Over the years Barcelona's culinary scene has diversified and improved tenfold and today it’s home to renowned Spanish as well as international chefs and a handful of mouth watering Michelin Star gems. Barcelona's downtown district or, Ciutat Vella (Old City), in particular, is a maze of windy streets, back alleyways and medieval courtyards and is full of delicious, trendy and rustic restaurants; many of which are hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Whether you're searching for authentic Catalan dishes, Spanish tapas, Mediterranean fusion, French cuisine or a mix of everything, Barcelona's downtown core has an incredible selection of places to dine. What's so great about the city is how easy it is to get from one area to the next and this is especially true in the Old City. The Born, Gothic Quarter and Ravel neighborhoods are all in very close proximity of one another so you can have dinner in one place and go for drinks after in a completely different 'barrio' in less than 10 minutes on foot. Another perk to dining in Ciutat Vella, is that after dinner you can take a short stroll to the beach and walk along the boardwalk overlooking the sea and even stopping for a drink at one of the many chiringuitos (beachside restaurants) that are always open between March – October.