Smack bang in the middle of the bustling Boqueria market lies this small tapas bar. A favorite among the locals, El Quim de la Boqueria is known for its fabulous Catalonian breakfast offerings. Mouth-watering fare like Tortillas, Sautéed Squid (with garlic, olive oil and eggs), Lamb Strips (in dark beer) and lots more are available at reasonable prices. So grab one of the available seats and enjoy your drink with Chef Joaquin Márquez Durán's delicious offerings.
Be ready for a long wait if you intend to dine at Tickets in Barcelona as this is one of the most popular resto-bars in the city. This trendy restaurant owes its popularity in part to the Michelin star chef Ferran Adrià and to the globally influenced menu that comprises tapas and other Spanish delicacies. Whether it's the savory rabbit ribs or the tasty oysters and slices of tuna belly, Tickets will leave you satiated with the variety of treats offered. Finish your meal with a glass of wine or cava. This acclaimed restaurant is an ultimate dining experience you should not miss out on. Reservations are highly recommended.
Founded by Tomàs Sirvent Pla and now managed by his son, this Horchatería is considered one of the best in Barcelona. Their Horchata de Chufa (tiger nut milk) is made the traditional Valencian way, a time-consuming process. The result is a unique and deliciously refreshing drink. Horchatería Sirvent also serves ice cream, sherbets and ice-drinks. You can sit down in the simple and modest interior or order a take away.
Abac Restaurant is located in the Abac Hotel and shouldn't be missed. While each table is covered with a white cloth and a single flower of the same color, this restaurant is bustling with conversation and outgoing service. Chef Jordi Cruz cooks up bold creative cuisine, with dishes ranging from Artichokes and Foie Gras to Baby Goat Roasted with Kalamata Olives. The avant-garde menu is known to change often, providing its regulars with variety and always maintaining its delicious flavor.
This established seafood restaurant in the El Poblenou district has preserved much of its old-fashioned charm. Els Pescadors upholds a very high reputation in Barcelona, and has received many culinary awards. It serves market-fresh cuisine with flair and creativity. As its name, Els Pescadors ('The Fishermen') suggests, you should stick with the delicious fish and shellfish dishes, which range from simple steamed mussels to an elaborate cod salad with puff pastry. Seat yourself on an old marble-topped table surrounded by antiques and a few timely reminders that you're next to a modern Olympic Village.
With a beautiful view of seaside Barcelona and the old port, Can Sole offers both an ocean view and delicious meals. Serving traditional preparations since 1920, this restaurant has been visited by politicians, artists, bullfighters and friends alike. Such is its repute that it has been awarded the 'Plaque of Honor' for contributing to the tourism of the country. The restaurant is located in an old heritage building. If you are looking for a bright, cozy atmosphere and fresh seafood, then this is the place to relax and enjoy the scenery while you savor tasty fare.
This restaurant is a branch of a chain specialized in grilled dishes. They serve traditional Catalan Pà Amb Tomàquet (big slices of bread rubbed with tomatoes and seasoned with garlic, salt and olive oil), with all sorts of Iberian sausages. With rustic decor, the place has all sorts of customers who come to enjoy scrambled egg and mushrooms, meat and roast eggplant with cheese, among other appetizing dishes. The service is friendly and efficient, even when the place is packed. All the branches are well known and very popular.
Get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine at Fratelli La Bufala. Founded by the trio of La Bufala brothers, this chain boasts of numerous locations across Europe and America. This outlet in Barcelona is located right in the heart of the city. Staying true to Neapolitan recipes this place serves an extensive variety of dishes that can please the discerning palate. However, the specialty of this place and a popular favorite of their regular patrons is their Neapolitan Pizza, thin crust pizza topped with tomato sauce and nutritious meat and fish. Dine in this elegant space surrounded by walls embellished with artworks made by Gennaro La Bufala, the youngest of the trio.
Set along the intersection of Pau Claris and Gran Via de Les Catalanes, Elephant Restaurant & Lounge is probably the only dining establishment in the heart of Barcelona to infuse Mediterranean and Asian cuisine with one another. The restaurant's ambiance is unlike any other in both look and feel, with its elaborate antique wooden furnishings, opulent fabrics, plush sofas, sleek hardwood floors, and shimmering bronze embellishments. The food only elevates your dining experience with its novel flavors, and contemporary presentations, and pleasing textures. Make sure to order the Shrimps Pink Ceviche with Pineapple and Tiger's milk as it is one of their stand-out dishes.
Bite into some delicious garlic mushrooms or scrumptious Irish Pork sausages and chips at the George Payne Irish Bar. It is advisable to book a table in advance as the place sometimes gets too crowded for comfort. This place is a good spot to gather with friends or just to wash down a quick pint before starting out the evening. You are sure to have a good time here, beer and excellent cocktails abound for decent prices. Lunch specials are from 13h to 15h and the bar is open daily from 1h onwards.
Brasserie Flo is a trendy fine-dine establishment located in downtown Barcelona. Established in 1982, this restaurant has captured one of the top spots when it comes to the best restaurants in the city, and features mainly French fare on its menu. They have several fixed menus that consist of French classics such as onion soup, scrambled shrimp, fideau, along with desserts such as Catalan creme brulee, lemon sorbet and rose wine. It is suggested that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Thaï Gardens is decorated and laid out as if it were an authentic garden belonging to the Royal Court of Siam, with waterfalls and orchids. The menu features a massive variety of dishes, although if it is your first time, you might want to opt for one of the set menus at weekday lunchtimes. One of the few Thai restaurants in the country, Thai Gardens is expensive but good. They serve Spanish wines, Thai Singha beer and Thai whisky. You can opt to dine in any one of their different rooms, including a special area which has the traditional kantoke tables.