Food & Drinks
Juice House: We stayed in the Sant Antoni neighborhood (which we loved by the way!) and this was my daily breakfast spot. The Rabbit and Super Green juices were my go-to’s to counteract the previous night’s tapas and cava.
Taranná: If you are moving a little slow from jet lag, start your morning here. You’ll feel like you could be in Brooklyn, but their food has a distinctly Catalan flair.
Café Cometa: The sweetest spot. Snag a table outside or grab a coffee on your way out for the day.
Tickets: Owned by Chef Albert Adrià, brother of famed Chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli. If you can get a table you are in for a treat. Reservations are taken three months in advance and they fill up almost immediately.
ChichaLimoná: Recommended by the lovely Alex Carro who hails from Barcelona, this spot is perfectly off the tourist path. The vibe and food are equally fabulous.
The Green Spot: Another perfect recommendation from Alex, the interior here is stunning. The ideal refuge after a morning at the Picasso museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of work by Pablo Picasso.
Xiringuito Escribà: Right on the beach, the view and people watching are fantastic. They are known for their seafood Paella, and it did not disappoint. If you are into natural wine, ask your server for their picks, we had a delicious local bottle. Be sure to go for a walk down the beach afterwards.
Mercat de la Boqueria: Touristy but fun. After strolling through the market we grabbed a seat at the 14-seat Pinotxo Bar. Well known proprietor Juanito Bayen was nice as can be, and hand selected some tasty dishes for us. My favorite was an egg, spring onion, asparagus and shrimp dish generously drizzled with olive oil and flaky salt.
Palo Cortao: A block off the lively Blai street, this is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with friendly staff, interesting dishes and a fun vibe.
Quimet y Quimet: Nestled on a quiet street in the El Poble-Sec neighborhood, this restaurant is anything but. The space is teeny tiny and packed with people sharing bites over a glass of vermouth. While known for their seafood, they had plenty of vegetarian options as well. Hands down our favorite tapas of the trip.
Malamén: We stumbled across this chic bar after dinner, and couldn’t help but order dinner part deux after seeing what was coming out of the kitchen. They had wonderful vegan and vegetarian options, as well as an amazing bottle of organic cava.
Satan’s Coffee Corner: After a day of sight-seeing, duck in for a coffee, sparkly water and people watching amongst Barcelona’s hippest.
Casa Bonay: This hotel is a perfect spot to call home during your stay. Either way, their rooftop is open to the public and offers tapas and natural wine year-round.
Most places take reservations. If there are certain restaurants that are must visits, make sure to make a reservation or show up on the earlier side (around 8pm in Barcelona).
Keep in mind that many stores and restaurants take an afternoon siesta. We found that places typically close between 3-7pm.
We also found that many restaurants are closed on Sunday and Monday (and some even Saturday). The Spanish really know how to relax. Embrace it!