Barcelona's Hottest and Trendiest Restaurants in and Around the Downtown Core

Ferran Adria and Jordi Vila are just two names amongst many, who draw self proclaimed foodies and culinary 'know-it-all's' from all corners of the world, to Catalonia. Barcelona's reputation as a gastronomic hub has flourished over the years and only continues to grow and make a name for itself as one of the greatest cities for innovative, creative and avant-garde cuisine. Whether you're looking for authentic hole in the wall joints full of character and culture, an informal and lively ambiance in a trendy downtown restaurant, or high quality tapas in an elegant and classy establishment, there is truly something for all tastes in Barcelona. Between the rustic Gothic Quarter, posher Born district to the often seedy Ravel in the Old City and into the more upscale Eixample district in the newer areas, Barcelona's restaurant scene is as eclectic as the people who inhabit and frequent it. A few notable places to consider are Montiel, 41 Degrees (if you can get tickets), Paco Meralgo, Pakta and Comerc 24. There is also a host of Michelin Star establishments in the city as well as just outside. The number one restaurant in the world, El Cellar Can Roca, is only an hour and a half away outside of Girona. 



A trendy, young, lively and unique restaurant that specializes in Asian tapas. Mosquito has found its niche offering the most amazing Dim Sum and dumplings, you'll actually feel like you're in Hong Kong and China, while dipping into a wide...  Read More

Café de l'Acadèmia


This is one of those restaurants where you always find yourself passing by, staring at the people in the window, mouth drooling wishing you were sitting at their table. There's something that draws people to Cafe de L'Academia, whether it's the...  Read More



A hip, New York style gastro tapas bar in the heart of the Born neighborhood. Llamber is chic and trendy, set in a loft style setting with exposed brick and a mix of high top tables and regular seating. The restaurant prides itself on quality,...  Read More

Comerc 24


This Michelin star restaurant boasts the best of both worlds; an eclectic tapas bar with the service of an elegant restaurant. Avant-Garde with a modern decor, Comerc 24 has been hailed as a Barcelona 'must-try' from foodies worldwide. Renowned...  Read More



Mediterranean inspired cuisine with Spanish influence, this intimate and elegant restaurant is an excellent find in the heart of the Old City. Pla has an extensive menu including fish, meats, salads as well as seasonal specialties and mouth...  Read More

Paco Meralgo


Innovative tapas in the heart of the Eixample, Paco Meralgo's minimalist decor doesn't take away from its warm atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. It's fair to say that this restaurant has some of the most unique tapas in the city,...  Read More

Old Town
El Salón


Charming, quaint and one of the only restaurants in Barcelona that takes reservations on their outdoor terrace, El Salon is a always a sure bet for out-of-towners, dates and intimate evenings amongst close friends. Featuring a mix of Catalan and...  Read More



Fabulous cooking classes by a professional nutritionist and vegan cook. This is less of a traditional restaurant and more of a home experience plus cooking class, which ends in a three-course meal. Pabulum focuses on fresh, organic, local and in...  Read More



There are few Barcelona restaurants able to beat the charm, elegance and eclectic menu found at Montiel. Hidden on one of the narrow side streets in the Born, this small, two-story restaurant has mouth watering tapas, meats, starters and above...  Read More



An Italian landmark in Barcelona, Murivecchi is renowned for its delicious food, authentic Italian flair and attentive staff. Known as one of the city's most scrumptious Italian restaurants, Murivecchi has made quite a name for itself over the...  Read More


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