BARCELONAWhere to eat in Barcelona

Passionate local foodie Gabriela Palatchi shares her insider tips on where to eat in Barcelona.

BARCELONA

Where to eat in Barcelona

Passionate local foodie Gabriela Palatchi shares her insider tips on where to eat in Barcelona.

In the past decade Barcelona has evolved into one of the great gourmet capitals of the world, with new restaurants even shaping the evolution of the city’s neighbourhoods and property market. Yet even here, it’s surprisingly easy to stumble into the pitfalls of terrible tapas (we’ve all been there), or spend hours waiting for a table in places praised by travel guides but have since succumbed to tourist prices and over-wrought staff. We talk to local foodie Gabriela Palatchi about the lesser-known dining spots in Barcelona that you just can’t miss.

Casa Xica

It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny place with just 4 tables, not fancy at all, but they serve only organic wine and have an amazing sommelier who will come to your table and explain the story of each grape.  All the bottles have price tags on so you can pick one for your budget.  My favourite dishes are these steamed buns, the oxtail, and the noodles, done with fish-roe and scallops. I like to go for dinner with my best friend – it’s our place!

Carrer de la França Xica, 20
+34 936 00 58 58

Céleri

The chef, Pellicer, specialises in healthy food that is mind-blowingly good.  While they have been open for a while, they just won a Michelin star. I also love the design, it is beautiful, sleek and contemporary.

Passatge de Marimon, 5, 08021
+34 932 52 95 94

Flax and Kale

Barcelona is one of the most vegetarian friendly cities in the world – there is a veggie dish on every menu and the Catalans are very socially very progressive. This is a serious insta-restaurant, everyone wants to take pictures of the dishes, but you can ignore all that, because the food is so good. When I am in Barcelona alone, I eat there every day or order delivery. Don’t miss the ‘No Digas’ tacos and ginger turmeric doughnut.

Carrer dels Tallers, 74B
+34 933 17 56 64

Koy Shunka

The most traditional Japanese in town is out of this world.  Its somewhere for a special occasion. Order everything, from classic Japanese dishes to the fatty tuna – the quality of the fish is amazing.

Carrer d’en Copons, 7
+34 934 12 79 39

Céleri

The chef, Pellicer, specialises in healthy food that is mind-blowingly good.  While they have been open for a while, they just won a Michelin star. I also love the design, it is beautiful, sleek and contemporary.

Passatge de Marimon, 5, 08021
+34 932 52 95 94

 

The Green Spot

This fantastic vegetarian place is the most beautiful restaurant in the world.  The interior garden was done by a local designer Ana Estevez, and architecture by Brazilian designer Isay Weinfeld, who designed the Fasano hotel.

Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 12,
+34 938 02 55 65

Paco Meralgo

Go here for seriously great tapas.  I don’t usually eat meat, but here you have to get the pepito, which is a solomillo sandwich.  It’s best to go at lunch-time and is always packed so book one day in advance.

Carrer de Muntaner, 171
+34 934 30 90 27

 

Rias de Galicia

It’s a very classic seafood restaurant, which has also opened a espai kru, a raw food bar where they serve things like sashimi.  Its nouveau Spanish cuisine, using the same ingredients that they use in traditional dishes but in a new and innovative way.

Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004
+34 934 24 81 52

Xemei

Owned by very cool Italian twin brothers, this is a typical Venetian restaurant that does amazing Italian food.  When it’s truffle season, they have a whole menu dedicated to it. For me, it is hands down the best Italian in Barcelona


Paseo de la Exposición, 85
+34 935 53 51 40

Tickets

Believe the hype,!I totally love it here, especially Ferran’s famous olive.  Make sure you book two weeks in advance to witness the Ferran brother’s creativity first hand.

 

Av. del Paraŀlel, 164
+34 606 22 55 45

Bodega 1900

This is the more low-key tapas sister of Tickets.  The food is equally good but the vibe much more relaxed.  It’s a vermouteria, so serves the classic aperitif vermouth, and you can turn up with a reservation.  If I tell you a secret – everyone I know who has eaten in both prefers it here!

Carrer de Tamarit, 91
+34 933 25 26 59

Paella

Finally, the best paellas in Barcelona are in Pez Vela and Restaurant Martinez – they are the only good ones, trust me, don’t listen to anyone else!

Pez Vela
Passeig del Mare Nostrum, 19 – 21
+34 932 21 63 17

Restaurant Martinez
Ctra. de Miramar, 38
+34 931 06 60 52