In Barcelona, food is a lifestyle. Traditional and avant-garde delicacies are put together in an outstanding expression of Mediterranean cuisine, and eating out is both a social need and a custom deeply rooted in local culture. From tiny and crowded tapas bars to stunning fine dining venues, these are ten of the best cultural restaurants in Barcelona.
The latest celebrated project by world-famous chefs and brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià of El Bulli is calledTickets and is dedicated to showcasing the very essence of the pleasure of eating. With a colorful and exciting decor, this Michelin-starred gastrobar hosts different circus-themed spaces and serves sublime traditional and modern tapas creations. ‘La vida tapa’ is the slogan of this lively and contemporary tapas bar that has become a very popular venue for Barcelona’s foodies; the waiting period to enjoy this stunning dining experience can be around two or three months!
Koy Shunka is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Barcelona, and was awarded with its first Michelin star in 2013. The venue is the second and most sophisticated of chef Hideki Matsuhisa’s outlets, opened after the initial success of Shunka, big brother of Koy Shunka. Its menu offers the chef’s elaborate savoir-faire in an exquisite mixture of the most refined flavors of Japan with the best of fresh Mediterranean produce. Every delicacy is prepared with meticulous care for the properties and underlying flavors of each ingredient. The espardenya nigiris, the wagyu or the negitoro temaki are just some samples of Koy Shunka’s impressive culinary accomplishment.
Koy Shunka, Carrer dels Copons 7, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 127 939
In the heart of Barcelona, close to Las Ramblas, Bar Cañete comprises two separate spaces; the Barra offers tapas in a informal and fast-paced environment with a very long counter as the main center of activity, and the Mantel is a bistro space where generous courses can be enjoyed in an intimate, relaxed and more refined atmosphere. Bar Cañete serves fish and seafood from Catalonian fish markets and seasonal vegetables from local farmers, moulding them into classic and contemporary Spanish specialties. The fried squid sandwich and the red salted shrimps are a must-try.
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