Three of our recommendations for eating around the Catalonian capital.
Barcelona, a city I have visited a few times and seen the beautiful tourist attractions upon first visit and revisited on my most recent trip to the city due to it being a first time visit for my boyfriend. On any of my visits to Barcelona I have never looked at it from a food perspective. It really is a great city in terms of food and drink. On each corner there is a lovely coffee and pastry spot. Also you can find food from all over the world in each corner of Barcelona.
This trip we were lucky enough to try restaurants and places to eat that we hadn’t been before. During the trip we ate our body weight in Padron Peppers and Patatas Bravas around the city. Our time in Barcelona was surrounded by good food, lots of Sangria and good times in nice restaurants and food places.
Our trip to Barcelona was filled with good shops and things to do. All will be shared in features following this.
The following are my three must visit Barcelona food spots to visit on your trip to the Catalonian capital…
Address: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 3, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Tapas , small plates, a lovely place to meet with friends or have a light dinner in the Gothic Quarter. This place gets very popular so we would recommend booking a table to ensure you have one when you arrive. The staff are super friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
Drinks wise we would encourage the Sangria if you want to be traditionally Spanish
Food: Tempura Asparagus was beautiful with a light batter and crisp asparagus. The Cochinita Pibil tacos were so good. These came from a traditional Yucatan recipe and the plate served two tacos but quite frankly we could have ate them again and again.
We would also recommend the garlic prawns, chicken wings, the lovely Spanish Padron peppers that are salty but not in an overpowering way and who could forget the Patatas Bravas with a sauce so good we wanted seconds!
Unfortunately, the food was too good to get our phones out quickly enough to take photos but at the start there was pretty lights we took a photo of!
Address: C/ de Muntaner, 70, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
A lovely vibe in all areas of Sagardi. We had a table booked on our second night in the city. We had previously visited Sagardi in Amsterdam. It now seems a tradition for us on city breaks that are lucky to have a Sagardi in their city. We always make sure to visit.
One difference between the Barcelona restaurant and the Amsterdam Sagardi is the traditional beautifully crisp basque cider that that you can pour yourself with initial direction from the Sagardi team on how to perfect the perfect pour.
Typically, me and my boyfriend share food when we visit a restaurant. Sagardi is no different. I would recommend for starters trying the Basque Sausage called ‘Txistorra’ which is similar to chorizo with less spice. This is served with sliced sourdough bread. Additionally, the basque black pudding called ‘Morcilla’ was beautifully rich and better than any other black pudding I have had ( I know it is an acquired taste but you should definitely try!)
For mains we were creatures of habit and had the Txuleton beef that we also shared in Amsterdam. It is a must try for first time visitors to Sagardi. The beef is cooked mostly rare and seasoned perfectly with flaked sea salt. Also, we shared the Cod which is light and accompanied by a red pepper sauce. To accompany the two we shared the lightly dressed Hernani salad with lettuce and spring onions. Each of these were fabulously done.
Finally, we would recommend the aptly named truffles ‘Chocolate!!!’ for dessert for a lighter finish but still ending with a bang.
Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Luckily for us La Boqueria market was so close to our hotel during our stay in the city. We were less than a 5 minute walk away. The market is home to many great vendors from fresh fruits and juices to Iberian Jamon and Manchego cones and even fresh seafood cooked in front of you. There really is something for everyone.
During our many visits to the La Boqueria market we tried various fresh fruit juices and ice cream. I particularly loved the coconut and pineapple juice. It was like a Pina Colada minus the hangover. The market is a must visit for anyone in the La Rambla area of the city or visiting Barcelona as a whole. You can learn so much about cuisine and flavour combinations from the many stalls.
The stalls with steak frites, pastries and various meats and cheeses caught my eye and and there was not enough time for us during our trip to try one of everything which is what we wanted to do but 5 days was not enough.
We also loved the stalls specialising in herbs and spices, olives and oils for taking La Boqueria home with you.
La Boqueria has such a lovely energy about it and allows you try foods you may not have seen before. Also it allows you to explore foods locally to Catalonia and beyond.