One of Barcelona’s most modern neighborhoods, the word ‘eixample‘ literally means ‘extension’ and refers to how the area expanded from the traditional city center. While the center is characterized by Gothic architecture and narrow streets, Eixample stands in stark contrast to it, with its carefully designed grid system. Unsurprisingly perhaps, some of Barcelona‘s most modern (and highly acclaimed) restaurants are located in Eixample. Here’s our guide to the best places to dine out in this modernist neighborhood.
Guests at Mont Bar can expect to be seated around the convivial bar area (although tables are available) but the food in this popular eatery exceeds what most might expect from a bar in other parts of the world. The selection of small dishes from which diners can choose are a reflection of the variety and quality of products available in the region.
The food at Embat is both classic and traditional. Enjoy some of Catalonia’s most authentic cuisine in a stylish, modern but minimalist décor; which leaves the diner to focus on what really matters; the food. The dishes are reasonably priced and the venue is very popular with locals.
By far one of Barcelona’s most original and unique venues, El Nacional is in fact four restaurants in one. Diners can choose between La Brasería (where you can enjoy some of the best beef in town, grilled in front of you), La Llotja (serving freshly caught fish and seafood), La Tapería (you guessed it – tapas take center stage), and La Paradeta (a deli-style casual restaurant). The venue apparently used to be a car garage but has been transformed into one of the most stunning sites in town.
Located in the sumptuous Palace Hotel, Caelis boasts a Michelin star awarded to it under the lead of head chef, Romain Fornell. The classic French touch is clearly present, but with a definitive modern twist. For the full experience we recommend trying the tasting menu, sure to satisfy your tastebuds and captivate your imagination.
The eponymous restaurant of the popular Grupo Tragaluz, this stylish venue offers traditional Catalan food updated to suit the times. Expect white tablecloths and professional service, perfect for a swift mid-week lunch between shops, or a sophisticated dinner in the city center.