In Barcelona, you will always be confused by all the different things it has to offer. This high-spirited city loves to eat. When eating out in Barcelona, make sure you take full advantage of all the wonderful food it has to offer.
However, in Spain they eat dinner no later than ten p.m. so make sure you are in time at all the cafes and restaurants, even bars. Also, Barcelona is the Catalan capital of Spain. Catalan is slightly different from Spanish, don’t you dare forget that. You’ll thank me later for this tip.
Best Restaurants and Tapas
You must visit a restaurant called Cerveseria Catalana. Try to book a table before you get there and get there on time. Chances are, you might still end up waiting. They offer the classic Spanish tapas menu. You may not know all the different things they have, but everything is good, just order the staples. Don’t be afraid to order from the specials menu either. This authentic, delicious Spanish food.
The tipping culture is not so popular in Spain. The tourists may have infused this, and a few waiters might even expect an excellent tip from you, but a meagre 5 to 10 percent would do. Big tips could spark confusion and largely unheard of.
Brunch & Cake
If you are the type that can’t imagine a morning without eggs, head to Brunch & Cake. This is not Spanish food, but there is almost no variant of breakfast in Spanish cuisine.
This is not as well-known among locals but for any of you visiting Spain, this place offers delicious breakfast to cure your hangover.
Speaking of drinking, from dawn to dusk, you’ll find cheap beer provided by immigrants. This is cheap, unbelievably cold beer that locals complain about.
However, this street beer moving through the narrow pathways of your neighbourhood will be one the greatest memories of a Barcelona night.
To satisfy hunger during one of these strolls, head on the way to Carrer d’ Avinyó. Here Indian and Pakistani immigrants roam with warm, home-made Samosas you cannot miss.
For a perfect seafood, experience visits Botafumeiro. It is named for the huge incense burner which is hanging in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You get top traditional seafood here. It is an elegant place to eat in with its wood-panelled walls, crisp white tablecloths, and decently dressed waiters.
Tickets Bar & Restaurant
Another excellent restaurant you must visit is Tickets. It is a joyful experience to eat here. It redefines “fun with food”. You should make a reservation for their heavenly smoked Artichoke, Quail’s Egg and Salmon. It is quite a charming and sophisticated place.
Eating out in Barcelona
In the end, I would advise you to be wary of some lousy places. Barcelona may be quite famous for its food experience, but yet there are plenty of sad tapas bars and restaurants.
They serve you frozen croquettes and overpriced seafood. Be careful when choosing your meals, sometimes eating out in Barcelona can be an unpleasant experience. Many of these places offer similar stuff so be careful not to be fooled into eating the same things over and over again. Do your research, go for the public options and have a pleasant stay!
Hotels in Barcelona
There are many excellent hotels in Barcelona, but you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment as they tend to sell out quickly, especially on weekends and during the Spanish festivals like the Festa Major de Gracia, in the middle of August or the even more popular Festa de la Merce towards the end of September.