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My favorite food venues in Barcelona, Spain.
Throughout the years I had been a frequent visitor to Spain, venturing all over the country and experiencing the amazing delicacy that is Spanish food. From the perfect spicy tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelette) that I tried in Murcia to the amazing and hot homemade churros made on the streets of Marbella, I’d think that nothing could top those experiences. But when I was presented with my first opportunity to visit Barcelona I immediately thought of all the amazing food that was about to be.
Erica and I stayed in the H10 Marina in Barcelona, which was bliss and we definitely made the most of it by taking advantage of the many great facilities that came with staying in H10. These included the sauna, turkish baths, massage pits, pool, dinner service, wine-tasting booth, piano, and the amazing roof terrace views:
Our location was more than ideal; because 5 minutes away from H10, we were in the gulf Marina of Barcelona – Bogatell. Situated not too far from the centre, but also near enough the marina bay where those views and the restaurants were something that we most certainly wouldn’t have had in London. Filled with rows upon rows of different restaurants, bars and landscapes. I mean even when we were full it was hard to resist having something just for the sake of it. (The ideal location for a hunger stroll!)
The hotel was “coincidentally” 5 minutes away from all of this, and 10 minutes from the more touristic Barceloneta Beach. Its a beautiful, clean (they would fine you if you were to even think about littering) beach by the bay that has amazingly fine off-white sand and warm water with calm currents coming in. As always we took advantage of this (being so near to our hotel) and went there practically every day of our trip!
To summarize, we ended up in so many different restaurants that if I was to go through all of them right now you would be reading an essay… So simply put here were my top favorite restaurants in the city of Barcelona, starting with the ones closest to the Marina:
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Marina Bay by Moncho’s was our first local dinner that night and it sure set a high standard! We got to have a Tortilla starter that I was craving since the last time I was in Spain (who does’t love a good Spanish Omelette?):
For our main we shared the Paella Valencia Style (basically a fancy seafood paella) which was massive as you can see below. We wanted to start with food that was more local to the country, and that actually had some form of Spanish cuisine (rather than sushi which is something that I always seem to crave whenever I travel).
This place would be a great spot for a romantic dinner, and especially for lovers of sea food – they have a (semi-live) sea food display of the fishes and squid that they cook – as well as a fish tank that you can pick out of. Talk about knowing where your food is coming from! (Similar to Bouillabaisse) The restaurant is shaped almost like a boat and has stairs that wind all the way down to the sea front – it’s really beautiful!
By the time we were done with half of the Paella we decided to skip desert and save a bit of space (wise!) for some cocktails (you can’t beat 7 euro Margaritas) and head outside onto the deck to enjoy the beautiful warm evening breeze off the bay.
However, leading right to in front of the restaurant was this small Gelato shop that had the cutest Ice cream cones and amazing flavors from mango to coconut and lime; as well as chocolate dipped croissants and pastries. We resisted desert at Moncho’s but somehow managed to get sucked in to ice cream as soon as we walked out – so this is a warning for you!
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Kiku Japones is a (very needed) Sushi restaurant in the center of Barcelona (in between Gracia and Sant Gervasi train stations). We were actually advised to go here by a local after my several vocal complaints of there not being enough (or hardly any) Sushi restaurants near the Bogatell bay.
We weren’t necessarily feeling very adventurous that evening so we just ended up ordering 3 of the same thing (I know, stupid!) BUT it was so good we could have ordered 3 more – of the same thing! We ordered the special 8 piece Gunkan De Salmo Maki Set which consisted of sashimi salmon, onion, ikura (Red caviar) and Japanese mayo and a splash of a house sauce drizzled on top – 3 times over – Amazing!
The complete menu is quite overwhelming, especially for a non-Spanish speaking person as it is in Spanish (and I have difficulty even understanding a sushi menu sometimes when it’s in English) but the staff are extremely courteous and friendly and they had no problem in explaining almost every single item on that menu before I finally made up my mind what to order.
It is small and quaint and very affordable, but I definitely wouldn’t be traveling to Barcelona if I wanted to have amazing Sushi. You get what you can get there in my opinion!
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Address: C/Madrazo, 15 / Via Agusta
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org // +34 933 29 82 77
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The Mandarin Oriental is actually a high end 5 star luxury hotel in central (Passeig de Gracia) Barcelona but they happen to have an amazing bar and lounge downstairs in the receiving front of the hotel. This place really reminded me of the Dolce and Gabbana Martini Bar in Milano, because of the use of strong yellow lights against the walls, within the dim rooms and the outside seating areas.
It is style mixed with luxury – the interiors are breathtaking but be ready to spend a buck (or come with someone who will) – because it is very pricey and one drink is the price of 3 or 4 anywhere else! Like most places in Barcelona, the staff were very friendly and welcoming and super attentive – asking you if you are alright and informing you about the bathroom (don’t you just hate asking) and other amenities that you might not have thought of. So if you happen to have a lot of spare cash and are the type to splurge on something nice then this would definitely be a recommendation!
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Address: PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA, 38-40
Contact: +34 93 151 88 88
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So Gatsby (and Sutton) are definitely not restaurants but I just had to put this one in, because it was just such a fun and interesting venue (and they make lots of amazing drinks at the bar). , One thing we did notice in Barcelona is the fact that the locals are very laid back when they are going to places – in London females put on more of an effort – and jeans to a members-only venue would be seen as down-dressing. But in Barcelona, jeans, plimsoles and casual wear was in the majority which was strange to see at first but in a way I guess it created more of a natural ethos – very unlike that of Mayfair in London – but I could get used to that. And I love the fact that ERICA came with her beautiful mother, and there was a wide range of people in the crowd which was also so nice!
The entry is usually free for women (it is similar to the policies in London) with a promoter and Men might have to pay a couple of euros but it didn’t seem outrageous. Music-wise, Gatsby wasn’t really the place for me – a lot of pop and spanish-pop and not enough Hip Hop and RnB, But nonetheless it was a unique experience and we cannot wait to go back!
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Address: CALLE TUSET, 19, BARCELONA
Contact: +34 937 00 44 53
Sutton was another part of the club that had a separate entry and had a more strict vibe to it. It was more of a buy-a-table to get entry kind of club; and the music was so much better there (in my opinion). But if you are more of a laid back partier then Gatsby would be a better option for you.
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Address: C/ Tuset, 13 · 08006 · Barcelona
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Probably the furthest that we travelled out of our Marina to get food (not because we were lazy or didn’t want to explore – but just because every time we had our mind set to go somewhere, we’d walk or drive past somewhere just as good and change our minds about where we want to eat before we even get to our destination – *sigh*) was when we went to the W Hotel in Barcelona.
That’s how great the Bay is, there is so much there that you wouldn’t even need to venture out – would probably recommend planning to stay at least a week in Barcelona for that exact reason.
If you have ever been to the Model Zone in The W Hotel in London, then let me tell you that your opinion on that is about to be significantly changed ( sorry LVK! ) but the W Hotel in Barcelona has definitely out-showed every other W Hotel that I have had a meal in. (I have only been to London, so I can’t compare it to much at this point in time)
At the hotel they host a brunch morning party (everyone must have been exhausted from the night before because there was no dancing…just eating!) which is just that – a party with lots and lots of food. You have to be invited (either by a promoter or via a modeling agency event), and have your own sectioned eating area and it basically just works as a buffet that you can actually go in and out of. Everything you can think of exists, from pancakes to sweets and chocolates, cocktails and wine deserts like creme brûlée, fruits, yogurts, warm and cold foods and vegetarian and vegan options! The list goes on.
Not only the quality of the food but the range of selection was amazing. And even after the meal they had performances going on where you could relax around a bar and an outdoor balcony with a pool overlooking the centre of Barcelona. Even on the way to the hotel you can tell the quality of the venue was going to change.
And they had sushi?!
Barcelona was truly one of the best trips of my life (yet) and not only because of the amazing people I was around but the food was incredible, beautiful cultural and it is just such an amazing (and super clean!) city. If you are planning a trip to Spain and don’t have your eyes set on a city – please go to Barca. You really won’t regret it!
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Address: Plaça Rosa Del Vents 1, Final, Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
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