Food is an important part of culture and identity because it brings people together and makes them happy. This is particularly true in Catalonia, as some of the best cuisine in Spain can be found in this region full of delicious and creative dishes that are unique to the Catalan culture. With so many restaurants in Barcelona, it’s hard to choose just one, so here are some suggestions where you can find the best Catalan cuisine in Barcelona.
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Petit Comitè is one of the most well-known and highly-rated Catalan restaurants in Barcelona, and rated within the top ten in general. Using local and seasonal ingredients that are fresh and high-quality, all of their dishes are thought out and created with care and creativity to bring out the best flavors of Catalonia. Everything on the menu shows you the diversity of Catalonia from the mountains to the sea to all the regions in between. The restaurant may be on the pricier end, but the quality is the best you can find.
Address: Passatge de la Concepció, 13
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Can Culleretes is a very traditional Catalan restaurant that gives you a peek into Catalonia’s past and its traditional dishes. In fact, it’s the oldest restaurant in Barcelona. The walls are decorated with photos from the restaurant’s past, which you can take in as you dine on classic dishes like canelons, butifarra, and roasted pig. This is the place to go to if you’re looking to have a taste of Catalonia’s gastronomic history.
Address: Carrer d’en Quintana, 5
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Taverna Can Roca
Taverna Can Roca (not to be confused with El Celler de Can Roca) is outside the city center in Sant Andreu and serves delicious and traditional Catalan cuisine at reasonable prices. This small eatery is set in a traditional neighborhood, so you’ll get a great experience as you try dishes like meatballs with cuttlefish, artichokes with jamón, and mouthwatering fish and meats. Make sure to ask for suggestions of wine pairings so you can sample some local Catalan wines as well.
Address: Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, 209
L’antic Bocoi del Gòtic
L’antic Boco del Gòtic serves Catalan cuisine with a modern update to show the creativity and vision that many Catalan chefs these days are using to bring this style of cooking to the forefront. Fresh, local ingredients make dishes like escalivada and esqueixada possible, and they also offer a variety of homemade desserts. Call ahead and make a reservation for your next group event and you can take advantage of the special menu for parties and events.
Address: Baixada de Viladecols, 3
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