Must-see restaurants in Spain

  • DiverXO is a high-end, avant-garde tasting menus served on outré dishware in a sleek, modern dining room.



    Madrid's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, DiverXo in northern Madrid is one of Spain's most unusual culinary experiences. Chef David Muñoz is…

  • Mercado de San Miguel is a covered market in Madrid, Spain located in the downtown area next to the Plaza Mayor. It is the most famous market in Madrid with tapas.

    Mercado de San Miguel


    This is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets, within early-20th-century glass walls and an inviting space strewn with tables. You can order…

  • Enigma is a unique, daring and unusual restaurant has raised its game once again with its focus on technical excellence and, above all, a desire to amaze its guests.



    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…

  • Lasarte is a sophisticated locale for creative, artfully arranged dishes, with tasting menus & wine pairings.



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

  • Disfrutar is an experimental tasting menus emphasizes Mediterranean seafood in an airy, upscale dining room.



    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…

  • Bar-Restaurante Eslava

    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    You'll almost certainly have to wait for a table at the bar, but it's so worth it, especially if you use the time to start on the excellent wine list. The…

  • El Jardín del Califa

    Vejer de la Frontera

    Sizzling atmosphere and flawless cooking combine at this beautiful restaurant hidden within a cavernous 16th-century, Moorish-origin house where even…

  • El Celler de Can Roca


    Ever-changing avant-garde takes on Catalan dishes have catapulted El Celler de Can Roca to global fame. Holding three Michelin stars, it was named one of…

  • Casa Victor Montes


    The 1849-built Victor Montes attracts numerous luminaries but locals also appreciate its exquisite gilding, marble and frescoes, 1000-strong wine list and…

  • El Portal


    Excellent in every way, this plush corner spot sports deliberately OTT decor that changes biannually but is always interesting. Grab a table or squeeze up…

  • Restaurante La Meancera


    Now here's something special. In remote El Gasco, La Meancera has classy, intimate decor (white wooden furnishings, an open kitchen) and fabulous food,…

  • Quique Dacosta


    In sleek, white, minimalist premises near the beach 3km west of Dénia, this coolly handsome place is one of the peninsula's temples to modern gastronomy…

  • Sobrino de Botín is a Spanish restaurant in Madrid, The artist Francisco de Goya worked in Café Botín as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The restaurant is mentioned in an Ernest Hemingway novel and the book Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós.

    Restaurante Sobrino de Botín


    It’s not every day that you can eat in the oldest restaurant in the world (as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records – established in 1725). The…

  • Mont Bar in Barcelona Artfully presented tapas using seasonal produce, plus an extensive wine list, in a refined setting.

    Mont Bar


    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…

  • Casa Lucio in Madrid has rustic Spanish cuisine, including egg dishes & bull's tail stew, in a quaint spot opened in 1974.

    Casa Lucio

    La Latina & Lavapiés

    Casa Lucio is a Madrid classic and has been wowing madrileños since 1974 with its light touch, quality ingredients and home-style local cooking such as…

  • Tapas served in the restaurant Estado Puro (Paco Roncero), Madrid, Spain

    Estado Puro


    A slick but casual tapas bar, Estado Puro serves up fantastic tapas, that push the boundaries of traditional recipes. It's known for many things, among…

  • Tapas24 in Barcelona

    Tapas 24


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

  • MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 2021: Lhardy restaurant with European haute cuisine in an emblematic stately venue with sweets, gastronomic products and a food shop on May 26, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images)



    This Madrid landmark (since 1839) is an elegant treasure trove of takeaway gourmet tapas downstairs and six dining areas upstairs that are the upmarket…

  • Valencian paellas & rice dishes, plus regional wines, in a stylish, long-standing locale at La Barraca

    La Barraca


    The place to come for a real paella, not the tourist version too often found in Madrid, La Barraca has been serving down-home Valencian cooking in the…

  • Casa Julio in Madrid
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    Casa Julio

    Malasaña & Conde Duque

    A citywide poll for the best croquetas (croquettes) in Madrid would see half of those polled voting for Casa Julio and the remainder not doing so only…

  • Little Fern Cafe in Barcelona is a chic, low-key daytime eatery offering New Zealand–inspired brunch fare, including many vegan dishes.

    Little Fern Café


    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…

  • Auto Rosselló is a hip bistro & deli known for creative brunch dishes, hot sandwiches & casual sidewalk dining in Barcelona.

    Auto Rosellon


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

  • El Pachuco is a popular, characterful restaurant serving nachos & tacos with mezcal & margaritas in a compact space.

    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…

  • Facade of restaurant with door


    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    The atmosphere at this slow-food restaurant in boho Macarena is arty and relaxed, with an open kitchen, mismatched furniture and colourful paintings by co…

  • Cinc Sentits in Barcelona by Chef Jordi Artal. Located at Carrer d'Enteca 60

    Cinc Sentits


    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 Azotea exterior - bar

    La Azotea

    La Macarena & Alameda de Hércules

    Fashionable and much recommended by locals, Azotea is one of Seville's stable of modern eateries with culinary ambitions. Its pearl-grey Scandi-inspired…

  • Madrid's La Buena Vida

    La Buena Vida


    A cross between a Parisian bistro and old-school upmarket Madrid restaurant, this prestigious Chueca place is popular with a well-heeled, knowledgeable…

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

    Quimet i Quimet


    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…

  • Aspic in Barcelona is a casual eatery popular with locals



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

  • Paco Roncero Restaurant has a sophisticated tasting menus & wine pairings in a grand, 19th-century building with a sunny terrace.

    Paco Roncero Restaurante


    Perched atop the lavish Casino de Madrid building, this temple of haute cuisine is the proud bearer of two Michelin stars and presided over by celebrity…

  • La Balsa in Barcelona - Creatively presented Catalan dishes in a Balinese-inspired building with a large, leafy terrace.

    La Balsa


    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…

  • Pastry counter at Manu Jara Dulceria

    Manu Jara Dulcería


    No day in Triana would be complete without a stop at this exquisite patisserie. With its traditional wood and tiled interior, it sets the perfect backdrop…

  • Madrid's La Tasquita de Enfrente has elegantly plated tasting menus celebrate seasonal ingredients from across Spain in this tiny venue.

    La Tasquita de Enfrente

    Malasaña & Conde Duque

    It’s difficult to overstate how popular this place is among people in the know in Madrid’s food scene. The seasonal menu prepared by chef Juanjo López…

  • Mamarracha exterior - door sign


    El Centro & El Arenal

    Sharp decor, young staff in black T-shirts, cool tunes and an international menu, this is a fine example of the modern tapas bars that Seville so excels…

  • The communal dining hall at Gourmet Experience.

    Gourmet Experience


    Ride the elevator up to the 9th floor of the El Corte Inglés department store for one of downtown Madrid's best eating experiences. The food is excellent,…

  • Créeme ice-cream shop.


    El Centro & El Arenal

    Antonio makes ice cream using his pick of the season's produce (avocado, or rosemary and peach) and creates his own flavour combinations: murillo (almond,…

  • Joana La Loca in Madrid is known for pintxo snacks on sticks & a renowned Spanish omelet at a chic modern tapas bar with stylish tiling.

    Juana La Loca

    La Latina & Lavapiés

    Juana La Loca does a range of creative tapas with tempting options lined up along the bar, and more on the menu that they prepare to order. But we love it…

  • La Brunilda, blue door and window with signs

    La Brunilda

    El Centro & El Arenal

    Hidden away in an anonymous Arenal backstreet, this tapas hotspot is a guarantee of good times. The look is modern casual with big blue doors, brick…

  • Bodega Paella



    A byword in the city for decades for its quality rice dishes, Navarro is run by the grandkids of the original founders and it offers plenty of choice,…

  • Sala de Despiece in Madrid is an upscale tapas in a buzzy bar styled like a market butcher shop, with bench & counter seating.

    Sala de Despiece


    Wildly (and deservedly) popular, Sala de Despiece has a menu that lists everything – every ingredient, method of cooking, size, price and origin – in a…

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