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The 38 Essential Barcelona Restaurants

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From Barcelona's towering churches and bustling avenues to the sun-drenched beaches and idyllic plazas, it's obvious why this city captures visitors' hearts and refuses to let go. As befitting the city's Mediterranean lifestyle, you can eat incredibly well here, and often for not very much money. However, it's also quite easy to have a downright disappointing meal if you settle for any old paella-slinging bar along Les Rambles or La Barceloneta.

This map aims to steer visitors towards sure-fire success in the overwhelming world of Barcelona dining. Obvious essentials like pintxos and paella are included (both great but neither authentically Catalan), and be sure to seek out local gems like stinky cheeses, pickled anchovies, artisan vermouth, grilled squid, blood sausages, craft beers, and giant goblets of gin and tonic, followed by 3 a.m. churros and chocolate to soak up the booze. This list of 38 essential food experiences is just the tip of the iceberg, though it offers a great variety of food (and prices) you can't find at home.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol:

$ = Less than €15 (less than USD 16)
$$ = €16 - €39 (USD 18 to USD 44)
$$$ = €40 - €66 (USD 45 to USD 73)
$$$$ = More than €66 (more than USD 74)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tickets

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Av. Paral·lel, 164, Barcelona
Catalonia 08015, Spain
+34 932 92 42 50
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Having gained fame at his brother Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant, Albert Adrià now boasts his own empire of fine dining establishments along the revitalized Avinguda del Paral·lel. Tickets is the crown jewel. With a menu of classic tapas remixed with modern, often molecular techniques, the theme of Tickets is Barcelona’s golden era of theater, glamour, and cabaret. Every day at midnight, online booking opens for the date exactly two months in the future. You can also call Tuesday­ to Friday 4 to ­6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to ­12 p.m. and 4 to ­6 p.m. to get a same­-day table if there have been cancellations. [$$$$]

2. O Meu Lar

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C. Margarit 24, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain
+34 933 29 70 74
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A Galician restaurant from 1989 with a family feel, O Meu Lar specializes in hefty chuletónes (grilled T­-Bone steaks) from Galician cows, classic seafood dishes from the region, including the famous dish of polbo á feira (festival-­style boiled octopus), and other quintessential tapas. Try a plate of Galician pimientos de Padrón (blistered green peppers with sea salt) with your monster steak. [$$]

3. Quimet & Quimet

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Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 42 31 42

This tiny, antique bar from 1914 is off the beaten path yet also usually packed. It's famous for its montaditos: two-­bite tapas on round, crispy bread. Most are made from conservas (canned seafood), cheese, cured meats, or fish. The large selection of local wines, vermouth, and house-made beer pairs especially nicely with the stinky Torta del Casar cheese with candied chestnut, the velvety salt cod with olive tapenade and tomato, and the creamy foie gras with volcanic salt. [$]

4. Morro Fi

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Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171, 08015 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s obsession with vermouth is proof that trends move in circles. What was first popular around 1900 has reemerged in the past decade as the city’s most popular aperitivo once more. Bittersweet and served on ice with a garnish of olive and orange, vermut negre will pleasantly surprise you, and Morro Fi is the perfect place to give it a try. The petite vermouth bar serves small bites like cured and pickled anchovies, hard cheeses, marinated mussels, and thick-­cut, house-­made potato chips (best when doused in red “aperitivo sauce”). [$]

5. Bar Ramón

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Carrer del Comte Borrell, 81, 08015 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 25 02 83
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A busy, neighborhood bar with a kitsch 1950s rock and roll theme, Bar Ramón has been a local go­-to since 1939. Famous for signature dishes like seared foie gras with beef filet on toast, as well as classic tapas like croquettes and gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Bar Ramón is a place where you can eat very well on the cheap. Reservations are recommended, but can only be made by phone or in person. [$$]

6. Bar Cañete

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Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 70 34 58
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Cozy up to the bar surrounding the open kitchen at this classic restaurant and local favorite. Its extensive offering of both Catalan and Spanish cuisine ranges from the traditional tapa Tortilla de Camarones of Cádiz (a fried shrimp fritter) to sautéed veal sweetbreads with artichoke hearts. Note that there are two entrances: one for Bar Cañete is on the right, and another for the pricier Cañete Mantel (“tablecloth”) is on the left. Stick with Bar Cañete for the best experience. [$$$]

7. La Confitería

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Sant Pau, 128, Barcelona
Catalonia 08001, Spain
+34 616 41 10 39

Previously a dive bar, this beautiful, Modernist candy shop from 1912 has recently been restored to its former glory and reinvented as a gastropub. Dishes like tender braised beef cheek and succulent duck confit are served alongside very professional, hip interpretations of vintage cocktails in keeping with Barcelona’s recent obsession with retro mixology. $$

8. Els Sortidors del Parlament

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Carrer del Parlament, 53, 08015 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 41 16 02

Found on the restaurant-­rich street of Carrer del Parlament, this classic­-meets-­modern bodega (a term that defines a place that is a wine shop that also sells food and wine for on-site enjoyment) stands out in the Sant Antoni neighborhood. Enjoy a glass of wine from the shop's old barrels, from which the business also sells wine “a granel” (by the liter), vermouth, and various craft beers; snack on tapas and Catalan dishes; or just browse the gourmet shop. There is a little something wonderful here for everyone. $$

9. Vila Viniteca's La Teca

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Carrer dels Agullers, 9, 08003 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 101 956
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Founded in 1932, Vila Viniteca is the definitive spot for wine shopping in Barcelona. Across the street sits La Teca, a companion gourmet shop featuring a cheese cave of more than 350 artisan varieties, a wall of Spanish jamón, rows of conservas (canned seafood), a wine and cheese bar, and a cellar from the 15th century that hosts group wine tastings upon request. Sit and order a cheese plate and glass of wine in the bar area, or buy some snacks to go and head to the Parc de la Ciutadella, just a ten minute walk away. $$

10. Xiringuito Escribà

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Avinguda Litoral, 42, Barcelona
Catalonia 08005, Spain
+34 932 21 07 29
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The Escribà family’s holdings date back to 1906 with the founding of the original Escribà bakery, followed by the opening of the beautiful Escribà pastry shop on Les Rambles in 1986. In 1992 Joan Escribà opened Xiringuito Escribà, which has its upscale dining area above Bogatell beach; nestled in the sand below is the casual, sun­-drenched “cabana.” Both serve classic and modern tapas, salads, seafood, paella, and cocktails. During the day, the cabana is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and sea breezes. In the evening the enclosed restaurant is recommended. Still, you can always head down to the sand after dinner for a drink. $$

11. Can Solé

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C. Sant Carles, 4, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 21 50 12
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Originally a shop selling sundries and soaps at the turn of the 20th century, Can Solé was converted into a restaurant in 1903 and has been satisfying lovers of local seafood and rice ever since. Enjoy a classic seafood paella or the Catalan favorite, Arròs Caldós (Brothy Rice), with your choice of shrimp, sea urchin, mussels, lobster, or more. $$$

12. ElDiset

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C. Antic de Sant Joan, 3, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 68 19 87
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This wine bar at the heart of bohemian neighborhood El Born is perfect for a date night or an evening with friends. A list of some 20 Catalan wines by the glass and a varied offering of torrades (open-­faced sandwiches) on deliciously crisp bread make for a perfect chic-­yet ­casual meal. Try the torrada of black sausage, cured cheese, sundried tomatoes, and tangy orange vinaigrette, with a glass of full­-bodied red from local region Priorat. Often very busy, ElDiset's energy level begins to rise around 9 p.m. and carries well into the evening. $$

13. Zona d'Ombra

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Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call, 12, 08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 00 58 02
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A softly ­lit wine bar and bottle shop in the old medieval Jewish quarter of Barcelona, Zona d’Ombra boasts an impressive selection of local wines by the glass and a basic menu of cured meats, cheeses, and other snacks. For around the price of one glass, you can choose a flight of three wines (small pours) and sample the surprising variety of Catalan whites, rosés, and reds. Less of a restaurant and more of a quiet place for the enjoyment of unique wines, Zona d’Ombra is a great pre-dinner stop, and on Sunday afternoons it often hosts live acoustic music. $

14. Bar Mut

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Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 17 43 38
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Bar Mut is famous for good reason: This small restaurant delivers a refined gastronomic experience. The menu of top­ quality tapas and Catalan cuisine includes the likes of sirloin with foie gras, wood oven­-roasted scallops, braised oxtail, steak tartare, and grilled prawns. The seafood is absolutely pristine, and the service is professional and practiced. It’s a great option for a special “splurge” meal that's not overly formal. Also, ask your waiter to be put on the list for post-dinner drinks at Mutis, the establishment's semi-secret cocktail bar upstairs. $$$

15. Mercat de Sant Josep, aka La Boqueria

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La Rambla, 91, Barcelona
Catalonia 08002, Spain
+34 933 18 25 84
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Barcelona Mercat de Sant Josep (known as La Boqueria) is arguably one of the world's most famous fresh markets. Among the vendors’ stalls you can find numerous lunch counters, but El Quim de la Boqueria and Bar Pinotxo are considered the best. At either bar, stake out a stool whose occupant appears to be wrapping up their meal and wait patiently behind them. Everything available is great, so go with seasonal recommendations — do expect higher prices than you'd find outside the market, though. These dishes are superb, and you'll pay a premium for the unique experience of dining at these busy lunch counters with ingredients sourced just steps away. $$

16. Baluard Barceloneta

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Baluard, 38-40, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 21 12 08
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This organic bakery near the beach is always bustling. It champions the slow fermentation process, selling pastries, sandwiches, and artisan bread from a natural yeast “mother," or starter. The bread is baked fresh throughout the day in wood-­fired ovens, but get there early for the best selection. There is no seating here, so you must take your bread and pastries to go. The sandwiches in particular are an easy snack for the nearby Barceloneta beach. $

17. Cova Fumada

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Carrer del Baluard, 56, 08003 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 21 40 61

One of the oldest restaurants in the beachside neighborhood of La Barceloneta, this is the birthplace of the famous “Bomba de la Barceloneta” — a mouth­watering fried mashed potato croquette, stuffed with savory ground beef and topped with aioli and hot sauce, which now appears on menus all over the city. In addition to the Bombas, try the calamars a la planxa (grilled squid) and grilled sardines (in season in summer). If you’re adventurous, add a plate of Cap i Pota, an old-­school Catalan stew of tripe, veal trotters, and veal head in tomato. $$

18. Bar La Plata

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Carrer de la Mercè, 28, 08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 15 10 09
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This small corner bar just one block from the old port of Barcelona has been serving the same four dishes since 1945. Though the salted anchovies, fried sausage, and tomato salad are all delicious, the floured and fried boquerones (anchovies) are the true star. Now run by the grandson of the original founder, Bar La Plata sells over 40 kg of these little fish per week. The place is nearly always busy and has few tables, so do as the crowds do and eat standing up at the bar or even in the street if no seats are available. $

19. Espai Sucre

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Princesa, 53, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 68 16 30
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Part of a local pastry school of the same name, Espai Sucre (Sugar Space) is a bit like a dessert laboratory. The dessert­-only restaurant offers a five-­course progressive tasting menu, beginning with apple vinegar sorbet with calvados, anise, and celery and ending with caramel sponge cake with black olive and coffee ice cream and orange, followed by petit fours and coffee. The eatery offers full wine pairings, and an “all chocolate” tasting is also available. $$

20. Conesa Entrepans

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Carrer de la Llibreteria 1, Barcelona
Catalonia 08002, Spain
+34 933 10 13 94
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This busy sandwich shop in Plaça Sant Jaume, across from the City Hall, has been serving locals and politicians since 1951. Many sandwiches contain some variety of botifarra (sausages), and the bread is pressed similarly to an Italian panini. Of all the many “Frankfurts” (sausage-­centric sandwich bars) in Barcelona, Conesa is the most famous, serving a simple but consistent product on demand for those looking for an easy hunger fix in the city center. The service is fast and the quality of the ingredients is top, and, in keeping with the times, gluten­-free bread is now available. $

21. Churrería J. Argilés

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Carrer de la Marina, 107, 08018 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 232 4307

Founded in 1958 by José Argilés, president of the Guild of Artisan Churro Makers, this kiosk is a Barcelona icon and the perfect place to get classic churros with hot chocolate. Open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays to cater to the hoards exiting the nearby nightclub, Razzmatazz, this is the perfect place to soak up the booze that fueled your night. (It also sells French fries with ketchup and mayonnaise if fried dough isn’t your thing.) For a less rowdy experience, stop by any afternoon to enjoy your churros in peace. $

22. Nømad Coffee Lab & Shop

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Ptge. Sert, 12, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 628 56 62 35
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Nømad Coffee's founder, Jordi Mestre, has been instrumental in ushering in the new era of specialty coffee in the city. Nømad is a coffee roaster and coffee shop, and its original location on the picturesque Passatge Sert is aptly dubbed the “coffee lab.” Visit on weekday mornings for an expertly-pulled, fresh-­roasted espresso. The company's second location in Poble Nou is larger and houses the roasting outfit, in addition to a cafe with more seating than the downtown location. And at the Roaster’s Home you can partake in coffee “cuppings” (tastings) every Friday at 4 p.m. $

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23. Jai-Ca

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C. Ginebra, 9-13, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 68 32 65
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This boisterous tapas bar in the center of the Barceloneta neighborhood is a cheap and tasty place for a relaxed weekend lunch of tapas and vermouth. Both locations (on the same block) are usually full at meal times, so wait by the door trying to catch a waiter’s eye to get your name on the waitlist. Navalles a la planxa (grilled razor clams), sípia a la planxa (grilled cuttlefish), and calamars a l'andalusa (fried squid) are tasty starters. $$

24. La Paradeta

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C. Comercial, 7, Barcelona
Catalonia 08009, Spain
+34 932 68 19 39
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Founded in 1994 in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona, La Paradeta has expanded to five locations in the city. The secret to its success is its simplicity: Order your fresh seafood (displayed on ice) by weight and sit patiently until the kitchen calls your number. The price-to-quality ratio here is excellent, so expect a line out the door, especially at the city center locations. $$

25. La Llar de Foc

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Ramon i Cajal, 13, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain
+34 932 84 10 25
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An old-­school restaurant specializing in grilled meats (steak, lamb, botifarra sausages, and more), the Llar de Foc is an ideal place for a taste of simple, authentic Catalan cuisine right in the center of Gràcia. From early February until late April, this is also an excellent pick for enjoying calçots, char-grilled winter onions (similar to leeks) that are a local seasonal delicacy. $$

26. Maitea Taberna

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C. Casanova, 157, Barcelona
Catalonia 08036, Spain
+34 934 39 51 07
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Pintxos are the famous, toothpick­-spiked bar snack of the Basque region, and Maitea Taberna is widely considered one of the best Basque pintxo bars in the city for its authentic ambiance, extensive menu of hot and cold pintxos and plates, and fair prices. The cold, self­-serve pintxos are great, but don’t miss ordering some hot pintxos off the a la carte menu. The Morcilla de Burgos (black pudding with rice) with apple purée is especially great. (Another less-authentic but very popular and more central alternative is Blai Tonight at Carrer de Blai, 23. In fact that entire street, Blai, is lined with affordable tapas and pintxo bars popular with locals.) $

27. Disfrutar

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Villaroel 163, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain
+34 933 48 68 96
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This restaurant is climbing steadily to the top of Barcelona's fine dining pyramid. The chef-owners, veterans of the El Bulli kitchen, opened Disfrutar in Barcelona in 2014 and currently hold one Michelin star. The modern Mediterranean cuisine and elegant service make for an unmissable experience. $$$$

28. Horchateria Sirvent

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C. Parlament, 56, Barcelona
Catalonia 08015, Spain
+34 934 41 27 20
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A Mediterranean drink that dates back to the Middle Ages, horchata de chufa has been served at Horchatería Sirvent since 1920. A chilled, slightly thick blend of leche de chufa (tiger nut milk), water, and sugar, horchata is a refreshing, traditional summer beverage, and Sirvent is the place to sample it. With an ambiance that could best be compared to a 1950s American soda shop with retro Catalan fittings, the original Horchatería Sirvent (not to be confused with the newer, less kitschy Sirvent around the corner) is a blast from the past. $

29. Els Pescadors

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Plaça Prim 1, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain
+34 932 25 20 18
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An excellent, if pricey, seafood restaurant in a tranquil plaza in Poble Nou, a neighborhood not often visited by tourists. Els Pescadors is an elegant choice for celebrations and indulgence. The paella is exceptional, and the main courses — namely the Gall de Sant Pere (John Dory with brown butter and capers) and the Rap al Serrallo (Monkfish with ham and almonds in brandy) — should not be missed. $$$

30. El Xampanyet

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C. Montcada, 22, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 933 19 70 03
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Dating back to the 1920s and brimming with character, from the tiled walls and vintage wine bottle collection to the boisterous crowds and taciturn barmen, El Xampanyet is well known with both locals and tourists as an excellent place for an authentic aperitivo. It's ideal for a glass of cava, some house-­cured salted anchovies, an assortment of conservas, and a sample of whatever hot dishes are on the day’s menu. You must squeeze in the door and prepare for standing room only. $

31. Can Paixano

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Reina Cristina, 7, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 938 94 13 33
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In this crowded sparkling wine bar, the norm is spilled cava, forgotten napkins on the floor, and a shortage of personal space. The place has its own house brand of Cava at great prices, though you must keep ordering food if you want to drink more. The menu includes a big list of fried sausages, sandwiches, and other snacks to choose from, but the move is to order the off­-menu surtido de butifarras (assortment of sausages). Before 5 p.m. you can order Cava by the bottle for next to nothing. $

32. Pastisseria Hofmann

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C. dels Flassaders, 44, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 68 82 21
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A bakery run by the local Hofmann culinary school, this little shop makes some of the best “pure butter” croissants in Barcelona (cheaper, pre-­frozen croissants at your neighborhood bar often contain pork lard or shortening). Try one stuffed with mascarpone cheese or raspberry. There are a couple of stools beside the service counter, but the recommended course of action is getting your croissants to go and enjoying them on one of the stone benches lining the Passeig de Barcelona, just a dozen steps away. $

33. Pastisseria Bubó Born

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C. Caputxes, 10, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 932 68 72 24
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A cake shop from famous pastry chef Carles Mampel, Bubó looks more like a jewelry store than a place to enjoy confectionary masterpieces. The glass display cases, full of pristine mini-cakes, macarons, and more, beckon you to indulge in a sugary nightcap. Both Cava and coffee are also available. The Pastisseria is much better than the Bubó Bar next door (where you can also order dessert). $

34. Rubi Bar

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Banys Vells 6, Barcelona
Catalonia 08003, Spain
+34 671 44 18 88

Almost a decade after this inexplicable craze began, Barcelona is still obsessed with gin and tonics. At this petite, intimate bar on an enchanting Medieval street, the young crowd downs copious amounts of these famous “gin tonics” under glowing red lamps. The owners infuse their own gin (with mint, strawberry basil, chili pepper, rosemary, and more) and stock 30­ to 40 brand name gins. LimeHouse (the owner’s other bar, nearby) has around 70 homemade gins, but in a less intimate space. $$

35. Can Ravell

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Carrer d'Aragó, 313, Barcelona
Catalonia 08009, Spain
+34 934 57 51 14
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Only the best seasonal ingredients make it into the kitchen of Can Ravell, an old grocer, wine shop, and restaurant from 1927. Wild mushrooms, spring peas, sausages, seafood, and foie gras are all given the royal treatment, which makes for a one of a kind, if expensive, lunch. Popular for special occasions and holidays, Can Ravell has no set menu, just seasonal a la carte. $$$

36. Fàbrica Moritz

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Rda. de Sant Antoni, 41, Barcelona
Catalonia 08011, Spain
+34 934 26 00 50

This Fàbrica (factory) is the brew­pub of the beloved local lager Moritz, founded in 1856. It's an expansive space with various “gastronomy” sections, with options including a micro­brew bar, an international tapas restaurant, and a gourmet wine bar. Fàbrica Moritz makes some of the best Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with allioli) in a city filled with the iconic local tapa. Try this tasty classic in the Brewer’s Bar area of the restaurant. $$

37. La Cerveteca

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C. Gignàs, 25, Barcelona
Catalonia 08002, Spain
+34 933 15 04 07
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La Cerveteca might not be as modern or trendy as some of the other craft beer bars in town, but its central location, huge selection of beers (both local and imported), and relaxed atmosphere make it a great place for an artisanal brew with friends. Snack on some basic tapas and watch the football match if FC Barça is playing. $

38. Can Culleretes

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C. d'en Quintana, 5, Barcelona
Catalonia 08002, Spain
+34 933 71 64 85
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Founded in 1786, the oldest restaurant in Catalunya is now popular mainly with tourists, but it’s a great destination for honest, classic Catalan food at fair prices. Order the civet de porc senglar (stewed wild boar) or canelons d'espinacs amb brandada de bacallà (spinach and cod brandade cannelloni) while you admire a huge collection of antique oil paintings, tiled walls, and vintage photos. $$

1. Tickets

Av. Paral·lel, 164, Barcelona, Catalonia 08015, Spain

Having gained fame at his brother Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant, Albert Adrià now boasts his own empire of fine dining establishments along the revitalized Avinguda del Paral·lel. Tickets is the crown jewel. With a menu of classic tapas remixed with modern, often molecular techniques, the theme of Tickets is Barcelona’s golden era of theater, glamour, and cabaret. Every day at midnight, online booking opens for the date exactly two months in the future. You can also call Tuesday­ to Friday 4 to ­6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to ­12 p.m. and 4 to ­6 p.m. to get a same­-day table if there have been cancellations. [$$$$]

Av. Paral·lel, 164, Barcelona
Catalonia 08015, Spain

2. O Meu Lar

C. Margarit 24, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

A Galician restaurant from 1989 with a family feel, O Meu Lar specializes in hefty chuletónes (grilled T­-Bone steaks) from Galician cows, classic seafood dishes from the region, including the famous dish of polbo á feira (festival-­style boiled octopus), and other quintessential tapas. Try a plate of Galician pimientos de Padrón (blistered green peppers with sea salt) with your monster steak. [$$]

C. Margarit 24, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain

3. Quimet & Quimet

Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

This tiny, antique bar from 1914 is off the beaten path yet also usually packed. It's famous for its montaditos: two-­bite tapas on round, crispy bread. Most are made from conservas (canned seafood), cheese, cured meats, or fish. The large selection of local wines, vermouth, and house-made beer pairs especially nicely with the stinky Torta del Casar cheese with candied chestnut, the velvety salt cod with olive tapenade and tomato, and the creamy foie gras with volcanic salt. [$]

Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

4. Morro Fi

Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171, 08015 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s obsession with vermouth is proof that trends move in circles. What was first popular around 1900 has reemerged in the past decade as the city’s most popular aperitivo once more. Bittersweet and served on ice with a garnish of olive and orange, vermut negre will pleasantly surprise you, and Morro Fi is the perfect place to give it a try. The petite vermouth bar serves small bites like cured and pickled anchovies, hard cheeses, marinated mussels, and thick-­cut, house-­made potato chips (best when doused in red “aperitivo sauce”). [$]

Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171, 08015 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

5. Bar Ramón

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 81, 08015 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

A busy, neighborhood bar with a kitsch 1950s rock and roll theme, Bar Ramón has been a local go­-to since 1939. Famous for signature dishes like seared foie gras with beef filet on toast, as well as classic tapas like croquettes and gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Bar Ramón is a place where you can eat very well on the cheap. Reservations are recommended, but can only be made by phone or in person. [$$]

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 81, 08015 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

6. Bar Cañete

Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Cozy up to the bar surrounding the open kitchen at this classic restaurant and local favorite. Its extensive offering of both Catalan and Spanish cuisine ranges from the traditional tapa Tortilla de Camarones of Cádiz (a fried shrimp fritter) to sautéed veal sweetbreads with artichoke hearts. Note that there are two entrances: one for Bar Cañete is on the right, and another for the pricier Cañete Mantel (“tablecloth”) is on the left. Stick with Bar Cañete for the best experience. [$$$]

Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

7. La Confitería

Sant Pau, 128, Barcelona, Catalonia 08001, Spain

Previously a dive bar, this beautiful, Modernist candy shop from 1912 has recently been restored to its former glory and reinvented as a gastropub. Dishes like tender braised beef cheek and succulent duck confit are served alongside very professional, hip interpretations of vintage cocktails in keeping with Barcelona’s recent obsession with retro mixology. $$

Sant Pau, 128, Barcelona
Catalonia 08001, Spain

8. Els Sortidors del Parlament