As something of an institution on the Barcelona dining scene, Botafumeiro is the place to go to give your guests a taste of old-school Barcelona. Located uptown in the trendy Gràcia neighbourhood, the restaurant has been serving some of the best seafood in town since its opening in 1975. Mention the name to any local and you’ll be sure to see a look of approval on their face. A trip to Botafumeiro is regarded as something of a big deal. The decor is traditional, teetering on the verge of stiff in a way that oozes old-fashioned charm. Booking is essential.