Jeanne Horak-Druiff


Posted by: Kirsten Fugard | 2010/05/15


Affordable dining in Barcelona

Hi! My sister and her husband are holidaying in Europe in July and will be spending a bit of time in Barcelona. Where can they experience traditional Spanish cuisine at affordable prices. My sister owns a Mediterranean restaurant in the Karoo so would love to have authentic experiences that will inspire her. Thanks, Kirsten

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Jeanne Horak-Druiff Jeanne Horak-Druiff
- 2010/06/11

Hi Kirsten

Barcelona is in the Catalan area of Spain, so your sister can expect regional variations on classic dishes - and loads of tapas! 


Ática. It's virtually unknown and run by a lovely young couple, the husband cooks and his wife does front of house. Proper hearty, traditional Catalan cooking and a must-go for foodies It's on Carrer Galileu, #159.

Try one of the El Glop group of restaurants (there are four) for reasonably priced Catalan food.

La Tomaquera which is in Poble Sec on calle Tapioles 17.  No booking (nice bar just infront for a great beer), rushed waiters and mounds of grilled meats, salads and huge pans of snails (Very Catalan!).  It's cheap, a lot of fun, and slightly off the tourist trail.

Bestial is not at all traditional but is one of my favourite places in Barcelona , very right on the beach.  Their white pizza with truffles was mind-blowing.

If you MUST have paella (which is not local to the area), try:

Lombardo <> , on Rambla Catalunya 49 (not 'the' Ramblas, but the avenue that runs west from Placa Catalunya toward the hill, which is much more authentic and lovely than 'the' Ramblas),

Can Majo <> , in Barceloneta, on L'Almirall Aixada 23,

Can Ros <> , also in Barceloneta, on L'Almirall Aixada 7


Cerveservia Catalana on the corner of Carrer Mallorca and Rambla de Catalunya ( address Carrer Mallorca, #236) - it's so well priced that you can't complain - pig out on tapas.  But be prepared to wait for a table.

Cal Pep - An institution.  Be there at 13h30 when they open or face the queue! (Plaça de les Olles #8 Tel. 00 34 93 310 7961)

El Xampanyet (Montcada, 22, Barcelona, Spain 08003 · 93-319-7003)   OLD TOWN. El Xampanyet is classically decorated with coloured tiles and antique curios. The Xampanyet champagne that is served is renowned. Anchovies and other tapas are also available for your dining delight and are a perfect compliment to the well-mixed drinks. It is located near the Picasso Museum, so stop by after you enjoy a morning of admiring artwork.

Els Quatre Gats (Montsió 3, bis, Barcelona, Spain 08002 · 93 -02-41-40)  OLD TOWN. Originally built in 1897, this tapas bar used to have walls that were garnished with the works of Picasso and other well-known artists. Today, it sports well-done reproductions of the original works. You can sample their authentic tapas or order from the fixed price menu. No hot food is served on Sundays.

Can Paixano on Carrer de la Reina Cristina, #7 - the best sandwiches and homemade cava you'll find anywhere in the city, but be prepared to stand up and push your way through the crowds

And for somewhere a little closer to the beaten track there is Lonja de Tapas on Plaza de Palau, #7 - which is a more commercial franchise kinda place but not at all bad for quality-price comparison.


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