Insider’s Guide: 8 Barcelona Restaurants

The combination of Mediterranean cool and Catalan spirit makes for Spain’s most exciting culinary scene. In the second part of my Insider’s Guide to Barcelona, I’ve narrowed it down to eight Barcelona restaurants not to be missed.

My Top 8 Barcelona Restaurants

Absolute Musts

Barcelona Restaurants

Tickets is a super-tapas experience.

With two Michelin stars, Abac (pictured above) is one of the best restaurants in town. The classic décor and impeccable service perfectly complement to the elaborate nouvelle cuisine.

An absolute must, this is a Ferran Adria super-tapas experience.


Bravo 24
Situated within the W hotel, this restaurant is among chef Carles Abellan’s portfolio of tapas bars and restaurants in town. Tapas 24, another of Abellan’s creations, is another spot worth trying and doesn’t require a reservation.

Barcelona Restaurants

Pep, pictured behind the bar, can often be found chatting with guests


Cal Pep
A fantastic small restaurant and tapas bar located on one of the smaller squares in the centre of the city. Eat at the bar or if you are a group of four or more you can make a reservation for a table in the back. Pep, the owner, is often there. This place often draws a crowd so make a reservation if you have a group, otherwise arrive at the beginning of meal times!

Barcelona restaurantsClassic

La Venta
A true classic for Barcelona locals, this relaxed spot offers a great view from of the city from Tibidabo.

Ca l’Isidre
Enjoy the best truffles in town at this true Barcelona classic, pictured above.

Just Outside of Town

Barcelna restaurants

Carme Ruscalleda

Carme Ruscalleda
About a 40-minute drive north of the city in Sant Pau lies this three-Michelin starred gem that’s worth the trek.

El Celler de Can Roca
Located in Girona, about an hour outside of Barcelona proper, and considered one of the world’s best restaurants, this one could easily be included in the “musts” list above. You’ll usually need reservations about a year in advance in most cases, but trust me—it’s worth it!

About the Author


After growing up on the Texas shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Trip DesignerChristine Tucker spent 14 years working as a means to travel, then travelling as a means to work. Her experiences are a testament to her approach to life—a subtle mixture of playfulness and seriousness.


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