Barcelona | Spain
For almost two years I was lucky enough to live in Barcelona one of the most captivating cities in Europe. The beauty of this city is immeasurable.
On warm, still evenings I’d sit on one of many restaurant terraces lining my street, eating freshly grilled seafood, drinking glasses of Cava watching as the city passed me by. Waiters were bustling yet attentive, the street entertainers grappled for attention and tourists were relaxed and joyful as they released all their inhibitions along with their heavy clothing. The city is tranquil yet vibrant — every day like a holiday.
Barcelona’s cuisine is exceptional, of course, and with so many incredible places to eat, it’s difficult to know where to begin.
I have listed just a few restaurants that I would go to often, and always took visiting friends.
Betlem– Carrer de Girona, 70 at Consell de Cent
I just love it here! Betlem is an informal, Parisian-style restaurant that offers a varied menu from tapas to delicious meat and fish dishes. The chefs change the menu regularly and use the very best seasonal produce to create some of the most succulent dishes I’ve eaten in Barcelona. Their menu del dia is plentiful and, as with most menu del dia in Barcelona during weekdays, very affordable. I highly recommend a visit here for lunch or dinner.
Elsa y Fred– Carrer del Rec Comtal, 11
This is one of my favourite tapas restaurants close to the Arc de Triomf in the El Born neighbourhood. Small and cosy, with fireside leather chairs in the centre of the restaurant making it very inviting. The food is creative, modern and very high quality. There is also a great selection of wines and cocktails.
Cervesaria Ciudad Comtal – Rambla de Catalunya, 18
This is a great tapas restaurant situated on the Rambla de Catalunya. Here you’ll find some of the highest quality mouth-watering tapas, along with a great selection of beers on tap and, of course, Sangria. They offer traditional papas bravas, pulpo, croquettes and an abundance of fresh seafood as well as more modern dishes. One of my favourites is the nut encrusted Camembert with fruit preserve. Delicious! This place is always, always busy. No reservations are taken, so leave your name with the hostess, have a drink while you wait and watch life pass you by on the Rambla.
Senyor Parellada – Carrer de l’Argenteria, 37
This is a beautiful, colonial-style restaurant in the heart of the vibrant El Born neighbourhood. The menu offers the very best in Catalan cuisine — paella, bacalao and one of my favourite dishes, roast lamb with a whole bulb of garlic.
Casa Fausto – Carrer de Funoses – Llussa, 2
A little off the beaten track, this restaurant is worth a visit if you have time. It offers exceptional fish dishes, excellent steaks and, of course, tapas with a modern twist. They also have an amazing selection of some of the best Spanish wines.