Barcelona is a vibrant city filled with fantastic places to eat.  It maintains its Catalonian roots whilst embracing international influence and this is reflected by its food.  Pairing socialising with eating is something that is strongly entwined within the local culture, making Barcelona’s culinary offerings all the more enjoyable.  Here are 8 great places to grab a bite to eat in the city. 

La Boqueria Market is one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets and it’s a hotspot for both tourists and locals alike.  Past its looming iron entrance lies a bustling market filled with vibrant displays of fresh produce, meat, seafood and snacks.  I would recommend looking around and trying bits and bobs as you go.  It’s a feast, both in the edible sense and the visual sense.  Come with a camera at the ready because the displays are highly Instagramable!


If you have a sweet tooth then a trip to Bubó patisserie by the award-winning confectioner, Charles Mampel, is a must.  Its jewel-like sweets are stashed in glass cabinets.  There are a spectrum of macaroons, intricately made cakes, freshly baked pastries and handmade chocolates.  What’s more, Bubó is home to what is said to be the “world’s best chocolate cake” (pictured).  You’ll have to try it for yourself to see if you think it deserves this title! 


La Luna cocktail bar and restaurant is hidden away in the heart of the El Borne neighbourhood.   Its dimly-lit medieval interior features exposed brick arches and is an atmospheric place to unwind over a cold glass of sangria.  La Luna puts a modern twist on Spanish cuisine with its fusion, tex-mex tapas menu.

4. BO DE B
Sometimes, you just can’t beat a good sandwich.  If you are looking for something quick and easy to grab for lunch in Barcelona then I would recommend checking out Bo De B.  Their hearty and satisfying sandwiches are made fresh to order with a delicious array of fillings and sauces.  Just a heads-up, this luncheon hotspot is prone to long queues due to its popularity but as they say, good things come to those who wait!

Sagardi pincho bar is a great place to go for a light bite to eat.  Pinchos are a type of tapas that comprise of individual portions of bread with various toppings, such as cured ham or smoked salmon.  Pinchos are a socially-orientated food and are generally consumed alongside small servings of wine or beer.  Sagardi is a great place to come for breakfast, lunch or even a light supper.

What better way to cool off than with some gelato?  The heavenly selection of gelato from Gelateria Giovanni is said to be the best in Barcelona.  Some of the mouth-watering flavours on offer include Kinder Surprise and Bueno, which had us coming back for more.  Gelateria Giovanni was a regular pitstop for us during our visit to Barcelona.

Cafes El Magnifico is a hidden gem that serves some of the best coffee in Barcelona.  The coffee is brewed there and then so it’s always as fresh as can be and the highly skilled baristas will be sure to create a beautiful coffee art for you.
Happy Pills is one of the quirkiest sweet shops that I’ve ever come across.   This shop is designed to look like a pharmacy with sweets packaged in medicine bottles and pillboxes.  It’s a great place to buy some unique gifts to bring back for friends and loved ones. 

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