Planning a trip to Barca? Avoid the tourist traps and make the most of the thriving foodie scene with our edit of dining options you won’t want to miss, from beachside lunch spots to tucked-away tapas bars...
This iconic eatery has been around since 1929, and remains one of the city’s most reliable choices for authentic Catalonian cuisine.
Best for: Rice dishes – order the paella.
With an unbeatable location right on the beach and a stellar seafood menu, AGUA is right at the top of our little black book. A word to the wise: you’ll need to book early to secure a coveted spot on the terrace.
Best for: Long, lazy lunches with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
Head chef Sergi Arola serves up creative twists on traditional Mediterranean cuisine at his eponymous restaurant at the Hotel Arts, presented tapas-style for informal sharing.
Best for: Enjoying an aperitif on the stylish terrace while listening to live DJ sets.
This local haunt is buzzy and modern with an elegant vibe and a creative menu, blending Spanish and Catalonian influences.
Best for: Fresh local product at affordable prices.
Enjoy exceptional views over Barcelona’s seafront at this traditional favourite in the vibrant marina area.
Best for: As its beachside location suggests, fresh fish, such as the salt cold carpaccio.
This stylish and sophisticated hotspot boasts one of the finest cocktail menus in the city.
Best for: Interiors lovers who want to see and be seen.
A long-time VIP favourite, this elegant eatery is pricey but worth it.
Best for: Fans rave about the Gallician grilled lobster.
This tucked-away tapas spot is tricky to find but worth the effort for the intimate atmosphere alone.
Best for: Inexpensive and authentic tapas.
This Michelin-starred favourite has a stunning summer terrace and a top seafood menu.
Best for: Wine lovers – the cellar boasts over 700 vintages.
Foodies will get a kick out of the open kitchen at this contemporary and creative spot.
Best for: Haute Catalonian cuisine that’s begging to be Instagrammed.
This is another beachside favourite known for its fresh seafood and delicious cocktails.
Best for: A post-supper stroll down the beach.
La Terraza del Claris
Enjoy signature Mediterranean cuisine and breath-taking views over the city from this exquisite glass-enclosed restaurant.
Best for: Pretty plates with plenty of flair.
Libertine at Hotel Casa Bonay
This bar-meets-restaurant at the chic Casa Bonay hotel specialises in comfort food with soul.
Best for: A relaxed evening aperitif.
The luxury hotel group’s Barcelona outpost offers a refreshing take on Catalan cuisine at its three dedicated dining areas.
Best for: Flawless service in sumptuous surroundings.
With its 1950s US-Cuban vibe and cool atmosphere, Marmalade has established itself as a neighbourhood hangout worth knowing.
Best for: A break from Spanish cuisine – the food has an American feel.
Mr Kao at Hotel Claris
Bored of tapas? Head to Mr Kao for Asian cuisine with a high-end touch.
Best for: The best Dim Sum in Barcelona.
This upscale burger joint offers gourmet patties in a sleek and contemporary environment.
Best for: Carb-loading after a hard day’s sightseeing.
Roca Moo at Hotel Omm
This light and bright eatery at the Omm design hotel is overseen by the Roca brothers (of El Celler de Can Roca) fame so you can expect a stellar menu.
Best for: Tasting menu lovers – the wine pairings are exceptional.
The W Hotel’s beach club restaurant is one of the hottest tickets in town, offering inventive burgers and super-tasty cocktails.
Best for: Chilling by the beach and soaking up the atmosphere.
With a playful feel and out-there interiors, this culinary playground is the place to go for deconstructed tapas with a unique vibe.
Best for: Genuinely avant-garde dishes you won’t find anywhere else.