- By lisa
- On Nov 25, 2018
- Travel Tips
All the essential Barcelona travel information to arrange your trip is on this one website. We have focused on answering your most important questions on transport, activities attractions, and accommodation.
Best Places to Eat in Barcelona
Eat Everything at Mercat de Santa Caterina
For a hands-on food experience free of La Boqueria’s bulldozing crowds, wander through the aisles of Mercat de Santa Caterina, an unpretentious market where you can find melt-in-your-mouth jamón ibérico, dayboat-fresh goose barnacles, and any other gourmet food you may desire. Established as the city’s first-ever covered food market in the 19th century, Santa Caterina completed a major refurbishment in 2005 that includes the installation of an undulating, visually striking rooftop.
Catalonia travel expert Teresa Parker of Spanish Journeys swears by Santa Caterina, noting that it’s an essential stop on her organized tours because “it conveys neighborhood market life better than La Boqueria does.” Her pro tip: “The nice guy at Olisoliva is always willing to offer tastes of Spanish and Catalan olive oils. Don’t go home without something special from there.”
The hottest ticket in Barcelona. If you’re a serious foodie, you’ve probably heard of the now-closed el Bulli, known at the time as the world’s best restaurant, helmed by Catalan superstar chef, Ferran Adrià. Tickets Bar is owned by Ferran and his brother Albert and it’s basically a circus-themed tapas bar with the most creative tapas you’re ever likely to taste – a globally-inspired world tour in a few dishes. It’s a casual, informal, buzzy place, and the only tapas bar in town that you have to book online two months in advance.
Gourmet tapas bar. Hidden down a tiny street in Barri Gòtic, Viana is a winning combination of vintage decor, internationally-inspired tapas, carefully chosen wines, and original cocktails. This place has only been open a couple of years and has already firmly established itself as one of Barcelona’s most popular tapas bars – a beacon of light in a sea of mediocre places that spill off La Rambla.