Must-see restaurants in La Ribera

  • El Casal

    A French-run cafe serving excellent food at great prices in noisy but welcoming surroundings, adorned with objets from the motherland. The fixed lunch (…

  • El Chigre 1769

    Part Asturian cider house and part Catalan vermuteria (vermouth bar), El Chigre brings elegant versions of classic dishes from both regions, devised by…

  • Koku Kitchen Buns

    A stylish brick-walled space with scattered plants and communal tables, Koku serves delectable homemade bao stuffed with beef, pork or tofu, as well as…

  • Rockata

    Not much more than a corridor with a kitchen, Rockata is the 2017 incarnation of a laksa bar, and has maintained a bowl of it (prawn, since you ask) on…

  • Casa Delfín

    One of El Born's culinary delights, Casa Delfín is everything you dream about Catalan–Mediterranean cooking in a traditional-style. Lined with wine…

  • Bormuth

    Clad in bare brick and recycled wood, lively, split-level Bormuth specialises in homemade vermouth on tap, but also serves cava, artisan beers, Catalan…

  • En Aparté

    A great low-key place to eat good-quality French food, just off the quiet Plaça de Sant Pere. The restaurant is small but spacious, with sewing-machine…

  • Cuines de Santa Caterina

    With a contemporary feel, open kitchens and a fun atmosphere, this multifaceted restaurant tucked into the Mercat de Santa Caterina wanders all over the…

  • Cal Pep

    It’s getting a foot in the door of this legendary tapas and seafood restaurant that’s the problem – queues spread out into the square. Most people are…

  • Passadís Del Pep

    There’s no sign, but locals know where to head. Passadís's seafood is delivered daily from fishing ports along the Catalan coast. Aside from three set…

  • Casa Lolea

    Dangling strings of tomatoes and garlic, red-and-black-spot decor and whitewashed brick walls lend an air of Andalucian charm to this cheerful tapas-and…

  • Fismuler

    The brainchild of three ex El Bulli chefs, the minimalist-design Barcelona outpost of this Madrid-born market-based sensation is one of the city's hottest…

  • Can Cisa/Bar Brutal

    Can Cisa's elegant all-natural wines pair beautifully with Bar Brutal's innovative reimagining of fresh Catalan ingredients at this rowdy, fashionable…

  • Le Cucine Mandarosso

    This is Italian comfort food done to perfection, with seasonal market-fresh ingredients used in handed-down family recipes. The rotating menu includes…

  • Picnic

    Mismatched furniture, distressed-wood walls and scattered greenery set the buzzing scene at cosy, easy-going, Californian-Chilean–owned Picnic. It's one…

  • Llamber

    This favourite El Born hang-out creatively fuses Catalan and Asturian flavours in a buzzy contemporary-design space with open-brick walls, dangling lamps…

  • Ginette

    Headed up by a French chef, Ginette blends Scandinavian and Barcelona chic in its colourful, glossy decor, but the menu delicately fuses Gallic, Catalan…

  • Euskal Etxea

    Barcelona has plenty of Basque-style pintxo bars, but this stone-walled, tile-floored Born favourite is the real deal. Tempting pintxos are stacked up on…

  • Mosquito

    Hang out in El Born for a few days and you'll inevitably end up at this pint-sized, always-busy, unadorned spot devoted to great-value 'Asian tapas'…

  • Bar Joan

    A locally popular stop inside the Mercat de Santa Caterina, old-school Bar Joan is known especially for its arròs negre (cuttlefish-ink rice) on Tuesdays…