With over 7,000 restaurants in the Catalan capital there’s plenty of culinary choice to suit all tastes and lots at affordable prices. Here’s our guide to eating on a budget in Barcelona.
Ham for sale in Barcelona
With more restaurants and bars per person than anywhere else, choosing what to eat in Barcelona can be a difficult decision. From famous Adria brothers success ‘Tickets’ to fabulous fresh market stalls in La Boqueria, you can get good food everywhere in Barcelona. If you’re on a budget here’s how to make the most of the city’s cuisine.
Paella and Fideus
Catalans love their rice, whether it’s black with squid ink or mountain style with lamb. Paella is of course the ubiquitous rice dish, mixing seafood and special spiced rice then oven cooking them to perfection. There are plenty of varieties from rabbit to lobster, and the burnt part on the bottom of the pan is the best bit. Fideus is a similar dish but with short noodles instead of rice, and equally delicious. Try the restaurants on the front of Port Vell and Barcelonetta at lunch time rather than dinner – they do a cheaper set lunch in the day time. Arrosseria Xativa
, La Barraca
are particularly good value.
These ‘little things’ are the perfect drink accompaniment in Spain – with either a couple of tasty dishes for snacks or a few more for a whole delicious meal. The variety of different tapas dish means you can always find something delicious you like, whether you’re into baby squid or spicy chorizo. Don’t forget to have the traditional bread with tomato to start – with Spanish olives of course! Try the famous El Xampanyet
in Born, or El Portalon,
Galician favourite Bar Celta
in Gothic or Los Toreros. Gata Mala
in Gracias serves excellent tapas and free dishes with your drink, or try Catalan favourite Sol De Nit
in Plaza Del Sol.
Pinchos in Barcelona
Actually a type of food from the Basque Country (País Vasco) pinchos are the most delicious little snacks on bread, piqued with a cocktail stick and varying from 1-1.80 euros. These morsels of goodness can be anything the chef fancies, but traditionally expect plenty of chorizo, ham of course, prawns, crabs, cheeses, anchovy and tortilla. For a large selection try the places in Born such as Sagardi, Euskal Etxea
or the whole street of Carrer Blai in Poble Sec neighbourhood. Favourites are La Taberna Blai Tonight
and La Tasqueta de Blai
Cakes, Deserts and Cupcakes
Barcelona has a delicious tradition of Crema Catalana – similar to the French Creme Brûlée and involving a custard creme patisserie that is sugar burnt. It’s obviously delicious and can be found at the end of almost every meal. For cakes and patisseries try Caelum
, the famous Escriba
(established in1906), or Sweet Dreams
in Gothic for all sorts of delicious treats.Burgers
If all else fails, there’s also great value burgers at Kiosko, Bacoa
and Negro Carbon!
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Equity Point Hostels
If you’re staying in Barcelona then stay at Equity Point Hostels. We have three locations in the centre of town for your convenience, on Barcelonetta Beach, in the Gothic Old Town and in the shopping district by famous Passeig de Gracia.