This is a very original café near the wax museum. It’s decorated with fairy castles and trees that have faces and seem like they’re going to start talking to you at any moment.
The café is very good but the price, as happens with any concept cafe, can be somewhat pricey. There’s no table service, and it’s more of a place to see than to actually have a drink. That being said, it’s still a cool little theme bar that I’d suggest visiting.
Can Paixano (more commonly known as the Xampanyeria) is an authentic Barcelona institution that's full to bursting with locals, tourists, and students any time of day. The secret? An unbeatable combo of grilled pork and rose champagne, served by the bottle and dirt cheap.
They limit bottle service to groups during certain hours of the day, but they'll still serve endless helpings of the pink bubbly by the glass. The menu is primarily sandwiches ("entrepans," locally) and they're filled with everything from grilled butifarra (a succulent Catalan white sausage) to Spanish classics like chorizo and, my personal favorite, a supremely decadent mix of creamy foie gras and grilled bacon. Trust me when I say that nothing tastes better than bacon, foie gras, and buttery bread when you're a bottle or two of cheap champagne deep into your evening! Seriously though, the ambiance is unbeatable, the menu is comfort food at its best, and the prices are for the common man. We had 4 sandwiches and 6 or so glasses or champagne and it came out to a little over 15 euros.
Try to get there outside of the mid-afternoon rush (3-5, generally) or you may have a pretty decent wait to get in.
Els 4 Gats (or, "The Four Cats" in English) is one of the most historic bar-restaurants in the city of Barcelona. The establishment was opened in 1897 and was for turn-of-the-century Catalan Modernism what cafes like La Rotonde were for artists in 1920's Paris. It was a meeting place to trade ideas, engage in wine-fueled debates, and see exhibits up then-unknown artists like Pablo Picasso.
These days, El 4 Gats is more of a meeting place for fanny-packed tourists than for artists and intellectuals, but it's still worth a stop to have a quick drink in downtown Barcelona. The décor is straight out of the epoch and a couple of the waiters look like they're from the era too! Here's my advice: drink, and drink Spanish. When I went, the place was full of young Japanese tourists and elderly German couples swigging down pitchers of watery sangria (a classic sight in touristy Barcelona). Don't go for the tourist menu. Rather, order a fairly-priced glass of wine, vermouth, or a liquor de hierbas and take the opportunity to soak up the bar's unique and historic atmosphere.
Barcelona isn’t a traditional tapas city; they don’t usually serve free tapas in bars when you order a drink and the restaurants that specialize in tapas tend to be on the expensive side. But then there’s La Esquinica, a restaurant far from the city center but easily accessible (metro line 5, Virrei Amat or Vilapicina stops) that has a very extensive and affordable tapas menu.
The place is very well-decorated, the service is quick and friendly, and the portions are generous and flavorful. You don’t need to go in a large group to be able to sample various dishes; if you order around two tapas per person, you’ll leave satisfied.
The price, with drinks and dessert, is around 10-12 € more or less. But, alas, there is a drawback. There are very long lines on Fridays and during the weekends, so it’s best to try and go during the week.
I'm a big fan of Hard Rock! You always have a really good time there. I had only been to the Hard Rock in Madrid (a thousand times), so when we saw it in Barcelona, we couldn't resist. We had the nachos to start with. They were perfect and the plate was full of them! It was an amazing amount of food for two people. For the second course, a classic: Twisted mac'n Cheese, pasta with delicious cheese and a fillet of grilled chicken on top. Personally, I think it's the best dish in the restaurant. And, of course, you also get a huge amount! This time we did not order anything for dessert but they are always great, really rich. In fact, once I went on my own just to eat dessert! The store décor was, as always, great!
It is a Japanese restaurant located in the Grace neighborhood where you can find good food, fast service, and most importantly, good prices (keeping in mind that Japanese food is not especially cheap).
It is usually quite full, although you always find some free spots, even if you have to share the large tables with other people, the truth is it is very nice. It is not quiet since the place is quite small with a good amount of tables. Another small drawback is that you cannot reserve a table beforehand. There is a great variety of Japanese food and good sushi.
There is another Kibuka in Verdi, 64.
This is a cool, chic, and classy restaurant where the food and service are top-notch and the prices are unbeatable in my hometown of Barcelona.
I also love the modernist décor and design. The price-quality ratio is very good, and I’ve recommended this place to all my friends.
There are lunch menus for less than 10 Euros during mid-day and 12 Euros at night, but the a la carte menu is worth a try as well.
Caelum (“sky” in Latin) is a space where you can share and enjoy delicacies, liquors, and wines produced in monasteries or according to traditional recipes.
The exterior of Caelum grabs your attention as you walk down Palla St. (the exact address is Palla 8).
The delicacies and other tempting treats in Caelum’s window displays are interesting and invite you to take a closer look. Once inside, the aroma is floral, the atmosphere relaxing, and the decoration simple and natural. All of this comes together to make an agreeable and appetizing place.
I’d recommend it for people who want to take a break during their route through the Jewish neighborhood to rest up and gather their strength.
The space is divided into a shop area at street level where you can buy the treats and another area for eating in the lower room. In the cellar, Caelum still maintains the original architecture which seems like it was once a Miqvé, or Jewish bath.
It’s believed that the space was destined to be the women’s bathing area and the men’s bathing area would have been situated in what is now the S’Oliver shop on BanysNous 10.
I had dinner in that restaurant. Actually we were going to another one but it was full and we ended up by chance in Bar Lobo. It was definitely a good decision.
It is located in the entrance to Las Ramblas and belongs to the chain "Tragaluz Group" with another 13 restaurants spread across the city. Apart from having a nice terrace in the street (without any free table) the place is quite big. Actually, it is two restaurants in one, since there are two floors, in the lower one there is the "Bar Lobo", specializing in "raciones" (literally "portions") and tapas and in the upper one "Elj apo nés" with Japonese food. Both of them are communicated from the inside, so the kitchen is shared and you can order dishes from the one or the other wherever you are sitting.
The decoration is very original, mixing modern elements with rural. It is an ideal place to have dinner of "raciones" to share, but they are not the typical you can have in any place, it is original cuisine. The prices are surprisingly cheap (between 5€ and 7€ each "ración") but it is quite small.
We were 6 people and ordered 12 "raciones" (even so we were all full!), humus with pita bread, asparagus tempura, fried small cuttlefish, mussels (steamed with white sauce containing some cream), tacos of garlic sirloin, grilled vegetables with goat cheese, tuna tataki on a guacamole basis (delicious) and some makis. Only three of us dared to go for dessert, but when brownies are an option, I can't resist although I was really full!
It was all delicious, perfectly presented and quite original. The service was impeccable and professional, in five minutes we had everything on the table. The waiters are Argentinian, talkative, they would start the conversation and laugh at someone's joke and they knew which dish to recommend and the quantities to order. We had a great dinner and we paid 130€ in total (22€ each) so I'll go back for sure.
Koy Shunka is an excellent restaurant serving exquisite haute cuisine prepared from top quality ingredients. The service is good and the restaurant has a wonderful, elegant atmosphere. Although I loved it, I haven't gone back as there are plenty of other good options in Barcelona. But I do recommend it.
I found this restaurant on minube when I was looking for a place to take my family.
Well, sincerely, it was great. The dinner was fantastic and the price-quality ratio was unbeatable. I’d totally recommend it.
The décor was also great and the restaurant was very, very clean. We’ll be back!
A new Japanese restaurant has recently opened in Barcelona, Bouzu Tapas Japonesas. This restaurant of Japanese tapas has an original selection of different authentic Japanese dishes. The restaurant is small, but it makes it very warm. The service is very good and the value for the price unbeatable. You can have some authentic Japanese "raciones" for dinner for a little more than 15€.
I recommend the Japanese little pie (Okonomiyaki) or any of their dishes: Donburi (bowl of rice with raw fish, meat or tempura) or the variety of Udon, and don't forget the assortment of tapas. It is worth discovering new flavors.
The word “tortillería” might be a little misleading when used to describe this Barcelona locale.
The Spanish omelet (“tortilla”) is a humble plate which nonetheless permits as many sophisticated variations as the “French” omelet. This restaurant, which specializes in tortillas, is anything but modest. First of all, the restaurant dates back to the 1960s when it was at the forefront of the Barcelona culinary scene. Also, it is set apart by its design. Everything is in white and decorated with portraits of a model in black; photos which deserve a prize of their own. Third, after the passing of the years and losing its “modernist” appeal, it has become the haunt of the wealthy and elderly that flock there for informal weekend meals. It’s like fast-food for beautiful (and wrinkled) people.
The culinary offer is very ample and, aside from Spanish omelets, there are also hamburgers, meat and fish dishes, and desserts. The menu is eclectic and since there’s something for everyone, you’ll always find something appetizing. The preparation is always good (and, at times, great) and I’ve never heard any complaints about the quality.
The place is very fun and has an air of nostalgia, although it can be somewhat uncomfortable since the tables are very close together. The clientele are typically posh and come from the well-born families of Barcelona and it’s not unusual to spot a politician or celebrity dining there. While that’s not my favorite thing in the world, it is what it is.
The prices reflect the nature of the place, but don’t get too put off as it’s a reminder that the ingredients are top-quality and the service is very, very professional. The kitchen is somewhat slow but you must keep in mind that Spanish omelets, the most popular menu items, take their time in cooking from scratch. So, when the restaurant is packed (as it usually is) you can count on a decent wait before the food comes out.
Despite all its faults, it’s a historic and glamorous restaurant that’s worth a visit.
Nou Candanchu is a tapas restaurant on Rius i Taulet square in Barcelona, in the Gracie neighborhood. It is a small restaurant like the dozens more in Gracia, but I liked the food. It comes in good portions and the prices are reasonable.
Rius i Taulet square is one of the nicest in the neighborhood, there is great atmosphere during summer nights, and the Nou Candanchu gets pretty full. When we arrived we could find a table quickly but it was a little bit of a wait before they could serve us. The tapas are the typical Catalan ones, with a lot of seafood, octopus salad, gambas a la plancha (shrimp).. And torradas (toasts), we tried the one with cheese, slightly disappointing because the cheese did not taste much but the rest was good, patatas bravas and ensaladilla (cold dish with potatoes, vegetables, tuna and mayonnaise). In the end we paid like 25€ for the two of us. We had to wait for the bill quite some time. Sometimes they put some tables out and you can eat outside.
In December, after making reservations online three months before, we finally sat down at our table in the “Gastroteca” that Albert Adrià has opened in Barcelona.
It’s a very fun place with great service and great, whimsical tapas what make you feel (if only for a minute) like you’re in the legendary El Bullí.
It was 60€ per person for a three hour meal. Relaxing and lovely! Afterwards, we had a gin and tonic in the 41 Bar next door.
Their slogan is "We not only bake cakes, we create deams" and, although it might sound slightly exaggerated, this cake shop is an institution in Barcelona, next to the Boquería market. The website is almost as edible as their products, which you can eat in the cafe next to the shop.
La Bella Napoli is a pizzeria-trattoria located in Barcelona's Poble Sec neighborhood. It stands out from the multitude of Italian restaurants in Barcelona for its authentic cuisine, the genuine Italian personnel (they speak Spanish but only a little) and the prices, very reasonable price compared to other places of the same.
The cuisine is 100% Napolitana and there are various typical dishes from there on the menu. Everything is made on the spot, including pasta. Pizza is not the most original but they are made in wood-fired oven and the dough is thin and crusty. Delicious.
I have to say that, despite everything, this restaurant is not what it used to be. It used to be a very informal tavern and it was ridiculously cheap. A bargain. Now they have updated the place, reduced the menu and upgraded prices to another level. The clients are slightly more posh, too. However, it is still a good choice to have authentic Italian cuisine in Barcelona. I recommend it.
After reading some comments, I decided to test La Fonda. If we'd gone later, we would have had to wait as a queue developed, but we arrived at 13:40, and had no problems. We had to wait a little for the fideua (20 minutes for it to be prepared), but the waiters were very gracious and apologized about it. The waiters aren't Spanish, but Barcelona is a multicultural city, so I don't have any problems with that. The portions are huge!