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Once an industrial sprawl on the outskirts of the Old Town, these days Poblenou is one of Barcelona’s hippest neighbourhoods. Among the eclectic mix of artist studios, co-working spaces and old bodegas are some fantastic places to eat. Here are some of the best restaurants for authentic Catalan food in Poblenou.
This popular tapas bar has been on the go since the 1960s and many of the dishes are prepared with the same recipe today as they were back then. A casual kind of joint, many of the tapas are laid out in refrigerated cabinets on the counter for dinners to admire. Marinated anchovies, grilled prawns, sea snails, cured ham, Spanish cheeses and a choice of marinated olives are just some of the delicacies you’ll find on the menu.
A cosy restaurant with a friendly, informal atmosphere, Restaurant Calamarga offers contemporary Catalan cuisine focused on star ingredients, such as jamón Iberico, foie gras, cured cheeses and fresh, line-caught fish. Dishes are plated with care and stand out against the modern, minimalist décor of the dinning room. Don’t be surprised to find the odd Asian-inspired dish on the menu – this is a lasting trend across much of Barcelona.
Located on the edge of Poblenou, overlooking Bogatell Beach, Xiringuito Escribà is famous for its paella dishes. While your typical xiringuito is little more than a temporary beach bar, Escribà is open all year round and very much a place families like to come for Sunday lunch. Owned by the eponymous Pastisseria Escribà – a famous patisserie in the city centre – Escribà’s desserts are most certainly worth saving room for.