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Barcelona's Most Delicious Restaurants within a Short Stroll from the Cruise Port



If you only have time for a quick stop, close to the port, that doesn't mean you can't experience the best of what Barcelona has to offer when it comes to dining. The city's port restaurants are tasty with many of them catering to those looking for an authentic Spanish flare as well as a more international and Mediterranean feel. Since the port isn't far from the Old City, if you're willing to walk a few minutes you'll find a wide range of excellent lunch and dinner options in the Raval, Gothic Quarter and close to the Barceloneta neighborhood, all of which have great places to eat. And in the summer their terraces are ideal for a beautiful meal overlooking the port, the Ramblas or the sea.

As the port is also near Poble Sec neighborhood, this gives people a chance to eat in a lesser explored part of Barcelona. Poble Sec is one of the city's fastest up and coming 'barrios' and it has some fabulous hidden gems. The area is home to Ferran Adria's two newest restaurants, Tickets and 41 Degrees, thus welcoming a string of high quality and authentic establishments. 

So whether you have an hour or a day to delve into the city, you don't have to go far from the port in order to get a taste of Barcelona's culinary expertise. 


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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 morning options, Milk has a great lunch menu which leads nicely into happy hour cocktails, at 5 Euros a piece where you'll be left with quite the headache, (although it's well worth it at the time). If you're keen on staying for dinner, try one of their mouth watering hamburgers. Run by an Irish couple, this bistro turned cocktail bar after dark, is an ideal place if you're looking for quality food in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Milk is great for brunch, and it's only a short walk from the cruise port

Sam's expert tip: If you want the full day brunch menu be sure to get there before 4pm

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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 aubergine tart with goat's cheese and pesto. El Salon is one of few Barcelona restaurants that has no problem adjusting the menu for specific clients. If you're a vegetarian, or allergic to certain ingredients, they'll make you a special plate that's not on the menu at no extra charge. The owners pride themselves on customer service and its evident in the quality of the food and their attention to detail.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: El Salon has quality food with a wonderful patio

Sam's expert tip: One of the only outdoor patios you can reserve in the summer

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Port Vell-old Town


La Gavina is ideally situated along the sail boat port, just a short walk from the cruise port. Located in the restored, Palau Del Mar, building, it's a beautiful spot to enjoy dinner, especially on their large terrace. La Gavina also caters to conferences and large groups so if you're organizing a dinner or nice meal this is an excellent option. Its menu is a Mediterranean fusion with a Catalan twist and the food is high quality, as is the service. They also have an extensive Spanish as well as international wine list and be sure to ask for the Sommelier on staff.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: La Gavina serves quality Mediterranean cuisine just a short walk from the cruise port

Sam's expert tip: Try their Goat's cheese salad

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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 most famous chicken restaurants. Luring people in with it's mouth-watering roasted chicken which can be spotten from La Rambla (down the street) this restaurant is always packed with locals and tourists alike. Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, on Calle Escudellers, it's right around the corners from Plaza Reial and Plaza Tripi, both of which are excellent areas for a night on the town.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Los Caracoles is one of Barcelona's most famous chicken restaurants

Sam's expert tip: After dinner check out Marula Cafe just down the street

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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 let the waiters order for you. Even if you have food restrictions or allergies, just tell the waiters and they'll adapt the menu to meet your needs. They even offer a great wine pairing, just ask for their input. Although from the outside Tickets looks like you're at a carnival with its bright colours and wooden chairs and tables, it's an incredible gastronomic experience.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Tickets is Ferran Adria's most recent tapas bar and definitely worth a visit

Sam's expert tip: Best way to reserve is to book at midnight, 3 months prior to the day you want to go. It's extremely hard to get reservations, but not impossible.

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Agua Barcelona

It's hard to beat Agua's location. Situated directly along the boardwalk, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, not only is Agua one of the hottest restaurants in town, but it boasts fresh, eclectic seafood daily. As part of the trendy and well-known Tragaluz chain of restaurants, this is an ideal place to kick back and relax along the water and if you're in the mood for fish, shrimp or mussels amongst plenty of other options, then this is an excellent choice. It's a short walk from the cruise port, but not too far and a beautiful stroll along the sea with the W Hotel in the background and Frank Ghery's famous fish in the distance.

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Founded in 1968 this family run, beach side restaurant is a definite must. Known specifically for their delicious paella, Can Majo has an intimate outdoor patio overlooking the Mediterranean and is ideal during the summer. The owners pride themselves on serving only the freshest seafood and make regular trips to the Barceloneta market which is only a stones throw from the restaurant itself. This is a short walk from the cruise port, but well worth it, especially if you're craving some authentic Spanish Paella whilst overlooking the water. Can Majo is a family-run and owned restaurant, thus providing a very personalized service throughout the meal.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Can Majo is one of Barcelona's oldest family-run restaurants and it serves mouth watering sea food.

Sam's expert tip: Order their paella, it's delicious.

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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 even takeaway. It's a short stroll from the cruise port, but if you get in early and don't mind a 10 minute stroll up La Rambla, then it's the best place for breakfast, 'American Style', with a Spanish flare. Teresa Carles is one of the only places in the city that knows how to make the perfect salad. They also have delicious coffee!

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Excellent vegetarian dishes as well as fresh breakfast with fruit

Sam's expert tip: Try their coffee it's amazing

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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 are all reasonably priced. One of the best parts about Les Quinze Nits is its location. Perfectly situated, overlooking the always lively, Plaza Reial, you can enjoy dinner while feasting your eyes upon the performers who are always there to entertain during dinner (breakfast and lunch as well). The palm trees and gorgeous lights make for a romantic and very special evening.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Les Quinze Nits is a Barcelona Classic. It's affordable and ideally situated for people watching.

Sam's expert tip: Show up early as you can't reserve and there are ALWAYS long lines

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El Xampanyet


A Barcelona Classic, El Xampanyet is a must try, at least for a few minutes as it's often hard to stand the crowds; which are plenty and always. This small, Barcelona tapas joint serves renowned champagne, mixed drinks and fresh and eclectic tapas, in a welcoming setting. This is what tapas used to be before the gastro trend took over and the internationally infused restaurants sprung up. El Xampanyet is as authentic as a Barcelona tapas bar can get and the best part is that you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's a close walk to the beach, which is a nice way to burn off the greasy tapas.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: You can't get more local than El Xampanyet; and it's so close to the port

Sam's expert tip: Try their anchovies, olives and mushroom dishes

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Sam’s passion for the sea and mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

Sam's love for traveling has taken her to Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Before...  More About Sam

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