Where do you need to go for good food in Barcelona? We give you the best neighbourhoods in Barcelona to eat at good restaurants!
As you may already know, Barcelona is a big city, with lots of places to eat. From Spanish tapas to Italian food, there is a good restaurant for everything! So, to make it a bit easier for you, we have selected the nicest and tastiest places, divided into the 4 nicest neighbourhoods!
The first neighbourhood is Gracia, a place where it is a lot less touristy but very nice to walk through. You can easily take the metro or otherwise a taxi. Or you can walk for around 20 minutes. Highly recommended, a neighbourhood with cute little streets and cosy squares, and there is an eatery on every corner!
- Les Filles
Les Filles is a modern and hip restaurant located just above the Diagonal. With a nice garden and terrace with many plants. Both inside and outside are good. The food is very good, from hamburgers and toast to rice dishes and eggplant.
- El Bandarra
A little street that leads to the nice square in Gracia has a restaurant on the corner called El Bandarra. There is plenty of room inside, but the best is to sit outside at one of the high tables. They have delicious tapas and the ambience is great.
- Tortilla La Antigua de México
If you walk down the street from El Bandarra, you will pass a very small Mexican shop. They sell Mexican products and spices, but also the most delicious tacos for only 2 euros. Great to eat quickly or take to go and eat it in front of the church on the square.
- Anita Gelato
For the most delicious frozen yoghurt, go to Anita Gelato. Besides delicious frozen yoghurt, the ice cream and coffee is also very good!
- Bar Virreina
At the Plaça de la Virreina square, which has been mentioned a few times now, there is a very pleasant bar with a terrace. Bar Virreina is the place to be for a beer with tapas. Enjoy the cosy square and the people at this place.
L´eixample is just a bit above the centre, so also a lot quieter. With its wide streets and busy roads, it is a large neighbourhood but with many nice places. And you will be there in no time!
- Tapas 24
You cannot make reservations! Tapas, 24 is very successful. You’ll have to wait at the entrance and then it’s your turn. It is close to the centre and you will find the typical tapas!
- Granja petit bo
Fruity breakfasts, eggy brunches & vegan options at a stylish cafe & bar with sidewalk tables.
- Bar Alegria
Long-standing, lauded tapas venue with vintage decor, outdoors seats & regular live music. Make sure you will take the truffle tortilla and the miso eggplant!
The coquettish restaurant offers creative Mediterranean brunch, artisan cakes, speciality coffee, cocktails, vermouth and afternoon tea in a vintage atmosphere. There are also 5 different Shak shukas, which are highly recommended.
- Milano jazz club
Performance venue with a small stage & red velvet accents, serving dinner, cocktails & snacks. Fun if you want something different, eat or drink while enjoying performances
Hip, industrial-style Italian eatery for pasta, seafood & meat plates, plus cocktails & wine.
Old-timey venue with an Italian menu featuring pasta, fish & meat dishes, plus a robust wine list. A really nice place if you want to eat somewhere with a good cosy atmosphere, but just a bit chicer.
3. El Born
El Born is the neighbourhood next to Gothic and is closest to the beach. It is a very up-and-coming neighbourhood with lots of hidden alleys. There you will find nice designer shops and many good restaurants. Very nice to get lost and see where you end up.
- La Triunfal – Parc Ciutadella
Spanish & tapas restaurant in a listed building beside the Arc de Triomf serving paella & sangria. If you sit outside, you have a perfect view of the Arc, a nice addition for a drink.
Italian meat, seafood & pasta with Catalan twists in a hip, a retro-style trattoria with patio tables. The best restaurant in town, if you are done with all the standard tapas. Restaurant Gravin offers, apart from kinds of pasta, also tapas but different from what you are used to and really delicious!
- Santa del maria – La Vinya del Senyor
Charming restaurant with outdoor tables offering an ample wine list & a menu of tapas & bar bites. This wine bar is located at Santa del Maria square and is the perfect place for a drink or even dinner. Very good wines and tapas!
Traditional fare is served in this cosy tapas bar with a down-to-earth vibe, plus outdoor seating.
Tapas, Spanish wines & classic cocktails in a romantic locale with brick & stone walls. Good and affordable.
4. Gothic quarter
Gothic Quarter is also a really nice district. It is located next to the Ramblas, so it is very central. Besides nice shopping streets and the beautiful square with the Cathedral, there are also plenty of restaurants to eat in!
- Bistrot Levante
Lovely restaurant with an excellent and interesting take on middle eastern cuisine. It’s a tiny little gem in a tiny little section of El Call, the ancient Jewish Quarter of Barri Gotic.
- Gallo Nero
Tuscan food and wine bar. Want a nice sandwich for lunch? Then this is the place. With a wide choice of different meats, mozzarella, truffle… But also delicious cheese boards can be found here.
- Sensi Bistro
An original take on modern Mediterranean tapas cuisine in a vibrant setting that takes the traditional tapas bar to the next level.
Located in the emblematic Gothic quarter of Barcelona, Sensi Tapas draws direct inspiration from Barcelona and its surroundings, mixing the old gothic charms with a jungle and fresh vibe.
Trendy stop for cake, ice cream & coffee, dedicated to sustainable products & run by 2 sisters. The typical empanada is fantastic here. nice place near Placa Reial, a beautiful square full of palm trees and with a fountain in the middle.
- Bar Mono
Elevated gastropub serving tapas, meat dishes & booze in a modern space with greenery & a warm vibe. If you sit outside on the terrace on Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, you will usually be entertained by street musicians playing fun live guitar.
- Les Quinze Nits
Bustling spot for tapas, paella and other Catalan classics, with tables outside on the Placa Reial. If you sit on the outside of the terrace, you’ll be in the sun too. If you’re having lunch, get the delicious 3-course daily menu for only about 13 euros.
With these tips, you probably have enough to plan your stay with nice restaurants. There are, of course, many more places where you can eat well! Do you have any questions? Or looking for other tips? Please ask them!
You can also choose to do a food tour, then you will learn all about the typical Catalan food and of course, you will also taste it! Below is the link to the food tour: