Ciutat Vella's Tastiest and Trendiest Places to Dine

Barcelona's Old City is one of the best areas for a romantic dinner and delicious food. Over the past few years, Barcelona and Spain on a whole have become a food lovers' haven with innovative, new restaurants springing up everywhere. Ciutat Vella, in particular, is a hub for tasty, experimental gastro tapas, Catalan and Mediterranean Fusion and international cuisine including Asian, Italian and even a few new kosher restaurants as well.

The Gothic Quarter and Born neighborhoods are ideal if you're looking for an intimate meal in an authentically Spanish/Catalan setting. Many of the restaurants are situated in old buildings, and even though most of them have been renovated, the charm of these historic buildings shines through thus providing for a truly romantic experience.

Ciutat Vella's Raval and Poble Sec neighborhoods also provide for some excellent dining experiences. If you're looking for rustic and African or Pakistani cuisine, the Raval has a large number of options. Poble Sec is home to three new Ferran Adria restaurants and is continuing to shine as one of Barcelona's fastest up and coming 'barrios'. If you're looking for something that's truly off the beaten path, check out some of the family-run diners and beautiful terraces in this area. 

Café de l'Acadèmia

Casually appointed with wicker chairs and walls of stone, this restaurant exudes a chic, rustic feel. Strains of classical music can be heard by diners feasting on new Catalan cuisine such as chicken brochette, quail with soy and sesame, and...  Read More

Poblet Sec

Ferran Adria's newest addition to Barcelona's tapas scene, Tickets is a refreshing spin on gastro-tapas, offering delicious, innovative dishes in a fun and youthful locale. Tapas can be ordered a la carte or ask for their surprise menu where you...  Read More

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,...  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


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

Ginger Bar

With its hanging disco ball, plush leather seats and wooden tables, many Ginger fans have coined this trendy wine and cocktail bar as an 'airport lounge'. It is however, rather known for it's innovative cocktails, wide selection of amazing wine...  Read More

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,...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More

If you're looking for tasty seafood, exceptional paella and a host of options including vegan dishes, Barraca is the optimal choice. Overlooking the beach, floor to ceiling windows line the upper floor of this restaurant, providing for gorgeous...  Read More


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