Favorite Eats in Barcelona

Barcelona Food 5Definitely get Spanish ham while in Barcelona. A bit salty and fatty but still good!Barcelona Food 6I love the presentation on this dish. It taste like an ocean in your mouth with all the different texture and shape.Barcelona Food 1These gel olives were so unique. There’s a burst of juiciness surprise inside.Barcelona Food 3Fresh grilled seafood. Mmmm….Barcelona Food 4Seafood paella. Omg I want more now! I even went to a grocery store in Barcelona hoping to be able to buy a packet of paella mix so I can make it when I go back home but was unsuccessful in finding one. *sigh.Barcelona Food 2Couple of tapas we ordered. The chicken kabobs were very tender and the mushroom was cooked perfectly.Barcelona Food 7Such a cute dessert shop. I love how they display the doughnuts on the wall.

I didn’t know what to expect when visiting Barcelona for the first time. The tourists here are younger and more robust. Things are open later. There’s so much going on I don’t know where to start. Well, since I’m a big foodie, let’s start with food!

Favorite restaurants:

  • Dos Palillos (Carrer d’Elisabets 9) – This is one of my favorite tasting menu I ever had. The dishes are Mediterranean / Asian fusion.  Every dish was so good that I’m going to write a separate post on all the dishes we tried here.
  • Bodega 1900 (Carrer Tamarit 91) – Apparently this is the sister restaurant of Tickets Bar (Michelin star and requires 2 months advanced reservation). We couldn’t get a reservation at Tickets Bar so we decided on Bodega 1900 and luckily got in. Everything was delicious!
  • Bosque Palermo (Carrer de València 163) – I met a tourist at a flamenco show and they recommended this restaurant for paella. Boy was I glad to listen to them. One of the best paella I ever had! You have to get the mixed seafood paella and mixed seafood grill. 
  • La Gran Pena (Calle Marina 189) – We found this place by chance just walking by. It’s run by this sweet, old couple. We were ordering a bunch a tapas and then the lady stopped us after 4 tapas saying we can we order more if we’re still hungry. Thank goodness since we couldn’t finish all 4 tapas. Everything was solid.
  • Chok Barcelona (Carrer de Carme 3) – Cute dessert shop that has doughnuts, cronuts, and churros. The person working there was super sweet. They were out of the flavor we wanted so he went to the back and made one especially for us.
  • Boqueria Market – This isn’t a restaurant but a food market. They sell all kinds of food and grocery here. Definitely can’t miss this spot if you love food!

Have you been to Barcelona? If so, what’s your favorite restaurant there?

Linking up with Travel Tuesday at Bonnie, Camila, Jessi, and Amy.


  • Still can’t thank you enough for that Bodega 1900 recommendation – I am still dreaming of the amazing meal we had there 🙂 I also loved Irati Taverna for delicious pintxos and La Porteria in Gracia for an authentic Catalan experience.

    • I’m soooo glad you like the restaurant and I didn’t fail you on the recommendation for food 🙂 Oh man! Now I have to add those to my list next time in Barcelona! Thank you!! =D

  • Barcelona is so high on my bucketlist! I want to go there so badly and the food is definitely one of the reasons… great post!

    • You should definitely go and check out at least one of these restaurants! It’s such a fun city!

  • Wonderful pictures! My favorite it the one of the donuts 🙂

    • Thank you! Those doughnuts were yummy!

  • I have such a thing for seafood platters like that! Looks delicious! And I have to say that those donuts look very appetising! 😀

    • I know me too! And it was fresh so made it extra yummy! The doughnuts were delicious too … man i want both now!!

  • That’s one fancy donut display!

    • I know! It’s so unique! I haven’t seen anything like that before!

  • Donuts are my fave!! I don’t know that spanish food is my favorite cuisine but I still want to try some of these places.. esp Bodega 😛

    • Haha that’s right! i want to try that donut place you rave about! I didn’t think I’ll like Spanish food but it’s pretty good. I think you’ll like Bodega 1900 and Dos Palillos. Their both soooo good!

  • Ok after seeing your food pics I need to get to Barcelona right this minute!

    • lol you should definitely go! so much easier for you to visit than me 😉