Oh, where to eat in Barcelona? There’s so many options! During my three days there, I spent majority of my time in the Gothic Quarter as I was staying at an apartment there. Most of these tasty food spots are within a 20 minute radius of the Plaça de Catalunya – which marks the centre of Barcelona and below that is the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city.
I ate whole range of Spanish delicacies ESPECIALLY for you. They’re all reasonably priced too, here’s the recommendations by time of day.
Breakfast / Coffee
Looking for your morning meal, here’s some spots where you can eat your morning meal / snack / brunch or just grab coffee whilst you’re exploring the Gothic Quarter.
Demasié, Carrer de la Princesa, 28
This is the answer to all of your cinnamon bun dreams. Swirled pastry goodness in a variety of flavours including banana cake, pistachio, chocolate and so many more. All housed in a bright, modern and all round pretty cool bakery. Grab a coffee, a bun of your choice and check out their awesome souvenirs. Cookies and donuts are also available, but given they’ve won “the best Cinnamon Roll Barcelona” kind of means you have to try at least one.
Flax&Kale, Carrer dels Tallers, 74b
As you may know from previous brunch blogs, I love a meaty addition to my avocado on toast, but that’s not available at Barcelona’s first Healthy Flexitarian Restaurant. They’re serving an 80% plant based menu, with the rest being oily fish options. I had the avocado on toast with smoked salmon, the bread was a pretty crusty (which personally I wasn’t a fan of), but the avocado was smooth and salmon was delightful. A modern and bright restaurant and of course a great veggie / vegan spot.
Satan’s Coffee Corner, Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call
High quality roasts, which are constantly changing. According to their website Satan’s promises to deliver Barcelona high quality coffee, together with Japanese inspired snacks (which sadly I didn’t try). I can speak for the coffee though, it was good.
Cafe Bar Centric, Carrer de les Ramelleres, 27
A corner cafe I popped into for breakfast one day did a cheap little coffee/sandwich combo for just €4. Looked to have a wider menu so would definitely go back later on in the day – perfect for an early morning pick me up, especially if you love ham and cheese (I certainly do).
Lunch / Dinner
Few options here depending on how much you want to spend or what time of day it is. If you’re eating like a true spaniard then dinner isn’t until late, 9/10pm so you might need a little snack to keep you going.
Mucci’s, Carrer del Bonsuccés OR Carrer dels Tallers, 73-75
Tasty little snacks including empanadas, pizza, fries, salads. We had pizza slices, and these unbelievable cheesy fries with bacon, DROOLS. Great to grab for lunch, or handy to eat whilst watching Netflix in your apartment (speaking from experience).
Vegetalia, Plaça del Fossar de les Moreres
Another great vegetarian option – headed here with Lotta who I had met a couple of days previously in Demasié. We shared tomato bread and veggie nachos to start, followed by the daily fresh pasta option which came with a smooth, creamy and surprising sweet potato sauce. Given I don’t usually eat at vegetarian restaurants, this was an awesome find.
Sensi mezzanine, Carrer Ample, 22
There’s a few Sensi restaurants in Barcelona, and from what I can understand they’re a small local chain that has grown pretty quickly due to popularity. Rach had visited another one of their locations a few weeks back and loved it, so I knew we were in good hands. Sensi mezzanine serves a mouth watering range of modern tapas, with a few classics thrown in there too. A few dishes, some water and two glasses of wine was a modest €50, which given the quality, we thought was really reasonable. Great atmosphere but recommend you book ahead.
Ciudad Condal, Rambla de Catalunya, 18
This tapas restaurant was a recommendation from my walking tour guide who gave the group I handy list of restaurants in Barcelona at the end of the tour – what a legend. Busy, but not chaotic this surprisingly large restaurant had a huge range of tapas, actually quite overwhelming for a solo diner. I choose a mixed tapas platter which actually turned out to be pretty cost effective. I was eating ahead of my journey home so wanted to stock up (hahah yeah the plate of food was huuuuge, you might have seen on Instagram). Really good food – and given the busyness it seems popular with others too!
Colom Restaurant, Carrer dels Escudellers, 33
We searched Trip Advisor for Paella and came across Colom, #105 out of over 8k restaurants in Barcelona. In a cosy, corner booth we ordered La Bombeta an amazing croquette with potato and meat inside) & Pan con tomate to start, followed by mixed paella for two. Actually a really reasonable sized dish, we weren’t overwhelmed with food. Seafood was delicious, there was chicken and rabbit in there too. Vegetarian options available for my veggie friends too. Paella came in at around €10 per person, but you did have to order for at least two people – not ideal for solo diners unless you’re reaaallly hungry.
Would definitely go back to all of these restaurants, but there are so many more options to explore. Some people have commented to me in the past that it’s quite expensive in barca, maybe it’s my London experiences that skews my perception but I thought it was really reasonable. I did find a beach view café in the Barceloneta area with very pricey snacks, so I avoided eating there. If you’re looking for great fish though, Barceloneta is the place to go.
Do you have any Barcelona recommendations? Would love to hear them, and I’m sure Rach would too!