Best and nicest restaurants in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of culinary highlights, with a wide range of local and international dishes to try out. Enjoy the tastiest tapas or paella under the Spanish sun. But where can you find the best tapas, paella and fish restaurants in the city?
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We believe these are the best restaurants in Barcelona

Tapas in Barcelona

Tapas are small dishes usually shared and often served with a glass of wine, cava or beer. Some popular tapas to try are patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy sauce), croquetas (croquettes stuffed with ham or cheese) and jamón ibérico (Iberian ham).

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El Xampanyet

This tapas restaurant located in the heart of Barcelona, has an authentic ambience and serves classic tapas dishes. The interior has a rustic feel with wooden beams and ceramic tiles.
Address: Carrer de Montcada 22

Bar Cañete

Another terrific tapas restaurant, Bar Cañete, offers a modern twist on traditional tapas dishes. There is a lively atmosphere and the service is friendly and attentive.
Address: Carrer de la Unió 17

Paella in Barcelona

Another typical Catalan dish is paella, a rice dish with seafood, chicken or rabbit and vegetables.

Can Solé

Located in the fishing district of Barceloneta, is Can Solé one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona and is known for their traditional paella.
: C/ Sant Carles 4

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Arume Restaurant

Arume serves typically Galician cuisine with a modern touch and is a simple and pleasant restaurant in the Raval district.
Address: Carrer d'En Botella 11-13

Fish restaurants in Barcelona

In a coastal city like Barcelona, you can find a seafood restaurant on every street corner.

La Paradeta

This is a fish restaurant with several locations in Barcelona where you can choose your own seafood. The food is ultra-fresh and prepared on-site. It is a very affordable option for the quality you get. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed, and the interior is simple but comfortable.
: several locations in Barcelona

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Another popular seafood restaurant in Barcelona, Botafumeiro, has a wide range of fresh seafood. The interior has an elegant feel and is decorated in a maritime style.
Address: Carrer Gran de Gracia 81


Flax & Kale

This trendy restaurant in Barcelona serves healthy and vegetarian dishes, including an extensive breakfast menu. The interior is stylish and modern, with plenty of natural light.
Address: Carrer dels Tallers 74b

Breakfast in Barcelona

Brunch & Cake

This restaurant is the perfect place to have breakfast in Barcelona. They have a wide range of brunch dishes and everything looks equally delicious.
Address: Several locations in Barcelona.

Churros: deliciously sweet snack

If you still have room for dessert, order churros. These are deep-fried dough sticks served with hot chocolate sauce for dipping. You can share this too, but we recommend you enjoy it all yourself. Most restaurants have churros on the menu, but in particular, we recommend the churros from Granja Dulcinea.
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Granja Dulcinea

This is one of the most iconic chocolatiers of Barcelona. Indulge by dipping their sugar-coated churros in soft hot chocolate. Besides their famous churros, they also have a range of tea, coffee and pastries for breakfast or for a sweet afternoon snack.
Address: C/ de Petritxol2

Wine, beer and sangria

As for drinking, cava is the local sparkling wine produced in the Penedès region. Beer lovers can also enjoy local beers, such as Estrella Damm and Moritz.

Finally, there is nothing better than enjoying a glass of sangria on a sunny terrace. Sangria is a mix of red or white wine, fruit and sugar, usually served in a carafe with ice.

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Hotels in Barcelona

Dining out in Barcelona is the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing before returning to your hotel.

Travel to Barcelona by train

From the Netherlands, you can reach Barcelona easily by train. From Amsterdam Centraal, you only need to change trains in Paris. Travel time from Amsterdam Centraal to Barcelona Sants is 11.10 hours. Ideal for an extended weekend getaway or holdiay to Barcelona.

Advantages of travelling by train

Board the train without any hassle, enjoy a spacious seat, speed past traffic jams and travel to Barcelona in a sustainable way. And while travelling by train you can enjoy stunning views.  


Leave in the morning so that you will be on time to enjoy paella, tapas or fish in the evening.

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