Barcelona is known for it’s iconic and stunning architecture, it’s rambles of narrow gothic streets, and it’s fantastic shopping. For these reasons and more it’s pretty high on most avid travellers to-see list.
I was lucky enough to visit Barcelona for a few days recently to soak up this atmosphere- and of course a lot of good spanish wine, which was often accompanied by some great long lunches. The cuisine in Barcelona is diverse and exciting, and with set lunches still trending it was often great value for money.
La Polpa offer a beautiful 3 course set menu, including half a bottle of wine, mineral water and bread, for only €25. The food was beautiful, especially the carrot and peanut soup and the tuna with teriyaki and avocado, and the service was friendly and relaxed. You wouldn’t know that you were paying so little for such a great lunch. If the weather’s nice, sit outside under the heat lamps and watch Barcelona bustle around you while you pour another glass of the great house white.
If you’re after something a bit more casual while you’re exploring the hub of La Rambla, head to the Boqueria food market. It’s huge array of fruits, vegetables, fish and sweet treats is a sight in itself, and it’ll take a few times of wandering around before you decide what to pick up for an on-the-go lunch. The produce is super cheap considering how tourist-orientated this area is, so maybe try a bit of everything!
I couldn’t write about Barcelona and not talk tapas. We were lucky enough to be staying right next to Tapas 24, commonly known as the best place in the city for the authentic Spanish dishes (which is also evident by the huge number of locals that flood the place at lunchtime), and it became somewhat of our local for the week. The decor is jaunty and fun, with paintings of the food covering the walls. The beer and coffee is cheap considering the restaurant’s great reputation, and the food is something else. Everything you want from tapas, done perfectly, and you can see the chefs freshly preparing the dishes in the open kitchen. Probably best to go at an unconventional time, as opposed to peak meal times, as- like I said- this place is popular.
I hope this helps if you’re thinking of visiting Barcelona in 2017. It’s a beautiful city, with so much to offer, especially at lunchtime.