• Disfrutar An avant-garde venue that is consistently one of Barcelona's most talked-about restaurants.
  • Tickets The celebrated restaurant of Albert Adrià, showcasing Barcelona's best nueva cocina española.
  • Tapas 24 Carles Abellan creates some of Barcelona’s best tapas.
  • La Cova Fumada Cramped, noisy, but unmissable tapas restaurant, open at lunch only.
  • Restaurant 7 Portes An elegant spot that's famed for its delectable paella.

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  • Suculent Carles Abellan's bistro serves excellent Catalan cooking.
  • Casa Delfín Delicious Mediterranean fare in an atmospheric setting.
  • Can Recasens An inviting neighbourhood spot for a sumptuous feast.

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  • Disfrutar Expect the unexpected – this is Catalan cooking at its most experimental.
  • Lasarte The ultimate eating experience, with three Michelin stars.
  • La Barra de Carles Abellan Seafood presented in myriad creative ways.


  • El 58 French-owned space on the newly hip Rambla del Poblenou.
  • Quimet i Quimet Mouth-watering morsels served to a standing crowd.
  • Palo Cortao A buzzy Poble Sec option with outstanding sharing plates.
  • Pinotxo Bar Pull up a bar stool at this legendary Boqueria joint.
  • Tapas 24 Everyone's favourite gourmet tapas bar.


For Eating Like a Local

  • Mitja Vida Mouth-watering tapas and vermouth.
  • Can Lluís Loved by Catalans for its great-value daily menú.
  • Las Delicias A Sunday morning classic, well located for a walk in Park Güell.
  • La Cova Fumada Fight for a table at this scruffy little joint with outstanding food.
  • Taverna El Glop A buzzing neighbourhood spot in Gràcia.

For Architecture

  • Els Quatre Gats Finely crafted interiors in a building where Picasso once supped.
  • El Asador de Aranda A beautiful spread of Modernista dining rooms.
  • Enigma Dazzlingly modern in its design, if you manage to get a reservation.


  • Bar del Convent Great terrace in a former cloister.
  • Café Godot Friendly and easy-going, with tasty snacks and mains.
  • Federal Unnervingly hip, but the food is excellent and the service friendly.
  • La Granja Best place in town for a hot chocolate.
  • La Nena Kid-friendly cafe in Gràcia.

Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Green Spot Designer dining room with dishes to match.
  • Aguaribay First-rate prix fixe lunches and a small but well-executed evening à la carte menu.
  • Cerería Pizzas and galettes in an old-fashioned setting.
  • Flax & Kale Vast, colourful salads and a truly creative approach.
  • Rasoterra Airy vegetarian charmer in Barri Gòtic.
  • Veggie Garden Inexpensive Indian-influenced fare beloved by a young crowd.

For Carnivores

Late-Night Eating

  • Benedict Soul food and cocktails in a comfortable setting.
  • Cafè de l’Òpera Stop in for late-night snacks on La Rambla.
  • Elisabets Neighbourhood restaurant offering late-night dining (till 1am) on Friday.

For Chocolate Lovers


  • Federal Excellent brunches and a small roof terrace.
  • En Aparté French restaurant serving tasty brunch dishes.
  • Milk Serves brunch until 4.30pm daily.
  • Benedict The clue is in the name, but there's more besides.
  • Copasetic Vintage-filled cafe with weekend brunch.

Romantic Dining

Wine Lists

Historic Atmosphere

Lunch Specials


  • Caelum Dine on sweet perfection in the pleasant cafe, or head downstairs for medieval atmosphere.
  • Granja Petitbo Sink into a leather armchair and devour a homemade cake at this quaint cafe.
  • Escribà A household name in Barcelona for its beautiful pastries and other temptations.


  • Barraca A sparkling waterfront restaurant with unique and flavour-rich seafood combinations.
  • Can Majó Fine seafood in a pleasant outdoor setting.
  • Can Ros A family-run Barceloneta classic.
  • Can Maño An unfussy place with great dishes at low prices.

Picnic Fare

Dining with Views

  • Martínez Paella and tapas high up on Montjuïc.
  • Barraca Superb seafood to match the delicious sea views.
  • Can Majó Elegant Barceloneta seafood joint with outdoor tables fronting the sea.

Market Dining

  • Pinotxo Bar Arrive early to snag a spot at this celebrated tapas bar in La Boqueria.
  • Bar Joan Friendly staff and a relaxed neighbourhood feel in the Mercat de Santa Caterina.
  • El Guindilla Grab an outdoor table and enjoy tasty lunch specials at this Mercat de la Barceloneta favourite.

Nueva Cocina Catalana

  • Disfrutar Set up by three alumni of El Bulli, this place is as fabulous as you'd expect.
  • Cinc Sentits Serves a magnificent tasting menu of the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.
  • Tickets Avant-garde gastronomy from the Adrià brothers.