Eating and dining together is an ingrained part of the culture in Spain, so naturally Barcelona restaurants play a very important role in the city. Traditionally in Catalonia and Barcelona, it is an important social activity. Meal times are very much respected; with the whole city shifting into low gear between the hours of 2 pm and 4 pm. Dinner time is around 9 to 11 pm.
The restaurant scene is colourful and adventurous, with avant-garde culinary innovation as well as rustic dishes. Catalans are legendary lovers of fish, pork, rabbit, duck, lamb and vegetables, which are often served, boiled with a drizzle of olive oil. Barcelona restaurants also tend to use natural ingredients from the Pyrenees and Mediterranean, which makes for quality wholesome produce. Locals from Barcelona tend to go for plates of cheese, pâtés, and cured meats if they want something to pick at.
When it comes to travellers finding somewhere to eat in Barcelona; they are spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience with wine and aperitifs, you can stroll round the many busy plazas and fine an array of eateries that are designed to give the full metropolitan feel.
Alternatively, if you are a traveler or backpacker who is looking to eat on a budget, there is also an abundance of restaurants that are lower key and have cheaper prices. For those looking to experience the true Catalan culture, try out restaurants which have meal-deal offers. It’s common for locals to eat several course meals of traditional foods and so, many of the restaurants across the city cater for just that. The city is so diverse, whatever experience you have in mind, you are pretty much guaranteed to find. From a la carte menus at lavish rooftop restaurants, to vendors in busy streets inundated with musicians, artists and souvenirs.
Ciutat Vella; the Old City provides for plenty of cool and rustic tapas locales, most within walking distance of each other. Here, it’s easy to create a fun night out, with tapas and bar hopping. Between the Gothic Quarter, Le Born and Le Raval, there are several well known eateries as well as off the beaten path places to spend basking in authentic Catalan food. Washed down with vine or traditional Spanish sangria, this place is undoubted. Barcelona’s tapas scene is a great way to experience all that the city has to offer both on a culinary, as well as on a cultural level.