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A Foodie's Guide to Barcelona

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"We had high expectations going into our trip and Spain is just an incredible place. We were both surprised at the approachability of Barcelona. It was really walkable and easy to navigate as far as subways are concerned and also not financially burdensome. We think of Barcelona as a world-class food destination and just cultural city destination and it truly is but you're not going to break the bank. These are our favorite spots for lunch, tapas, and cocktails"—Matt Duckor and Dawn Perry
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Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
"Great room and super clean, delicious daytime eats. Plus a great filter coffee program in a city where Big Coffee dominates."—Matt Duckor
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Carrer de Valldonzella, 46, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
"A simple dish of hake, garlic, potato, and olive oil was part of an incredible lunch at L'Estevet. It was a truly special (and insanely cheap) restaurant."—Matt Duckor
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Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
"I could spend hours at Old Fashioned Gin Tonic Bar in Barcelona. Nearly two dozen G&T options tailored to your gin of choice. Incredible."—Matt Duckor
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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....
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Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
"First stop in Barcelona is Bar Mut. Great vibes, wine, and this house classic of egg yolk, prawns, and crispy potatoes. Hot damn, it's good to be here."—Matt Duckor
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
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Carrer de Muntaner, 171, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
"Gambas in garlic sauce at Paco Meralgo, our final dinner in Barcelona. Stunningly good food. Can't get over how relatively inexpensive high-quality food is here."—Matt Duckor
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Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
"This was a standout meal. Incredibly friendly staff and great food. Thanks to the countless people who told us we needed to come here—you were all right."—Matt Duckor