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Spanish and Catalan cuisine

Try This when You Are in Barcelona

You have to try this!
Written by Paula

When coming to Barcelona for a visit, you will easily get lost among the endless restaurant/café offer, making food from a variety of countries all over the world available to you. But when in Barcelona, act Barcelonian! Here is a list of foods you have to try during your visit to Barcelona, put together by the team of ShBarcelona.

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Horchata is a drink that can be made using a variety of ingredients like almonds, barley, rice, tiger nuts or sesame seeds. In Barcelona the most famous type of horchata is the horchata de chufa, which is made with ground tigernuts (chufa), water and sugar.


Jamón is a type of dry-cured ham from Spain. It is eaten all over the country, and deeply appreciated in Barcelona, where you will find several establishments dedicated to selling only that.

Churros con chocolate

Nobody knows exactly where churros came from, but everybody knows that they like them! A fried-dough pastry with an elongated shape, the churro is very popular, particularly during festive occasions and during the winter, when you can order them with a cup of thick hot chocolate you can dip the churros in.


One of the most important dishes in the Catalan cuisine, the botifarra is a type of sausage made with pork and spices. There are many variations of the original botifarra, like the black botifarra, which contains pork blood, the Catalan botifarra, which also contains truffles, the white botifarra, with fatless meat, and the rice botifarra.

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Pan con tomate

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Pan con tomate or Pa amb tomàquet in Catalan is a simple, yet delicious appetizer typically used in Catalan gastronomy. It consists of large slices of bread (that may or not be toasted) rubbed with garlic, tomato, and in most cases, olive oil. It is usually consumed as an appetizer or accompanying other foods like sausages, cheese or omelets. Sometimes they also put a bit of salt on the pan con tomate. This gives it even more flavour.


The turrón, or in English, nougat, is something between a pastry and a dessert, usually made with honey, sugar, egg whites and almonds. The turrón is very popular in Spain, so popular in fact, that the Spanish have developed an endless number variations, like truffle turrón, chocolate and almond turrón, crystallized fruit turrón, coconut turrón, and Oreo turrón.


Traditionally from the south of Spain, the polvorones are now consumed in most of Spain during the holiday season. The polvoron is a type of cookie that crumbles easily in your mouth. The most famous polvorones are the ones that are made of almonds, but you can find them in a lot of different tastes like chocolate, vanilla and orange.

Which Catalan food is your favorite?

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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