almonds, hazelnuts, garlic, vinegar and a whole lot of work) will make you want to come back for more.
WHERE TO EAT IT: El Jardí de l’Àpat.
ADDRESS: Carrer d’Albert Llanas, 2
Typical Barcelona Food
Getting to know a little more about the local Catalan gastronomy we can taste the insides of this land with more homemade ingredients and ancient recipes with simple but well made traditional dishes.
Pà amb Tomàquet
Bocadillos are present in every table in this region of Spain.
“Pà Amb Tomàquet” is a simple but tasty way to enjoy their extra virgin olive oil combined with the seasons tomatoes spread in only one bite of their “Pa Payés” or Country Bread.
It’ll take you to the very roots of Catalonia.
WHERE TO EAT IT: Almost everywhere, but try La Bodegueta del Poble Sec.
ADDRESS: Carrer de Blai, 47
Botifarra amb mongetes
Typical Barcelona food with history.
A four-hundred-year-old recipe is preserved to make this meal that comes from the times of the colonies and has been served the same way in Catalonia since the XVI century.
Their white beans with parsley, bacon and garlic along with their homemade spiced pork sausage are an emblematic dish of the Catalonian people.
WHERE TO EAT IT: Mussol.
ADDRESS: Carrer de Casp, 19
Canelons are a typical Catalonian Christmas dish of wide pasta rolls often filled with meat, pork, fish, vegetables, spinach cooked in the oven and served with cream and grilled cheese.
It’s a must have for pasta lovers.
WHERE TO EAT IT: Can Culleretes.
ADDRESS: Carrer d’en Quintana, 5
Most Famous Food in Barcelona
It’s about time to talk about the best kept secrets of Barcelona, starters, main dishes and desserts you just won’t find anywhere else on earth!
From fish-based salads, baked vegetables using the millenary technique of “Escalivada” to the latest vegan recipes for typical Catalan dishes.
Here you have more food to try in Barcelona!
Dairy farms have been an important part of the Catalan economy for centuries, their recipe for Curd Cheese, obtained by boiling milk with lemon peels and served with honey and nuts has been an icon of gourmet delicacies for generations.
Sometimes served as mousse and combined with olives and anchovies, it’s the perfect companion of bread sticks and toast.
Mató can be made of goat, cow or sheep milk, depending on the area where it is produced, making it a unique form of Curd Cheese, with a characteristic of moisture, softness and cortex only found in this area.
WHERE TO EAT IT: La Sopa Boba.
ADDRESS: Carrer del Bruc, 115
Although this was a delicacy reserved for Saint Joseph’s Day hundreds of years ago, you can order it now-a-days in basically every Catalan restaurant of the city any day of the week.
It’s a whipped cream made of egg yolks sugar coated on top that is flamed to create that crusty caramel contrast, simply delicious!
WHERE TO EAT IT: Restaurante Julivert Meu.
ADDRESS: Calle Bonsuccés, 7
Vegan Food in Barcelona
The city is known to have a large selection of vegan restaurants that achieve the great taste of Barcelona’s typical dishes without using animal products.
Most restaurants and bars offer vegan options for those with animal exploitation awareness. Catalonia grows a large selection of vegetables and has a high standard of eco-friendly farming.
Gazpacho is a typical spanish cold soup made entirely out of raw vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, vinegar and olive oil. It’s highly consumed during the hot summer months in the households of Barcelona and it can be found in most restaurants in town.
Also the well-known Spanish tortilla can be found in Barcelona’s Restaurants in its vegan recipe containing chickpeas instead of eggs.
Esqueixada de bacallà
This delicious cold salad made with Bacalao fish, chopped green and red peppers, olives and tomatoes is the main starter in lunch menus in town.
In some areas it can be served with dried vegetables and boiled eggs, and then be known as an “Empedrat” some variation of this dish can be found in the Valencian Areas as “Esgarret” or “Xató”.
WHERE TO EAT IT: Bodega Sepúlveda.
ADDRESS: Carrer de Sepúlveda, 173
Last but not least, another iconic plate of the Levante region of Spain, which includes Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia, made out of baked eggplants, peppers, tomatoes and onions.
Its name comes from the Catalan verb “Escalviar” which means to boil and the world “Caliu” or Embers, this ancient technique was made before the days of modern kitchens and it is still used today for the same purpose.
Its served cold during summer as a refreshing vegetable starter, with bread, anchovies and sausages.
WHERE TO EAT IT: Taverna El Glop.
ADDRESS: Carrer de Sant Lluís, 24
The contrast of flavors found in this city are a consequence of its history, its circumstances and the creativity of its people, such a rich environment that combines the best of the fields with the fruits of the Mediterranean Sea and the spices from north African countries can only be found here.
The constant fusion of ingredients and techniques has made Catalan recipes unique and bold, to the point of establishing Barcelona as one of the top gastronomic destinations in Europe.