The Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona

If food is an important part of your holiday plans then why not make sure you enjoy it in the most beautiful settings a city has to offer. Sightseeing from the comfort of a leafy terrace with a drink in hand is the best way to go! With that in mind, we’ve listed the prettiest places to eat in Barcelona, including cosy restaurants (perfect if you’re visiting this autumn), charming cafes and quirky bars where you can try more than just tapas.

La Rambla

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelonaa: La Rambla
Pastelería Escribà on La Rambla @mansfieldtony

Barcelona’s most famous street is a sure attraction for tourists with its iconic buildings and tree-lined walkways, leading away from the beach front and separating the Gothic Quarter from El Raval, a vibrant part of the city filled with bohemian bars, street art and exhibitions.

Where to eat:

The faded façade of the century-old Cafè de l’Opera, complete with elegant mirrors and engraved murals, draws in tourists, locals and theatre-goers alike and is the perfect stop for breakfast or an evening aperitif.

The prettiest shop in all of Barcelona, and arguably the best patisserie too, Pastelería Escribà is a beautiful example of Catalan modernista architecture. Enjoy a morning coffee and one of their delicious cakes or pastries on their terrace and indulge in some people-watching.

Plaça Reial

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Plaça Reial
Plaça Reial in the Gothic Quarter @bcnmoltmes

The charming Plaça Reial (or Royal Plaza) is a beautiful square situated just off La Rambla. A popular spot in the evening, when the terraces are illuminated by ornate, Gaudi-designed street lamps, this is a much-loved location for tourists and locals alike who come here to meet friends and enjoy cocktails.

Where to eat:

The unusual Oçaña, named after performer and activist José Pérez Ocaña, provides a fun atmosphere as well as delicious tapas in a stylish setting. Dine on their terrace where you can watch the world go by and listen to the sound of the fountains.

Les Quinze Nits offers city chic at an affordable price, especially considering the location. Come here if you’re dining on a smaller budget but still want to experience the vibrant nightlife of one of Barcelona’s prettiest settings.

Carrer d’Enric Granados

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Carrer d'Enric Granados
Carrer d’Enric Granados in central Barcelona @luchiserres

Although it offers plenty of snug cafes and bistros (perfect for cooler autumn days), Carrer d’Enric Granados is best enjoyed on a leafy terrace where you can view its myriad of flower shops, art galleries and charming restaurants.

Where to eat:

Brunch & Cake for, believe it or not, brunch and cake! More than just your average brunch spot, however, this café specialises in incredibly instagrammable dishes that we’re dying to try (if you don’t believe me, just check out their Instagram feed here).

For more delicious baked good, try out nearby Cosmo. This artsy café hosts a gallery space for up and coming artists and does a great brunch as well as cocktails and locally brewed IPAs in the evening.

Carrer de Petritxol

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Carrer de Petritxol
Carrer de Petritxol – The Hot Chocolate Street

Calling all chocoholics! There’s nowhere better to spend a chilly autumn afternoon than in any one of the cosy cafés along Carrer Petritxol, each serving up warming mugs of chocolate or hot liquid chocolate to drunk with freshly cooked churros. This ancient street is found in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, characterised by its narrow walkways just waiting to be explored.

Where to eat:

Offer yourself a luxurious treat of churros and hot chocolate in any one of this street’s chocolaterias. Granja Dulcinea is a lovely, traditional little place, or go to Granja La Pallaresa for thick chocolate with lashings of whipped cream.

Rambla del Poblenou

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Rambla del Poblenou
Rambla del Poblenou is a street at the heart of community life @barcelonafacades

This street is the very heart of the Poblenou district’s cultural and social life. Originally the industrial centre of Barcelona, Poblenou is an eclectic mix of ancient shops and bars with stunningly decorated modernista buildings.

Where to eat:

For classic food in a pretty setting, you can’t do better than Can Recasens. This former cellar turned restaurant offers a long list of different tostas (crusty bread topped with cheese, cured meats and other delicious food) Come by during the day, when it serves as a deli, and you can pick up delicacies for a picnic later.

For excellent cocktails and tasty tapas, come along to Balius and start off your evening with a bang. Bespoke dishes and amazing gastronomic creations await in this ancient drugstore (now a stylish bar) where you can look out onto the orange-tree lined streets.

Passeig del Born

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Passeig del Born
Passeig del Born in Barcelona’s Old Town @alexairhold

Passeig del Born is a pretty little avenue that still retains its medieval charm. With plenty of independent boutiques and trendy terraced bars, this street is always buzzing with people and is a good spot for lunch and after-dinner drinks.

Where to eat:

Crepes al Born delivers carefully crafted cocktails and a whole range of sweet and savoury crepes in a lively atmosphere. The perfect spot for brunch or, in the evening, check out their drinks menu (good for gin lovers) and unusual choice of shots.

Get a taste of authentic Catalan cuisine at Casa Delfiín which offers up delicious dishes like the rich suquet (fish stew), a great selection of tapas and some more unusual traditional recipes such as stuffed pigs trotters and tripe stew.

Carrer de Torrijos

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Plaça de la Virreina
The pretty square of Plaça de la Virreina @miguelgalindoc

Originally in independent village separate to the rest of Barcelona, the district of Gràcia is full of enchanting little squares where you can sit and enjoy the morning sunshine with coffee or meet your friends for tapas and wine in the evening. At the end of Carrer de Torijos you’ll find the Plaça de la Virreina, an especially beautiful spot overlooked by trees and the church of San Joan

Where to eat:

Start your night at any one of the tapas bars in the picturesque Plaça de la Virreina, the ideal setting for a romantic night out.

For genuine Mexican cuisine, try out the colourful Cantina Machito where you can sit on its leafy terrace and enjoy generous portions of quesadillas and tacos.

Parc Güell

Prettiest Places to Eat in Barcelona: Parc Güell
The view from Parc Güell @lukaszmalkiewic

A visit to the stunning Park Güell, one of Gaudí’s major works, is a must during your stay in Barcelona, and what better place to enjoy a picnic than with the amazing view of Barcelona below you. Stop by a deli on your way to the park (such as the one in Can Recasens), or drop by Jamon Reserva Ibérica on Rambla de Catalunya where you can buy freshly made baguette sandwiches filled with mouth-watering jamón ibérico (Iberian ham).


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