Paella is certainly one of Spain’s most popular dishes and tourists devour it. Yet it pays to know where you can get the best of the best when in Barcelona to ensure complete authenticity.
1. Bodega Joan
Having been in business for over 60 years, it’s safe to say Barcelona’s Bodega Joan has plenty of experience in the paella game. Specialising in traditional Spanish and Catalan cuisine, this family-run restaurant combines good food with an even better atmosphere.
2. 7 Portes
Boasting a whopping 150 years in the hospitality sector, you can’t get much more classic than 7 Portes. The restaurant is housed in the Portics d’en Xifre, a building declared a national monument and offers traditional Spanish food with paella being one of the most popular dishes. With serving sizes ranging from one to four people, 7 Portes is at the slightly pricier end of the spectrum. Perfect for a date night or having dinner with friends.
Image Credit: @7portes
Located right on the seafront, Barraca is somewhere you can taste some of the best seafood (and paella) in the whole of the city. Described as an ‘urban beach restaurant’, here you can enjoy pans of the good stuff whilst taking in the stunning views sweeping across Barceloneta beach. With a michelin-starred chef the driving force behind this establishment, it’s no wonder they are arguably the creme de la creme in the paella world.
Image Credit: @barracabarcelona
4. Can Sole
With over 100 years of history, Can Sole is a favourite amongst locals (and that’s always a good sign). Praised for its big portions and eye-catching presentation, this restaurant is ideal for those looking to fill their cultural boots. Striking the perfect balance between tradition and modernisation, Can Sole harks back to a time before Barcelona was a tourism giant.
5. La Fonda
Certainly a winner in terms of price, La Fonda is the perfect place for those looking to fill up for less. You would think this would mean a lower quality of food right? That would be wrong. La Fonda is situated within close proximity to the famous Rambla, but what it lacks in outside appearance it makes up for with decently priced, high quality, traditional Spanish paella.
Image Credit: @roamingfesian