For those of you who are unfamiliar with Arepas, they are flat round patties made from maize flour and are commonly eaten in Venezuela and Colombia. They can be enjoyed on their own, or with a variety of fillings. Because Barcelona has a large Latino community, ShBarcelona is bringing you the top five arepa restaurants in Barcelona.
C/ Rec, 10
Located in the heart of El Born, the Venezuelan restaurant makes arguably the best arepas in the city. The Areperia offers a wide range of fillings priced between 3€ and 5€. As well as this, they have a selection of typical Venezuelan sweets and postres. Don’t forget to try their freshly squeezed exotic fruit juices. Their options vary, but I recommend you just point and ask for a glass. It’s unlikely you would be familiar with all the types of fruit on offer, but I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
C/ N’Agla, 6-8
This Areperia imaginatively brought Latin America to Europe by offering a variety of fillings according to each nationality. Options such as the Canaria (plantain and feta cheese) and the Catalana (Fuet sausage, mature cheese and tomato) are fun alternatives to the regular arepa fillings. The arepas are small with the prices ranging from 2€ to 4€, so don’t hesitate to order more than one. They also have a great menu option: combine two small areas and a drink for only 5,50€. Or how about ordering a drink, large arepa and a tequeño for 6,90€. The options are endless. The small restaurant is located in the centre of El Gotico and is open until midnight. A perfect place for a quick late-night bite.
C/ Assaonadors, 19
Areperia del Born brings Colombia’s own spin on the favoured dish. Once again this restaurant offers a range of fillings to choose from. The modern and stylish décor brings a traditional restaurant into the twenty-first century.
C/ Cartagena, 264
Although celebrated for its arepas, El Arepazo also offers a choice of traditional Colombian dishes, giving you all the more reason to book a table. If that doesn’t convince you, they also have a 10€ Menu Del Dià which includes a drink and a dessert. Whilst the other places on our top 5 list are more for quick and light eating, El Arepazo has a full menu with a traditional, Colombian atmosphere to the restaurant.
C/ Mallorca, 470
If you love Venezuela but can’t afford a flight, try out this little restaurant. Located near to Sagrada Familia, El Rincón de la Abuela Venezolana has a great menu with a section dedicated to the country’s beloved arepa for 4,50€. If you want to bring a little bit of South America home with you, they also have a small shop where you can purchase a variety of foods.