While you’re visiting Barcelona, you’ll be faced with endless opportunities to eat delicious and exciting new foods. However, there are definitely some things you need to know before going. Spanish food is absolutely incredible, but with our guide you’ll be sure to find the best spots and know what to avoid while visiting this stunning city.
Avoid These Tourist Traps
Make sure that while you’re visiting Plaza Catalunya and the Rambla, you absolutely avoid eating anything here. The rule extends to any tourist attraction and its surrounding area, but especially those. The one huge exception to this in the Mercat del la Boqueria, which is an awesome market with lots of booths serving up delicious local treats and fresh fruits, vegetables, and best of all, freshly squeezed juices. Also, any place with a sign that reads “Paellador,” definitely avoid. Any restaurant that has a waiter standing outside trying to wave you in, run the opposite way.
So now you know what to avoid, you should avoid a lot of the unpleasant tourist traps that will more likely provide you with a disappointing experience. So what is actually recommended?
There’s a reason why this is one of the most beloved tapas bars in the city. El Xampanyet has been owned by the same families since the 1930’s and they also make their own Cava. The fact that it is so well known means that it will be tough to get in for sure. Make sure you’re ready to wait and elbow your way through, but it will absolutely be worth it.
La Cerveseria Catalana
Another very popular tapas spot that’s also often crowded, you’ll find some delicious little dishes that are absolutely divine. While you’re here, you absolutely must try the patatas bravas, which are spicy cubed potatoes served with a delicious sauce.
Mercat de la Boqueria
Remember when we told you that the only place at La Rambla you shouldn’t avoid is the Mercat de la Boqueria? It’s one of the largest food markets in the city and it’s full of so many food stalls, you’ll be tempted to spend the day here. You can sit down for a full meal or grab something to take with you and enjoy an outdoor picnic.
Chocolateria La Nena
For a true delicious cup of local hot chocolate, you must visit Chocolateria La Nena. This quirky little place is adorable and serves up plenty of sweets, of which one of the most popular is its yummy carrot cake that you should definitely try.