Barcelona's Chicest Neighborhood Offers Delicious, Trend-Setting Restaurants

In the heart of the Old City, Barcelona's Born neighborhood has become synonymous with trendy chic and gastro tapas. In recent years there's been a surge in restaurants, especially in this part of town. Not only does Passeig Del Born have a ton of eateries of all styles, the Born is laden with tiny alleyways and out of the way nooks, full of places you'd never think to look unless you knew what was there.

One of the city's best restaurants, Montiel, is situated in this neighborhood just off of Calle Flassaders, along with some of the best pizza shops and gastro tapas restaurants, including Llamber and Mosquito amongst others.

What's important to note when frequenting the Born, is that there are several sub-sections within this neighborhood, some of which have been less 'inhabited' by tourists. The upper Born, near Arc de Triomf is where you can find a lot of 'out of the way' restaurants, such as Elsa y Fred and En Aparte, both amazing, quaint, charming and great for intimate dinners or long lunches. The area that leads onto Barceloneta is also a nice place to explore with Kiosko Hamburgers right on the edge and always packed with lines out the door.

This is a fabulous neighborhood to eat in and once dinner is over there are plenty of bars and late night clubs within walking distance. 


A trendy take on Vietnamese street food, this deli now has two locations, one in Gracia and one in the Born neighborhood. Priding themselves on serving fresh and healthy dishes, their motto is: 'we mind food' and they put their money where their mouth is. LaVietnamita is a tasty Asian and Spanish fusion option in a cool setting with great service. They also cater to dietary needs. After you're finished dinner, you can stroll along Passeig Del Born and have a drink at the always lively bars including Pitin and No Name Cafe. And if you're up for a night on the town, Magic Club is right around the corner.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: Top notch Asian food in a small, yet comfy restaurant near Park Ciutadella

Sam's expert tip: Try their fideua and chicken dish

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An excellent gastro tapas bar in the Old City right near Arc De Triomf at the edge of the Born neighborhood. Elsa y Fred sports an early 1920's decor and provides an elegant understated vibe. It's a great place for a morning coffee and paper, tapas lunch and delicious dinner. On Tuesday nights they have Jazz and on weekends they're always packed for brunch. They also have a wonderful new breakfast menu with 'American Style' options such as omletes and pancakes depending on the day. This is a trendy, tapas restaurant/bistro in the Born and a great place for good conversation and a fun evening out.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: Exquisite tapas in a charming locale with a 1920's flare

Sam's expert tip: Be sure to reserve in advance on Tuesdays and on the weekends

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Pizza Del Born has quickly become one of Barcelona's most well known pizza joints. Located on the trendy and very busy Passeig Del Born walkway, this place is perfect for late night street food, a cheap and easy lunch or a Saturday afternoon bite with friends. It's a small pizza joint with a few stools and places to eat in, or they can package it in a box for you, straight out of the oven so you can eat it on the street or take it home. There are a few pizza places close by but Pizza Del Born is by far the best.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: Renowned as the city's best pizza, delicious, thin crust and right on the central walkway

Sam's expert tip: Try their dried tomato and brie pizza

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Featuring a mix of high quality Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine, Salero was established before the Born became trendy and is now one of the 'go to' hot spots for delicious food and fun evenings out on the town. Dim lighting and candlelit tables coupled with a warm and somehow magical ambiance, make this restaurant ideal for dates. Since it's situated in the heart of the action, when dinner's over all you have to do is step outside and you have tons of options at your fingertips in order to keep the night going. The ambiance might seem a little fancier, but there's no need to dress up too much for this restaurant.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: A romantic, trendy and modern restaurant off of Passeig Del Born

Sam's expert tip: They have a few outdoor tables but be sure to reserve them in advance especially in the summer.

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La Ciutadela

Quaint and charming, La Ciutadela is nestled in the Old City near Arc de Triomf and has an extremely diverse menu with a strong focus on serving fresh seafood daily. With two private dining rooms and a separate coffee area, you'll be treated like a VIP in this elegantly warm locale. The ingredients are all high quality and perfectly mixed together providing for a mouth watering experience at extremely affordable prices. Some of their best dishes include their avocado salad, tuna and shrimp salad as well. If you're in the mood for paella this is a great place to try it, but be sure to come on an empty stomach.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: Excellent seafood restaurant on the edge of the Born, not prone to tourists

Sam's expert tip: A small restaurant with few tables and as part of the Ciutadela Hotel, so it fills up quickl; be sure to reserve.

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El Foro

A beef lover's paradise, El Foro cooks a mean Argentinean bife de chorizo and is one of the few places in Barcelona that knows how to make a steak 'poco hecho' (bloody rare). This lively, airy and spacious restaurant is excellent for dates, parties or just an intimate evening out amongst friends. When it comes to lunch, they have a very affordable three-course lunch menu. Even if you're not a carnivore, you still have options; El Foro has an extensive menu including pasta, pizza and salad dishes amongst other Argentinean specialties. Every morning El Foro also features a small breakfast menu, with fresh orange juice; the restaurant also has free wi-fi.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: The best steak in Barcelona, a fabulous meat restaurant with Argentinean cuts

Sam's expert tip: Try their Bianchi Malbec, an excellent and reasonably priced Argentinean wine. They also have a tasty and cheap, three-course menu del dia for lunch.

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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, fresh food from the market as well as it's incredible wine list with a whopping 30 wines by the glass. This is a chic new place in Barcelona to dine with friends or on a date. It's also great for family outings perhaps on a special occasion. It's quite roomy and great for large groups.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: High quality tapas in a bustling part of the Born with a great terrace and a cool vibe

Sam's expert tip: Try their salad it's incredible and innovative

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A slice of Paris in the heart of Barcelona's Ciutate Vella, if you're in the mood for a french cafe/bistro, this is the place to go. Run by all French staff, this rustic, quaint and incredibly personable cafe acts as a restaurant as well as a late night wine bar. It's an ideal place to set up shop and work for the day using their free Wi-Fi while sipping on a glass of Bordeaux accompanied with a plate of Comte cheese. Their food is high-end but the vibe is casual, unpretentious and incredibly inviting. They also have a wonderful terrace which is perfect during the summer.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: French cuisine in the upper Born with a great patio and perfect for working while eating

Sam's expert tip: Try their Comte and Ham salad

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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 variety of tapas amongst friends. Mosquito is a small locale in the heart of the Born, owned and run by a British native who spent years in Asia mastering the art of Asian cuisine. This place is always packed and for good reason. It's quite unassuming, with wooden tables and a curtain separating the bathroom from the rest of the space.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: Asian gastro tapas, delicious, unassuming and always packed in the heart of the Born

Sam's expert tip: They have an excellent selection of local as well as international beer.

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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 all they have an excellent selection of fresh fish daily. One of the only places in the city that has fish on Mondays (for the most part fish is not caught and sold on Sundays), this is a sure bet for dates, guests or an intimate evening out. Montiel now has a set menu with two options, however they cater to dietary restrictions.

Recommended for Born's Best Restaurants because: A high-end delicious restaurant in the Born. Fresh, seasonal food and beautifully put together

Sam's expert tip: Try their sirloin steak and tuna tartar

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