From Tapas to fine dining, Barcelona’s reputation as a foodie-heaven grows stronger every year. Summer is the perfect season to explore the epicurean scene combining great food, exceptional weather, outdoor dining and a packed agenda full of exclusive events.
The must-not miss spots:
Mercado de la Boquería
Undoubtedly the most famous market in Barcelona, la Boqueria was founded in 1840 as a small pig market and today boasts over 250 stands, including many casual restaurants and bars where you can taste the very best Catalan and regional Spanish cuisine.
Well known for the incredible selection of produce, fresh seasonal vegetables, and Iberian cold cuts - among others –, it is today one of the finest outdoor markets, a popular spot to stop for lunch, and was recently recognized as the “best fresh market” in the world by CNN.
The neighbourhood covering the ports and beaches, La Barceloneta, was once a fishermen neighbourhood. Today, you will find seafront restaurants, casual beachfront bars and cozy bistros, many specialising in seafood and fish dishes.
Our tip: begin Sunday with a stroll in the promenade and, at noon, stop for an aperitivo with views of the Mediterranean Sea at Arola Restaurant.
Mercado de Santa Caterina
A fascinating market from its appearance, with a wavy and colourful roof from its 2005 rebuild, the Santa Caterina market is hard to be missed. The modern space - known for its quality fish, meat and vegetable stalls - it’s the go-to market for locals and hosts a variety of interesting restaurants and bars featuring modern Catalan dishes.
Bonus point: it’s located a couple of minutes’ walk from the cathedral, so it will make for a natural stop in your sightseeing tour.
Did you know that Barcelona has been awarded a whopping 30 Michelin stars in the latest ranking? The Ciudad Condal is at the vanguard of exciting and innovative cuisine. The city enjoys 23 award-winning restaurants, like our very own Enoteca Paco Pérez with two Michelin stars, with varied cooking styles and food philosophies to cater to the most demanding palates.