Barcelona has always been magical in a certain way.
Being from Rio de Janeiro, a very tropical and sunny city, that fizzles with life everywhere you go, living in Barcelona allows for a European experience that achieves that same kind of spirit in a European kind of way.
Barcelona is pretty much well divided when it comes to the ownership of some of the best restaurants in town. There are three important investment groups in this area. They are: Grupo Tragaluz http://grupotragaluz.com/restaurantes
Adrià group restaurants https://www.elbarriadria.com/en
and Grupo Boca Grande
Of the Tragaluz group two of the best restaurants are located in Passatge de la Concepció.
Tragaluz brings together great world food, and a fantastic atmosphere with it´s glass “greenhouse” effect ceiling.
Mordisco on the other hand is based on a healthy market fresh food concept that definitely entices for a lunch break meal rather than for dinner.
And all three restaurants located near the ocean front also have a wide selection of fresh fish dishes however each in a different style.
Pez Vela requires reserving about one to two weeks in advance for a good table during summer months. It serves some of the best local style paellas and has a large glass window front so that even in cooler months you are able to enjoy the views while sitting warm inside. The restaurant has a fireplace area where you can relax while waiting for you table, wine in hand.
Agua and Bestial are located on the more turisty strip of Barcelona´s oceanfront, next to Opium, CDLC and Shoko clubs (that also offer restaurant lunch and dinner service during the day).
Agua – Passeig Marítim 30 – offers very traditional Catalan dishes including a tasty fideuà which is a paella made with a type of pasta (looks like 2 inch spaghetti) instead of rice.
Bestial on the other hand has a relaxing open terrace area, very loungy looking atmosphere where you would go for a late lunch and stay for a drink. During summer months they organize Sunday late afternoon parties with live DJs…may not be so relaxing if you find yourself trying to lunch in a relaxing mood on one of those days, however if you love to party it up, get ready to toast to BCN life with a Gramona Celler Batlle cava!!
In terms of THEMOSTMUST for the Adrià group, they have all been in one way or another interesting and fun, as well as delicious culinary experiences….
Mexican – Hoja Santa & Niño Viejo
Japanese – Pakta
Spanish style tapas – Bodega 1900
Experimental everything – Tickets
For a comfortable lunch some other recommendations include:
El Jardi de L’Abadessa – around Pedralbes area nice outdoors area for lunch
Café Emma – Carrer de Pau Claris, 142 – cozy and french
GUT – organic – Carrer del Perill, 13 – organic and fresh – also have gluten free food
Federal – brunch/lunch- Calle Parlament 39 – also have gluten free food
Onofre – Carrer de les Magdalenes, 19 – Gotico – great for lunch, from the appearance outside you might not think of entering but once you eat you will definitely go back – THEMOSTMUST
Cerveceria Catalana – very turisty but very traditional, if it´s your first time in Barcelona you should definitely try it out, relax while ordering a clara at the bar depending on your wait time…they do not accept reservations and wait time can range from 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on the crowd.
For a snack, try Cornelia&Co located on Carrer Valencia 225 is the place to be. Deli style everything and quality products.
Best sushi so far in my eyes has been at Parco – Passeig de Gracia 119. THEMOSTMUST is the truffle white fish sushi and the jalapeño tuna sashimi which are not on the menu, you just have to ask for them.
If you are hungry for meat, go Basque….Sagardi is known for a great steak. I usually like the one located in Carrer de Muntaner 70.
Sagardi – best meat, suggest the one in Mallorca for sit down meal and the one in Gotico for tapas