El Poblenou is a less touristy neighborhood in west Barcelona
that extends all the way to Mediterranean sea. The area has a a fast compelling pace of life, but it still maintains its traditions. Here is a list of best places to explore and eat in El Poblenou.
Cafe, Vegetarian, Spanish, $$$
First place in our list goes to this cafe that offers a creative menu for vegetarians and vegans, including gluten-free options. Aguaribay is not restricted to one particular cuisine, but is influenced by world gastronomic cultures. Chefs Valentina, Francesca and Manuel offer nutritious healthy menus suitable for brunches and lunch breaks. Aquaribay is a brand-new concept of a vegetarian cafe, as it offers unusual, un-stereotypical vegetarian dishes, including beans with polenta and sage cream, or home-made stuffed pasta. Fresh and organic ingredients of excellent quality are used daily. A nice selection of artisan and craft beers is available, as well as soft drinks and fresh juices.
Ramon Turró, 181, Sant Martí, Barcelona, +34 933 00 37 90
Els Tres Porquets
Els Tres Porquets is different in that it does not offer high-end gourmet delicacies, but attracts people instantly with its casual atmosphere. It is similar to a small-sized classical tavern-type venue. It serves great tapas and good wine at reasonable prices. Els Tres Porquents offers no fixed menu, and changes in meals are frequent, as all tapas and plates are cooked using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The tapas are accompanied by a great selection of local and foreign wines, particularly of French origin. Worth trying are delicious mushroom croquettes as an alternative for vegetarians or juicy and crispy Galician cow sirloin with roasted peppers and garlic.
Rambla del Poblenou, 165, ElPoblenou, Barcelona, + 34 933 300 303
Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Fast Food, $$$
Timesburg has become a modern classic for all the burger lovers in Barcelona. The creative burger menu offers three types of bread, each of which has a distinctive feature – a stamp of ‘Timesburg’ excellence. Customers can customize the ingredients of their burgers in almost endless combinations. Timesburg also offers a nice selection of sandwiches with Iberian jam and Nordic sausage made from salmon. The interior is very welcoming and features full height windows, indoor plants and white furniture which overall create a relaxing and laid-back atmosphere.
Calle Pujades 168, Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 936 677 454
Raco de la Vila
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Raco de la Vila
Located in an old but well-preserved building, Raco de la Vila offers high-quality contemporary cuisine that is inspired by traditional Catalan and Spanish meals. Raco de la Vila has a simple approach and produces classic dishes without superfluity – which is why all raw ingredients go through careful selection and preparation. This place is best visited during dinner hours, as the warm interior looks best in the diffused evening lights, creating a relaxed and intimate feel. While here, try Raco de la Vila’s delicious creamy lasagna with prawns or more sophisticated and gourmet deer civet with chestnut purée.
Ciudad de Granada , 33, PobleNou, Barcelona, +34 933 091 025
Located on the 24th floor of trendy modern Hotel Meliá Sky Barcelona, and managed by twin chefs Javier and Sergio Torres, Dos Cielos offers spectacular views of Barcelona. The top-level cuisine is no less dazzling, with its unusual Oriental and Latin-inspired flavors. It is a great place for gourmet lovers and people with sensitivity to details and beauty. Visit here for excellent royal blue lobster with citrus honey rice with octopus and sea fennel. Dos Cielos incorporates innovative and creative method called sensographics – which translates as a graphical interpretation, created from flavors, which establish emotions and memories. Examples of sensographics could be seen on their official website. The restaurant has received TimeOut Special Jury Award in 2009, as well as its first Michelin star in recognition of its commitment and quality.
Pere IV, 272-286, Sant Martí, Barcelona, +34 933 67 20 70
The concept behind La Orquidea is the clever presentation of a combination of Mexican and Venezuelan cuisine in single dishes. It is a good place to introduce yourself to wonderful Latin cuisine, with its richness of flavors and healthy components. Some of the specialities include Venezuelan dishes such as cachapa, made from corn, arepa flat bread, made from maize dough and filled with avocado or cheese, and pabellion, which is rice and beans combination. Mexican flavors are present in burritos and quesadillas.
Carrer de Llull, 230, Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 933 300 303
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Considered as the top restaurant specializing in fish and seafood in the district, Els Pescadors is located in renovated fisherman’s tavern and provides a mixture of traditional fish recipes with a contemporary interpretation. Els Pescadors welcomes the evolution of cuisine, hence their kitchen adapts to these changes, and that is why it has been so popular. The menu offers an extensive range of wines, cava and champagne, with more than 150 references from local wine cellars. Els Pescadors values authenticity, and the fine quality of drinks serves as a perfect component to boost the flavors of the seafood.
Plaça de Prim, 1, Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 933 300 303
Floreta Cuina Espai
Floreta Cuina Espai is a restaurant in Poblenou known for its excellent tapas and small plates. The interior is designed in a balanced combination of bright and dark colors, with white and blue plates hanging on the walls instead of traditional decor. Chef Xavier Jovells focuses on the incorporation of fresh seasonal ingredients into classic versions of tapas dishes that are perfect for sharing. A few of the offered meals include marinated lamb skewer and Guijuelo ham. On weekends Floreta is transformed into a bar with a great selection of cocktails for a moderate price.
Carrer de Marià Aguiló, 50,Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 933 804 799
This restaurant has a minimalist interior in creamy pastel colors that would not distract customers from tasting the variety of great market meals suggested in the menu. The level of cuisine is sophisticated, and chef Vidal Gravalosa uses produce of local origin and of the highest quality, including seafood. These are used to present some specialities of the house that are so beloved among the gourmet public, like foie gras terrine or Segovia crispy suckling pig. On top of that, La Forquilla offers an extensive wine list, with more than 50 types of wine from different Spanish regions.
Pere IV, 210, Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 933 007 980
Xiringuito Escribà is a cozy restaurant located on the seafront, and is run by the Escribà family. The chef makes an excellent paella: one of the best in whole of Barcelona. What is the secret? Meticulous dedication of the family members to their job and attention to the needs of their customers. Here you can also find different types of rice meals with fresh seasonal ingredients, including brisk fish and seafood. Plan to indulge on a dessert tasting adventure, too – the temptation to try the cakes prepared in the family’s home bakery is too high.
Avenida del Litoral, 42, Poblenou, Barcelona, +34 932 210 729