If you’re currently staying in Barcelona and looking to try traditional Spanish dishes, we’re sure paella must be on your list. Well, in case you were wondering where you should go first to try it, we are here to tell you. In the neighbourhood of Barceloneta alone, there are plenty of great restaurants, each one with its own twists on this timeless Spanish recipe. But before we get to that, and for those who are not familiar with paella yet, let’s talk a bit about what it is and where it comes from.
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Paella: From Valencia to the world
A Valencian dish of ancient origins, paella started to cement its modern base recipe in the mid-19th century. Although regarded around the world as Spain’s national dish, it is considered within the country as more of a regional staple.
With rice as its base ingredient, the original paella recipe also includes white and green beans, chicken, rabbit and snails. Its characteristic taste is accomplished by seasoning it with saffron and rosemary. You’ll be able to find several different variations on the dish, with seafood paella being one of its most popular versions nowadays.
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Best Paella in Barceloneta
Can Majó – Established in Barceloneta in 1968, this family-run restaurant is renowned for its traditional cuisine. Dating back to when the neighbourhood was still a small fishing village, it’s no wonder that seafood is a strong component of their delicious paella dishes.
Address: Carrer l’Almirall Aixada, 23
Hours: 1 PM to 4 PM and 8 PM to 11 PM.
Can Solé – If you thought it couldn’t get more traditional than Can Majó, think again. Can Solé was founded in 1903! Its traditional two-floor venue gives it a very cosy feel, making it the perfect place to taste paella.
Address: Carrer Sant Carles, 4
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 1 PM to 4 PM and 8 PM to 11 PM. Friday and Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM and 8:30 PM to 11 PM. Sunday from 1PM to 4 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Restaurant Barceloneta – Open since 1966, this is another Barceloneta staple that guarantees quality and tradition when it comes to Catalan-Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to experience one of its delicious paella dishes on a table with a marvelous view over Port Vell.
Address: Carrer de l’Escar, 22
Hours: From 1 PM to 12 PM
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