Written by Ash

The 41 Best Restaurants in Barcelona According to Locals


I see crime every day in Barcelona and it’s not pick pocketing, jaywalking, or praising Real Madrid.

It’s tourists paying a pretty penny to drink bagged sangria and eat frozen paella.

It’s tourists going to American fast food chains when the same money can get you much more.

Barcelona is a foodie town and there’s no excuse for this – so let me get you on the right track with my Barcelona restaurant guide.

The Best Restaurants in Barcelona

Here you’ll find a list of the best Barcelona restaurants sorted by type.

If you have special dietary requirements consult my gluten free restaurant list as well as my guide to Barcelona vegetarian restaurants.

Our Favourites

Bodega Joan

€€ Area: Eixample | Carrer Rosselló 164 | Metro: Diagonal (various) | Book the table with WhatsApp : +34650203782 (for our menu check the banner below)

I go for their mesmerizing mixed paella (a type of surf and turf) but even those afraid of rice will eat like royalty here cutting into their carne picanha: a char-grilled sirloin cap that’s perfection on a plate.

Since their made to order paella takes about 25 minutes you’ll have plenty of time to take it easy Spanish-style, with some wine, Serrano ham, gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns), or even Galician octopus.

It’s also got the friendliest waiters in the city.

Tempted? I’ve got an offer for blog readers with a special 25% discount on a paella tasting menu – click the banner below for more info.

FYI: the tasting menu is not on offer December 24th and it’s closed December 25th.

a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain
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€€-€€€ | Area: Eixample | Carrer d’Aribau 125 | Metro: Diagonal

This delicious gourmet tapas restaurant famous for ‘new classics‘ gets to the top of the list because most of my readers want a balance of Spanish tradition and contemporary style.

The fresh, natural, and seasonal menu tailored to wine lovers bills itself as Mediterranean food with an international touch… or as they call it: Barcelona food!

I particularly enjoyed the seafood paella and the Catalan cured meat platter – there are also great vegan options and the original cocktails are out of this world.

I was so impressed I’ve even set up my own reservation system with Season where my readers will get €5.00 off a gourmet tapas tasting menu by clicking the button below:

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€€€ Area: La Rambla | Carrer del Caputxins 37 | Metro: Liceu (L3)

Louro is probably the only restaurant I’d recommend on the famous La Rambla – but that’s not to say this is a big fish in a small pond. It’s one of my favourite modern Spanish restaurants in the whole city.

Here the seafood-rich Galician fare gets a creative/avant-guard twist with the added bonus of some of the most concise and friendly service in the business.

Some of the highlights here are the smoked sardines, crunchy octopus, scallops gratin, Galician beef filet, and the highly underrated calamari sandwich – not to mention their elite and unique cocktail offerings like the blackberry mojito.

As this place is always PACKED I’ve set up a quick reservation system directly with the restaurant (no money down, with reservation priority via my blog) by clicking the blue button below.

Booking via Barcelona Hacks also gets you a complimentary glass of cava per diner, a sparkling white wine from Spain comparable to champagne.

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€€-€€€ | Area: El Born | Rec Comtal 6 | Metro: Arc de Triomf | Website

Many have asked me for Italian restaurants and I can’t help go to Naples for this authentic beauty and its divine polpette (meatballs), paccheri allo scoglio (a seafood stew/pasta combo) and one of the best pizzas in the city.

What I go for though is the slow cooked ragu. The flavour of this slowly simmered sauce is so good you’ll plan your next holiday to Rome and forget all about Spanish tapas!

Looking for something really authentic? The pasta con patate is a regional speciality and may seem like science fiction.

Two carbs? Try it and be amazed.

Spanish Restaurants


€€ Area: Barceloneta | 1 Carrer Balboa | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

One of my favourite places to eat in Barcelona.

This kitschy little restaurant where you watch the cooks is a stone’s throw away from the beach. Here they mix classic tapas with more modern and ethnic flavours. The ceviche and ginger marinated chicken are two standout dishes.

Try and get a seat on the terrace outside.

La Paradeta

€€ Area: El Gotico | Various Locations | Website

Don’t miss this for anything if you’re a fan of food from the sea.

This self-service seafood joint lets you choose fresh fish from a market counter, sits you down with a bottle of your favourite wine, and cooks it for you right there and then.

Expect to wait a while even if you get there at opening but know that it’s worth it – make sure to grab a bottle of lightly sparkling Blanc Pescador wine and try the chiriprones (fried baby cuttlefish).

Can Maño

€€ Area: Barceloneta | 12 Carrer del Baluart | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

One might call it a bit of a dive but here it’s about fresh fish and old world charm.  This fantastic Barcelona seafood restaurant finds its beauty in the friendly atmosphere, simple to tacky decor, and cheap prices – locals line up from 8PM so get there early.

From the dining room you can watch the cooks in the kitchen so it feels a bit like being home. All together you won’t spend more than €15/20 per person for an abundance of fish.

Restaurante Arume

€€€ Area: El Raval | Carrer d’En Botella 13 | Metro: Universitat (L1/L2) | Website

If cooking is about creativity then this Barcelona restaurant has it right. Here you’ll find a modern execution of classic Galician dishes with eye-catching presentation. Grab the crunchy octopus and a blackberry mojito – you just might finish both of them in the time it took you to read this review.

The delicious desserts, simplistic decor, and suffused lighting create an intimate atmosphere that makes it one of the great places for couples in Barcelona.


€€ Area: Barceloneta | Calle Ginebra 13 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

One of the best restaurants in Barcelona for authentic atmosphere. If you’re in a group and wanna sample a ton of delicious seafood tapas for a fiver each then head to this super-popular bar-restaurant.

Here you’ll also jockey for position with locals but the quick service and big portions will make it worth the wait.

Can Margarit

€€€ Area: Poble Sec | 21 Carrer de la Concordia | Metro: Poble Sec (L3) | Website

One of the top restaurants in Barcelona since way back when – Can Margarit was founded over 40 years ago as a tavern with traditional Catalan cuisine.

It’s the only restaurant I’ve ever been to that gives you a free glass of wine on arrival 😉 They’re poured from the many barrels lining the walls.

For €20.00 you’ll get a huge pan con tomate, a Murcian salad with potatoes and onion, cod, spicy sea snails, sausages, garlic potatoes and the house specialty jumillana – a type of rabbit stew.

Can Punyetes

€€€ Area: Gracia | Francisco Giner 8-10 | Metro: Diagonal (L3/L5) | Website

A rustic tavern-style restaurant with great service.  You go here for grilled meat – and more grilled meat. The small menu of Catalan classics is a hit with locals so the botifarra sausage and beans is a massive favourite but you can’t go wrong with the lamb either.

Their cheese and jamon tapas are just as good.

I’d be cheating you in telling you where to eat in Barcelona if I didn’t mention there are tons of bars with free tapas waiting to be exploited 😉

Here’s the list of ones you have to pay for:

El Celler del Vermut

€€ | Area: Sagrada Familia | 239 Lepanto | Metro: Sagrada Familia ( L2/L5) | Website

If you’re hungry before or after visiting Sagrada Familia this is the only place to go! This hole in the wall hasn’t yet been discovered by the tourist crowd – so let the bartenders hand cut your Spanish deli meats and cheeses right in front of you while you sip a delicious homemade vermouth in peace.

La Bombeta

€€ Area: Barceloneta | 3 Carrer Maquinista | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

“No English and No Credit Cards” is the slogan of this classic tapas spot but I’m going to recommend it anyway because one – it’s one of the best places to eat in Barcelona and two – they’re big fat liars, they’ve got English menus 😉

The house special here are the bombas, a massive potato ball stuffed with ground meat and covered in a spicy sauce.


€€ Area: Barceloneta | 31 Carrer del Rec | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

Delicious meat and fish tapas and a classic pan con tomate to match. The homemade vermouth (vermut in Catalan) with a slice of lemon and two olives is something you can’t leave out – the mussels marinara and eggplant and honey are two tapa standouts.

Can Paixano

€ Area: Barceloneta | 7 Reina Cristina | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

This place is so famous that I had to dedicate an entire article to it. Known to locals as La Champaneria, here you’ll find bottles of house rosé wine for the price of a pack of gum and two metro rides.

The botifarra sausage and manchego cheese tapas pair perfectly and with 10 euros you’ll have enough food and drink to make you sick. WARNING: It’s closed on Sunday and is only open until 22:00.

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Paella Restaurants

I’ve already got an entire article on the best paella in Barcelona but here are a few highlights:

Les Quinze Nits

€€€ Area: El Gotico | 6 Plaza Reial | Metro: Liceu (L3) | Website

You’ll love it for its location in one of the most picturesque, visited squares in the Gothic Quarter but you’ll come back because €20 gets you a giant plate of homemade paella, some sangria, a dessert and coffee.

Les Quinze Nits is one of the best restaurants in Barcelona for people watching but don’t worry about the lines: even during peak hours the longest you’ll ever wait is 30 minutes.

Xiringuito Escribà

€€€ Area: Poble Nou | Avenida del Litoral 42 | Metro: Llacuna (L4) | Website

Here’s where to eat in Barcelona if you want a seaside view. Xiringuito Escribà is packed with big portions and knowledgeable locals – the seafood is a natural star in one of the first xiringuitos (beach bars) opened for the 1992 Olympic Summer Games.

Make reservations to be safe.

La Fonda

€€ Area: El Gotico | Carrer dels Escudellers 10 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

People looking for value will appreciate the €10.85 weekday lunch special that includes wine or sangria, starter, paella, and dessert. You won’t find any real homemade paella for much cheaper in the city and its super-central location makes it a perfect walk-up spot.

Burger Restaurants


€ Area: El Born | Calle Sabateret 4 | Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1) | Website

It’s not really a secret anymore – they have the best fries in Barcelona. The open kitchen allows you to watch them hand-cut the potatoes and press the mince into patties. No lamps here! All burgers are cooked to order and are 100% organic.

The prices here (the Pim Pam Basic burger is less than 6 euro) make it one of the best burgers in Barcelona value-wise, but I prefer shelling out an extra 60 cents for the BBQ burger with bacon 😉

It’s small so if you can’t find a seat get take away and head for nearby Ciutadella Park.


€€ Area: Eixample | Carrer d’Arago 36 | Metro: Rocafort (L1) | Website

I’m told the ‘b’ stands for ‘best’ – so what a coincidence I find myself writing about the best burgers in Barcelona! This tiny burger bar is super popular because, well, the burgers are f@&#* delicious. Make sure you reserve a table (weekends especially) in advance to avoid being disappointed.

What sets this place apart is the uncharacteristically friendly service, local craft beers, tasty salad options, and perhaps one of the best patatas bravas (a fried potato with spicy tomato sauce dish) in Barcelona.


€€ Area: El Born | Marques de L’Argentera 1a | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

Genuine fast-food. A bit pricier than Pim Pam but the massive patties (250g) justify the price!

Head on in and fill out the form selecting your daily-made bread (classic white, light wholemeal, brioche deluxe, or without), your meat (organic beef, chicken, or lamb), hand the burger maestro your cash, and boom! You’re off to flavour country.

All burgers are cooked medium and made to order. The homemade sauces will give your burger an extra kick. The vegetarian option, a patty made from chickpeas, sweet corn, baby spinach, and red pepper might just be one of the best in the city.

There are massive queues here so you may want to arrive early (1PM for lunch, 9PM for dinner)


€€ Area: Gracia | Torrent De l’Olla 99 | Metro: Fontana (L3) | Website

When I lived in Gracia this was a great Sunday lunch spot (ie. hangover remedy). The restaurant is as chic as the neighborhood itself and you’ll notice its impeccable Italian style.

Cute and affordable, La Vespa might offer the best burgers in Barcelona by sheer combination of original toppings. The homemade guacamole featuring afrodiasaca burger is a highlight, and you can’t go wrong adding a bit of botifarra Catalan sausage.

Go for the Kobe beef patty!


€ Area: Eixample | Ronda de la Universitat 31 | Metro: Catalunya (L1) | Website

This Australian-owned hamburgueseria has brought quality to the fast-food sector and Barcelonians have noticed. There are now five locations throughout the city and another set to open in Madrid this year.

I have multiple friends who swear this is the best burger in Barcelona. Hell, they make everything themselves… even the ‘theft-free’ chairs you’ll be sitting on!

Known for its homemade mayo, 100% organic Catalan beef, and a creative use of traditional Spanish hams and cheeses… you won’t wanna miss this. The burgers here are extremely customizable so throw on some Serrano ham and a slab of manchego and tell everybody you ate Spanish 😉

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Pizza Restaurants

We couldn’t mention good restaurants in Barcelona without going Italian – for a more in-depth list check out our post of the best pizza restaurants in Barcelona.

Sport Bar

€€ Area: El Gotico | 51 Carrer Ample | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

Don’t be fooled by the nondescript name – these pizzas are f****ng extraordinary. The chewy sourdough crust is straight out of Naples. So are the staff. Get there early (8 PM) if any of the big Italian football teams are playing.

TIP: the pan di stelle dessert (a type of tiramisu made with cookies instead of ladyfingers) is out of this world.

NAP (Napoli Authentic Pizza)

€€ Area: El Born | 30 Avinguda Francesc Cambó | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

A true pizzeria, no pasta. This is the best value authentic Neopolitan pizza in Barcelona. A simple traditional menu with creative seasonal specials. Did I mention the 1 euro digestivos? Pour me another limoncello.

There’s a second location in Barceloneta (metro Barceloneta) at 69 Carrer del Baluard. I hear it’s less busy.

Madre Lievito

€€ | Area: Poble Nou | 1 Carrer de la Llacuna | Metro: Llacuna (L4) | Website

Fans of chewy sourdough crust would do well to fill up here. The natural yeast (‘madre lievito’) makes the crust here good enough to eat on its own!

In fact, you won’t find a stray piece of crust in sight. It’s so good you may even double down and get the nutella pizza for dessert – it’s worth every chocolately penny.

You’ll hardly find a better deal than their €6.90 pizza margherita (+drink) lunch special.

La Bella Napoli

€€€ Area: Poble Sec | 14 Carrer de Margarit | Metro: Paral·lel (L2/L3) | Website

If Sport Bar took away the screens and put out some white table cloths and classy decor you’d get this. They’re all Neapolitans and bring that southern hospitality.

Aside from spot on traditional wood-fired pizza the eggplant parmesan and Nutella calzone are really something.

Antichi Sapori de Angelis

€€€ Area: Les Corts | 48 Carretera de Collblanc | Metro: Collblanc (L5) | Website

I eat here once a month like clockwork. If you want to go for a tour of Camp Nou you’ll be happy to know you can avoid tourist traps by eating in this restaurant/pizzeria that’s right around the corner.

De Angelis specializes in Calabrian cuisine so try anything with their homemade spicy sausage.

Ethnic Restaurants

What Barcelona restaurant guide is complete without an ode to the cultures giving it its cosmopolitan feel?

Viet Kitchen

€€ Area: Eixample | Carrer d’Aribau 137 | Metro: Hospital Clinic (L5) | Website

My friend spent 2 months in Vietnam and used the word ‘flashback’ multiple times to describe this Vietnamese street food gem in Eixample.

Here they take great pride in using only fresh ingredients to create authentic dishes.

From the super-crunchy pork and vegetable spring rolls and their carefully elaborated series of sauces to the traditional Vietnamese drip-filter cold coffee ending, we were treated to a trip to Vietnam for a value-town €10.00 lunch set menu.

Advice? Get their class caramelized spare ribs and fab pho.

Eat Carribean Barcelona

€€ Area: El Raval | Carrer Montserrat 4 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

Tasty home cooked authentic Jamaican food. This joint used to run out of a flat and limited spots could only be booked over the phone.

Today chef Lester has a real restaurant but hasn’t forgot his humble beginnings – making him one of the best hosts in Barcelona. The jerk chicken and lamb curry burst with flavour and you’ll wash it down with one of the best mojitos in the city.

Sushi Ya 2

€€ Area: El Gotico | 3 Carrer del Cometa | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

In a city of cheap imitation sushi this place is a breath of fresh air. 3 course combination meals of top quality sushi can be had for €9.20 – €12.80 making it great value.

Throw in some local artisan beer, tasty rice bowls, and a great selection of traditional Japanese tapas like yakitori, takoyaki, and gyoza and you’re all set.


€€€ Area: El Born | 46 Carders | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

This fantastic ‘Spanasian’ spot has a menu full of tapas inspired by Vietnam, China, and Korea. Grab a pencil and check off half a dozen items on their easy-order paper and make sure to get some of their dim sum – there are very few dumping spots in Barcelona and this is clearly the best.

The value is great and yes, they serve tons of delicious craft beer!

Una Mica de Japó

€€ Area: Eixample | 104 Carrer d’Arago | Metro: Urgell (L1) | Website

A small Japanese family run this cozy gem that’s open from 1-10 Tuesday to Saturday. Super-simplistic hand-written menus hang from the ceiling offering classics like chicken teriyaki, tempura, gyoza, and pork katsudon.

There’s no sushi but you won’t care. Your wallet won’t either – 10 euros will get you a great meal.


€€ Area: Gracia | 55 Carrer del Torrent de les Flors | Metro: Joanic (L4) | Website

Such a great variety of flavour and smells at this uber-authentic Ethiopian restaurant. It’s a bit of a different vibe since you have to eat your hands – the brilliantly spiced meats and vegetables are served on a type of crepe and that’s your utensil!

Beginners would do well to get the taster menu and try a bit of everything with drink and dessert for €20 a head.

Puerto Plata

€€ Area: El Born | 1 Carrer Tragi | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

It sounds dumb but it’s one of the best places to eat in Barcelona if you want to eat. This Carribean restaurant is perfect for a food binge of epic proportions.

The set menu starts at €22 and includes 2 hours of non-stop eating (they bring you about a dozen different dishes and if you ask for seconds or thirds, they’re free!). It’s also all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and sangria.

Throw in dessert, coffee, a digestif, and a cocktail and we’ve got it made.

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The Best Breakfast and Brunch in Barcelona

Milk Bar & Bistro

€€-€€€ Area: Gothic Quarter | 21 Calle Gignas | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

The great thing about Milk is that even though it’s also a very accomplished cocktail bar and dinner spot, the brunch served here is among the best in the city. The eggs benedict, chorizo hash, and pancakes with maple syrup and bacon are favourites.

Brunch is served 9:00 am to 4:30 pm but for those looking for something else the lunch menu and the famous noodle burger may be a good option.

La Federal

€€ Area: El Raval | 39 Calle Parlament | Metro: Poble Sec (L3) | Website

A simplistic menu of delicious toasts, sweet and savoury croissants, egg dishes, burgers, cereal, and fresh smoothies.

This is an Aussie-owned joint and it shows in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere – many consider La Federal to make some of the best coffee in Barcelona in addition to the fantastic food.


€€ Area: Eixample | Gran Via 605 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia | Website

If you’re looking for the Barcelona hotel breakfast buffet experience then look no further.

This luxury hotel actually hosted the Beatles back in the 60’s for their only ever Spanish tour. If it’s good enough for them how about us? You’ll get a selection of top quality sweet and savory options.

The mound of jamon iberico was impressive. My visiting guest also couldn’t believe the all-you-can-drink sparkling white and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Add sausages, scrambled eggs, and freshly made croissants and this is a great spoil yourself option.

It costs just €15.00.


€ Area: Barceloneta | 38-40 Baluard | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

A bakery crawling with locals which just might make the best bread and croissant in Barcelona. Wait for your order watching the bakers work their magic and even feel the heat off the oven!

There are no seats but who cares? You can take your pain au chocolat and juice to go and be on the beach in 5 minutes.

Brunch & Cake

€€ Area: Eixample | 19 Enric Granados | Metro: Universitat (L1/L2) | Website

Have the breakfast of champions served in flower pots or shovels! With the deliciousness of their Nutella French toast alone you’ll let a serving faux pas slide though, am I right?

Here the style is a bit more North American with a sprinkle of French but the portions are great for the price and it’s impossible to leave unsatisfied.

Let Me Have it in the Comments

There are so many good restaurants in Barcelona that it’s impossible to fit them all in the guide – I’m more than happy to go off the board and help you find what you’re looking for if you drop me a line in the comments below.

Also, I’m always looking to expand the list so tell me…

What were the best places to eat in Barcelona for you?

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  • March 8, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    I went to a restaurant in BCN about 10 years ago. It was near the beach, had no name, only open for lunch and didn’t have a menu. You got served what ever they decided to cook on that day and in season. It was cheap, nothing fancy (usually where the best food is) and where the locals ate. I was taken there by an old friend whom I lost contact with. I’ve been trying to find out.... anyone know?? Thank you! X
    • April 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm
      Miguel Martín
      I think the place you are talking about is La Cova Fumada. Very authentic and delicious.
    • March 22, 2021 at 7:21 am
      Team Member
      Hi Kay, Apologies for the late response in getting back... naturally, this site and all travel is virtually dead so I've been working other projects :( Unfortunately I've never heard of such a place without a menu and in fact with such a high turn around of places (especially 'old school' ones that tend to turn into modern lounges etc. with the passage of time) it's very likely it doesn't exist anymore. I will ask some of my friends though if they've heard of such a place... if it still exists I think I'm going to need to include it here! Cheers,
  • February 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm
    Kristen Finnemore
    Your recommendations were spot on. I hate to tell you which ones because I hate to get them flooded with tourists... Just pick one! You won't be disappointed! Thanks for the tips.
  • January 31, 2020 at 10:58 pm
    Madre Lievito - lived up to the praise, the interior completes the experience. Calamary as a starter highly recommended. Pizza carpazzo can be served with octopus - very interesting. I opted for half closed pizza - delicious. No deserts were tested as we were full. Also the place is located off the beaten tracks so many locals.
    • February 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm
      Team Member
      Hola Yvon, That's great to hear! Always happy to hear the suggestions work out :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 28, 2020 at 12:14 am
    Hi Ashley, just returned from La Fonda. Not disappointed but not impressed either: Salmon was ok'ish, Zarzuela is not really recommendable but may be it is a matter of preference, and somehow the person who took fried calamary was not impressed either. Dessert was profitroli - recommendable, "mango, mango and mango" gave my peers brain freeze. Considering that Louro and La Fonda are almost vis-a-vis I would recommend the first day in and day out. Also we have gotten the impression, that La Fonda was packed with tourists, whereas Louro was mainly occupied with locals. Anyway, thanks for the recommendations and your blog in general!
    • January 28, 2020 at 10:36 am
      Team Member
      Hi Yvon, I would definitely agree with this assessment... La Fonda is kind of left over from our launch as a blog in 2015 and was a sort of economical/utility tapas place for people sightseeing in the centre with not a lot of time to spare. I still think it's good for that. That said, Louro is clearly at another level and being just as central would be the preferred choice... I am really glad you enjoyed it! It's a restaurant I've really been plugging lately so it's great to hear it's on the money :) Cheers and thanks for the message, always glad to hear how things pan out good or bad! It's how I keep the standards high. Ash
  • January 26, 2020 at 11:26 pm
    Hi Ashley, thanks for your blog, the restaurant Louro is indeed nice, the building especially, and you are right the service is great. The food has a fine twist, but portions are delicate in size. Thanks Yvon
    • January 27, 2020 at 9:51 am
      Team Member
      Great to hear Yvon! It's not often people write in reviewing the restaurants in this list (good or bad) so I'm happy to know the advice worked :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm
    Hi, staying near the new Kimpton trying to find the absolute best seafood paella within walking distance. Any suggestions??
  • December 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm
    deborah nixon
    I've read a lot about Sensi but wondering if it's a tourist place ie mainly tourists go there. It is pretty pricey esp when I convert the Euro into CAD. Not sure if it's worth it. Would love to know as a friend recommended it. Are there other fun tapas restos that are equally good, fun and less pricey
    • December 6, 2019 at 12:14 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Deborah, Yes, unfortunately most things get quite expensive when converted to CAD :( Being super central there will naturally be a lot of tourists, but in fact I would say it's impossible to avoid tourists anywhere in Barcelona and the idea of finding a place that's almost completely for locals is impossible. Unless you go way out into the suburbs. For me if you're looking at Spanish tapas with a unique French/Asian flair it's totally worth it. I went a couple weeks ago and was blown away by the tortilla and the cocktails. If you feel like it's a bit expensive then you can by all means check out something near like La Fonda or Tasca El Corral. Cheers, Ash
      • December 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm
        deborah nixon
        Thanks Ash. I'll have to go find out of the way places.
  • October 30, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Hi there First time in Barcelona for New Years Eve Im wanting a steakhouse that has a normal menu, not a set one, can you advise anywhere please? Many thanks
  • October 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Hi Ash, My boyfriend and I are visiting Barcelona at the end of November. He's a huge soccer fan, but tickets to the game are way too expensive. We were looking for somewhere to go at night and watch the game. Whats the best place to go to watch the game and grab a drink that wont cost as much as going to the game? Is there anywhere that has an American sports bar kind of feel? Thanks in advance! :)
    • October 26, 2019 at 12:55 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Marisa, There are quite a few big pubs which are more British than American. I would go to the George Payne, Flahrety's, or perhaps Belushi's which is more of an American feel (food-wise and because they show American football). All big spaces with reasonable prices. And central :) Ash
  • September 22, 2019 at 8:35 am
    Hi Ash. Your blog is so useful! I must applaud you on your thorough and honest information. My husband and I will be in Barcelona at the end of October and we are staying on Carrer del Rosselló near Casa Mila. Are there any restaurants and bars that you can recommend for dinner and drinks around the area that are not tourist traps but make great authentic Spanish food. Also I was looking into Flamenco dance shows and all of them seem so touristy. Is there anywhere that you can recommend that has an authentic dinner and/or flamenco dance show or is this attraction mainly geared for tourists. Many thanks for your help. Jana
    • September 22, 2019 at 10:08 am
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      Hola Jana, Near Casa Mila there are just a ton of great restaurants. I would look into El Nacional, Ciudad Condal, Bodega Joan, or Cerveceria Catalana. About the flamenco, it is tough since most of them cater to tourists. For the real deal you'll have to go to Andalucia as this is not an art form indigenous to Catalonia. I can only thus recommend you the best show from an entertainment and food standpoint and that's the one I promote most on the blog: Palacio del Flamenco. I've got all the info and even a video on it here: Cheers, Ash
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