Eat Barcelona

Pim Pam Plats Barcelona

It goes without saying that there are numerous wonderful restaurants in Barcelona. And I have been going there once a year for the past ten years, always for a 3-4 days. It is therefore challenging to find time to explore new restaurants during such a short visit; we are hard pressed to have enough time to visit all of our old favourites. There is a limit to how much one can eat…

Professor M would never skip a visit to this one, though: Pim Pam Plats (Rec 18). A man must have his burger, and this is usually the place we go to on our first evening in Barcelona. If burgers are not your cup of tea, the restaurant has several other dishes to choose from, either to eat in or take away.

Pim Pam Plats Barcelona

Pim Pam Plats Barcelona
Pim Pam Burger

 In the mood for some “proper food” for dinner? We always try at least one restaurant we haven’t been to before, and this one was conveniently just around the corner from our hotel:
Big Fish (Carrer Comercial 9) offers a combination of contemporary Catalan and Japanese cuisine. The portions are not too big, so you can have an appetizer and  a main course without feeling that you’ve overeaten. And you should definitely not skip the appetizers here: I had some really wonderful tuna with silky smooth avocado mousse…

Barcelona restaurants

If you are looking for a 3-course mealElx is an excellent fish restaurant in the otherwise quite run-of-the-mill Maremagnum shopping centre. There are a few meat options, too, but why waste this opportunity to have excellent Catalan fish dishes?

For tapas, or as they call them in Basque, ‘pintxos’, check out Txirimiri (Princesa 11). Basque specialities and good wine are the ingredients for an enjoyable evening here.

If you prefer a light lunch, how about the Mandarin Oriental on Passeig de Gracia?
The  Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar (Passeig de Gracia 38-40) serves tasty small dishes and delicious desserts in a very stylish setting where Catalan and Finnish design meet to create a unique space that is cool and elegant.

Barcelona restaurants
light lunch at Mandarin Oriental

Another great place for a light lunch is the quite busy and popular restaurant in the Mercat de Santa CaterinaCuines de Santa Caterina. An extensive menu has something for everyone, from Asian to Mediterranean to fusion, from small snacks to several courses. Arrive early, though, as it fills up quite soon at lunchtime.

Barcelona Market

Barcelona Market

How about some coffee, tea, or maybe chocolate and churros? Well, there is no shortage of chocolate shops in Barcelona (read my earlier post here), but this little café caught my eye, mainly because of the lactose-free / gluten-free sign:

Barcelona chocolate

I guess they have a lot of Nordic customers… There were plenty of chocolate treats, and excellent coffee and tea (Petritxol Cafe, Carrer Petritxol 11).

I hope you enjoyed our little culinary tour.

Bon Appetit!


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  1. Mrs C
    20 May 2014 / 3:29 pm

    I've never been to Barcelona, but it is high on my must visit list so I will bookmark this page for reference. I could live on that light lunch you had in Mandarine the whole month! Wait, make it 2 months instead :)

    • Tiina L
      20 May 2014 / 7:37 pm

      Oh you must see Barcelona! It is just so inspiring. And the food… finding a light lunch, or a small meal in general, was not exactly easy…

  2. miss b
    21 May 2014 / 7:35 am

    It's a good few years since I visited Barcelona but it's on my list of places to visit again and when we get there I shall remember these recommendations as you have included a varied selection. Chocolate and churros, a favourite of mine as I have a sweet tooth!

    • Tiina L
      3 June 2014 / 12:29 pm

      Barcelona is a place you can visit several times, and there is always something new to find…

  3. Anonymous
    3 June 2014 / 10:55 am

    I love tomatoes so that tomato stand looks amazing to me!

    • Tiina L
      3 June 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Well,this photo actually shows only a small portion of the stand…

  4. Van Berry
    3 June 2014 / 11:14 am

    So cool that you visit Barcelona once a year! It must be an awesome city! The market hall looks really interesting from the outside. I bet it's amazing inside too. I just love those halls where you can try everything you like and are surrounded by delicious foods and smells…. ;)

    • Tiina L
      3 June 2014 / 12:33 pm

      Well, compared to how impressive it looks from the outside, the indoor space is actually pretty much what you'd expect a market hall to look like. But the restaurant is really good. Yes, we go to Barcelona once a year, although it might be twice this year.. stay tuned…

  5. Sammy Dorn
    3 June 2014 / 12:31 pm

    As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew I would love it. You're speaking my language. I LOVED Barcelona when I was there. A friend asked me last night why everyone raves about it so much and I was like 'the food, the food, the food!'

    • Tiina L
      3 June 2014 / 12:34 pm

      Yes, the food is amazing… And so is the shopping… I wrote another post on that…

  6. Elena
    3 June 2014 / 1:23 pm

    So many yumms here! I'm going to Madrid in July and hope I can find most of them there too!

    • Tiina L
      4 June 2014 / 1:38 pm

      I'm sure Madrid has wonderful food, too. Have a nice trip!

  7. Sarah I
    3 June 2014 / 7:55 pm

    I was in Barcelona a couple of months ago and I am so sad not to have tried these places! I will have to go back again!

    • Tiina L
      4 June 2014 / 1:37 pm

      There is always a good reason to go to Barcelona….

  8. Jessi Phillips
    3 June 2014 / 10:10 pm

    Ooooh it all looks so good! I'm heading back to Barcelona in September so will save this post for reference, thanks!

    • Tiina L
      4 June 2014 / 1:36 pm

      I've never been there in autumn, but I would imagine the weather must be quite pleasant, not too hot. I hope you'll post pictures…

  9. Courtney
    4 June 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Mmmm! I'll definitely keep these places in mind for the next time I visit Barcelona. Here in Madrid there's also a Basque bar called Txirimiri and it's one of my faves in the city. You can never go wrong with pintxos!

  10. Amy @ Amy and the Great World
    4 June 2014 / 7:35 pm

    Oh Spain! Oh Barcelona! Looks delicious.

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