Barcelona, city of contrasts, of sea and mountains. And of a varied cuisine featuring surf, turf and veggies. The food in Barcelona is out of this world. You end up pigging out because everything is just so good. You say that’s it, that you won’t eat out again this week, but you just can’t stop yourself. It’s all toooooooo good.
This post is for you if you’re new to Barcelona. If you’re still considering moving here. If you’re a real foodie. If you pretend to be a foodie but have no clue and you know it. If you just like a good meal. For everyone, really, because our differences don’t matter, people of the world: the pleasure of a tasty meal is universal.
Let’s get to it. Here are 10 amazing dishes that represent Barcelona’s cuisine 100%.
Barcelona cuisine: 7 dishes you have to try
Pa amb tomàquet
Or “pantumaca” as most people in the country pronounce it. Simple, concise, to the point: bread with tomato. But what bread! What tomato! The Catalan tradition behind this dish means you have to try it when you’re in the capital.
The number one sausage in Catalonia, made of pork and spices. You can eat it cured, grilled or fried. Alone or with mongetes, which are a type of white beans with a unique flavour that pair perfectly with the strong taste of the botifarra. Yeehaw!
Quintessential Barcelona. Fresh onions with romesco sauce. You have to try them whenever you get the chance but the best thing for it is a calçotada. Tie on your bib (that’s right, a bib) and dig in. If you don’t end up with a stained bib and black hands, you didn’t do it right.
Aubergine, peppers, onion, garlic, tomato, salt and olive oil. All roasted. Delicious. Traditionally this dish was made over the embers, but the oven is just as good if you don’t have any hot coals handy. And hey, the result is amazing, as you can discover for yourself at many places in the Catalan capital.
Rice dishes are typical all along the eastern coast. Valencia has paella and Barcelona arroz negro or black rice. Black? Yes, because it’s cooked with cuttlefish ink and studded with veggies and seafood. You can’t come to the Catalan capital and not try it.
Ahhh coca. This typical dish in Barcelona cuisine confuses those who don’t live there. Is it sweet or savoury? What’s in it? Well, it can be sweet or savoury and, to be honest, it can have just about anything on it. Because what makes it a coca is the dough used for the base.
The perfect end to any meal… Since the 16th century. Eating crema catalana is like taking a bite of history, but instead of choking on the dates, you’ll love it so much you’ll want to order 100 more. Seriously, you have to try it.
And this is the list we want to share with you! It doesn’t have everything it should, but it does have everything it couldn’t do without. And we’ll leave the beers you have to try for another day.
So that’s that. Barcelona is a great place to eat, spectacular even. And a spectacular place to live, too. And it’s even better in one of our buildings. Seriously, they’re incredible. They’re in exclusive areas and have loads of advantages you won’t find anywhere else. You should check them out because we have loads of options and you’re sure to find something that fits like a glove. Contact us, no obligation!