Must-see restaurants in Barcelona

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    Lasarte

    L'Eixample

    One of Barcelona's preeminent restaurants – and its first to gain three Michelin stars (in 2016) – Lasarte is overseen by lauded chef Martín Berasategui…

  • Enigma

    Barcelona

    Resembling a 3D art installation, this conceptual Michelin-star creation from the famed Adrià brothers is a 40-course tour de force of cutting-edge…

  • Disfrutar

    L'Eixample

    Two-Michelin-star Disfrutar ('Enjoy') is among the city's finest restaurants. Run by alumni of Ferran Adrià's game-changing El Bulli, nothing is as it…

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    Auto Rosellon

    L'Eixample

    With cornflower-blue paintwork and fresh produce on display, Auto Rosellon works mostly organic ingredients sourced from small producers and its own…

  • Chef dripping oliove oil on tapas at Quimet & Quimet Tapas Bar, Poble Sec District.

    Quimet i Quimet

    Barcelona

    Now led by its fourth generation, family-run Quimet i Quimet has been passed down since 1914. There’s barely space to swing a calamar (squid) in this…

  • Mont Bar

    L'Eixample

    Named for the owner's Val d’Aran hometown, this stylish space with black-and-white floors, pine-green booths and bottle-lined walls offers next-level…

  • Oaxaca

    Barcelona

    Menorcan chef Joan Bagur trained in Mexico for a decade under traditional cooks and has his own garden of Mexican plants, which supplies ingredients for…

  • Tapas 24

    L'Eixample

    Hotshot chef Carles Abellán runs this basement tapas haven known for its gourmet renditions of old faves, including the bikini (toasted ham-and-cheese…

  • Bar Central

    El Raval

    Launched in 2019 by the superstar foodie teams behind Barcelona hits Satan's Coffee and Xemei, this fabulous tucked-away cafe-bar has taken over the palm…

  • Cañete

    El Raval

    Epitomising the ongoing trend in smartened-up versions of traditional tapas bars, much-loved and always-busy Cañete centres on a bustling open kitchen…

  • Can Recasens

    Barcelona

    One of El Poblenou's most romantic settings, century-old Can Recasens conceals a warren of warmly lit rooms full of oil paintings, flickering candles,…

  • La Barra de Carles Abellán

    Barcelona

    Star Catalan chef Carles Abellán's stunning glass-encased, glossy-tiled restaurant (designed by favourite local interiorist Lázaro Rosa-Violán) celebrates…

  • Little Fern Café

    Barcelona

    Worth a trip out to El Poblenou in itself, this beautiful Kiwi-Hungarian-owned cafe epitomises the area's newfound allure. White-brick walls, floor-to…

  • El Pachuco

    El Raval

    Get to El Pachuco early or jump on the wait list – this tiny, narrow and deservedly popular mezcalería/taquería gets completely packed with a low-key…

  • Can Solé

    Barcelona

    Behind imposing wooden doors, this elegantly old-school restaurant with white-cloth tables, white-jacketed waiters and photos of celebrity customers has…

  • Pepa Pla

    L'Eixample

    An old bookshop graced by original check-tiled floors and exposed-brick walls is the setting for this outstanding venture from the team behind El Born's…

  • Belmonte

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Run by two welcoming sisters, this tiny, down-to-earth rust-walled bodega in the southern Barri Gòtic whips up beautifully prepared Tarragona-style small…

  • Agust Gastrobar

    Barcelona

    Set up by two French chefs (one of whom trained under Gordon Ramsay), Agust occupies a fabulous mezzanine space with timber beams, exposed brick and…

  • Cinc Sentits

    L'Eixample

    Enter the realm of the ‘Five Senses’ to indulge in jaw-dropping eight- or 11-course tasting menus of small, experimental dishes concocted by chef Jordi…

  • La Vinateria del Call

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    In a magical, rambling setting in the former Jewish quarter, this tiny candlelit jewel-box of a wine bar serves up divine Iberian sharing plates dancing…

  • Minyam

    Barcelona

    Billowing with smoke beneath a tajine-like metal lid, smouldering herbs infuse the rice of Minyam's signature Vulcanus (smoked seafood paella with squid…

  • Aspic

    Barcelona

    At the flagship cafe of this Barcelona caterer, luxury ingredients – smoked salmon, premium charcuterie and cheeses, high-grade olive oils, carefully…

  • La Balsa

    Barcelona

    With its grand ceiling and scented gardens surrounding a main terrace dining area, La Balsa is one of the city’s premier dining addresses, founded in 1979…

  • La Pubilla

    Barcelona

    Hidden away behind a peachy-pink door by the Mercat de la Llibertat, La Pubilla specialises in hearty 'esmorzars de forquilla' ('fork breakfasts') beloved…

  • Xiringuito Escribà

    Barcelona

    The team behind Escribà, which has been creating sweets since 1906, is also in charge of one of Barcelona's most popular waterfront seafood restaurants. A…

  • Via Veneto

    Barcelona

    Salvador Dalí was a regular at this high-society, Michelin-star restaurant after it opened in 1967, and you can still dine at his favourite table. Oval…

  • Hawker 45

    L'Eixample

    Taking its cues from an Asian hawkers market, chef Laila Bazahm's aromatic restaurant sizzles up Asian–Latin American street-food dishes such as spicy…

  • Bar Muy Buenas

    El Raval

    Modernista classic Muy Buenas has been a bar since 1928, and wears its past proudly with stunning and sinuous original woodwork, etched-glass windows, old…

  • Bar Pinotxo

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Arguably La Boqueria's most brilliant tapas bar, standing strong since 1940. Ever-charming owner Juanito Bayén serves up superb Catalan classics:…

  • Torre d'Alta Mar

    Barcelona

    Head 75m skyward to the top of the 1929-built Teleférico del Puerto cable-car tower Torre de Sant Sebastià, and take a ringside seat for 360-degree views…

  • Bodega 1900

    Barcelona

    Bodega 1900 mimics an old-school tapas and vermouth bar, but don't be fooled: this venture from respected chef Albert Adrià unveils gastronomic tapas such…

  • El Casal

    El Casal

    La Ribera

    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 facade.

    El Chigre 1769

    La Ribera

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

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    Ocaña

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    A flamboyant, elegantly designed multispace venture with high ceilings, chandeliers, plush furnishings and tables on Plaça Reial, Ocaña blends late-night…

  • Koku Kitchen Buns facade.

    Koku Kitchen Buns

    La Ribera

    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…

  • Black Remedy facade.

    Black Remedy

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    Local artisan beer? Check. Pulled-pork sandwiches? Check. Superb Barcelona-sourced coffee? Absolutely. An industrial-like space with floor-to-ceiling…

  • Benedict facade.

    Benedict

    La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

    As the name suggests, brunch is the main event at friendly bistro-inspired Benedict, with eggs prepared every which way, savoury pancakes and even a full…

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    Cu-Cut!

    L'Eixample

    Named after a popular early-19th-century Catalan satirical magazine, Cu-Cut! is a beautiful beamed tavern with a large covered porch, a timber bar and a…

  • Lascar 74 facade.

    Lascar 74

    Barcelona

    At this self-styled 'ceviche and pisco bar', oyster shooters with leche de tigre (the traditional ceviche marinade) are served alongside exquisite…

  • Mr Kao facade.

    Mr Kao

    L'Eixample

    Within the grand Hotel Claris, this elegant Shanghai-style dim sum restaurant serves top-flight dumplings. They're not cheap, but every bite is a joy; the…

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