Last summer, Dan and I spent some time in the amazing city of Barcelona. When it comes to food, Dan and I aren’t usually adventurous, however while in Barcelona we sang a different tune. We ordered only local Spanish wines, both white and red and even let the waiters select for us!
As people begin to think about planning a summer vacation, I figured I’d share some of our restaurant favorites!

Our very first meal in Barcelona was lunch at Tapas 24, located right off Passeig de Gracia. The potatoes bravas was my personal favorite!
Overall thoughts: Tapas with a twist. Great place for lunch. Small portions so in order to share you must order a lot.

We had our first dinner at Cal Pep, a local favorite. Everyone we spoke to about Barcelona prior to our trip recommended this restaurant. You can’t make a reservation so you literally walk in and sit at the counter. There are no menus and you are basically offered the options of what they have available that day. You get a bottle of wine while you wait.(Huge bonus!) We got there about 9:15 and waited only about 10-15 minutes. The crowd poured in starting around 9:30pm. (People eat very late in Barcelona!)
Overall thoughts: Food is unique and delicious. The vibe is casual yet very cool. Easy to go when you are only 2 people. Located in the super hip El Born district.


Paella is a must when visiting Barcelona and I have the place for you! Can Majo is a quintessential Barcelona experience. I recommend making your reservation outside on the terrace. The paella is made for two in a large skillet which they bring directly to the table! The restaurant is located in the village of Barceloneta which is down by the water.
Overall thoughts: The Paella is amazing, load it up with your favorite seafood & meat. Absolutely sit outside if weather permits and have your waiter select your wine!

Agua was one of our favorite meals on the trip. The restaurant is located on the beach right near Hotel Arts. Definitely make your reservation for the terrace. This is probably the most “America-like” meal we had in Spain. The restaurant is known for it’s seafood
Overall thoughts: Romantic, hip and a fantastic modern setting overlooking the Vila OlĂ­mpica beach. Favorite choices include pollo (chicken), pez espada (swordfish), gambas (prawns). Super popular so make a reservation!


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