Cuisine – What to eat in Barcelona
Spanish cuisine is famous worldwide for the flavor of the Mediterranean and the influence of refined French cuisine and even Italian. Mediterranean dishes are the basis of this kitchen, including vegetables, fish, seafood, meat, all cooked with delicious olive oil.
The essence of Catalan cuisine is in sauces for meat and fish. Some traditionaly dishes are:
̶ Sofregit – fried onions with tomatoes and garlic;
̶ Samfaina / chanfaina – red peppers, eggplant and zucchini sauce added to sofregit;
̶ Picador – crushed almonds, parsley, garlic, nuts and bread crumbs;
̶ Aioli – a kind of garlic mayonnaise;
̶ Romesco – an almond dressing, tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar.
You really need to go on La Rambla, La Boqueria store and see the fish and seafood, is impressive.
Stop at Fruits del Bosc Petras for the best mushrooms in town.
If you look for octopus with garlic and a glass of cava, stop by El Quim or Pinotxo.
Also in El Born district is a perfect area for shopping and eating.
La Casa Gispert (C / Sombrerers 23), near the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, is a location with roasted coffee traditions (since 1851). From here you can buy nuts and dried fruit, cocoa, spices and mushrooms.
Tot Formatge (Passeig del Born 13) is a place where you can buy local food but also foreign cheeses.
In Barri Gotic, on Calle del Otters are a few famous shops for spices and herbs.
Spanish Breakfast is very simple: a coffee and a croissant or other pastry.
Lunch is served between 14.00 – 16.00 and dinner after 21.00.
√ Cal Pep (Plaça de les Olles 8) is a popular restaurant where you can have snacks (tapas) and other dishes.
√ Cafè de l’Academy (C / Lledó 1) serves traditional dishes either indoors or on the terrace, in room with natural stone walls.
√ Ot (C / Torres 25) is a place where you can experience modern Catalan cuisine. Let yourself in the hands of the chef.
√ 7 Portes (Passeig d’Isabel II 14) is ideal if you want to enjoy a ‘cream Catalana’ authentic.
√ Sagrada Familia, the imposing cathedral with a very interesting architecture, still unfinished.
Although construction began in 1882, estimated time for finishing the work is 2026. The original project belongs to Antonio Gaudi (he worked more than 40 years).
√ La Pedrera or Casa Mila is another grandious work of Antonio Gaudi. He was immediately called it “La Pedrera” (quarry), due to its exterior facade that looks like a rock.
√ Park Guell, another sensational opera signed Antonio Gaudi, was created especially for Barcelona aristocracy.
The park contains amazing stone structures and fascinating buildings . At the entrance of the park is a famous dragon decorated in different colors that became almost emblematic for Barcelona.
√ Casa Batllo is a building restored by Antoni Gaudi, built in 1877 and remodeled between 1905 and 1907. It is located on Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample
district. The building is known as the “Casa dels Ossos” (House of Bones) and has a really visceral and organic air.
√ La Ribera, former residential neighborhood since the Middle Ages, is today a fascinating neighborhood. On Carrer de Montcada you will find many craft shops, art galleries, museums and Gothic palaces.
√ La Seu is located in the center of Barri Gotic in the heart of the city.
The church has 93 meters long and 40 wide. Clock tower, which have a height exceeding 50 m, was built between 1386 and 1393.
The central tower has 70 m, and the interior has a nave and 28 side chapels. In the crypt is the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia.