I know Barcelona like the back of my hand. I know many people have booked, or are thinking of booking, a trip to Barcelona in the upcoming months. I know people will not want to get scammed by those little tourist food spots that give you frozen paella. So, I know you NEED this post. Time to get stuck right in.
Bar El Tomas.
This bar is known across Barcelona for having the best ‘Patatas Bravas’. You won’t get a full menu of food here, but you don’t need it. You only need the ‘Patatas Bravas’.
The location might be a little off-putting though. This bar is located in one of the more residential zones of Barcelona, a 15-minute bus ride from Plaza Espanya (The heart of Barcelona in my unbiased opinion) However, you have got one of the largest shopping malls in Barcelona only a ten-minute walk from Bar El Tomas which leads you back into more vibrant parts of the city. Go if you want to try local-approved snacks at a cheap + cheerful price.
If you know me personally, you will know how much I rave about Copasetic. This restaurant/bar has fused together international cuisine with Spanish to give you a variety of burgers, sandwiches, waffles, all-day brunch and fresh juice. I highly suggest everyone tries the garlic potatoes, just saying.
The best part about this place? Nearly every item on the menu can be adapted to GF/ Vegan or Lactose-Free. All allergy information is displayed on the menu, so you don’t need to fear any awkward conversation about wanting to see the restaurant’s allergy book.
If you visit during the day, you might be able to get away without a reservation but Copasetic is known for brunch so I highly suggest booking in advance.
Let me tell you, Dos Torres is lavish. The good kind though, not the type of lavish that will leave your hungry because they served a tiny carrot with some fancy sauce on a gold leaf. The only way I can describe the food would be home-cooking vibes but presented with major artistic flair. I’d suggest this location for date-night vibes, or a fancy evening out.
Locals love this spot. Not only is the interior an anime lover’s dream, but you will also try some of the nicest sushi or ramen for pennies. There is no catch here guys. A starter, side, bowl of ramen, drink and dessert will set you back a mere 10 euros if you visit during lunch. Alternatively, you can get sushi instead of ramen for the same price. Ziqi also does take-out, which is a very useful option as this place is always packed. I will not BS anyone, this spot is far from fancy. The restaurant is very small + slightly cramped but the food, customer service + location justify all that. Trust me on this one. I’m a regular here.
La Coqueta is a hidden gem. Don’t want to see a single pizza/ bowl of chips/ chicken strip in sight? Say no more. La Coqueta is your place for traditionally Mediterranean food. Bonus: La Coqueta is also full of gluten-free options and the staff are very knowledgeable about this. The interior is cosy and again, small so book online before you go.
Andddd that wraps up my post on 5 food spots only a local will tell you about! Let me know if you’ve been to any of these– I’d so love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time!