Traveling and eating well are both sides of the same coin, right? It’s so good to sit down when you aren’t in a hurry to try new flavors when we are discovering corners of the world. But, besides that, gastronomy has the power to reveal many cultural traits. When I plan a trip, I love to visit markets, fairs and going from star restaurants to popular ones. Below I leave my favorites in Barcelona for you to jot down.
My number one, the one I always come back to and book in advance is Paco Meralgo. It is a tapas tavern with a relaxed atmosphere and divine flavors. Try sitting at the counter to see movement of the kitchen and so choose more easily. Everything is so good! But the bread with tomatoes is the best in town and the cavaquinhas are unforgettable.
Bar Mut is another favorite. It is a very small restaurant and is always full of people. The menu is written on a chalkboard with some fixed and others that change daily. What you can’t help but ask for is the traditional and super exotic egg carpaccio, the scallops and the french toast dessert they call “torrija”. It’s so so good!
To eat a beautiful paella with the best view of Barcelona, it is worth climbing the Montjuic and go to Martinez. Go for lunch or when it is still light out to enjoy the mood of the place. Be sure to make a reservation because it is super crowded. Considered the best place in town to enjoy a traditional paella.
Want to discover an elegant, tourist-free, local place with great cuisine? Go to Café Jaime Beriestain. He is a super trendy architect and has decorated his own home with lots of charm. It’s worth a brunch, lunch, dinner or even just a cup of coffee. A super cool place.
To finalize, I will recommend a rooftop bar that has a sensational view of Barcelona from Casa Batló to the Sagrada Familia. Enjoy sunset at La Dolce Vitae on the top floor of the classic Majestic hotel. Take your time. Get into the Spanish vibe to eat. Slow down!
With this selection I am sure you will love the cuisine of Barcelona. Did you write them all down? Let me know if you liked them.
XoXo and see you next week.