Paella is the ultimate Spanish dish, it conjures up many happy memories of holidays spent under the Spanish sun. If you are a big fan of seafood paella, you really need to visit Barcelona. The coastal location of this vibrant city means that there are many restaurants offering paella that is to die for. Read on for our guide of where to get the best paella in Barcelona.
Restaurante Salamanca has been delivering food to the people of Barcelona for over 30 years, they really must be doing something right. This beachfront restaurant is very huge, with lots of space available for parties, business conferences, or even just for meeting up with friends. The atmosphere is very relaxed and casual and all of the staff are extremely friendly, it really is the ideal place to spend a few hours with loved ones, especially if you enjoy sea views. Whilst they are famous for their seafood, their paella also goes down a storm, with many locals claiming that they serve the best paella in Barcelona.
Moncho’s – El Tinglado
Moncho’s is a group of restaurants that pride themselves on market cuisine, they strive to make good use of the fresh fish bought directly from the market daily. El Tinglado is situated close to the beach and the decor screams of traditional fish markets, it really feels like an authentic fishermen’s tavern. They prepare their paella in charcoal and have a reputation for delivering one of the tastiest versions of the dish in the whole of Barcelona.
La fonda del Port Olimpic
Situated in the heart of Barcelona’s port, La fonda del Port Olimpic is a charming, yet traditional restaurant. Food wise, it takes its inspiration from the traditions of the Catalan region and they are very well known for delivering a truly authentic paella. Ther beachfront terrace means that you can watch the comings and goings of the harbour while enjoying the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and sampling some of the best paellas that Barcelona has to offer.
With a beautiful terrace overlooking the Sant Sebastia beach, the Barraca is truly a restaurant designed for relaxation. This restaurant was set-up by Xavier Pellicer, who was the protegee of the three-Michelin starred chef Santi Santamaria. Pellicer’s mark has definitely been left on the food that the restaurant serves to this day, many a review of the restaurant shouts about the delicious dishes they are producing. Specialising in rice dishes, this restaurant is often busy with guests looking for the perfect paella, so booking is advised.
Set high up in the Montjuic hill, this restaurant offers stunning views of the port area and the city below it. The large outdoor terrace is sheltered by parasols and offers beautiful surroundings for diners to enjoy whilst eating. Their paella is simply to die for and is made even better when you try it as part of the set menu. The 45 euro set menu means you can enjoy tapas with vermouth, salad, a paella dish, dessert and wine, all at an extremely reasonable cost. What better way could there be to enjoy a paella in Barcelona?
Ca La Nuri
Ca La Nuri is a group that owns three restaurants, with the business having been built from scratch by Nuri and Jordi a married couple who opened their first bar in 1962. Platja Ca La Nuri is a beachfront restaurant with gorgeous views of the sea, whilst Terra Ca La Nuri offers fine dining in the heart of the city and Xiroi Ca La Nuri offers a more modern dining experience next to the beach. Whichever restaurant you visit you are guaranteed to be served an amazing paella.
If you fancy lunch by the pier, watching boats come in and out of the harbour then you should give Elx a try. This restaurant is renowned for its paella, with inspiration for the dishes hailing from Valencia. There is a genuine luxurious feel to this restaurant, it is a wonderful location a romantic date, paella for two, anyone?
L’arrosseria Xatvia has two restaurants in the city of Barcelona, one in the neighbourhood of Les Corts and one in Gracia. Both restaurants are family-friendly and have a rustic charm about them. They offer traditional Valencian paellas which are delicious. Visit either restaurant to sample some of the best paellas in Barcelona.
Whether you are looking to enjoy paella with the family, on a romantic date, or as the best way to survive a night out in clubs such as Pacha, OPIUM, or Bling Bling, as example, with so many restaurants delivering tasty dishes Barcelona really has something to offer you.