Where We Ate in Barcelona, Spain | BARCELONA FOOD GUIDE

A couple of weeks ago I went to Barcelona for a city break in serious need of some sunshine. Luckily for us, we had 20 degree weather ☀️. Even more luckily, we found some serious foodie gems while we were there.

Here's a little list for you - I want to thank everyone who gave me recommendations, you guys are the absolute best.

Casa Lolea

Casa Lolea (not Casa Lola), is a wonderful little tapas restaurant famous for its sangria which serves Catalan classics such as iberico ham, as well as options which are a little different.

We ordered smoked salmon blinis with honey truffle yoghurt (omg), truffle orzo risotto (omg), chicken satay (so good) and patatas bravas (good but I prefer the potatoes diced and fried rather than boiled). We also got some bread with tomatoes and one of their sangrias that they're so famous for. It was refreshing and delicious. We highly recommend this place!

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Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 49, 08003 Barcelona






Ginette

Ginette is a French-Catalan fusion restaurant which serves delicious food. It's one of the best places I've eaten at recently.

We ordered some bread which was a delicious French baguette (carb lovers here) and pumpkin croquettes which were deliciously creamy to start. We also had the patatas bravas which had some Hasselback potatoes (amazing) and some cod goujons. They weren't dry or super fried like some others can be, and the thomemade tartare sauce that they came with was incredible.

As a main I ordered the ceviche of the day which was a white Mexican fish (can't remember the name sorry) with mango and lime. Oh my god it was incredible. So light, fresh and delicious. You need to order this when you're there.

My boyfriend ordered the duck main which he said was lovely too. We couldn't fault anything here, and the bill (with a bottle of wine but without dessert) came to around 75 euros - expensive for Barcelona, but not bad considering this is one of the best meals we have ever had.

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Carrer del Rec Comtal, 12, 08003 Barcelona




La Boqueria 

If you google "What to do in Barcelona", you're probably guaranteed to see this lovely market pop up. Most of the places in here are tiny bars serving some tapas, particularly Iberico ham, but we went to get some fresh juices. 

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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona


El Nacional 

Despite being overly expensive for Barcelona (and mostly full of tourists), I would highly recommend going to El Nacional even just for a drink. It's a massive, beautiful hall filled with greenery and amazing decor with lots of different areas dedicated to different things (tapas, fish, cocktails etc.)

We went for a drink in the afternoon and a manchego cheese board. Manchego is made from sheep's milk and is famous in the region. The olive oil jelly that it came with was delicious.

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Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis, 08007 Barcelona



Flax & Kale

Flax & Kale is a "flexitarian, healthy" type of restaurant which is so different from the classic meat-heavy Catalan cuisine. Because it's so different, it gets very busy, but the wait is worth it (if you like that kind of food). You can book though so I'd recommend doing that.

We went for breakfast and got acai bowls, a spelt croissant and a fresh juice (they have a juicery too!). The acai bowls were served with banana, blueberries, agave syrup, goji berries, strawberries, cashew milk and the most incredible housemade Brazillian chesnut crumble. I'd never had anything like it and am still dreaming of it today.

The spelt croissant was as nice as it could be, although we prefer the gorgeous buttery classic French croissants. The juice was really flavourful, although at around 6 euros it's not cheap.

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Carrer dels Tallers, 74b, 08001 Barcelona


Brunch & Cake

This is another very famous instagrammy place. It gets suuuuper busy to the point where you need to wake up really early to even get a seat - we were on holiday and not about that life, but here's a photo from when I went last time I came to the city.

The food itself is actually delicious and if you don't mind queueing then go for it. We tried to go twice that weekend and both times there was a massive queue so we just gave up and went elsewhere (Flax & Kale and then a classic Spanish bakery for orange juice & croissants).

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C/ Enric Granados, 19, 18007 Barcelona


Hotel 1898

This is an amazing rooftop bar and actually where we stayed when we came to Barcelona. It's quite expensive (the hotel), but if you're looking for a little bit of luxury in a great location then I'd recommend it.

The rooftop bar itself is expensive for Barcelona, but it has a nice range of drinks and really comfortable lounge chairs for you to sit on & enjoy the view.  We came here almost every day after we had finished exploring the city, and I'd highly recommend the 1898 Spritz - it's like a classic Spritz with cucumber, so delicious and refreshing.

On our last evening, we were so tired that we ended up just ordering food on the rooftop. They have a nice range but we ended up going for a pizza and a burger. The food is expensive for what it is (the french fries were around 6 euros lol) but it was convenient, yummy and we were starting to get hangry.

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La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona



Happy Pills

This is a bit of a random one, but Barcelona is known for its "Happy Pills". It's basically a sweet shop that kind of plays on a pharmacy vibe, and you can buy pill bottles and fill them with sweets to give to your loved ones. You can choose all different types of stickers like "to feel better soon", "to mend your broken heart", or "to feel the magic of Barcelona". Super cute and a nice gift.

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I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope that you get to feel the magic of Barcelona very soon too 💫

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