Skip overpriced cured meats in Barcelona restaurants. Head to the nearest Xarcuteria (the local spin on a delicatessen, sometimes combined with a butcher shop) and order Catalan specialties like botifarra d'ou, a pork and egg sausage traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday before Easter fasting begins, fuet sausage, and local cheeses made from cow's sheep's and goat's milk. The attendants will slice your meet for no added charge, and you should let them, because chances are you don't have the right kind of knife in your hotel. If you must have ham, get jamón de jabugo, or jamón iberico de bellota, sliced very thin.
After you're stocked up on meats and cheeses, get a crusty loaf of pa de pagès (rustic bread) from a bakery, a couple of tomatoes from a fruit shop and olive oil and a bottle of cava from a licor shop. Smear the bread with tomato, drizzle it with olive oil and top it with your choice of meat or cheese. Toast your trip with a glass of cava and congratulate yourself on successfully foraging a gourmet meal in Barcelona.
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Satiate your inner gourmand at artisan shops
Every neighborhood in Barcelona has its own set of shops for artisan edibles, and every household cook has his or her favorites. Butchers, bakers, cheese- and charcuterie-makers—these are the people that make sure the locals eat, and eat well. Hand-made chocolates, organic sheep’s milk cheese, and cured sausages made from wild boar and other game are available for purchase in tiny shops around the city. Chocoholics will be interested in taking a turn around artisanal chocolatier, Cacao Sampaka (c/ Consell de Cent 292). For the best cheese and charcuterie in Eixample, visit Rebost i Céller de Bárbara (c/Calàbria, 168).