Top choice mexican in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou

Chef Joan Bagur trained in Mexico for a decade under traditional cooks, and has his own garden of Mexican plants, which supplies ingredients for culinary creations like chargrilled octopus and cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork tacos). Hefty tables are made from Mexican hardwoods and original Mexican art lines the walls; there's alfresco seating under the cloisters.

Bagur's neighbouring bar, La Mezcalería d'Oaxaca, is guarded by a carved wooden calaca (Day of the Dead skeleton) and serves over 200 varieties of mezcal in a striking space with cowhide-covered chairs, taxidermied birds and silent Mexican B&W films screening on one wall.