Tuesday, 22 May 2018

where to eat in barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

I just got back from Barcelona yesterday, after 5 days of exploring the city. 

I have been there once before when I was younger, but can't remember anything other than the football stadium, for some weird reason. So it was really good to visit again and really see the sights!

... If truth be told, I was more excited to shop in Zara and eat paella than I was to see the popular sights. Not that surprising, though, for me shopping and eating always take priority over sight-seeing.
But it didn't take me long to realize that there are a lot of crap food places in Barcelona. 

So, I done what anyone would and googled "best places food barcelona," but most of the places that came up were really expensive. Which obviously is no bueno because I'm a poor student and can't afford €8 potatoes, you know??

So, instead of writing about what I done, I decided to do a helpful post and list out the best places I ate. 

A couple tips before I start:
1. Don't order paella if there's a picture of it in the window or menu. It isn't real authentic, it's frozen and;
2. Eating places around the Sagrada Familia are double the price of anywhere else. Even the McDonald's has different costs.

Carrer Blai
This is known as the "tapas street" because it's a long row of tapas restaurants. We tried quite a few of them and the best two were:

Blai 9 - By far the BEST place we tried. The tapas/pintxos were around €1.80 and the combinations were much more unique than the other restaurants. They had this nice octopus taco thing and one that was like a mini English breakfast. Plus a jug of sangria only cost €3.

La Tiza - This one was kinda hipstery and also one of the few that served desserts.

La Tasqueta de Blai - This one was probably the most authentic we tried. The pintxos were simple (really just cheese and ham) but they were only €1 so I can't really complain.

G O T H I C  Q U A R T E R
La Boqueria
If you're going to Barcelona, you must visit this market. It's a huge food market with everything from raw fish and meat to complete tapas meals with sangria. There are also a lot of stalls that sell these fruity smoothie drinks which cost €1 and they are stupidly good.

Just around the corner from la Boqueria, you'll find this donut store. Dude. I got a pistachio and hazelnut donut and I think I died and went to heaven, no exaggeration??? 

The Benedict 
One of the mornings, I was really wanting pancakes, so I made us walk around until we found this American brunch restaurant. It was the first time I had alcohol with breakfast, in the shape of a mimosa, but I gotta say I'm a fan.

S A G R A D A  F A M I L I A
I think this is only in Spain, but it's for sure a chain. It's sorta fast food except it tastes like a real restaurant. They have like 15 types of burger to choose from, and you can get a kilo of fries for €4 extra.


This is one of the many bars throughout Barcelona. If you go to Spain, you'll probably end up in one at some point. They sell food all day as well as coffees and alcohol.  This particular one was arouond the corner from our hostel and it was where I had the best café con leche in the whole week.

So that's all the places I recommend! It turned out to be a bigger list than I thought, I lowkey thought I would only remember 3 places and this post would be kinda weak. But I basically remembered 8 so way to go.
I don't know when I will write a post next, but I will try not to take too long.
I hope you all have a great week!


  1. I went to Barcelona a month a go and this post is making me nostalgic! I was so busy seeing sights (and getting excited by Zara haha) that I dont feel like I truly explored the foodie scene but I did go to La Boqueria which was insane. I also ate loads of churros in super authentic and local cafes which were to die for. The €3 jug of sangria sounds like the dream and your tapas looks amazing!!x

    1. Boqueria Market is full of so much food. And yessss - the churros are great! The "hot chocolate" is literally melted chocolate too, which is kinda rare to find in Canada and the UK. Thanks for reading & commenting! :)

  2. Ah man, I went to Barcelona a year ago and I did not do it right, so many people have gone this year and it's made me so jealous, I'm hoping I'll be able to go last minute over summer. I am jealous of the 3 euro jug of sangria !x

  3. Omgggg these pictures! Beam me over! I went to Barcelona a few years ago and had such a gorgeous time. It's such a magical place. Thanks for sharing your hot tips!


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