Best Places to Lunch in Barcelona, for as Long as You Want!

For the most part the rumours hold true: there's rarely such a thing as a thirty-minute lunch in Barcelona. Perhaps one of the most celebrated meals of the day, for those who work in typical 'Spanish' offices or for those who have adapted to the Mediterranean way of life, lunchtime can be one of the most relaxing occasions taking anywhere from between 1-2 hours or more, depending on how ‘lax’ your office is. As a result, the city caters itself accordingly with most restaurants offering lunch 'menus del dia' from around 8-12 Euros. This usually includes a three-course meal (starter, main and dessert) as well as a drink and often a glass or half liter of wine. Traditional Catalan and Spanish menus can include a selection of chicken, meat, salad, soup, beans, lentils, pan con tomate (bread with tomato), fish amongst other tapas and main dishes. If you don't feel like eating Spanish cuisine during lunch, then there are plenty of restaurants throughout the city that offer the 'menu', whether it be Japanese, French, Continental or otherwise. It's easy to find a cheap and delicious place to eat between 1 and 4pm, just be sure to show up before it’s too late as many establishments close their kitchens between 4pm-8pm; to enjoy siesta time of course.




Qu Qu serves some of the freshes salads in Barcelona, with fresh produce daily and an option to create your own salad as well, which is hard to find in the city. Part of the AN Grup chain of restaurants, this is a very convenient, lively and...  Read More



Tucked away in the Raval, in the gardens of the Old Hospital Santa Creu, El Jardi is a quaint and very charming outdoor tapas bar and restaurant. Ideal during the spring and summer, the restaurant serves fresh salads and tapas and also features...  Read More



Not only does this sleek yet rustic restaurant/bar sport a large breakfast menu, but it is one of few places in Barcelona to offer bagels as well. Situated in the up and coming Raval neighborhood in the Old City, Dostrece's brunch and lunch menu...  Read More



The recovery brunch is only one of Milk's strong selling points. Available daily until 4pm, this restaurant was one of the first in Barcelona to nail down the breakfast menu with their American style brunch. In addition to their delicious...  Read More



It's hard to get more Catalan than Sol De Nit, located in Plaza Del Sol. This tiny restaurant has one of the best terraces, ideal for gawking at hippie Catalans, buskers, performers, runaway dogs and for sun tanning, especially during the...  Read More



Finally a Barcelona restaurant that has mastered the brunch menu. Not only is Federal's classic decor, spacious setting and inviting ambiance selling points in themselves, but this Australian owned rustic three-story diner, restaurant and...  Read More

Tapas 24


One of the most well known Tapas joints in the city, Tapas 24 features high quality food with a greasy flare. Their menu is diverse with a variety of Spanish, Catalan and Mediterranean options. The restaurant itself is tiny with a few outdoor...  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



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

Teresa Carles


A vegetarian oasis on the edge of the Raval neighborhood, Teresa Carles serves fresh vegetables and fruits, authentic salads and even brunch. This is a comfortable, relaxing, very warm and inviting place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and...  Read More


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