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Barcelona  Food and Drink


Barcelona  Food and Drink, where to eat, and where not to in Barcelona


Catalan cooking combines traditional Spanish dishes with elements from French and Italian cooking to create a cuisine that is among the richest and most sophisticated in all Spain.


Four staple elements are used as the basis or the accompaniment to many dishes: sofregit (tomato and onion fried in olive oil); picada (a mix of crushed saffron, ham, bread, nuts and garlic); all i oli (garlic mayonnaise); and the quintessentially Catalan samfaina (a delicious combination of aubergines, peppers, onion, tomatoes and garlic).


Rice dishes, sausages, and thick, rich stews are particularly prevalent. Specialities of the city include a variety of excellent seafood, escudella carn d'olla - a chickpea-based stew groaning with meat and vegetables and fideos a la cazuela - a noodle dish with pork, sausages and sofrito. As throughout Spain, bars and restaurants in Barcelona serve small portions of food known as tapas as stopgaps between meals; several tapas dishes can be combined for a substantial snack.


Typical dishes include patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), calamares fritos (fried squid), chorizo (spicy sausage) and pa amb tomaquet (bread soaked in olive oil and spread with tomato). Catalan wines from the Penedès region, and particularly the sparkling variety known as cava, provide the perfect accompaniment to a meal.






As in Italy but unlike United Kingdom the Spanish are not great breakfast people, the average breakfast for a Spanard is a coffee with some sort of pastry (pasta) is the average typical breakfast.


The croissants come filled with various cream or jam fillings (such as a canya), if you prefer a savory start to the day you can opt for a bikini - a toasted ham and cheese sandwich.


When to Eat in Barcelona  


When ever you feel hungry you can feed your face at thousands of different eating places so don't panic! you can easily find many places serving bar snacks or fast food (local and international style) .


Where to Eat in Barcelona  


Many bars and some cafes offer various snacks to a full meal which can range from a selection of


filled rolls to tapes / tapas. For a sit down evening meal, you are most likely to end up in on e of several hundred restaurants about the centre of Barcelona.


As you walk around you will see many different places offering all types of food an example is


Marisqueria specialises in seafood and so on.


What to Eat in Barcelona  


Lunch & Dinner


Many straightforward Spanish dishes are available here as elsewhere in the country. The Tourist Menus are called menu del dia, a set-price meal usually comprising 2 or more cources with a drink thrown in and can range in price from €6 at budget places to €25 at posher establishments.


Going a la carte will cost a lot more but  the food will be better. The menu (la carta) starts at the beginning with a starter and you then move on to a selection of wonderful main couces and then followed by a selection of amazing desserts.


Eating is an important part of life in Barcelona, and restaurants and tapas bars can be found all over the city. In recent years new establishments have sprung up in the area around the redeveloped waterfront serving good seafood with views of the harbour.




One of the most famous and long estiblished restaurants is Set Portes which dates back to 1836  The restaurant is located under the arches on the corner of Passeig d'Isabel II and has served rich and poor for over 180 years including the rich and famous including John Wayne,  Ava Gardner, Che Guevara  as well as many others to name but a few. The amazing beautiful interior makes it a real nice place to enjy your food. There were always queues to get in after 10pm, so either eat earlier, or book in advance.


Another recommendation for paella and fish dishes is Rocxi Port in the Vila Olímpica very good food and really cheap prices.


Tapas bars


Tempting than traditional restaurants and, with the right combinations, a tapas meal can be just as filling as a starter, main course and pudding combination. Tapas bars line the length of Carrer de la Mercé and Passeig de Gràcia, and can be found dotted throughout the city.


World Wide International food can be enjoyed at  many places around the city and the number is growing weekly


Jean Luc Figueras, boasts a Michelin star and an outstanding reputation. The restaurant is located in a renovated town house and serves up a gourmet menu of the best of Spanish cuisine.


Tram-Tram, Perfectly sized portions and a streamlined reinterpretation of space within this traditional Sarrià house -- especially in or near the garden out back -- make this a memorable dining experience. The husband and wife team create delicious Spanish dishes.




One of the best cafes in Barcelona is Café de L'Opera on La Rambla at number 74.


Cloce by is Ambos Mundos on the Plaça Reial , This restaurant is a traditional one, where you can eat local dishes like paellas (with meat and fish or vegetarian).


Schilling on Carrer Ferran is a chic and hugely popular hangout that sells a good range of cavas, wines and beers alongside sandwiches and desserts.


Horchatería Fillol, Plaça de la Universitat 5, serves excellent milkshakes and good simple breakfasts or another option is  to try one of the chocolaterías serving coffee, hot chocolate and pastries all along Carrer Petritxol.


The best traditional tearooms are the Salón de Té Mauri on the corner of Carrer Provença and Rambla de Catalunya and Salón de Té Libre I Serra, Ronda Sant Pere 3. A more up-to-date experience can be enjoyed in one of the trendy places on Plaça del Sol.


Catalan Cuisine


Come may disagree, but Catalunya produces some of Spain's finest cuisine. Catalunya is geographically diverse so enjoys a vast variety of fresh seafood, meat, poultry, game, fruit as well as a huge range of fresh vegetables.


The secret lies in its sauces of which there are five most famous sofregit which comprises fried onion, tomato and garlic; samfaina or chanfaina which is made of sofregit , red peppers,aubergine / courgette); picada and sometimes breadcrumbs. Allioli  comprising garlic, olive oil, and an egg yolk added to make it more of a mayonnaise); and Romesco (an almond, tomato, olive oil, garlic and vinegar sauce, also can be used as a salad dressing


Catalans do not use better like most Europeans, The  Catalans use pa amb tomaquet - bread wghich they then rub in tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt.


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Non-Alcoholic Drinks in Barcelona  


The tap water In Barcelona is not the may west to drink so most people drink aigua / agua mineral (bottled water). It comes in so many brands nowadays but there are world famous brands like Evon and Pierrier. A 1.5L bottle of still mineral water will cost you around €0.60 in a supermarket or in a small store you can expect to pay over double this at around €1.40 or more.




In Barcelona and the rest of Spain, Spaniards kile their coffee strong and slightly bitter. A favourite is cafe amb llet / cafe con leche, a late in American or England (Usually 50/50 50% coffee  50% hot milk.


If you want a large mug or cup request a grande or double or if you want a single shot request en got / en vaso. A streaight shot of espresso is called a cafe solo.


For iced coffee request a cafe amb gel/cafe con hielo and you will be serve up a glass of ice and a hot coffee so you can pour it yourself over the ice.




As in the rest of Spain, Barcelonians prefer coffee to tea but in the last few years Tea has also become more and more popular and is increasingly available in many places who now offer a huge range of different tea from all around the world.


Locals tend to drink tea black. If you want milk, request it when ordering.


Soft Drinks


Sue de taronja/zumo de naranja (orange juice) is the most popular freshly squeezed juice served almost everywhere but request "natural" when ordering otherwise you will get a bottle of  runny concentrate orange juice.


Refrescos (soft drinks) include the usual international brands like Cokeacola, Pepsi etc as well as local Spanish brands like Kas, and Granissat / granizado (iced fruit crush).


Alcoholic Drinks in Barcelona  




Vi/vino (wine) accompanies almost every meal. Spanish wine is robust because of the sunny climate. It comes in blanc/blanco (white), negre/tinto (red) or rosat/rosado (rose) in all price ranges.


A €5 bottle from any supermarket will be quite drinkable but a A €5 bottle from any resturant might get you half a bottle of plonk .


Cheap vi de taula/vino de mesa (table wine) can sell for less than €2 a bottle, but at this price do not expect much, if fact it can be pretty bad.




The local way to order a beer is to ask for a Cervesa / Cerveza ( draught beer) which is served in a small glass. If you want a larger one request a Tubo or if you want a full pint of beer ask for a  Gerra / Jarra. Bottled beer is called a Flasco / Botellin.


Local Beer


The local brew is called Estrella Damm of which there are several varities and another San Miguel, brewed in Catalunya's Lleida area, is also very popular.


The two main  breweries are The Damm company who produce over 15% of all beer consumed in Spain as the The San Miguel company.


Other Drinks


Sangria is a wine and fruit punch, sometimes brandy is added to


give it a little extra "kick". It's very refreshing as it's being drunk but


next morning you may wake with a sore head. In many places


you'll see jugs of it on the tables in some Barcelona restaurants.


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