Good evening lovely people 🙂
Being in a different city and discovering new places is always fun, also when it comes to restaurants and bars. And one thing that many of us probably like, is not to plan everything ahead when you are on holiday. You just wanna stroll around and let yourself attract by the look of a restaurant, the smell of the food, the nice waiter or a happy hour offer;)… I was like this for many years until we had an absolutely frustrating experience in Paris: maybe not the cleverest idea, we entered a restaurant located at Champs-Elysées. It was an italian one (maybe once again not so clever to go for italian food in Paris but yeah…) with a very lovely outside area and the smell of the food promised something good. But finally we weren’t sure if it was a joke or real: not even the spaghetti were eatable. The gnocchi filled your whole mouth and there was not much missing and I would have died of suffocation. We all left after having spent a lof of money whilst our bellies were still empty… Ever since then I’m a bit of a „ahead-planer“ when it comes to choosing the places to eat at on holidays 🙂
So here we go with some restaurants we went during our stay in Barcelona: some of them are very well known, others a bit less popular but all the more tasty 😉
Little Tapas restaurant located near Placa de Tetuan (@BetlemGastro). We went there on our first day and had absolutely delicious salmon, tartar, squid and much more. The staff were super friendly and I loved the interior design of this place.
Restaurant located in El Raval. That place was heaveeeen: again specialized in Tapas we went there for dinner. It’s a bit crowded but nevertheless very cozy. The waiters are much more than that – they are real entertainers and know exactly how to keep the customers happy. We had some Tapas and as a main I went for the Fish of the Day – it was a Cod and honestly one of the best I’ve ever had. So good that we thought about going a second time haha… (@bar_canete).
3. Carpe Diem
A well known place located at the beach right next to Opium and Shoko. It’s a restaurant turning into a club later in the evening. Very fancy, the girls (including me hahah) dress up in glitter dresses and the men are wearing a nice shirt and closed shoes. First they forgot our reservation = not the best start. But the excellent food (oriental and asian kitchen combined with a mediterranean touch as it’s said on their webpage) and the lovely waiter made up for this mistake. Even though it’s one of this „see and to be seen“ places I felt very comfortable eating there. The interior design is asian inspired and everything is very dark – so you must like this. If you feel more like going to an open place, with huge windows or a great outside sitting area this is probably not the right place (@cdlcbarcelona).
We only went there for a Sangria because it was fully booked out. So I can’t say much about the food but the Sangrias were excellent, the waiters again very friendly and the people who were eating while we had our drinks all looked pretty satisfied (aww I wished I could try a bit haha…). Also specialized in Tapas, the interior design matches the food: very comfy, wooden chairs and tables, little red dots all over the place and showcases that make you want to order all of the food they have in their offer;). Next to Tapas and Sangria they also serve warm sandwiches, cheese omelettes and much more. They say on their page „it’s a feast for the sense“ and I have no doubt that this isn’t promised too much (@casalolea).
“It is easy to find good sangria in this city…
But impossible to find such incredible as you’ll find in Casa Lolea!“
Picture by: Barcelona-metropolitan.com
5. Brunch & Cake
6. El Nacional
This is a huge restaurant complex located in La Dreta de L’Eixample. We went to the restaurant called El Braseria which is specialized in meat. A very fancy and crowded place as all the restaurants are located in the same hall. But despite the crowd a great experience with a good atmosphere, happy people all around and excellent food!