You have just arrived in the beach neighborhood of Barcelona, Barceloneta and you check in to your beautiful ShBarcelona apartment. You feel the calming sea breeze and start to relax into your first day of holidays. All of a sudden you feel the need for a snack and a glass of wine but alas the fridge is empty. Where do you go?
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First rule of thumb: a lot of the supermarkets in Barcelona are not the same as the U.S.A., U.K., and northern Europe. They are small privately run corner shops, not the grand sized mega-markets that sell food, fridges, TVs and the like. Their advantage is that they are around every corner and if you need ingredients for a quick meal, they will have everything you need at a reasonable price. Their disadvantage is they don’t really have enough on offer, should you wish to do a few days or even a week’s worth of food shopping. There are bits and pieces of everything but not a wide and vast range of choice. They are, however, open into the early hours of the morning, and some are even open 24/7. This makes them the perfect option should you need a snack at 3am after clubbing.
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The two main grocery stores in Barceloneta are Spar on Carrer de Sant Miquel, and Carrefour on Carrer d’Escuder, with the Spar being the slightly larger of the two. These two stores offer a wider range of food and drinks. Spar even has its own butchers, a frozen section, and an entire aisle dedicated to alcohol. These are the places you will need to go should you wish to stock up for a week or a month.
These are how the majority of locals buy their food. Granted, it does take a bit more time, but if you’re willing to take a bit longer, it is well worth it. Head down to your local ‘fruteria’ (Fruit and veg shop), ‘carniceria’ (butcher) and ‘bodega’ (wine store), to buy the food you will need for your time in Barcelona. There are many of these located around the Plaza del Poeta Bosca and they offer a wide range of daily fresh ingredients. This may take the most amount of time as it requires visiting a few different stores, but it is without a doubt the cheapest option for food in Barceloneta.
Wherever you choose to shop in Barceloneta, just be warned that siesta in Spain is not a myth! A lot of the privately run stores will close between 14:00-16:30, so during these times ramble of La Rambla, swim in the sea and enjoy the many other sights the city of Barcelona has to offer.