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Top 10 Must Eat

5 Comments 13 July 2011

Top 10 Must Eat

Cut through the clutter of Barcelona restaurants with this list of special spots. From tapas to Thai cuisine, these restaurants serve up great food along with a budget-friendly bill!



1TAPAS Cerveceria Catalana
Mallorca 236 / Metro Passeig de Gracia

This hot spot is loved by locals and tourists alike. They don’t take reservations so be ready for a wait, which is well worth it and the perfect opportunity to take a stroll down Rambla de Catalunya. Try the alcachofas laminadas (thinly-sliced fried artichokes), cuatro quesos (bread topped with four heavenly melted cheeses), brocheta de langostinos (perfectly grilled prawns), pimientos del padrón (fried green peppers) and the solomillo (mini beef fillet). Recommended for a lively dinner.
2SUSHI | Kibuka
Goya 9/ Metro Diagonal or Fontana

Kibuka’s flavorful take on sushi has many people hooked. Local sushi lovers flock to this spot around 21:00h, so arrive beforehand to avoid a wait. Try the hot philadelphia roll (tempura battered salmon and cream cheese roll), spicy tuna uramaki (spicy tuna, crab and avocado roll topped with carmelized onions) and the spicy udon noodles topped with smokey tuna flakes. Plaza de la Vila de Gràcia and Plaza del Sol are right around the corner and are great places to stop for a drink as well. Recommended for a lively dinner.
3SEAFOOD | Can Majó
Almirall Aixada 23/ Metro Barceloneta

Paella or Fideua? One can never decide which to order. This is a great seaside spot to enjoy either of the infamous rice-based or pasta-based seafood dishes along with a nice glass of crispy, cold cava. Reservations are recommended and if the weather forecast is favorable, you should specifically request a table on the outdoor terrace. Recommended for a relaxed lunch.
4THAI Thai Gardens
Diputació 273/ Metro Passeig de Gràcia

After a long day of walking and tourist attraction overkill, Thai Gardens is a great place to find peace of mind. Cross over the bridge at the entrance to find yourself in a tropical garden. Depending on what you order, it can get a little on the pricey side but the overall experience is well worth it. Recommended for a romantic dinner.
5SEAFOOD La Paradeta
Commercial 7/ Metro Arc de Triomf or Barceloneta

You know the seafood is fresh here — you choose it yourself! La Paradeta offers a unique, self-service dining experience with simple seafood paired with perfectly chilled wine. People line up at 20:00h right when the restaurant opens (especially in summer),  so arrive a bit earlier to get a good spot in line. Recommended for a fun group dinner.
Ramis 2-4/ Metro Joanic

Famen’s fresh ingredients, diverse take on cuisine and personalized service proves it would be a hit in any world-class city. The creators of this hidden eatery are equally in tune with the local produce as they are the international palate. The filling portions and friendly service are a rarity in Barcelona. Famen has a limited number of tables, so be sure to reserve in advance. Recommended for an intimate dinner.
Marqués de l’Argentera 1/ Metro Barceloneta

Given that Kiosko is open from 13:00h to 1:00h, you’d think there’d be a lull in traffic, but this gourmet burger joint has a loyal following. Consensus is quickly growing that Kiosko has the best burger in town. The line, which gets down to a few people during off-peak hours, actually gives you time to decide between 13 different burgers/sandwiches as well as choose the type of bun, cheese, fries and any extras you’d like to order. If you are with a group, definitely grab a table while someone puts in the order. Recommended for a quick meal.
8SEAFOOD Marina Moncho’s
Calle de la Marina 19-21/ Metro Ciutadella Vila Olímpica

There are several Moncho’s restaurants located throughout Barcelona, but there’s nothing like eating fresh seafood in front of the sea. Ordering the “parillada de marisco” (grilled seafood platter) gives you a taste of the various seafood Moncho’s serves up from the Cantabrian Sea. Reserve a table on the terrace ahead of time to enjoy a panoramic view of the Marina Village. Recommended for a dinner under the stars.
9PINTXOS | Txakolin
Avinguda Marqués de l’Argentera 19/ Metro Barceloneta

Txakolin is like a circus of tapas, or pintxos in this case. The show takes place in the middle of the bar where the barmen whiz by with sarcastic showmanship while tantalizing you with tapas fresh out of the kitchen. “Front row” seats at the bar are few, so unless you don’t mind standing and eating, it’s best to get there before 21:00h. However, they tend to circulate a better variety of tapas when a larger crowd builds. Of course, you can’t go to Txakolin without ordering a bottle of txakolí, a sparkling Basque white wine (pronounced “chak-o-lee”)! Recommended for a lively dinner.
Fusteria 14/ Metro Barceloneta

Once you’re bored of the limited variety of “bocadillos” or baguette sandwiches in Barcelona, you’ll appreciate this hole-in-the-wall sandwich and crepe cafe. The ever present line confirms that it’s a MUST EAT stop! The sandwiches are an entire meal in themselves (a fork really comes in handy!) and their scrumptious sauces will get you hooked. Not a bad addiction to support for only a few Euros a pop. Recommended for a quick meal.


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  1. Justinas says:

    Can Majo restaurant I would not recommend to anyway as they first of all are rude with clients, secondly you are kick off from there if one of two guests is not hungry and don’t want to eat but just to enjoy a glass or two of wine. As a result no one is served and just said to leave.

    I was happy about those recommendations and followed it to this restaurant, but found it very dissapointing though…

  2. Javier says:

    I recommend you a different experience:It’s about eating in a private house with locals that prepare a 4 or 5 courser representative of the Catalan avant-garde cuisine. Do not miss:
    Friends entertaining other friends, with a passion for good food & good wine.
    The idea is born with the aim of sharing our passion for Mediterranean cuisine with people who appreciate an alternative dining experience.
    You can check travellers opinion at vayable webpage:

  3. Mils says:

    Wow! I was at Seafood I liked a lot! Really good food, but as my fab restaurant is meat food, I recommend La Tramoia restaurant, a really good restaurant!


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