About Food in Barcelona
The food and drink in Barcelona is regarded amongst the finest in the world. Its traditional recipes are prepared with an incredible array of fresh ingredients, often sourced from the well-used local markets, and chefs such as Ferran Adrià are internationally celebrated for innovation in haute cuisine.
Each season in Catalonia seems to be accompanied by particular set of dishes, from the barbecued long, sweet onion-like calçots in January through to the seafood feasts eaten around Christmas.
The selection of restaurants will suit nearly every taste and budget. Plenty of bars will serve a decent selection of tapas, or for those wanting to dine in style, there is a selection of Michelin-starred establishments dotted around the town.
One thing to bear in mind is that the Spanish eat late. Most restaurants won't open for lunch until 1pm and dinner is usually served from 9pm.
What to Eat?
International food is certainly gaining popularity but visitors would be best advised to sample the local produce. Most restaurants offer a set menu at lunchtime for around $12. Paella is the go-to dish for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, washed down with a crisp white from a on of the regions apellations.
Tipping is welcome but certainly not expected. Tip 10% if you've been treated well.
Price per Meal
You can pay as little as $10, or as much as you want.
Pla De La Garsa in the gothic quarter is as cosy and charming a restaurant as you could hope to find, serving great-value local delicacies.
You can sample the imaginative cooking of Ferran Adrià at his theatrically-themed Tickets on Paral·lel, but you'll have to book a couple of months in advance.
A trip to Granja Viader, just off the Ramblas, is a step back in time to mid 1900s Barcelona.
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