Best authentic paella in Barcelona
La Barceloneta is a triangular area of land covering the ports, harbour, and the beaches of Barcelona. Barceloneta has a distinctly different vibe to the rest of the city, although it can get quite hectic in summer. Eating freshly grilled seafood with a glass of crisp white wine and your toes in the sand is possible in Barceloneta at one of the area’s beach bars (called chiringuitos in Castellano and xiringuitos in Catalan). The original idea of the chiringuito was a place for local fishermen to come and cook up some of the fish they had eaten and get a cheap drink. Nowadays that concept has expanded to include both a no-frills approach as well as a more fine dining experience.
Stepping back from the seafront, Barceloneta is a grid of narrow streets, with tiers of laundry hanging out to dry reminiscent of a village. Discover some of the city’s best tapas at El Vaso de Oro and the no-frills institution La Cova Fumada. After a day at the beach, there’s nothing like eating some of Barcelona’s best seafood whilst having unparalleled views of the ocean. DestinationBCN has hand-picked the top restaurants in Barceloneta for you.
After a day at the beach, Bar Jai-Ca is a great place to relax with an ice-cold beer and some tapas. It’s always packed with locals and it’s easy to see why. The hot Bombas (addictive tasty little stuffed mashed potato balls), fried anchovies and Pimientos de padron (fried green peppers) are delicious here!
Part of the famous Grupo Tragaluz set, this seafront restaurant whips up Italian and Mediterranean dishes in a pretty corner of Barceloneta next to the big fish statue. Our favourite dishes include Mushroom coca bread with pine nuts and parmesan, Flatbread with seared tuna and the Spaghetti alle Vongole is great. Their terrace setting is very nice but you can also eat inside.
Ca La Nuri
Ca La Nuri is located on Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and their large terrace give uninterrupted views of the ocean as well as the iconic Frank Gehry Fish sculpture to the left and the amazing architecture of the W Hotel to the right. Their specialities include Grilled sardines, Ceviche, Black Paella with cuttlefish and red prawns and the mouth-watering Fideuà with clams.
Cuisine & Price
Seafood and rice dishes
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El Gallito (the Cockerel) is another feather in the En Compañia de Lobos cap. Located just below the impressive Hotel W with a very nice leafy terrace, El Gallito serves up simple food from fresh, quality ingredients.
El Refugi del Port
One of the best seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, El Refugi del Port offers a no-frills, local setting with welcoming staff, a buzzing atmosphere and exciting twists on traditional dishes. It’s usually very busy and reservations are highly recommended. Listen to the waiters’ recommendations, expect all kinds of ‘stews’ and also non-typical rice/pasta dishes (Paella of course but also Arroz caldoso, Suquet, Fideua, Pasta with crayfish cooked as if it is a paella, etc.)
La Cova Fumada
An authentic no-frills bar close to the beach that has been in business for more than 60 years! The family serve fresh fish in addition to simple tapas. You’ll find a busy mix of tourists and locals here. Be prepared to queue and be seated next to strangers while the waiters rush in and out serving food. This small but lively place is ideal pre or post-beach.
El Vaso de Oro
An authentic, loud, busy bar that brews its own beer is a great option to start your evening. Serving a traditional selection of tapas, dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, chosen daily and personally. Close to Barceloneta metro station and approximately 10 minutes walk from the beach.
This vegetarian restaurant, ironically part of the En Compañia de Lobos (In the Company of Wolves) restaurant group, features a creative and visually appealing menu to satisfy the senses and appetite of both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
Eating at a chiringuito (xiringuito in Catalan) is a quintessentially Barcelona experience. Originally designed as beach shacks where local fisherman could have a beer and cook up some of the day’s catch for dinner, these days chiringuitos have evolved into something a bit more sophisticated but the idea remains the same – freshly grilled fish washed down with a cold glass of white wine or beer. Xiringuito Escribà offers a menu of seasonally caught fish, delicious salads and traditional Catalan rice dishes like Paella and Fideuà.