Located on the ever-popular Parlament Street, just a 10-minute walk from the Fira de Montjuic, Federal Cafe is one of the first places to have introduced brunch to Barcelona. Expect all the classics: eggs and bacon, avocado on toast and, of course, Bloody Marys and Buck’s Fizz to help you re-start your day.
Federal Café, Carrer del Parlament, 39, Barcelona, Spain, +34 931 87 36 07
The Juice House
The Juice House is a self-described ‘clean-eating’ restaurant which prides itself on serving some of the healthiest (and tastiest) fresh-pressed juices around. The perfect place to head to if you’re feeling the need for a detox, they serve a great selection of dishes suitable for vegetarians and pescatarians too.
The Juice House, Carrer del Parlament, 12, Barcelona, Spain, +34 931 17 15 15
Unless you’ve booked months ahead of time, chances are you’re not going to get a table at Tickets, Barcelona’s most coveted tapas restaurant, owned by world famous chefs Ferran y Albert Adrià. However, you probably can get a seat at Lolita Tapería, a retro-styled tapas restaurant which was formerly co-owned by Albert Adrià under a different name. You’ll find all the classics – tortilla, croquetas, jamón – as well as a few innovative creations too. Remember to book if you can, as this place usually gets busy.
Lolita Tapería, Carrer Tamarit, 104, local2-4, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 24 52 31
Pulpería A. Gudiña
This is a no-fuss, traditional tapas restaurant which offers a selection of cold and cooked dishes and specializes in Galician meats cooked over a wood fire, as well as the traditional ‘Pulpo a la Gallega’ or Galician-style octopus which gives the place its name. The perfect place to visit if you’re looking to experience some authentic Spanish cuisine at local prices – the Pulpería A. Gudiña is a sure-fire way to satisfy your appetite and your wallet.
Pulpería A. Gudiña, Carrer Entença, 2, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 26 56 31
It may not be Tickets, but it is the sister restaurant – or rather tapas-bar – to the aforementioned Barcelona hot spot. Located just across the road from Tickets, Bodega 1900 is a buzzing locale which specializes in the traditional Spanish practice of vermuteo – sharing a drink of the fortified wine known as vermouth, accompanied by a selection of tinned produce such as cockles or mussels, crisps and olives. You’ll also find a selection of cured meats, grilled fish and classic tapas.
Bodega 1900, Carrer de Tamarit, 91, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 25 26 59
In need of a little something to spice up your life after a long day of partying? Restaurante Tandoor is one of Barcelona’s best Indian restaurants, serving a selection of meat and fish curries cooked in traditional Tandoori style, as well as vegetarian options such as paneer tika and dal makhni. It’s got a warm, friendly feel to it and fun, modern decor which will make you feel right at home.
Tandoor, Carrer d’Aragó, 8, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 25 32 06
Tucked away in the backstreets of the up-and-coming Poble-Sec neighborhood, Casa Xica is one of Barcelona’s most unique restaurants. This tiny venue’s owners (and current chefs) traveled to China together a few years back before deciding to open their very own restaurant back in their hometown. Casa Xica serves a delightful blend of Mediterranean and Asian flavors.
Casa Xica, Carrer de la França Xica, 20, Barcelona, Spain, +34 936 00 58 58