Although Las Ramblas is a touristy area, it was once the center of Barcelona for the locals, and didn’t cater so much to its visitors. You can still find some charming places to try authentic Spanish cuisine without spending a fortune. Here are eight of the best.
If you’re looking for a good traditional meal, grab a seat at Bar Lobo. Here you’ll be served only the freshest ingredients in a plethora of Spanish dishes. Whether you come for an early breakfast or a late night dinner, you’ll always find something good to eat, as well as glass of wine to accompany your meal. Bar Lobo is a chain that can be found in different cities across Spain, but don’t miss your chance to dine in this contemporary atmosphere whilst you’re in Barcelona.
This Italian restaurant is all the rage in Las Ramblas, providing a warm and cozy setting which will transport you to the streets of Venice. It’s a great place to come for a relaxing lunch or fancy dinner, and is a perfect spot for couples wishing to enjoy a romantic evening.
Located within the famous Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas, El Quim De La Boqueria is an authentic restaurant that is well-known across Spain. Using ingredients that are sold within the market, El Quim De La Boqueria guarantees a fresh meal, cooked and put together as beautifully as it would be in a luxurious restaurant. That being said, the best thing about this place is that it’s a food stall. Grab your stool fast; there’s no reservations here!
Pla Restaurant is everything you’d imagine when thinking of a romantic dining establishment in Barcelona. Though the restaurant is located on a hidden side street in the Gothic Quarter of Las Ramblas, it is well known and easy to find. The Mediterranean dishes are delectable, and you’ll be more than satisfied with any dish you order. Of course, any delicious meal you try must come with some wine to wash it down, and this restaurant has a very decent selection.
Luzia is a bright bistro in El Raval. It’s the kind of place you would want to wake up late and go to brunch at, or head to for a quiet evening with friends. Though it’s considered an Italian restaurant, there’s a fair amount of American cuisine here, as well as the ever-present Spanish tapas. If you get a craving for something more familiar, then this is the place to go.
If you’re hoping to get more acquainted with Spanish culture, then don’t miss out on a lovely meal at Centro Gallego de Barcelona, which is much more than just a restaurant. This place is part of the Centro Gallego (Galician Center) that was established over 70 years ago, and many don’t even realize there’s a spot to eat within. Though you have to be a member to explore and attend the many exhibitions and concerts this place holds, you don’t need one to hang out at the bar and restaurant, where you can try some delicious Galician food and truly get a taste of this unique culture.
The Irati Taverna Basca is a gorgeous restaurant serving up traditional Basque cuisine. The menu ensures you are spoilt for choice with dishes like homemade txangurro ravioli with Idiazabal sauce, or hake in green sauce clams. If you’re still not sure about what to get, then come for the famous Pintxo Bar. Pintxos (meaning ‘thorn’), are similar to tapas, but no Basque person would put the two in the same category. The ‘bar’ is essentially a buffet, but the best one you will ever experience in your life.
You know a restaurant in Las Ramblas is of the highest-quality when it’s full of locals. Elisabets offers outstanding, traditional tapas that will leave you wanting more, such as patatas bravas or croquettes. All the items on the menu are reasonably priced and you’ll feel so welcome here that you’ll want to come back again and again.