Barcelona Food Diaries: 11 Mouth-Watering International Dishes You Must Try
Barcelona is a bohemian city, and much like other metropolia is a real melting pot. With people from a variety of cultures calling the Catalunyan capital their home. A huge benefit of this is the amazing selection of cuisines available at the restaurants in Barcelona. From Mexican, Indian and Japanese, to British and other unique innovative culinary creations. With the help of our local insider Laura, in this guide, we’ve rounded up the best of Barcelona food, and where you should go to eat it.
Cheesecake from Fismuler
If you’re craving some cheesecake on your Barcelona food odyssey, then look no further than El Born, Fismuler. Unlike most places that serve overwhelmingly sweet cheesecake laced with unnecessary ingredients. The team behind this spot do this desert dish justice. The Fismuler cheesecake resembles a fondue, with the light, luscious and creamy topping oozing out above the delightful crunch base. Take a bite and you’ll be able to taste the difference. The predominant flavour is that of high-quality cheese, with a bit of sweetness to balance things out. It truly is a palate-pleasing pig out dish that you can’t miss when you’re in town. They have to
Location: El Born
Opening Hours: Sun-Wed: 1.30PM-4PM, 8PM-11PM, Thur-Sat: 1.30PM-4PM, 8PM-11.30PM
Shoyu Ramen from Koku Kitchen
Run by an Irishman and a swede, Koku is the bonafide boss of Barcelona’s burgeoning ramen scene. The team here have mastered the art of creating palate-pleasing ramen, which they produce fresh on-site every day. Platefuls of this traditional Japanese pulled noodle dish pass through its kitchen to the consumer’s table every day. They have two locations; one in the Born which divides into two restaurants, with one focused on bao buns and other delicacies while the basement their ramen shop. The other location is just a few blocks away hidden in the small streets of the Gothic Quarter. Make sure you head down to slurp some noodle soup, available in a whole smorgasbord of flavours.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-4PM, 7.30PM-11.30PM
Fusion Sushi from Robata
The origins of fusion sushi can be traced back to when the Japanese trade with foreign nations such as Portugal, after a self-imposed exile. The external influence lead to their cuisine being adapted, and the cultural fusion began. Today if you’re in the mood to sample some of the best fusion sushi in Barcelona, head over to Robata. The name Robata comes from a unique Japanese grilling style, which is what this restaurant is primarily known for. However, the team behind this Barcelona fusion restaurant make some mouth-watering sushi rolls. The selection of sushi on offer is eclectic, but if you can’t decide, go with our local foodie Laura’s top picks. The Spicy Edamame, beef shitake Bad Boy Roll, the Eel Nigiri and Toro (fatty tuna) Nigiri with caramelised foie.
Location: Esquerra de l’Eixample
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur: 1PM-11.30PM, Fri-Sat: 1PM-12AM
Tacos Al Pastor from Tlaxcal
If you craving some cuisine that is packed full of flavour, with a strong spicy kick, then Mexican is always a good call. Of all the amazing dishes on offer, Tacos are the most loved and renowned. If you’re in Barcelona and looking for some food of this kind, then Tlaxcal is your best bet. Everything here is amazing, but the standout dish has to be the Tacos Al Pastor. These pork-based tacos are originally from Mexico City and crafted with the utmost care. They’re juicy from the marinade and fat, with the sweet acidity of a pineapple topping cutting through to add a bit of sweetness to balance things out. Having lived in Mexico City, our local insider Laura has tried her fair share of “authentic” tacos that fail to deliver. Not at Tlaxcala, a real traditional Mexican spot that always delivers.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 1PM-4PM, 8PM-12AM, Sat-Sun: 1PM-12AM
Poke Bowl from Poke Maoli
Spending the day basking in the sun at the iconic Barceloneta beach is the perfect way to unwind. However, if you’re feeling peckish then there a plenty of food options for you to try. One spot that has fast become a Barcelona beach food tradition is Poke Maoli. The team behind the eatery were the very first to bring the delightful Hawaiian Poke in Barcelona. The shop is small, but the waves of people visiting to try their poke is big. Grab one of their pre-made or build your own poke bowl to match your taste buds. Aside from their mouth-watering food, this spot are leading the way when it comes to social responsibility. The only use biodegradable containers, organise pop-ups with local artists and are at the forefront of initiatives to clean the Barceloneta Beach. A real community-driven restaurant a stones-throw away from the city’s bustling Barceloneta beach.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM-6PM
“Surfing USA!” Eggs Benedict from The Benedict Labs
The Benedict Labs are Barcelona’s bonafide specialist in the scrumptios egg benedict. These guys have grabbed a common brunch staple and brought in flavours from all over the world. Honouring the American cuisine, the “Surfing USA” is one of their signature staples. This benedict is constructed using palate-pleasing pulled pork, eggs benedict over a delicious homemade brioche. So good that it will make your mouth water with the flavours that surf your salivary glands. Don’t fret if you fancy some Asian flavour, we highly recommend the China Town Benedict; Or on the more traditional side, the Norwegian Eggs Benedict stacked onto of a waffle and delicious mustard and honey smoked salmon. These are just some of our top picks, head down to the lab yourself and you’ll definately find something that floats your boat.
Location: Sant Antoni
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-8.30PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-4PM
Kimchi Pancakes from The Little Fern Cafe
This Barcelona cafe is the ideal spot to go and get some work done. With its huge windows that open right onto a peaceful street corner. Or if you’re visiting, it’s the ideal pit-stop to grab a coffee or food as you explore the Poble Nou District. The menu is filled with mouth-watering treats that keep the locals coming back every day. However, the speciality dish here is their Kimchi pancakes. Yes, Kimchi Pancakes. Two words you’ve probably never heard in the same sentence as we all associate pancakes with sweetness and deserts. Trust us, this dish is something totally unique and will please your taste buds no doubt.
Location: El Poblenou
Opening Hours: Mon, Thu-Fri: 9AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-5PM
Fish & Chips from The Fish & Chips Shop
This small chain of Fish and Chips restaurants has captivated the taste buds of the people in Barcelona. So good, you’ll be forgiven to think you’re in a British seaside town. The secret to their success lies in the food which they’ve perfected. The fish is a balanced bite of golden crunchy batter and fragrant flaky interior. Once you taste it, you’ll understand why their popularity is booming. The fish is fricking amazing, and the chips are equally finger-licking’ fantastic. Seasoned to perfection with a few Punjabi spices honouring the owner’s heritage. The three brothers behind this banging Barcelona food spot, haven’t stopped at fish and chips. They’ve recently opened an amazing Indian restaurant, which incidentally is home to the best Chicken Tikka in Barcelona.
Location: Sant Antoni
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat: 1PM-11PM, Sun: 1PM-4PM
Chicken Tikka & Cheese Naan from Baby Jalebi
Indian is the last cuisine you’d associate with Barcelona food. However, the city is home to a large Indian and Pakistani community. Bring with them the flavours of the motherland, which is available to eat in the many Indian restaurants in Barcelona. If you’re a fiend for some Indian cuisine, then be sure check out Baby Jalebi. This Killer restaurant does authentic Indian street food at a very reasonable price. The menu is packed full of delightful dishes, but our local foodie Laura recommends the chicken tikka and cheese naan. A creamy, aromatic, and hearty dish that evokes happiness in every bite. Please be sure to come here with someone to share, because you also have to try the Chicken Curry, and maybe share a Jalebi for dessert.
Location: Sant Antoni
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 1PM-4PM, 7.30PM-11PM
Pear Crumble Donut from La Donuteria
If you’re a sweet tooth in Barcelona in search of the perfect snack, there are tons of places you could try. Of all the options on offer, few places will quench your cravings for sugar quite like La Donuteria. This casual and inviting Barcelona food spot resembles a hipster garage-like but is the city’s best doughnut shop. If you’re around the area, the heady aroma of fresh doughnuts will no doubt draw you in. Once inside, the packed will have your inner sweet tooth experiencing a real foodgasm. There are a whole host of options to choose from, but our local foodie recommends the pear crumble doughnut. A real palate pleaser that will most certainly leave you satisfied.
Location: Sant Antoni
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-8PM, 9AM-9PM
Fried Chicken Bun from Gringa
Gringa is renowned Barcelona restaurant specialising in Mexican cuisine. So good that it will transport you to Southern California, and Baja. The menu is eclectic, packed full of fresh food that embodies the coastal flavours. A great spot for some food in Barcelona at all times. From afterwork beers, Sunday brunch to a big meal if you’re feeling Hungary. The team behind Gringa have built a great community around themselves, with their unequivocal passionate for food at the core. Last year Gringa was nominated and won the best Fried Chicken Bun in the city, and they definitely deserve it. Don’t take our word for it though, head down and sample this delightful dish for yourself.
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed: 7PM-11PM, Thur,Sun:1PM-4PM, 7-11PM, Fri-Sat: 1PM-4PM, 7PM-11PM
This is the second edition of our Barcelona food series, stay tuned as we have more amazing recommendations coming very soon. In the meanwhile check out our guide to the Best Food in Sant Antoni and the Ultimate El Poblenue Tapas Guide.