18 Foodie Stops in Barcelona

Wherever open markets and people from a multitude of cultures collide, foodies can count on finding amazing eats. Barcelona is no exception. Barter for the catch of the day or simply have it prepared for you at Barcelona’s markets. Stop to shop for fresh fish, charcuterie and artisan cheeses in tiny neighborhood shops. Stop to savor hearty Catalan and regional Spanish fare in traditional and historic restaurants. Stop to sample international dishes & cuisine at eateries throughout Barcelona.

La Rambla, 58, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Learn to cook traditional dishes, and modern twists on old favorites, with the chefs at Barcelona Cooking. Sign up for an evening cooking class and learn to prepare dishes like seafood paella and Crema Catalana (the Catalan version of Creme Brûlée) and other regional dishes with seasonal ingredients purchased from Barcelona’s celebrated Boqueria Market. Interested in learning about how to select the freshest ingredients? You can accompany one of the school’s chefs on the hunt for ingredients at La Boqueria.
Carrer d'Aribau, 23, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Some of the best tapas I had in Barcelona where at a place called La Flauta. This restaurant has been around for years and came highly recommended by a local guide. Not only did I love the food and plan a work lunch there, but I also went back on my own and just hung out. I love places that are all about the food. Love sitting at the bar too, or outside!
Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Forget Google Maps: You’ll quickly locate this venerable tapas bar in El Poble-Sec by the line out the door. With standing-room-only space for just 20 people, this sliver of a spot fills up fast—and stays that way until closing time. In a room lined floor-to-ceiling with bottles of wine, liquor, and pricey vinegar, you can sample a dizzying variety of tapas and montaditos (small bites served atop slices of bread). Many of the ingredients—namely the mussels, sardines, and tuna—come from cans, which sounds suspect, but Spanish conservas (tinned food) is actually of the highest quality. The cheeses—all fresh—are also top-notch.
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