Traveling to Barcelona, Spain? Wondering where to eat in Barcelona with great Barcelona food and dining experience. Here are some of the best spots we enjoyed when we visited.
After 3 days in Girona, we spent the rest of our time (3 ½ days) in the city of Barcelona. Three days is not enough to see or eat all the Barcelona food it offers. It’s just enough to get acquainted with the city.
I know how hard it is to find a great place to eat while visiting a new city. Nobody wants to get sucked in a tourist trap with subpar Barcelona food
Tasty Itinerary Tip: Lunch is a great time to try some of the higher-end restaurants as they may have a pre-fixe menu.
It rained on-and-off during our time there, and hopefully, when you are there, the weather cooperates. However, the rain did not stop us from having great dining experiences or from seeing the beautiful city. Especially, La Sagrada Familia – we were blown away by the magnificence of Gaudi’s masterpiece.
With that said, if there is one site you should add to your Tasty Itinerary that should be La Sagrada Familia. It’s a must-visit.
Please note: this trip and post was written pre-Covid.
Where to Eat in Barcelona, Spain
Experience a Food Tour in Barcelona
Nothing like a great food tour in Barcelona to kick off your vacation in a new city. There are few tour companies with foodie tours and you really have to do your research to make sure you get an authentic experience.
Devour Barcelona Food Tour
What’s great about this particular food tour is that it takes place in the evening, just in time for dinner. Therefore, there is no need to worry about finding a restaurant to eat at.
It’s also a 2-in-1 tour! You’ll eat and drink at a few places while being guided through the history of a couple of the oldest areas of Barcelona. As foodies, we enjoyed it immensely.
We strolled through the Gothic Quarter and El Born (my favorite districts) while being told about the history of these two areas. It was cool at one point to discover that I was probably standing in the same spot Christoper Columbus stood and had an audience with the King and Queen of Spain.
Blows your mind, right?! Mine too.
On this tour, we visited three different establishments:
All with great history, food, drinks, and company I will never forget. And out of all the patatas bravas I had during this trip, I had the best ones on this tour. I still think of that sweet vermouth above.
Our fabulous Devour guide, Fintan, emailed us the next day with all the great eats we enjoyed on our tour
Eating in Barcelona, Spain
Bar del Pla
Our very first night in Barcelona was the night before our cruise. After twenty hours of travel, we arrived at our hotel in El Born, starving and tired. The front desk recommended Arcano, but we had a hard time finding it.
Miraculously, we came across Bar del Pla. A tapas bar recommended by Kate, a fellow Instagrammer [@OhHelloKate] and a resident of Spain.
Bar del Pla is a busy tapas bar and reservations are recommended. We were lucky when we got there they had two seats at the counter and they were available for 45 minutes until the next reservation arrived. They made it clear if we chose to stay to eat that we had to be out of there in that time frame. We were okay with that. I was ready for bed.
While we sat at the counter, locals were constantly coming in and being turned away. Some were able to snag reservations after 10 pm at night.
Happy we stayed because we had a great array of tapas on our first night in Spain. Everything was fresh, delicious and we ate every bite.
Tip: Make sure you order everything you want at once.
When we returned to the hotel, the front desk asked us if we found Arcano. He was impressed by the fact that we ended up at Bar del Pla and told us he loved it there.
Three Days in Girona, Spain
An hour from Barcelona, you will find the old city of Girona. It’s the perfect escape from the city. See how to spend three days exploring Girona and other places spots in Costa Brava.
On our way back to the hotel after Bar del Pla, we stumbled upon Arcano and we decided to make a reservation for when we were back in town after the cruise and Girona.
I instantly loved the vibe of the restaurant. It’s located in an old seventeenth-century barn with stone walls and beautiful Romanesque arches. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
Make sure you’re hungry when you go there. The food is excellent, but if you decide on their prefixed menu with multiple courses (worth every penny), you’re going to need a wheelbarrow to get out of there.
We absolutely loved Kserol restaurant. Fintan, our guide from Devour Barcelona, heard we would be visiting La Sagrada Familia the next day and practically insisted we have lunch here.
Since it came highly suggested, we made the effort to make it there in the rain after our tour of La Sagrada Familia. It’s actually only a 10-minute walk.
It was lunchtime and they had a prix fixe menu that we chose from. Adored the homey comfy feel of the restaurant and the divine food they served. The staff there was so lovely.
We felt like we had a homecooked meal and we loved how we got to choose 3 items each for our meal. It was so filling and I think we had dessert because I almost never say no to dessert but I can’t find a picture.
I would not have minded returning here for dinner.
Imagine it starts pouring rain not long after leaving your hotel to find food. You see a swarm of locals enter a restaurant and so you follow them inside. The restaurant is full of patrons, chatting away in Catalan and Spain with delicious plates of food in front of them. It also smells amazing and your stomach starts to growl.
What would you do? You ask to be seated.
We found El Foro by luck, by rain, by however you would like to call it. and we ended up eating here at this Argentinian restaurant two nights in a row. It was that good.
I still think about these dishes. Now, I don’t have pics of everything from both nights because we were too busy enjoying ourselves. It was the end of our trip and the blogger side of me was done. Thankfully hubby captured a few.
If you’d like to see the sizzling shrimp in butter and garlic in action, we have video! You will seriously drool.
The waitress was so kind! When she saw us the next night she hugged me and kissed my cheeks.
A few great foods to eat in Barcelona:
- Catalan tomato bread
- Patatas Bravas
- Crema Catalana
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La Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Spain
Don’t Skip La Sagrada Familia
You may be thinking, another cathedral? How many can I see in the span of all my travels in Europe? The answer is MANY.
But La Sagrada Familia is more than just a church… it’s an ICONIC MASTERPIECE. You see photographs and I’m telling you, it does NOT compare to seeing it up close and personal. This UNESCO World Heritage site is magnificent inside and out.
We hired a local guide for a private tour with Ellie from Withlocals and it was one of the best decisions we made for our time in Barcelona.
We arranged the Gaudi Tour with a Skip the Line to La Sagrada Familia, which started with the other Gaudi homes in Barcelona. Ellie provided a wealth of information from history to details we would never have learned about on our own. As a local, she knew all the best spots to visit.
When we arrived at La Sagrada Familia, she had the tickets purchased and reservations made, so we were able to enter quickly. She introduced us to Gaudi’s work, the meaning behind every little work of art and help us understand how his mind worked.
I probably could have read it from a guidebook but not have understood or appreciated it as much as I did. I definitely left impressed and would absolutely return, if and when the cathedral is ever finished.
If you plan to visit Barcelona, don’t just go there and see it from a distance. Plan your visit. Book a reservation in advance or book a tour with Ellie or one of the others I mention below.
La Sagrada Familia Guided Tour Options
- Ellie from Withlocals: Skip the Line Sagrada Familia Private Tour [book here]
- Fast Track Sagrada Familia Guided Tour [book here]
- Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia [booke here]
- You can also book directly with La Sagrada Familia in advance, ticket and guide options are available here.
Where to Stay in Barcelona, Spain
There were a few Airbnb apartments and B&Bs worth looking into in Barcelona with great rates. I only recommend this option if you’re staying for a minimum of 3 nights.
If you have never booked an Airbnb, I suggest reading: Airbnb Tips to Book Your Next Stay.
Hotel Recommendations in Barcelona
We chose to book a hotel for our longer stay after many of the apartments I had in my favorites were booked up quickly.
H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel
For our pre-cruise stay, we found the H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel on Booking.com or a great price and in a fantastic location. Located in the El Born district, right across from the Gothic Quarter and in the center of Barcelona.
The standard queen room was small but modern and comfortable for a couple of day’s stay. The breakfast was top-notch and absolutely worth the extra fee per person. There is a rooftop with beautiful views of the city.
Tip: Did you know that you don’t need a hotel reservation to visit the hotel rooftops bar locations?
Sadly, we were only here for one night but this boutique hotel certainly left a great impression. We wish we had booked it for our return to Barcelona the week later.
Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella
Since most great Airbnb’s were taken by the time I had my itinerary figured out, booked the Motel One Barcelona for the rest of our stay after we returned from Girona.
This is another great option to consider in Barcelona. The cost is more affordable than most other hotels in the area, including H10 Montcada. It’s in close walking distance to El Born and the Gothic Quarter district.
The rooms were modern and clean. It has a wonderful rooftop as well as a bar and lobby downstairs. Breakfast was a great start to the day.
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