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If you haven't spent time in Barcelona, you probably don't know it has a killer craft beer scene. Take advantage of it at Ale & Hop.
December 9, 2016
Although it can be gimmicky, Cal Pep is very good. You'll probably see a lot of tourists, but you'll be distracted enough by the good tapas to care.
Need a break from Spanish and Catalan food? Mosquito's Chinese menu has you covered. Be sure to get the dim sum.
A true local spot, Bar Ramon has unique tapas, old-school vibes, and rock and roll decor.
If you want to go all out, Enoteca is the place for it. The space is beautiful, the wine list (mostly Catalan) is long, and the seafood is excellent
If you're looking for something fancy, Moments is an excellent option. It has a tasting menu, but you can go a la carte, as well.
Looking for a fancy meal? ABaC's 14 and 21-course Catalan-inspired tasting menus are excellent and worth the cost.
Can Recasens has some of the best cheeses and cured meets in the city. Plus, it's a little off the beaten path, so the tourist level will be minimal.
With several different high-quality restaurants and bars, you're bound to find something you like in El Nacional.
Cuines Santa Caterina is one of few restaurants open from lunch to dinner. When you don't want to think too much about your next meal, head here.
Another Barceloneta tapas spot. The speciality at La Cova Fumada is the bomba (a “potato bomb").
Els Pescadors serves delicious and traditional Catalan seafood, but unlike many restaurants in the same category, it isn't full of tourists.
Barceloneta is home to some of the best tapas bars in the city, but Bar Electricitat still stands out. The space is dingy, and the food is excellent.
Hoja Santa is “fancy Mexican” done right. Order as much as possible- everything on the menu is mind-blowingly good.