Barcelona Food: 5 Easy Tips for making the most of local eats
2. Shop at open markets and neighborhood shops for the best possible groceries. Open markets like La Boqueria, Santa Caterina, and El Ninot are the place to buy the city’s best edible offerings. Markets are a one-stop shop for fresh seafood, high quality fruits and vegetables from Spain and abroad, as well as artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. Small neighborhood shops like bakeries, fruit stands and butcher-shops are also a great option.
3. Have a drink and a snack at one of Barcelona’s bars de sempre. Bars de sempre are hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The general consensus among locals is they’ve been around forever. The thick coat of dust on the liquor bottles doesn’t usually lie. While they’re not the prettiest places, they’re a truly local experience. They’re a cheap choice for strong drinks and deep-fried tapas, too.
4. Enjoy traditional dishes in historic restaurants. Where better to try seasonal favorites like snails, botifarra sausage, or spring onions with romesco sauce than at Barcelona’s oldest restaurants? Fill up on the hearty but inexpensive lunch menu at Can Culleretes, Barcelona’s oldest eatery. Up for spending more? Savor pricier a la carte dishes at Los Caracoles or 7 Portes.
5. Try something new and different. Elsewhere this could be difficult, but in Barcelona, exciting proposals by up-and-coming, as well as world-famous chefs abound. Whether you prefer unique tapas by the Adrià Brothers at Tickets Bar (reservation required) or creative Catalan cuisine at Michelin-star-rated restaurants like Cinc Sentits and Moments, Barcelona’s “new” cuisine is sure to surprise.
This post by Chris Ciolli originally appeared in SweetLemonMag.