Great Restaurants In the Heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Barcelona's Ciutat Vella is best known for the Gothic Quarter. The heart of the city's history, culture and local vibe, it's no wonder you'll find some of the tastiest and most authentic restaurants in this part of town. Whether you're looking for local Catalan dishes, gastro tapas or rustic hole in the wall joints, the Gothic Neighborhood has it all. Amongst the windy streets and tucked away courtyards, the Gotico hosts some of Barcelona's most well-known locales. Plaza Sant Jus in particular is ripe with excellent restaurants from Pla, to Bliss, to Cafe L'Academia and the best cocktail bar in town, Ginger. Just a short walk down the road, Plaza Reial (right off La Rambla) is a bit more touristy, but full of renowned restaurants including Les Quinze Nits, which ALWAYS has a line up, so be sure to show up early as they don't take reservations.

Another popular street is Calle Escudellers, where the chickens from Caracoles restaurant can be seen spinning in the window and known for being delicious. 

Whether you're in the mood for fine dining or 'greasy tapas', the Gothic Quarter is one of the trendiest and liveliest places in the city in which to enjoy great eats in an eclectic atmosphere. 



There is always a line up outside Les Quinze Nits. Part of the Andilana Restaurant group, although this place can be slightly touristy, it's one of the tastiest Gothic Quarter restaurants. Their dishes have a Mediterranean and Catalan flare and...  Read More

Los Caracoles


Sight, smell and taste converge when you see the large wall of roasting chickens at one of Barcelona's most famous restaurants. Dine on incredible Catalan dishes of roasted meats, fresh fish dishes and snails. Los Caracoles is one of the city's...  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

Els 4Gats


Els 4Gats, or 'Four Cats' is one of Barcelona's most famous restaurants. Most well known for being Picasso's watering hole, it opened in June, 1897 in a building designed but architect Puig i Cadafalch and instantly caught peoples' attention due...  Read More

Andu Bar


Romantic, intimate and cozy, this dimly lit wine and tapas bar is tucked away on one of the Gothic Quarters' many side streets. Ideal for dates or a few drinks with friends, it's owned by a Canadian and the service is top notch and so is the...  Read More



Wine and tapas bar in the center of the Gothic Quarter, Jet Lag is a welcome new addition to Barcelona's bar scene. Nestled behind Plaza Sant Jus, just up from Jaume Metro station, Jet Lag serves a range of amazing, international wines including...  Read More

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



Tucked away in Plaza Sant Juss, Bliss is both a cozy coffee, tea and tapas joint as well as a thriving summer time venue due to it's great out door patio. The back room is full of plus couches and comfy chairs which makes it hard to leave and...  Read More



Before you order at Pla, the waiter will pull up a chair, sit at the edge of your table and discuss the daily specials. They'll then answer any questions you might have about the menu and recommend an amazing wine from their very extensive list....  Read More

Old Town
El Salón


The antique decor that adorns El Sal�n 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 the seared tuna, lamb and...  Read More


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