A trip to Europe to sample the best food the continent has to offer must include a stop in Barcelona. While Spain as a whole presents so many different culinary experiences, if you're after the Catalan staples you've come to know at your local tapas joint in Australia, this city is hard to beat.
At the Grand Hotel Central with its rooftop pool and breathtaking view of the city.
At Bar Brutal - be sure to try the local cider, which by the looks of the tabletops here is the go-to aperitif. Food is always served with drinks so an out-of-this-world plate of jamón ibérico (you don't get that silky smooth nuttiness anywhere else), baby scallops and a beetroot and goats cheese salad is perfect with drinks. This is the place for all-natural, organic and biodynamic produce.
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Everywhere! Breakfast is always on at the market La Boqueria just off La Rambla. This is the best introduction to the local ingredients and a seat at El Quim is a must. For standing-room only lunch, Quimet y Quimet is my pick for tasty morsels, including foie gras with mushrooms, picked vegetables and anchovies and queso (cheese) - this is now a favourite in our household!
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Dinner should be a moveable feast and the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) area of Barcelona is the perfect location. I love Cal Pep, although there's no menu, the waiter asks if there's anything you don't like and then starts sending food. For me, the go-to dish is pippies in jamón broth - always worth asking for. Bar Del Pla is a hangout for locals and the place for foie gras shaved on top of beef tartare, grilled baby calamari, the best croquettas in town with jamón and fried guindillas peppers. The pan con tomate is an essential start to any meal and is both moreish and very easy to get used to.
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Restaurant 7 Portes was the first recommendation from our local friends when enquiring about the best paella in town. This place delivers old-world charm with black and white checkerboard floors, excellent local wine and true paella flavours - all delivered to your white-clothed table by suited-up waiters who take pride in the history of their restaurant and their place within it.
Barcelona is a city to wander and get lost in. The back streets reveal hole-in-the-wall spots worth stumbling across, which are much more rewarding than relying on a travel guide to direct you down the well-worn path!