Barcelona's Best Downtown Restaurants: A Maze of Options

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.



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



Delicious Basque style food in Barcelona's trendy Born neighborhood. Orio is a great place to eat pintxos, Basque style tapas, or have a full on meal. With a large variety of seafood, meats, cured cheeses, salads and an amazingly long wine list,...  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



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...  Read More

Old Town
El Salón


The antique decor that adorns El Salon is simply charming, and the menu is equally impressive. It is based on a Catalan traditional menu, but it is colored with French influence. Dishes you should try include roast guinea fowl with chestnut...  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



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

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



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



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


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