Coming to Barcelona I’ve decided to try out some of their specialities and gourmet restaurants. Usually I am a budget traveller, preparing my meals by myself, but everyone needs some pampering now and then, am I right? Anyway, I read some recommendations and tips and prepared to splash my money on food this time. However my goal was not to overcome the budget of 15euros per meal, so it is still quite affordable.
Following some of the tips and my own nose, I decide to do my own taste test of the city, eating like a local wherever I can. Here’s how I get on…
Start your day with a huge breakfast at Brunch&Cake
Enric Granados, 19 (Barcelona), Spain
This is probably by far my favourite brunch spot I’ve ever been at. The atmosphere is cool, the interior is just cute, food decoration is marvellous and the taste… I love it. I’ve had oat pancake with fresh fruits, nuts, riccota and maple syrup and my friends have had eggs Benedict on a waffel.
However be prepared to wait in line! We arrived around 12:50 and got a table at 14:10! Unfortunately, you can not reserve a table in advance. Nevertheless, it is worth every cent and every second of your time.
Get your lunch at the hippest burger place Makamaka
Passeig Joan de Borbó 76, (Barcelona) Spain
If you’re looking for international food places that are cool and modern this is the number one choice for you. When we’ve asked our taxi driver to take us to one of the burger places at the Barceloneta beach, he immediately took us to this place. The interior reminds me of a sufer bar and the place is right next to the beach. On the menu you can choose among various burgers, salads and french fries. I’ve had an avocado sald with turkey olives and honey dressing and it has been out of this world. I loved it. I truly recommend it.
Sip your afternoon coffee at Cosmo
Enric Granados, 3, (Barcelona), Spain
Cosmo is a hipster coffe place with great interior, good coffee and various freshly made sandwiches. However, the service is quite slow and be prepared for not getting at least one thing you’ve ordered. Otherwise, the atmosphere is nice and is a perfect place when you have to kill some time.
Grab you afternoon snack at La Boqueria Mercat
Rambla 91, (Barcelona), Spain
Well, this is definitely a Nr.1 on the food bucket list. This is a food market, opened everyday except Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. I recommend going here in the morning, because all the fruit is freshly cut and there is not many people here in the morning. Besides fruit you can choose among various pastry, seafood, meat, candy and smoothies. The lively and vibrant market is a unique experience, you will not regret it!
Enjoy the dinner eating traditional Paella at Barceloneta beach restaurants
Passeig de Joan Borbo, (Barcelona), Spain
If you are in Spain, there is just no other option then to try traditional paella. We’ve tried it in three different restaurants, one at La Rambla, the other at Barceloneta beach and the last one in one of the many restaurants on Passeig de Joan Borbo (this one was the best one).
A quick tip: If you are with your friends, I recommend ordering different paellas, because otherwise they put it in one big pan (but the quantity is still smaller than more small pans) so at the end you get twice less as you would usually get.
For the full experience order it with Spanish cerveza (beer) or white wine.
Photos taken by me