Barcelona is famous for its delicious Spanish Tapa’s and is home to some of the worlds best restaurants.
So to bring all those yummy dishes and amazing hotspots in perspective: I’ve made an overview of the best breakfast, lunch and dinner hotspots.
Take a look below at these 11 different food joints and enjoy Barcelona like you should: filled with goodness.
Because, let’s be honest the worst thing that can happen is to be in a city known for its food and ending up eating at a horrible disgusting touristic trap.
This blog with 11 hidden gems to eat at will ensure a great experience of the different authentic Barcelona cuisines.
Discover the following amazing tips:
- 3 restaurant must eats
- 3 breakfast & lunch hot spots
- 3 bars to drop by for a drink
- 2 snack joints for a hungry attack
With this blog you’ll know where all the locals eat and you’ll step into trendy urban cafés and hipster bars that only a few people know about.
Find all the mentioned hotspots in the map below.
Plus I’ve thrown in some amazing extra tips:
- Awesome Botanical Hotel
- Spanish guitar mini concert in a church
- Best Souvenir
- Private Bike Tour
So what are you waiting for? Discover and enjoy!
Barcelona Breakfast Hot Spot #1: Granja Petitbo
Granja Petitbo ( Passeig de Sant Joan, 82 ) was our first stop in the city and boy did we enjoy our fresh breakfast. The interior was an industrial and vintage mix inside an old building with lots of history by the looks of the walls and high ceilings. Small tables spread through the area combined with trendy leather chesterfield couches and turquoise world maps on the wall.
Must Eat Dishes
Burrata de Bufela € 10,50
Barcelona Dinner Hidden Gem #2: Bar Cañete
Bar Canete ( Carrer de la Unió, 17 ) might have been the best night out of our entire trip. A tapas restaurant that knows what they’re doing. We deliberately got a table at the bar so we could experience the kitchen vibes in close up. The staff was very serious about their food and had a bit of a formal & strikt attitude yet smiled broadly from ear to ear when we told them we’d like to be surprised by the chef. The slogan on their napkins was another contrast to the serious sous chef: Fuck your diet. Our night was filled with at least 10+ tapas and accompanied by almost the same amount of varying glasses of wine. The kitchen and food ensured for an entertaining and delicious night.
Must Eat Dishes
Croqueta de jamon € 1,95
Homemade Pringa Bread Sandwich € 2,95
Basque sausuge fritter € 2,90
Tartare of wild Tuna and caviar € 15,95
Ocaña ( Plaça Reial, 13-15 ) is located right smack in the middle of Barcelona’s oldest courtyards: Placa Reial. Great place to have a sangria or cocktail outside while enjoying the busy buzz of people passing by. Wouldn’t recommend eating here as it’s more of a bar then food hotspot. Because it’s one of the oldest courtyards the price of a sangria is a bit more than somewhere in an alley, but the experience is worth the extra euro. Make sure you spot the lanterns on the courtyard as they belong to the famous Antoni Gaudi. If the weathers not great then no worries: the interior of Ocaña is a sight to see.
Sangria € 8,50
Caribbean flowers € 11,00
Thai Massage € 10,00
Barcelona Paella heaven #4: Restaurant 7 Portes
Restaurant 7 Portes ( Passeig d’Isabel II, 14 ) is the ultimate place to eat delicious paella in Barcelona. As if granny paella is standing in the kitchen herself and making this dish from a secret paella cookbook only known about by the waiters in 7 portes. Yes yes, I was looking for this from the moment we arrived in Barca. However… we weren’t the only ones who heard about their heavenly paella. Apparently Chinese and Japanese bloggers promoted this place back home as we seriously had a moment that we thought we were in Asia. Thus the restaurant is a bit touristy. My tip: get in and fill your belly with yummy goodness and get out to dive into Barca’s ambiance.
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Must Eat Dishes
Paella (2 people) € 23,90
Barca’s Organic & Vegetarian Brunch Heaven #5: Flax & Kale
Flax & Kale ( Carrer dels Tallers, 74b ) is known for its above amazing delicious organic dishes. Sick of last nights fatty foods and looking for some fresh whole foods? Look no further! You can seriously order anything from the menu and it’ll give you a vitamin boost! They call themselves: the first flexitarian. This place is also great for vegetarians & people who are looking for a gluten free meal. In the summer you can also sit outside! Do make sure you have enough on your bank account as it’s not the cheapest place. I got really enthusiastic when I saw all the fresh produce stalled out for that days meals! Healthy & sustainable foods. The combinations of different ingredients also give unique tastes and are worth the experience. Don’t forget to experience the cold pressed juices & plant based mylks: Yum! These puppies are made in Teresa’s Juicery and I’m seriously thinking of importing them back home here in Holland, as they’re heavenly!
Must Eat Dishes & Drinks
Classic Avo Toast €4,95
Healthy Eggs Royale €14,95
Royal Coconut Milk Parfait €6,95
Plant Based Mylk – Coco Masala Chai €4,95
Barcelona’s Romantic Hidden Coffee Spot #6: El Jardi
El Jardi ( Carrer de l’Hospital, 56 ) is tucked away in a secluded hidden area and thus a true hidden gem. Found in the gardens of the Old Hospital de la Santa Creu you will find an authentic coffee bar that turns into a restaurant and cocktail bar at night. What’s especially interesting about this old medieval hospital, is that it is the last place where Antoni Gaudi lived. After being hit by a train, Antoni Gaudi died 3 days later in these hospital cloisters in 1926. However a gruesome story, this place is on the contrary the opposite. Discover its peaceful courtyards decorated with gothic architecture and beautiful trees and flowers. Absolutely a romantic getaway.This exclusive setting makes it the perfect place to escape the summer heat while drinking a delicious espresso in the relaxing shade.
Best Churro’s in Barcelona for a Quick Snack #7: Xurreria
Xurreria (Carrer dels Banys Nous, 8 ) is a must snack stop when heading to barca’s beach. Don’t be frightened by the line of people in front, as you’ll quickly be next to order. My tip would be to order a few churro’s for the beach and 1 for on the go. Of course these guys aren’t Weight Watchers best friends but, hé we got to live a little right?! One important this is to bring cash & coins as they don’t accept credit cards.
Classic Xurro €1,00
Xurro de Crema €2,00
Xurro de Nutella €2,00
Hidden Italian Beach Miracle in Barcelona #8: L’antica Piada
L’antica Piada ( Carrer de Meer, 52 ) is the place to be for a classic Italian snack after a long day at the beach. It doesn’t look like much from the inside but omg this place is amazing! Tukked away in an alley near Pesaro you’ll find yourself having a explosive foodie orgasme. They’re speciality is the Piadina! What is a piadina? It’s a classic thin Italian flatbread (kind of tortilla wrap as you might call it) stuffed with a variety of cold cuts, cheeses and veggies. Combined with a cold beer & salty beach hair: you’ll be living in Barca like a local.
Antica Bologna €5,00
San Miguel Beer €2,50
Hipster Sangria’s For Millennials #9: LuLu
LuLu (Av. del Marquès de l’Argentera, 7) is a great place to stop for sangria & cocktails. Sit outside and enjoy a view of people passing by on the busy street. You’ll only find trendy hipsters sipping away their drinks and munching on some tapas here. During the day you can also enjoy a healthy lunch salmon poké bowl or crispy bread with mushed avocado. Want to sit inside? Enjoy an alternative artistic interior with all kinds of posters plus paintings hung in different colored and sized frames. Also for the early birds: a great spot to grab a Açai chia breakfast bowl before heading off to the beach.
Must Drink & Eat
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with roasted chickpeas & coconut cream
Beet Humus Salad
Breakfast & Coffee in a Bob Marley Hammock #10: Hammock
Hammock (Carrer de Mallorca, 308) is where you eat breakfast in a hammock. A hammock you say? Yes, a hammock! I think this would seriously have been Bob Marley’s favorite hotspot in Barca: ultimate chill vibes an delish food. I found this place while searching #breakfastbarca on Instagram for must eat barca places. So ok, it sounds amazing breakfast in a hammock but is it doable? Yup, they positioned all of them close enough to the tables so you can sip your cappuccino and still lounge away. However do find yourself looking at a lot of smartphone zombies. As it’s such a unique setting lots of people (yes of course including me too) are taking some pics. But… the food is worth it!
Pink Floyd Smoothie
Lemon Fluffy Pancakes
Apple Pie French Toast
Old School Patatas Bravas Bar #10: Bar del Pla
Bar del Pla (Carrer de Montcada, 2) was a perfect ending to our Barcelona trip. An absolute authentic tapas bar with the best patatas bravas. Take a seat at the bar for the real feel and order a strong glass of red wine. Enjoy the company of Barca’s philisophical university students discussing deaply about there last reading Or sit next to weathered grey haired Spanish grandpa’s with their strong opinion about politics and where the world is going. However you can also just sit next to your lover and recall the weekends experiences & highlights while getting a bit buzzed from the deep red whine (like I did) and enjoying the real taste of Spanish tapas. I still can’t believe how this place can be so cheap: the food was amazing!
Patatas Bravas €4,00
Croqueta Jamon €2,00
The Taco of the Day €11,50
Fried Artichokes €15,50
Extra Bonus Tips: When You’re in Barcelona
Still hungry for more Barca tips & tricks? Then read further and discover my secret must do activities for a real experience of Barcelona. And don’t worry they’re absolutely old school & not mega touristic or spammy! Of course there’s also the important question of: where am I going to sleep? Well…let me introduce you to my favorite botanical boutique hotel! Plus find out what you can bring back home for your “cat-sitter” & “plant-sitter” back home!
Botanical Hipster Boutique Hotel: Hotel Praktik Garden
Hotel Praktik Garden (Calle Diputació 325) is a must sleep trendy boutique hotel in Barcelona. Find yourself walking through bright red doors with tons of different plants decorating each side of the entrance. Once inside the lobby, the walls are decorated with old circus posters and books lined up throughout the entire back wall. The plants lead you up to the rooftop terrace where you can lay underneath tropical banana leaves and enjoy a unique hidden cool breeze in contrast to Barca’s warm bustling city heat. Every room is amazingly decorated and designed with an awesome trendy hipster vibe. Don’t even hesitate: book a room here immediately!
Reserva Ibireca (Rambla de Catalunya, 61) is the place to go for the best dried Iberico ham in Barcelona. Watch them skillfully slice up the ham right in front of you. You can taste the different flavors and types of hams before you decide which one it’ll be. Why it’s also such a great place (aside of the wonderful tasting Iberico) they can air tight seal it for you so you can easily take it back home in your hand luggage.
Unique Private Bicycle Tour: With Locals
With Locals Private Bike Tour is a great way to experience the city without the cliché touristic highlights. We booked our trip with Liz (who’s also Dutch) and she really knew how to surprise us. Taking us through winding streets and hidden back alleys while explaining about the political and artistic history of this beautiful city. I especially loved that she took us to the Old Hospital de la Santa Creu where we also discovered our lovely hidden gem: Le Jardi. She spoke with such enthusiasm and knowledge and really took her time with us. No question about it: a must do experience next time you visit Barcelona.
Live Classical Spanish Guitar Concert: Barcelona Turisme
Barcelona Turisme is a great and trustworthy online ticket office to book a unique classical Spanish guitar concert…in a church… yes a real authentic amazing ambiance having church! Fall seriously in love with the gothic setting & the beautiful perfected guitar notes that bounce off the walls into your ears. So mega romantic in a non cheesy way & really absolutely unique experience that i’d recommend to everyone! It lasts 1 hour and thus not too long so great to combine with drinks afterwards.
Drink Coffee to go in Chill out Park: Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella (Passeig de Picasso, 21) has amazing cool fresh cut lawns to lay on after a warm shopping spree in the city. It’s famous for its park fountain with beautiful golden statue and tropical green plants leaning over the bustling waters. The park even has a zoo inside for those of you who are looking for some tigers in Barcelona. And for the extreme romantic couples you can even enjoy a picnic on a little boat! We however loved strolling through the park. We ended up somewhere on a grassy hill while sipping away our coffee to go. A very zen and chilled out way to break up the warm sightseeing day. Tip: bring a blanket, if you have one, to sit on in the grass!
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