One of the most influential electronic music festivals in Europe, Sónar Music Festival
is an unmissable date in Barcelona
‘s busy musical calendar. Divided into two parts, Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, there’s plenty to keep you dancing at any time of the day. Here’s our guide to the best food around the Sónar by Day venue, for when you’re tired of burgers and bocadillos.
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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
Bar, Asian, Spanish, Fusion, $$$
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