City Guide: Barcelona – Eats

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | City Guide

Café con leche to start the day right!

Seriously, the Spanish know how to live. Their biggest meal of the day is lunch- usually taking place from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (followed by a siesta from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., if you’re lucky). Lunch in Barcelona can consist of rounds of tapas; a 3-course meal with wine or cava, topped off with coffee and a light dessert; or a jamon iberico sandwhich on the run. I’ll take any of those any day! So let’s get down to what’s really important in life- food.

Tapas and Cava

Best Tapas and Local Vibe: El Xampanyet (Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain)

El Xampanyet

Jamon Iberico, Pan con Tomate, and adorable glasses of Cava (chorizo made it in there too) :)

Go. Just go. Run, walk, dance your way into this little gem of a tapas cafe. The owner’s daughter- Laura- will take good care of you. Tell her what you don’t like and leave the rest up to her, you’ll walk away stuffed and happy. Oh, and a BOTTLE of homemade cava is only 7 Euro.

Best Overall Restaurant: La Pepita (Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona, Spain).

Perusing the menu at La Pepita

We visited La Pepita on the first night of the mother-daughter portion of our Barcelona adventure.

La Pepita

Round 1: Sangria, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Pan con Tomate, and Patatas Bravas (fried bites of potatoes covered in garlicy aioli and spicy tomato sauce. Heavenly!)

La Pepita

Round 2: On the left- Fried eggplant, drizzled with warm honey, topped with creamy goat cheese and tangy green apple (Oh.Em.Geee.). Top- skewer of perfectly seasoned Argentinian steak over a bed of cous cous. Bottom- Grilled artichokes topped with pork belly.

Obvi we had dessert but there was no way I was putting down that spoon to take a picture.

Best Cheap Sandwich: 100 Montaditos or La Mie Câline (various locations throughout Barcelona).

Sandwich from La Mie Câline

I get it. You’ve blown €60 on drinks at the beachside club last night (wtf?! It was just two vodka sodas…mmhmmmm) That cab ride wasn’t cheap either, anddddd neither is the new outfit you just scooped up from Zara. So when €1-5 is all that’s left on the food-budget for the day head to 100 Montaditos where you can get a pint of chilled Mahou beer for just €1 when you buy a montadito (little sandwich) for €1 or, if you choose not to buy a montadito, you’ll pay €2. La Mie Caline is a bit more pricey for sandwiches but still under €5 and delish.

Best Food Market: Mercat de La Boqueria (Rambla, 91 08002 Barcelona, Spain)

El Quim in Mercat de La Boqueria

No trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting the AMAZING Boqueria. It’s packed, bustling, about to bust from the seams, and filled with delicious produce, meat, seafood, sweets, and even little tapas restaurants. When you enter, go straight to the back and eat at El Quim for the true Boqueria experience. People were eating at the counter about 3 rows deep. Shouting out their order to the cooks, who in turn were pumping out delectiables such as grilled foie gras over sauteed mushrooms topped with a poached egg. So squeeze in and enjoy.

I can’t wait to get back to Spain. I dream about maybe one day owning a tiny home along the coast of Costa Blanca and spending summers there…. A girl can dream, right?!

Love & Travel,
The Escape Artists

With the love of my life, Mom

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