Buen provecho! There are more than 3,200 restaurants in the city where dinning is often part of the art. We at Short-stay Apartment Barcelona have provided a short list of our favorites for your perusal and encourage you to let us know when you discover a favorite spot. Some of the best tapas spots may be found on our list as well as places for exceptional Catalan cuisine only available in Catalonia. At some places English menu versions may be available but in most cases the entrees speak for themselves. This is a city where the eating out experience can be edgy, quirky, authentic, traditional or fashionable.
Our Catalan & Spanish cuisine suggestions
Magdalenes 19, Barcelona 08002
Tel: +34 93 317 69 37
Bohemian chic, vinos y viandas. This cozy neighborhood restaurant provides familial ambiance, quality dining, and reasonable prices, offering authentic Spanish cuisine and delicacies including cheeses, pates, and wines.
Carrer d’En Gignàs 16, Barcelona 08002
Tel: +34 93 315 17 09
A secret dining spot. Not so easy to find makes this a pleasant, non touristy spot. Located in an historic building not far from the harbor, Agut’s Bohemian 1950s atmosphere envelops the inventive dining experience. Reservations required.
Quintana, 5, Barcelona 08002
Tel: +34 93 317 30 22
Authentic and traditional. In 1786 Can Culleretes opened its doors in the Gothic District next to Les Rambles and according to The Guinness Book of Records remains the oldest operating restaurant in Barcelona. The restaurant serves hearty, traditional Catalan food served in authentic surroundings.
Els Quatre Gats
Carrer Montsio 3, Barcelona 08002
Tel: +34 93 302 41 40
Pablo Picasso’s old hangout. 4 Gats (four cats in Catalan) is located inside a modernist century –old building and is a piece of Barcelona’s living history. A magnet for tourists, 4 Gats is one-of-a-kind. Tip: Checkout the toilets for the exquisite tile work.
Carrer doctor Dou 14
Note: This information was accurate at time of posting but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
Our tapas suggestions
Tickets and 41º
Av Parallel 164, Barcelona, 08015
Tel: +34 93 292 42 50
La vida tapas. Go for a creative food adventure and experience the synergy of two venues creating excellence (pricey) for foodies. Tickets is offers a lively, party-like atmosphere with cocktails, trendy tasting, culinary surprises, and six themed taps bars. 41º is an exclusive 16-seat dining space. Reservations recommended at least 60 days in advance.
Taller de Tapas
Carrer de L’Argenteria 51, Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 268 85 59
Tapas, just tapas. Find typical tapas – comfort food for the vacationing spirit. This location as a reference but this small restaurant chain also has restaurants in Ramblas and Placa St. Joseph.
Carrer Comerç 24, Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 319 21 02
Creative, globally inspired tapas. Located in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, Comerç 24 oozes culinary creativity making each dining experience unique. An unusual element – a hot bowl of herb infused water not meant for drinking but for inhaling to cleanse the palate. Reservations suggested and plan to take your time.
Our Asian cuisine suggestions
Carrer d’Avinyó, 24, Barcelona 08002
Tel: 34 93 318 38 55
Sushi and fashion. Located within the Gothic District, Cirkus serves gastronomic works of art in a chic Japanese infused atmosphere.
Calle de Jaume Giralt, 53, Barcelona 08003
Tel: +34 93 315 17 44
Creative sushi & Thai dishes. Doble Zeroo offers friendly service and a wide selection of appetizers including gyozas (fried dumplings) and hearty entrées with Thai risotto as well as artfully created sushi and well-conceived wine list.
Out of China Restaurant
Carrer de Muntaner, 100, Barcelona 08036
Tel: +34 93 451 55 55
Dim sum Barcelona style. If one more tapas experience will be too much, how about dim sum? Out of China offers homemade (MSG-free) Chinese cuisine in the center of Barcelona.
Passeig de Gràcia 65
Our Mediterranean fare suggestions
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 30, Barcelona 08003
Tel: +34 932 251 272
Dine by the sea. Located in Port Olympic, stylish and popular, Agua offers predictable Mediterranean faire with terraced seating and panoramic sea views.
Calle de José Anselmo Clavé, 6, Barcelona 08002
Tel: +34 93 412 54 89
Best bar off Les Rambles. Centrally located in the Gothic area, this is the place for drinks, lively entertainment, people watching, and affordable Mediterranean-Mexican eats.
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, without number, at beach level, in front of Hospital del Mar
+34 932 21 08 10
Mediterranean cuisine on the beachfront. Arenal Restaurant is located on the beach of la Barceloneta.
Our fusion suggestions
Comte Borrel 122, Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 454 82 45
Located in the Gothic District, tastefully envisioned and created, Porquesi is a fashionable restaurant/bar catering to gay clientele. The restaurant serves tapas, and a fusion of flavors from Latin American and Caribbean in an atmosphere that includes Latin chill-out music.
Avinguda Marquès de Comillas s/n Barcelona
Tel: 93 508 63 00
Party by night. By day it’s a Spanish cultural village populated with artisan shops, craftsman’s stalls, and street theater. By night the village is reinvented becoming the place to party at several small bars that offer drinks, Spanish pop music, and outside tables great for people watching or there are several (more costly) venues within the walls but not part of the village itself. You have a couple of options.
Insider benefits. This summertime nightspot is located within the Poble Espanyol complex. It is not actually part of the cultural village itself but entrance to this venue includes entrance to the village. This is an under the night sky venue operating from June to mid October under the stars with trendy dance music and a lively atmosphere.
C/Maunuel Arnus 2, Barcelona
Tel: 93 434 00 35
Great city views. This tasteful, elegant bar is located where the funicular departs for Tibidabo. Floor to ceiling windows provide everyone with fantastic views of Barcelona. Warmer month allow drinks to be served from the terraced gardens.
La Vinya del Senyor
Plaça Santa Maria 5, Barcelona
Tel: 93 310 33 79
Wine time. Located on the plaza across from the church of Santa Maria del Mar, this open-air people watching spot is one of the best spots for casual wine tasting with tapas as a bonus.
Nou de La Rambla, 34, Barcelona
Tel: 933 18 52 61
A pub by any other name. For more than a century this establishment has open for business and notes with pride that Hemingway, Dali, and Picasso have spent time at the bar. The retro atmosphere supports every night on the stage in the back.
Passeig de Born, 15, Barcelona
Tel: 933 10 37 27
Best mojito? Located in the trendy area of Born, this bar is known for not just the best mojito but also an array of creative/cool cocktails. Two levels serve a lively post midnight crowd.
El Bosc de les Fades
Passatge de la Banca 5, Barcelona
Tel: 93 317 26 49
Fantasy atmosphere. Twinkling lights, artificial streams and arboreal enhancements create a fairy tale atmosphere in Old Town. This is a place to enjoy clever drinks and quirky coffee concoctions.
C. Poeta Cabanyes 21, Barcelona
Tel: 93 442 49 85
A late night secret. Perfect for the opening of a spy thriller, this late-night spot may be accessed only by ringing the bell – not for tapas. The velvet-lined hallway framed with angels yields to a comfortable space populated by people, sofas, drinks, and conversations.
Passeig Joan de Borbo, Barcelona
Tel: 93 221 37 65
Sip just off the beach. Located in Barceloneta, this bar has an outside terrace ideal for people watching while dinning and sipping a cocktail. Those who sit inside on the sofas may order drinks by using a phone set into the seats. Quirky, right?
Pg. del Born, 30, Barcelona
Tel: 93 310 63 54
Watch the world go by. This corner bar, in La Ribera area not far from the beach, is ideal for people watching and sampling food by day and drinks by night.
Calle Ramon Trias Fargas, 2 – 4 (base of Hotel Arts), Port Olimpico Barcelona
Tel: 93 224 07 40
Port area glamour. Located in the Barceloneta area, the Catwalk is one of the city’s best known clubs offering a large dance floor framed by bars and seating and a second floor for chilling out. International DJs spin all genres of music.
Calle Pamplona, 88, Barcelona
Tel: 93 320 82 00
A legendary super club. Five clubs in one location Razzmatazz is always an adventure. The eclectic atmosphere, great sound systems and a wide choice of music attract anyone looking for a party.
Sala Apolo Barcelona
Sala Apolo Calle Nou de la Rambla, 113, Barcelona
Tel: 93 441 40 01
Two clubs in one. The two adjacent venues – Apolo 1 and Apolo 2 complement one another. Apolo 1 offers a retro theatre atmosphere while Apolo 2 provides a smaller more modern space. The music is varied offering the best and often the latest in trends. After midnight DJs spin all genres including high quality dance music.
The One Club
Avenida de Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13 – 27 Poble Espanyol, Barcelona
Tel: 90 290 92 89
Great sound and impressive light shows. This is the place for techno lovers who plan to dance the night away – no chill-out space provided. Its futuristic atmosphere, techno and electro, combined with top flight sound makes for an intense club experience.
Row 14 Club
Autovia de Castelldefels C31 (Km. 186), 1 Viladecans, Barcelona
Tel: 93 206 30 34
An indoor/outdoor clubbing experience. Row 14 Club is located only minutes from the airport and offers a variety of spaces, including a dance floor, two outdoor chill-out areas and a bar. This is the place for dedicated ravers who plan to dance the night away. The music is techno with international DJs each weekend. Here’s the deal. On Fridays and Saturdays the Club provides free coaches from Plaza Catalunya to the club.
Note: This information was accurate at time of posting but bars and clubs often change status without notice. Please be sure to confirm details directly with the bar or club of your choice before making plans.