As soon as you get to Barcelona, try to-die-for cuisine.
Of the many interesting aspects of the culture in Barcelona is how normal day-to-day activities are done at a much later time, unlike other cultures. In other parts of the globe, lunch is served around 12 noon or an hour past, while in Barcelona, you’d probably have lunch in mid-afternoon. Expect the same thing with dinner because you would enjoy it at around 10 in the evening.
Restaurants usually open the earliest at 9:30 in the morning. Eating too early is not advisable though as you may be caught in a tourist trap and pay more than what the food would normally cost. Bringing along with you light snacks to a last a day is suggested if you are not the type who etas at such times.
Spain has fine tasting yet less expensive wine that you can find in their cellars sold only for a euro or less. Midrange wines would probably cost about 3 euros. Price is not usually an indication of wine quality in Spain. There are vintages that are made from grapes that may not adhere to main market standards.
Meals in Barcelona and in other parts of Spain are served with a bread called Pan tumaca. This comes with garlic cloves and tomatoes. The garlic clove is cut and rubbed on the bread, and the same thing is done with the tomato. The bread is then topped with olive oil and salt to give you that delectable treat.
Paella or Spanish rice dish is one of the most famous and traditional food in Spain. This signature Catalonian dish is yellow in color because of Saffron added to it. Paella can be prepared with seafood, chicken, vegetarian or Valencia Style which is a mixture of chicken and vegetables.
Generally, the people of Barcelona need not worry about giving the wait staff with tips since they are paid by the hour. It is customary in most European states to round up to the next euro. So just sit back and enjoy sipping your Trifasico while you make the most of your dining experience.
Spain snitching the title from France as the gastronomical center of Europe is mainly credited to the Spanish restaurant scene. The likes of the New York Times now have high regard for Spanish culinary prowess. Barcelona cuisine like tortilla española (Spanish omelet) has been turned into foam, an example of a cutting edge kitchen masterpiece. So for people with fearless tastebuds, this is a good chance to try out what cooking in the new millennium tastes like.
Traditionally, Catalan and Spanish restaurants proliferate as much as international establishments do. Restaurants in Barcelona makes a daring yet friendly mix of regional food and drinks with that of elements from outside the Catalan culture, thus providing customers that familiar taste in a local flavor. This mixture is unique only in this city.
Barcelona restaurant hours
Beware of Mondays as Barcelona restaurants are closed during this day of the week. In August, some take a week off when temperature becomes intolerable. You can check See Spanish eating customs for an overview of the Spanish eating schedule wherein most establishments are closed between lunch and dinner (4 pm-8 pm).
Here’s a list of some restaurants in Barcelona:
- Bodega la Plata (Address: Mercè 28, Barcelona / Phone: 93-315-10-09 / Cuisine: Spanish)
- Cafè de l’Opera (Address: La Rambla 74, Barcelona / Phone: 93-317-75-85 / Cuisine: Spanish)
- Juicy Jones (Address: Cardenal Casañas 7, Barcelona / Phone: 93-302-43-30 / Cuisine: Vegetarian)
- La Paradeta (Address: Comercial 7, Barcelona / Phone: 93-268-19-39 / Cuisine: Seafood)
- Murivecchi (Address: Princesa 59, Barcelona / Phone: 93-218-30-00 / Cuisine: Italian)
- Taller de Tapas (Address: Plaça Sant Josep Oriol 9, Barcelona / Phone: 93-301-80-20 / Cuisine: Spanish)
- Tapioles 53 (Address: Carrer Tapioles 53, Barcelona/ Phone: 93-329-22-38 / Cuisine: Mediterranean)
- Agua (Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 30 / Phone: 93-225-12-72 / Cuisine: Mediterranean)
- Anima (Address: Angels 6, Barcelona / Phone: 93-342-49-12 / Cuisine: Mediterranean)
- Atril (Address: Carders 23, Barcelona / Phone: 93-310-12-20 / Cuisine: Spanish)
- Els Quatre Gats (Address: Montsió 3, Barcelona / Phone: 93-302-41-40 / Cuisine: Spanish)
- Can Costa (Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbó 70, Barcelona / Phone: 93-221-59-03 / Cuisine: Seafood)
- Torre d’Alta Mar (Address: Passeig Don Joan Borbó Comte 88, Barcelona / Phone: 93-221-00-07 / Cuisine: Mediterranean)
- Shojiro <(Address: Ros de Olano 11, Barcelona / Phone: 93-415-65-48 / Cuisine: Asian)
- Neichel (Address: Beltrán i Rózpide 1-5, Barcelona / Phone: 93-203-84-08 / Cuisine: French)
- Jaume de Provença (Address: Provença, 88, Barcelona / Phone: 93-430-00-29 / Cuisine: French)
- La Dama (Address: Diagonal 423, Barcelona / Phone: 93-202-06-86 / Cuisine: Spanish)
Traveling may get your tummies growling, but soon as you travel to Barcelona, you might want to grab a Catalan meal that you may find to-die-for.
When to eat
On your way to work, you can opt to eat your breakfast (esmorzar/desayuno) at any bar along the way. Lunch (dinar/comida), The city’s main meal of the day, is usually taken from 2 pm to 4 pm, while dinner (sopar/cena) is served only until after 9 pm.
Restaurants may be open until one in the morning but most kitchens close by 11:30 in the evening. But there’s no reason to fret as there are bar snacks or fast food open beyond these hours.
Where to eat
There are bars and cafes that offer solid food that definitely delights the palate. Among these are the entrepans/bocadillos (filled rolls), tapes/tapas (bar snacks), and raciones (basically a bigger version of a tapa). Full meals are served in menjadors/comedores (sit-down restaurants). Cerveseries/cervezerias (beer bars), tavernes/tabernas (taverns), tasques/tascas (snack bars) and cellers/bodegas (cellars) are a few of the sit-down restaurants.
If you are craving for kinds of seafood, you can try going to a marisqueria. Modest eateries, meanwhile, offer a meson (a ‘big table’).
Catalunyan cuisine is well revered in Spain. Diverse geography provides Catalunya a wide selection of fresh, high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, game, fruit and vegetables. Appetizing and mouth-watering combinations like meat and seafood, poultry and fruit, fish and nuts are included in the Catalunyan cooking experience. But good food also means a great effort in preparation.
Food ala Catalan is well appreciated primarily due to its sauces for meat and fish. These sauces include sofregit (fried onion, tomato, and garlic); samfaina or chanfaina (sofregit plus red pepper and aubergine or courgette); picada (based on ground almonds, usually with garlic, parsley, pine or hazelnuts, and sometimes breadcrumbs); allioli (pounded garlic with olive oil, often with egg yolk added to make more of a mayonnaise); and romesco (an almond, tomato, olive oil, garlic, and vinegar sauce, also used as a salad dressing).
Many Catalans find it peculiar for other cultures to spread butter over a piece of bread. Catalan folks normally prefer a pa amb tomaquet where sliced bread is rubbed with cut garlic, tomato cut in half and topped with olive oil and salt.
You may also enjoy a serving of oca (goose) and canalons (Catalan cannelloni) cooked with passion. Wild mushrooms are also a treat and people take time to pick them in the forests during autumn. There’s a good selection of bolets but large succulent rovellons is a favorite among the people of Barcelona.