How many meals can you eat in 48 hours? If you’re the type who wants to try out everything but only a small stomach to fit it all in, then tapas is the perfect option for you! You’ll probably also want to save space for some thick, creamy gelato…who says only Italy has good ice-cream?
Take a walk down bustling La Rambla and stop at La Boqueria, a market that sells everything from jamon to seafood to dry goods, interspersed with tiny tapas bars serving fresh food right from the market. You may want to get here early for lunch to try out the popular Bar Pinotxo for hearty Catalan cuisine. The owner’s amicable and bubbly personality adds to the fun atmosphere and he’ll make sure you’re taken care of by suggesting their daily specials (there’s no written menu). Try the juicy baby squid with white beans or the fresh mussels with a bed of mixed vegetables. You’re in for a treat!
To continue your day of tapas, head to Bar Celta in the Barri Gotic area for unpretentious Galician food. You’ll want to try out their signature octopus, crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. It’s noisy and bright in here, and you have to sit on stools by the bar but that’s half the fun isn’t it? What’s great about tapas is that you can choose the food from the platters in front of you and eat them using toothpicks.
Ever thought of dining with Picasso? You can go to 4Gats, Picasso’s favourite hang out spot and sit on the same table as the great artist himself. This place can be touristy and the service somewhat non-existent, but come here to soak up the modern artistic vibe. Be prepared to have a long long lunch.
Some quick tips:
- If you want good food but at reasonable prices, try the restaurants out at lunch as they usually offer lunch menus. Same food but at half the price!
- Remember, the Spanish have siesta so some places will be closed from 1-4pm….don’t we all wish we lived in Spain?