Formal, Casual or Cozy? 12 restaurants to try in Barcelona

Barcelona is known for its weather, its architecture, its night Clubs and festivals, but it is also well-known for its food and a vast variety of restaurants. You can find more than 7000 restaurants and bars in Barcelona. We want to help you to find the right restaurant for each occasion to enjoy it with your friends or family.

Special occasions or more formal restaurants:

Bimbas (Avinguda Diagonal 652, Barcelona): Italian Trattoria in the upper part of Barcelona, with an elegant atmosphere. Terrace and restaurant are the perfect combination to enjoy a glamorous drink with the best music.

Can Cortada (Avinguda de l’Estatut de Catalunya s/n, Barcelona): authentic Catalan kitchen in a unique space, an old castle restored as a farmhouse. Also, highly recommended for weddings, baptisms, company meetings… the service offered is impeccable.

El Nacional (Passeig de Gràcies 24 bis, Barcelona): with a unique atmosphere, combining four different restaurants offering traditional dishes from Spain, with very high-quality products. It has an impressive design and you have to visit the toilets, you will not regret it.

Marea Alta (Avinguda de les Drassanes 6 24th floor, Barcelona): this sky restaurant specialized in chargrilled fish and smoked dishes brings together the wealth of the coasts in a culinary space with the best views over Barcelona.

Ticket bar de tapas (Avinguda del Paraŀlel 164, Barcelona): it is a tapas bar but not a traditional one; at Tickets the tapas are served innovative and creative, guided by the prestigious chef Ferran Adrià. The restaurant belongs to the so-called Gastrobar, which seeks to offer “haute cuisine” at affordable prices.

For casual dinner or lunch:

Oval (C/ València 199, Barcelona): if you like to customize and eat your favorite hamburger, this is your restaurant. They give you the opportunity to choose from a lot of ingredients, as well as having some delicious nachos and fries with melted cheese.

Quimet i Quimet (Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25, Barcelona): with only two tables and a bar, this old cellar is always crowded. They have their own beer, they serve the best tap vermouth and they offer a wide variety of wines. All this combined with some of the best tapas in the city.

Crepes Barcelona (With several locations such as Rambla de Catalunya 40, Barcelona): it is said that this restaurant is the crème de la crème of crepes in Barcelona. Perfectly cooked, unusual crepes and a pleasant atmosphere.

NAP Mar (Carrer del Baluard 69, Barcelona): fast, tasty and delicious authentic Italian pizzas. The restaurant is minimalist but the price-quality relation will attract your attention. They have partnerships with a lot of takeaway companies, so enjoying your pizza at home is also a great option.

Cafés or bars for small breaks:

Federal Café (Carrer del Parlament 39, Barcelona): you can have one of the best brunches in the town in a cozy place. A lot of healthy choices and delicious food. However, if you want to have brunch on Sunday, you might have to queue, but it is worth it.

Cup&Cake (c/ Enric Granados, 145): their sweets are delicious, made with the best ingredients and with honesty and love for their work. They have several shops in Barcelona, all of them with elegant decorations. They say absolutely everything is hand-made and prepared slowly and with care.

Pasteleria Mauri (c/ de Provença 276, Barcelona): One of the classic cafés in Barcelona. It is a quiet place, although it is usually full at peak times. The quality of their cakes and tea pastries are impressive, made in a traditional way. It is also an excellent option for any type of celebrations.

No matter if you are searching for an exquisite dinner, a casual lunch, a snack or just want to try something new, Barcelona will always surprise you!

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