Chocolate places in Barcelona

Chocolate places in Barcelona!

Mecca for chocolate lovers!

 

As a chocoholic I have to say that Barcelona should be famous not only because of its special relationship with the sea but also because of the cacao. Barcelona is a Mecca for chocolate lovers! You can find here delicious churros and chocolate, perfect hot chocolates, shops selling delicious chocolate products, and… a chocolate museum!!! Have a look at our blog and enjoy the chocolate taste of the city – the taste of chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

CHOCOLATE SHOPS!

 

Walking through the city you will see a lot of chocolate shops which can be pretty attractive by themselves, and trust me their products will melt in your mouth and leave you happy for the rest of the day!

 

Pasteleria Escriba

Historic patisserie and café in Barcelona. It has two locations in the city and one of the places is called “Antigua Casa Figueras” on La Ramblas – a beautiful shop which you can consider  as a city attraction. It is family owned since 1906, and it has his own place in the history of the city. This is one of the most famous chocolate places in Barcelona. It is a place where chocolate is transformed into art. For special days like  Valentine’s day and Easter, for example, they display a spectacular exhibition of chocolates and sweets made decorations. So don’t wait and sweeten your day with one of their chocolate products or divine hot chocolates, which is available with chilly powder or cream.

Worth to check their impressing website where you can find out more about all services, their history and about various locations in Barcelona. And here is the video of heir chocolate and sweet art! I guarantee that you will be impressed!

 

Bubo

MUST VISIT place among other chocolate places in Barcelona! Why?! Let’s start their their “The Xantina” chocolate cake that won “best chocolate cake in the world” in 2005!!! And you have to believe me it is the best chocolate cake which you can get in Barcelona, in Europe and most probably in the world! But bubo is not only the place where you can try the best chocolate cake ever, it is also the place for  the chocolates, sweets and pastry lovers. You will find here various treats and cakes of all shapes and sizes. I am sure that you will enjoy it a lot.

Address: Carrer de les Caputxes, 10; 08003 Barcelona

Cocao Sampaka

It is an elegant shop and cafeteria where you can enjoy range of hot chocolates like the 80% cacao Asteca dark and slightly spicy. This is a spot which offers a lot of different kinds of chocolate, in a variety of sizes, of high quality, unusual, fun, adventurous flavours like chocolate with thyme, chocolate with parmesan cheese and gin & tonic bonbons. It is not only one of the many chocolate places in Barcelona but it is a chocolate paradise! Chocolate lovers will find there as well classic flavors like sea salt dark chocolate bars, which is better than great! It is a perfect place to get some gifts for friends or to take back home from Barcelona visit.

Address: Consell de Cent, 292; 08007 Barcelona

 

Xacoa

Modern chocolate shops in Barcelona. Their sweet treats are different from others with unforgettable flavors and wrapped in a unique way. The shops are specially designed to bring you unforgettable and chic experience. They have a lot of different chocolate bars to choose from: sugar free, rosemary, lemon verbain, Jamaican pepper, wild berries, green tea, orange and this is just few of them. But that’s not everything! Imagine they are also selling CHOCOLATE BEER!  Another super thing which you can find there is a CD for… Exactly – for chocolate lovers! You will find a lot of branches of this shop in Barcelona, so just google it ;)

 

HOT CHOCOLATE PLACES!

 

Are you thinking ‘how can a city that has such a warm Mediterranean climate have so much hot chocolate culture’? You would be surprised that during the winter most people are choosing Spanish hot chocolate which is served thick, rich and very sweet and sometimes they serve it with cream for that extra wow! We are suggesting you two hot chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

Buenas Migas

It is a nice little café where you can enjoy cup of delicious hot chocolate in four varieties: normal, double chocolate, Swiss or Galleta. Swiss chocolate is served with cream and sweet chocolate sauce while Galleta chocolate involves cream and fractured biscuit pieces. As well it is perfect place if you’re looking for something to eat in a casual setting. The design of the place is rustic and really cosy, which gives it the rural image. Worth mentioning that you can find 12 Buenas Migas cafes/restaurants in Town, so it won’t be difficult for you to enjoy those chocolate places in Barcelona of our choice.

 

Dulcinea

It is just in the heart of Barcelona and I can promise that it will take you back in time. Established in 1941 still keeps tradition of making lovely thick, rich and smooth chocolate. Perfect place to celebrate special moments with family and friends.

Address: Carrer de Petritxol, 2; 08002 Barcelona

 

Churros and chocolate!

 

Not only chocolate chops and cafes with hot chocolates are chocolate places in Barcelona! Time for Churros now! In Barcelona churros are colled xurros, as they are called in Catalan. Xurros are the long, skinny, sweet fried crullers which have beed enjoyed for centuries in Spain. You should enjoy them with small dark chocolate and try as well with extra whipped cream on the side. To find out more about churros and how to eat them, check our other blog.

You never had freshly made churros before?! What are you waiting for. Check our two the best places where you can get  churros with delicious chocolate!

 

Comaxurros

Here you can get the best xurreria combined with the best modern creativity. The churros are perfect and served with unique filling and toppings, so you can try them not only in the traditional way with chocolate. You’ll even find savoury churros – with cheese, mushrooms and jamón iberico (Iberian ham) among other delicacies. Everything is fried in pure olive oil and presented with the wonderful pink characteristic for this place. Aren’t chocolate places in Barcelona amazing?!

Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 562; 08022 Barcelona

 

Xurreria El Trebol

A place where the chocolate churros are so good that they are to die for. It is the oldest Xurerrio place in Barcelona, launched in 1950.  You can find a variety of churros and try them as well in the traditional way with hot chocolate which is great. It is an inexpensive place, but unfortunately with no place to sit, but it’s open from Friday to Sunday 24h! So any time you can enjoy the taste of the best churros in the city with a great chocolate.

Address: Carrer de Corsega 341, 08037 Barcelona

 

Chocolate Museum


Most people think of Switzerland or Belgium when they think of the chocolate. But as the place where chocolate first entered European culture, Spain holds its own, chocolate places in Barcelona are the best! And Barcelona is the city in which you can visit the Museo de La Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). When you first walk in, you see chocolates everywhere. This is a must visit museum for all the chocolate lovers! Learn the history of chocolate, admire the impressively detailed chocolate sculptures and enjoy taste of your ticket – chocolate bar ;) So don’t wait and just come to the sweetest museum in Barcelona.

Address: Carrer Comerc, 36; 08003 Barcelona

 

Barcelona is ‘Loco’ for Chocolate!

If you are chocolate addicted it is place for you!

Enjoy it from the coco perspective and try to visit all chocolate places in Barcelona!

 

 

~Natalia~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalan Recipes: Pass Yourself off as a Catalán Mother

Catalan Recipes – Open Your Eyes to Catalan Cuisine and its best dishes!

Catalan Recipes

Barcelona, symbol of the Mediterranean cuisine, has been a must-visit location for food lovers for many years. Catalan recipes are geography, history and culture here.  Catalan cuisine has constantly absorbed influences that have helped to shape the country’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Cooking here has great character influenced by Greek, Roman, Italian and French culture, which have left their mark on this complex cuisine by taking the best of each country and creating a culinary package of the region. Catalonia is also made up of coast, mountains and fields and this is why a lot of typical Catalan recipes use concepts revolving around fish and meat. We find many fresh and elaborated products thanks to local farmers who are developing work on the land and bringing the tastes and traditions of Catalan gastronomy to the people and positioning it as a symbol of Mediterranean cuisine.

Behind the cuisine of Catalonia today, lies the story of a country, a way of being and of doing things.

Catalan eating habits – leisure activity!

Food is a huge part of life in Barcelona and all Catalonia and because of this  it really dictates the schedule of the day here. Catalan people tend to eat their meals later in the day than is usual in other parts of Europe. To get the best culinary experience here you have to know the habits of local people and know the best Catalan recipes.

Breakfast! El Desayuno!

A lot of Catalan and Spanish people skip this meal and don’t put much importance on it at all. People tend to start breakfast here between 8 and 10, or just don’t eat at all much passed their coffee and cigarette. Usaully it consists of a coffee, juice, hot chocolate or tea + a croissant, toast with butter or toast with olives & tomato, or a slice of Spanish Omlette. At this early hour you will find special deals in the cafes and bars giving you opportunity to buy coffe eand pastry at a great price.


Coffee time! El Café!

Time for a little snack or just a coffee,  is normally after sitting in the office for an one or two, between 10.30am and 12.00pm. You can order different kinds of coffees , and we are presenting you the most popular options in Spanish:

  • Café solo – a shot of espresso
  • Café cortado – like espresso macchiato
  • Café con leche – like a latte
  • Café Americano – American style coffee

You can be lucky and find special offers to buy a mini entrepa (a small filled baguette) with your beverage.

Lunch/ La comida

Time for the main meal – the largest and the most important during the day in Catalonia. It takes place between 2pm and 4pm. In the restaurants you can ask for “menu del dia” which changes every day and allows you to choose from various options at a reasonable price. A lot of places are closed during lunch time: like small shops, businesses, public places and ect. so keep this in mind coming to Catalonia.

Afternoon Snack/ La merienda

Since in Catalonia dinner is eaten late, you can have a light afternoon snack between 5pm and 6:30pm to keep you going. You can get at this time of the day typically some pastries, hot drinks, or small sandwichs. It can be an ideal time to try chocolate and churros. (Gran Viader churros place is one of the most famous in Barcelona!)

Dinner/La cena

So let’s start from this that you are eating dinner quite late in Catalonia – between 9pm and 11:30pm. It’s a much lighter meal than many foreigners think and it’s typically smaller than lunch. At this time of the day you can try tapas, which are not as popular in Catalonia like in other parts of Spain, but still without any problems you can find many places which are serving them, although we think that you should try dishes made by following Catalan recipes.

As well, you have to know, that the last meal can last several hours. The most enjoyable part would be sobretaula (post meal chat) and in typical Mediterranean style by sharing a fusion of dishes with friends and family by the table.

We are warmly inviting you to enjoy Catalan food and we are giving you few simple catalan recipes which you can try by yourself at home!

Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

Sometimes called Pan a la Catalana in other parts of Spain, it is one of the simplest, most well-loved, and most widely eaten dishes from Cataluña.

Ingredients

  • Baguette
  • 2 juicy, ripe tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3-4 tbs olive oil
  • Salt to taste

 

Preparation

  1. Cut the baguette lengh-wise and then in the smaller pieces. Toast the cut sides under a broiler, or in a toaster oven.
  2. Peel tomatoes and garlic, place in food processor and crush and thoroughly mix. This mixture you can pour into a small bowl to serve.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the toasted sides of baguette. Sprinkle salt on top. Spoon tomato mixture on bread and spread evenly.

Optional

If you wish, add thinly slices Spanish cheese, chorizo or ham.

 

Escalivada

Catalonians eat this dish as a first course or as an accompaniment to meats.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 small eggplants
  • 4 spring onions or large scallions
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil for brushing, plus 1/3 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt

 

Preparation

  1. Prepare an oven – 260 C
  2. Brush the eggplants, onion, bell pappers, and tomatoes with olive oil. Arrange the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan and roast, turning every 10 min, for 20 minutes, or until the skins blacke and the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the oven and slip into one or more plastic bags, and let cool for about hour.
  4. Unwrap the vegetables. Peel the eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes and peel away outer layer of the onions. Split the bell peppers in half, discard the seeds and stems, and cut lengthwise into strips. Transfer to a bowl. Trim the stems from the eggplants and core the tomatoes, and then cut them into strips of the same size as the papper strips and add to the bowl. Trim the onions, cut into rings, and add to the bowl along with the garlic.
  5. Add the 1/3 cup olive oil, season with salt, and toss to mix well. Serve at room temperature.

Optional

You can use seasoning of minced garlic.

 

Esqueixada

This is a traditional Catalan recipe. Cod fish is used in many different ways in Catalan cuisine and this one is in my opinion the one that accentuates the flavor of the fish the most.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 pound salt cod (previously soaked in water at least 6 hours, rinsed, then patted dry
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 4 firm yet ripe tomatoes
  • About 15 black olives
  • One onion
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. Shred the cod into pieces with your fingers and place it in a serving dish.
  2. Finely chop onion and bell peppers. Cut the tomatoes in half, then, with a cheese grater, grate the tomato pulp (some prefer the tomatoes chopped rather than grated, you can try this way as well) Mince the garlic.
  3. Throw all of the previously prepared ingredients onto the plate of fish and toss. Top with the olives, then dress with olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Toss once more and you’re done.

 

Suquet de Peix

“Fish stew” in the Catalan language, and it is a traditional dish from the region. Like all traditional dishes, there are many variations of this fish stew.

Ingredients (4-6 Servings)

  • Picada Sauce:
  • 50 gr peeled whole almonds
  • 2 slices stale bread
  • 3-4 Tbsp flat leaf parsley (stems removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Stew:
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) pieces solid white fish (such as halibut or gilt-head bream)
  • 8 shrimp
  • 1/2 to 1 liter seafood broth
  • salt to taste

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Preparation

  1. First prepare the picada sauce:
  2. Toast the blanched almonds under the broiler or in a frying pan. Chop the parsley leaves. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  3. Place the almonds, parsley, garlic into a food processor. Crumble the stale bread and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Mash or process the ingredients as you slowly add oil and vinegar, forming a paste. Set aside for later.
  5. Now:
  6. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes. Peel and slice the potatoes into rounds about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and heat on medium. Sauté the onion for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and garlic, and continue to cook. Add the potatoes and stir to coat.
  8. Mix a few tablespoons of seafood broth with the picada, then add to pan and simmer.
  9. When potatoes are almost cooked, add fish to pan and simmer. If liquid evaporates, add seafood broth as needed. Sauce will thicken. As soon as potatoes and fish are cooked, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp is done. Adjust salt to taste.
  10. Serve hot in open soup bowls.

 

Romesco

A sauce made from almonds, roasted garlic, olive oil and dried red peppers.

 

Ingredients (1 ¾ cups around 8-10 serves)

  • ½ cup of roasted almonds
  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 45 grams jar roasted red peppers (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt

Cook Time: 10 min

Preparation

  • In a food processor pulse almonds, parmesan and garlic clove.
  • Add roasted red peppers, olive oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt and blend until smooth.
  • Serve wth bread and vegetables.

 

Crema Catalana

Version of the French dessert, crème brulee, but we are giving you Catalan recipe of it ;)

Ingredients

  • 500 ml whole milk
  • Colored part of ½ orange peel
  • Colored part of 1/5 lemon peel
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 95g sugar, plus 6tbsp extra, to serve
  • 10g cornflour

Preparation

  1. Put the milk, orange and lemon zests, cinnamon and vanilla pod in a saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the suger and cornflour until pale and creamy. Pass the milk through a sieve and discard everything else. Return the milk to the pan over a medium heat. Just before it reaches boiling point, slowly add the egg mixture, whisking continuously until it begins to thicken, about 7 minutes.
  3. When the mixture is think anough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, remove it from the heat and pour into individual dishes or remekins. Cover each serving with a disc of greaseproof paper to prevent a skin from forming, and let it cool before placing in the fridge.
  4. To serve, remove the greaseproof paper, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top of each crema and caramelise using a blowtorch. Alternatively, place te sugared cremas on a tray under a preheated gas grill for a few minutes, until the sugar turns dark brown. Allow the sugar to harden, the serve immediately.

 

Panellets

Traditional sweet which you can find in Cataluna. Very popular at “Dia de Todos los Santos” or All Saints Day and served with “cava”, Spanish sparkling wine.

Ingredients (for around 32 cookies)

  • 500g ground raw almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 -1 cup water
  • 1 small potato
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 drops lemon juice

Toppings:

  • pine nuts
  • sweetened cocoa powder
  • candied fruit
  • Flavorings:
  • instant coffee powder
  • coconut flakes
  • Preparation

Preparation

  1. Blanch almonds, then grin in food processor until almonds are a fine dust.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Boil potatoes in a saucepan until cooked. Drain water and mash with a fork.
  3. Place sugar in a medium saucepan. Pour ½ cup water into the pan and stir to dissolve sugar. Add moe water to completely dissolve sugar if necessary. Place on medium heat on stovetop and bring to a boil, stirring often. Add 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is a thick syrup.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Using a large wooden spoon, gradually stir in ground almonds, potato and grated lemon peel. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 190C degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Spoon out dough with a teaspoon. Roll dough into small balls in your palms. Then roll the balls in powdered cocoa or pine nuts. If using pine nuts, brush each with a bit of egg white.
  6. If you want to flavor the cookies, separate a portion of the dough and with your hands, work in a bit of instant coffee flakes, candied fruit or cinnamon. Then make individual balls.
  7. Bake cookies just long enough to brown the pine nuts – about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, remove immediately before cookies cool.

 

Bonne Appétit, or as they say here in Catalonia ‘Bon Profit’!

Enjoy our Catalan Recipes!

 

~Natalia

Local Markets in Barcelona

Local Markets in Barcelona

 

Local Markets in Barcelona are must-see places! Wherever you are in the city a market is nearby – just have a look to see different Spanish customs and how friendly these places are. You might be tempted to buy their local fresh products as they look very appetizing with the beautiful layout of the stalls.

local market in France

 

Food markets:

~ The Unavoidable: Sant Joseph Market – La Boqueria

la boqueria market barcelona
Where: Ciutat Vella
Las Ramblas, 91 08002 Barcelona

When: From Mondays to Saturdays
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

Features: La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona because of its amazing location in the center of Las Ramblas! It’s one of the largest markets in Europe and offers high quality products, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, sweets, etc. You can even eat tapas here! There is quite a lot of tourist traffic but it’s still is a convivial place to go.

 

~ The Authentic: Sant Antoni Market

sant antoni market
Where: Eixample
Carrer Comte d’Urgell

When: From Monday to Saturday

Opening hours: From Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm

Features: It’s kind of similar to La Boqueria but without Las Ramblas tourists!
On Sundays, around Market Sant Antoni there’s a book market with books, reviews, magazines, comics, postcards, etc. From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

~ The Traditional: Fira Artesana

la fira artesana
Where: Ciutat Vella
Plaça del Pi, 08002 Barcelona
When: First Friday of each month
Opening hours: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Features: Catalan producers meet each month to send their organic catalan produce. This market is particularly famous for its honey cake and its cheeses infused with honey hence its nickname: The Honey Market.

 

~ The Designer: Santa Caterina Market

santa caterina market
Where: Ciutat Vella
Avenida Fransesc Cambo, 16  08003 Barcelona

When and Opening hours: Mon: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
Tue, Wed & Sat: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Thu & Fri 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Features: The original design of the building is very eye catching due to its undulating and brightly coloured roof. There is also a wonderful display of produce inside!

 

~ The Trendy: Princesa Market

princesa market barcelona
Where: El Born
Carrer Sabateret 1-3, 08003 Baracelona

Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 9:00 am to midnight
Thursday to Saturday 9:00 am to midnight

Features: Princesa Market is an old market where you can find flavours from the whole world: Sushi, tapas, Italian food, etc.

 

~ The Classic: Market del Ninot  (currently undergoing renovation)

market del ninot

Where: Eixample left
Carrer Mallorca, 135  08036 Barcelona

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Features: It’s close to Plaza Catalonia but hidden enough not to be crowded by tourists! Like all markets in Barcelona, produce is absolutely fresh: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, etc. You can even eat tapas there!

 

Flower Market & Food Market

 

~ Mercat de la Concepcio

la concepcio market barcelona
Where: Eixample right
Carrer d’Arago, 311 08009 Barcelona

When: Food market: Monday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 to 3:00 pm
Flower market: Monday to Sunday 24 hours a day.

Features: Old market in the center of Barcelona today best known as the flower market of Barcelona. It’s gardeners’ and curious people’s paradise where they can find many varieties of garden flowers and seeds. There’s also a food part with lots of different options.

Flea Market

~ Mercat dels Encants

market dels encant barcelona

Where: El Clot
Carrer del Dos de Maig, 186  08013 Barcelona

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Public Auction: From 8:00 am to 9:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Features: Mercat dels Encants is Barcelona’s largest secondhand market! From Odds and ends like cosmetics, old bikes,
etc., to vintage furniture like clothes or books, this market is full of surprises. Advice: Saturday is really crowded and if you want to find that special somthing come early!

 

~Lucie

Tapas: Ultimate Guide!

All you need to know about tapas in Barcelona: tips, recipes, history, how to eat and many more

Barcelona tapas

Tapas world: the 10 commandments on how to eat tapas in Barcelona

 

  • Thou shall not eat more than 2 tapas in the same bar.

Most of the tapas bars in Barcelona have their own specialties. That’s why you shouldn’t spend all your night in the same bar. Have a beer in one, eat some tapas, and then go to another one, have a glass of wine and some tapas, and keep going. You will be able to try a lot of different tapas and to meet a lot of people. Because eating tapas is also a social activity! That brings us to the second commandment…

  • Thou shall enjoy your time when eating tapas.

When you go tapear (this is the Spanish word for eating tapas), you’re supposed to have fun and relax with friends or nice people. This is a cool moment for talking and chilling out after work for example. This isn’t supposed to be stressful or boring. So bring some of your good friends (not too many) and have a nice time in one of the numerous tapas bars in Barcelona!

  • Thou shall eat tapas in the only right way.

And the only right way is standing in front of the bar, the tapas on the counter and your drink on your hand. Keep talking with your friends and don’t be afraid if it’s crowded. People are used to it and they won’t be moaning. Then, one person will pay for each round of tapas, no need to start splitting up bills, remember it’s a friendly time!

Tapas Barcelona

  • Thou shall eat tapas at the right time.

The best tapas time is during the aperitif, you’re done with your stressful day of work and you have a few hours before going to bed. Best time for tapas! People say that you shouldn’t have a big meal before sleeping, so tapas are exactly what you need!
Another great time for tapas is just before lunch, in order to whet your appetite…

  • Thou shall try the most famous tapas and then learn how to cook your own tapas.

That’s means you have to cook the tortilla de patatas and the patatas bravas. Finding the best ones is truly an assault course, but hey, when there’s a will, there’s a way! The next step will be to cook your own tapas. Start easily with pan con tomate and level up with chiquitos!

  • Thou shall eat pintxos at Maitea and go to La Flauta and Los Toreros in Barcelona.

Pintxos are good and pintxos at Maitea are excellent! For around 8€ you can have 5 or 6 pintxos. The restaurant is nice and the food is awesome. You should also go to La Flauta or Los Toreros, two of the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona. It’s a safe bet, believe us. You can learn more about these places on our top 10 Barcelona Restaurant guide.

Barcelona Tapas

 

  • Thou shall try a new tapas bar or restaurant in Barcelona every week.

Barcelona is full of tapas bars and restaurants. To live your gustatory experience to the maximum, you should try at least a new one every week. Taste their specialties and chill out in different atmosphere, from the very modern and trendy one to the very traditional and friendly one.

  • Thou shall do a tapas tour in Barcelona: free tapas with one drink.

To save some coins during your tapas night in Barcelona, you should have a look to our blog about the free tapas in Barcelona. You pay for one drink and you get one pintxos or tapas for free. What else?! You will find this kind of tapas bar in every neigborhood of Barcelona. No excuse for skipping this tapas tour.

  • Thou shall learn tapas history and tapas names in catalan.

Tapas in Barcelona are everywhere, you already know that. Tired of wondering what tapas are behind Catalan words? Check our vocabulary section and you will become a pro at ordering what you want!

Tapas Barcelona

  • Thou shall try catalan tapas.

Barcelona has its own specialties concerning tapas, and you have to taste them! Just a few names to make your mouth water: sofregitin, escudella, zarzuela… and of course, aioli! People also say that you can find the best fish tapas on Barcelona beaches. With this last info, you have all the tips you needed to eat tapas like a pro and spend an amazing time in Barcelona with your friends!


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We hope that this tapas guide will help you to feel Spanish, and even Catalan, when you’re eating tapas in Barcelona! If you liked it, do not hesitate to share it and give us your own tapas tips! Adéu!

Traditional Catalán Restaurants in Barcelona: Top 5

CATALAN CUISINE IN BARCELONA: THE TOP 5 RESTAURANTS

When coming to Barcelona you will definitely want to try some Spanish tapas, paella and tortilla de patatas. Did you know, though, that these meals are not from Barcelona, or even Catalonia? Well, I highly recommend you to try them, but you should not miss some typical Catalan dishes either. Fortunately, there is a great deal of traditional Catalán restaurants in Barcelona. I think that you absolutely should add trying at least one of my top 5 Catalan restaurants in Barcelona to your To-Do-List!

1. 7 Portes

Traditional restaurant Barcelona

“Practice makes perfect”, right? Well, that is why the traditional restaurant 7 Portes, in the El Born district, is regarded as one of the best traditional restaurants in Barcelona: It was founded in 1836! That means… well, wait a second … ok, I have it: 178 years of existence!  In case you are not convinced yet, here are some of their Catalan dishes: fideuà, canelons, Esqueixada de bacallà and much more. Great service, a special atmosphere with live piano music and the most important: great dishes are guaranteed! It will be an unforgettable experience! You won’t regret it, that’s for sure!

 

Traditional restaurant Barcelona

 

  • Address: Passeig d’Isabel II, 14
  • Phone: 0034 933 193 033/ 0034 933 192 950
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 13 pm – 1 am
  • Email for reservations: reserves@7portes.com
  • Price: From 30-45 Euros

 

 

2. Senyor Parelleda

 

Catalan restaurant Barcelona

Another must-try, for those who are willing to taste a typical Catalan dish, is the traditional restaurant Senyor Parelleda, also situated in the beautiful El Born quarter. It is always well patronized, which is, not surprisingly because with the divine food they serve. My advice therefore is definitely to reserve a table! Let’s have a look at some meals they offer, OK? Let’s get started: Esqueixada con escalivada, Bacalao gratinado con alioli de pera y salsa vizcaína and of course the typical pan amb tomate. In case you can still resist, watch out: apart from their delicious kitchen, the special traditional decoration of the place is something you should not miss! What are you waiting for?

 

Catalan restaurant Barcelona

  • Address: Carrer Argenteria, 37
  • Phone: 0034 933 105 094
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 13:00 – 15:45 and 20:30 – 23:30
  • Email for reservations: reservas@senyorparellada.com
  • Price for Menu: 19-39 Euro

 

3. Taverna el Glop

 

Traditional restaurant Barcelona

You are looking for something traditional, right? And you finally want to try that dish called “calçots“, true? Well, then you should undoubtedly try the rustic, informal restaurant El Glop, which is for sure one of the best traditional restaurants in Barcelona. Aside from calçots, they serve as well botifarra Catalana amb mongetes, escalivada amb anchovies and crema catalana, just a few of their mind-blowing dishes. It is situated in the beautiful Gracia district and appropriate for everybody, even for big groups, as they do have three big private rooms and special offers for groups. You see? You can’t miss this, can you?

 

Traditional restaurant Barcelona crema catalana

  • Address: Carrer Sant Lluís, 24
  • Phone: 0034 932 137 058
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 13 pm – 1 am
  • Email for reservations: info@tavernaelglop.com
  • Price for Menu: 20,25 – 40,65 Euros

 

4.  Can Culleretes

 

Catalan restaurant in Barcelona

Can Culleretes is one of the oldest traditional restaurants in Barcelona, situated in the Gothic quarter and one of the most charming places I have ever been to. The food was a dream, well, you might have assumed that. But that food in combination with the old photos and paintings on the walls made me feel indeed comfortable and so special. The friendly staff contributed to this in great part. Thus, in my opinion it is a MUST during your stay in Barcelona.

After that description I’m pretty sure you are dying to get to know what they serve… Well, here we go: escudella, butifarra, asador catalan and much much more. I’m just going to say: Get ready to feel like you’re in heaven and bon profit!

 

Traditional restaurant in Barcelona

  • Address: Carrer Quintana, 5
  • Phone: 0034 933 173 022 / 0034 933 176 485
  • Opening hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 9:00-16:00 and 21:00- 23:00, Sunday 9:00-16:00
  • Email: info@culleretes.com
  • Price for Menu: 20-30 Euros

 

5. Cal Boter

 

Catalan restaurant Barcelona

Last but not least (actually to the contrary) the number one traditional restaurant in Barcelona of my top 5 list is the restaurant Cal Boter, situated in the Gracia neighborhood. You should not miss it if you fancy something classic, unique and absolutely delicious. Founded in 1986, they please their guests with typical Catalan delicacies, such as xatonada, botifarra, cargols picants and many more. If you’re up for some wine, you will love that place even more. Why? The wine of the house is served in a “porrón”, which is a traditional Catalan bottle with a long spout, enabling you to drink from it. Curious what this looks like? I guess so. Don’t forget to reserve, though, it is always packed! Good luck.

 

Catalan restaurant Barcelona Xatonada

 

  • Address: Carrer Tordera 62
  • Phone: 0034 934 588 462
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday Breakfast: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, Monday – Sunday Lunch: 13:00-16:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday Dinner: 21:00 – 12:00 am
  • Price for Menu: 20-30 Euros

 

Is there any even better Catalan restaurant in Barcelona? Did you like my selection? I’m looking forward to reading your feedback in the comments section. :)

Enjoy!

Melina

 

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