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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Paella is great and who can resist a succulent hunk of salt-roasted cod? But during Barcelona’s hot and humid days (and nights) sushi better suits our seafood cravings.
There are countless places to get eat out in Barcelona, or to grab a bite on the run, but online food delivery services haven’t exactly been abundant – until now.
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.
Once upon a time, grabbing a bite around the clock was challenging in this town. Breakfast, lunch and dinner hours were set in stone, and a tummy rumble or parched throat ten minutes either side of these times left you at the mercy of the nearest vending machine.
These days, Barcelona’s grazing spots and watering holes are heeding visitors’ demands to munch, brunch and drunch, when their fancy takes.
Sweet-toothed wanderers will find no shortage of chocolate shops lining Barcelona’s streets like giant candy, exuding hypnotic aromas of toasted cocoa and burnt sugar. But if you’re a chocofile that feels you’ve tasted it all before, follow your nose to Señor Brown on the gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian street, Calle Enric Granados. And believe us when we say that this delightful experimental chocolatería dares to boldly go where few have gone before.
Barcelona is known for its fresh food markets and each district in the city has its own, where the locals go to pick up products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, local cheeses and olive oils. Mostly housed in impressive historic buildings they are worth a visit not only to pick up some local ingredients to use in your apartment´s sleek and well equipped kitchen in your apartment, but also just to wander round and admire.
In Barcelona there is always a new place in town, some good, some bad. When we recently walked by Bonavista in Gràcia we were pleasantly surprised by new joint Bar But. It was the cute wooden façade, plant pot lined doors and break out area that caught our attention. The vibe is laid back, the menu is simple and everything feels ever so effortless and welcoming.
Raval‘s little corner has had a revamp, now there is Carmelitas Tapas and Carmelitas Vermuteria, now under the TribuWoki group. We have always loved the space but it had got somewhat tired, so were more than excited to see how things have changed. Instead of just having one big general dining space the room at the back is now a bar dedicated to vermut, whilst the one by the window is dedicated to traditional and non-traditional tapas dishes. The two are interconnected by an internal corridor.
Barcelona welcomes The Fish and Chips Shop, a local dedicated to one of the Brits famous dishes, fish and chips. You might think with us being located by the sea and serving up an abundance of fish dishes, and the number of British expats living here, that we’d have a few of theses places but this isn’t the case. There was an infamous local in Raval, which was run by Julie Stephenson and Julia Fossi. The twosome were actually famous for having the first chip fryer in Barcelona – so much so that they were mentioned in Easyjet Traveller Magazine among others. They closed in 2013 and the void has pretty much been there for some, ever since.
Black Lab Brewhouse is not just a nice addition to Barcelona, it’s the first brewhouse in the city. It is tucked away down the side street, adjacent to the History Museum of Catalunya. They combine Asian and American cuisine with none other than craft beer. If you go to Eat Street or rush to food trucks at events in Barcelona, hoping to get a pork belly buns, no need, as this place serves just that!