Hi there folks! Apologies for my absence last week but I was in beautiful Barcelona for a weeks holidays. Barcelona is a great city, colourful and vibrant and the food matches the vibes! This is a bit of a guide to the best restaurants we found on our trip, the must eats, if you will!
The Number 1: La Boqueria Market:
If you like food, this is mecca in Barcelona. The famous market located along the Rambla is a tourist haven but with good reason. Colourful and full of flavour, much like the city itself, the key with this is to move into the market and away from the crowds. The stalls at the Rambla entrance to the market are priced to reflect the demand from the tourists who just dip into the market, rather than burrowing inside. The stalls toward the back have the same wonderful produce and actually more choice but with prices more acceptable to the locals.
Fruit is a big part of the market and the displays are designed to catch the eye and draw you in. Nearly every stall has prepared fruit selections that are brilliant for an easy breakfast or to take on a picnic lunch. I may have slightly overdosed but as our hotel was near the market, it was perfect for healthy breakfasts.
The market has a vast selection of cured meats, cheeses and even sandwich bars. There is a famous tapas counter call El Quim inside the market but we did not eat here because it is nigh on impossible to get a seat. By all accounts, the food is fabulous and well worth waiting for but my hungry other half couldn’t hold off. Ive popped a few pictures of La Boqueria below to whet your appetite!
The main event – Tapas:
Carrer de Mallorca in Eixample. Nearest Metro Passeig de Gracia.
This is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and Yelp as amazing tapas. I have to admit all the hype around it had me expecting the best food of the trip, and it was fab. Not the best but fab. You will most likely have to wait, some people have queued for over an hour for a table. We were happy to sit outside and so only had to wait about 20 mins. Here is what is good:
Sensi is a restaurant in the Barri Gothic – the old town. It is a small restaurant with a split personality. It has the best tapas we had all week but also they also put their own spin on tapas. It was simply brilliant and I would go back tomorrow if I could! Here are some pics:
This is a chain of 4 restaurants located across the city. It is a really simple concept. You arrive into the building which appears to be a fish market. You choose what type of fish you would like and they weigh it. The next part is choosing how to have it cooked. We ordered a huge steak of tuna and some serious langoustines! We also got a salad to share. This was one of my favourite meals of the week. It wasnt cheap, we paid approx €35 for two for lunch but to me that isnt really pricey for amazing seafood.
Ive saved the best until last!
La Can Paixano – Cava to die for!
This place is really a local gem. If you like cava and a proper buzzing venue, this is the place! Glasses of Cava cost €1 and you must order food with it. Thats not really that difficult with chorizo sandwiches for €1.80, cheeses, jamon, bacon, hamburgers! Yum. A bottle to take home costs just €2.30! How could I resist!
I can honestly say that Barcelona has something for everyone. Beaches, great shopping, stunning architecture and a wonderful history. Its a city we visited as kids and were fascinated by with its buzz and vibrancy. If you are so inclined, Portaventura theme park is within a short train ride of the city and with direct flights from Cork or Dublin, you can be sipping cava or cerveca within a couple of hours.