As my time in Barcelona is wrapping up, I believe that it is time for me to recommend some of the best restaurants that I have encountered in my time here. While I have tried a broad range of restaurants, there are ultimately various restaurants that stick out more than others and are must-trys for those who visit or live in Barcelona.
Tapas are a major delicacy in Spain but in Barcelona, they are not as big as they are in other places in Spain such as Seville or Madrid. The best tapas place in Barcelona, I would say, is Cerveceria Catalana. This place, located on Carrer de Malloraca, has an amazing and wide variety of choices for all different eaters. There is also a specials menu every night that is where all of the amazing dishes are. My recommendation for this fun restaurant is to get there when the restaurant opens!! They do not take reservations so you will always have to wait but believe me, it is worth the wait for sure. My food recommendations for this amazing, authentic tapas restaurant include the grilled codfish, grilled prawn and calamari skewer, the mini hotdogs and much, much more!
Brunch in Barcelona is found many places. This is a major surprise because in most places of Europe, especially in Italy, many people just simply grab a pastry for breakfast such as a croissant. The brunch is Barcelona is pretty much to die for. My favorite restaurants for brunch include Milk, Brunch & Cake, and Federal Cafe. Milk and Brunch & Cake are definitely two of my absolute favorite restaurants that are in Barcelona. I bring all of my visitors to these places because they have amazing quality food. At Milk, you absolutely must get the eggs benedict. They have a regular eggs benedict and also a salmon eggs benedict. The salmon eggs benedict are one of the best dishes that I have eaten in Barcelona. It is cooked to perfection and served with amazing, crispy potatoes. At Brunch & Cake, you must try the bagel with eggs, turkey and avocado mash or the quinoa salad. Both are amazing options and of course, the coffee is too good to be true. Lastly, at Federal Cafe, the vegetarian burger is great. It has a fried egg on top and the burger itself is made of pumpkin and couscous, YUM!
In Barcelona, there is an abundance of fresh fish. Any restaurant that you walk into will likely have a lot of fish on the menu and all of it is typically great. Although many people recommend various sushi restaurants, I truthfully believe that the best two are Matsuri and Ikibana. Matsuri is located right by Milk, in the Gothic Quarter, and has some amazing options. The sashimi salad is so fresh and has an amazing Japanese-style dressing and the temaki, or hand rolls, are also insane. Ikibana has a more upscale vibe and definitely more exotic choices than any other sushi restaurant in Barcelona. Here, the miso soup, roll with tuna and asparagus, and the “tuna bombs” are must-trys!
WHEN IN BARCELONA, TRY ALL OF THE DELICACIES THAT YOU CAN. ADDITIONALLY, MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW PEOPLE’S RECOMMENDATIONS BECAUSE WHILE THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF GREAT RESTAURANTS, THERE ARE ALSO AN ABUNDANCE OF NOT SO GREAT RESTAURANTS.
KEEP CALM AND EAT ON!