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13/05/2016

Real mussel: Straight up, select-it-yourself seafood at La Paradeta

 

If you’re searching for super semi self-service seafood (and can still say that after a couple of glasses of decent cava), make La Paradeta a port of call in your Barcelona adventure. This quirky restaurant chain has several eateries around town that offer fresh, affordable seafood in a casual no-frills setting.

Be shellfish: you deserve it!
Seafood-lovers (or marisqueros as they’re known in these parts) will swoon at the seafood counter, which works rather like a market: Go peruse and pick and choose your fish, shellfish and molluscs, and decide how you want ‘em prepared (grilled, fried, stewed and served au naturel or with green or tomato sauce). Then head back to the serving window and pick them up when your number comes up across the PA.

Squid pro quo
La Paradeta’s staff is exactly the right blend of helpful-without-being-in-your-face, and the whole system runs like clockwork. This may seem surprising, when you first arrive and see the queues at the door. That being said, the early bird catches the worm here: these joints are very popular among locals and visitors, and while lining up and salivating is all part of the fun, getting in early is highly recommended. And as you contemplate ordering your own weight in seafood, rest assured that the portions are generous and the prices are really reasonable.
Expect to spend €25 – 30 a head with vino, salad and bread – and leave with a very full belly.

La Paradeta is a real ´what-you-see-is-what-you-get´ kind of a place. The décor is modest, the ambience is friendly, and the seafood is fresher than a peppermint on a pillow. Don’t expect waiters in tuxedos, silver service or glass decanters, but be prepared for a unique, delicious and unforgettable dining experience.

You’ll find restaurants conveniently located in several key Barcelona barrios – from El Born to El Eixample, Sagrada Familia to Sants. There’s even a branch in Sitges.
Check out the full list of La Paradeta restaurants, their coordinates and opening hours here.

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