Backpacker: 48 Hrs in Barcelona (Food Guide)

All of these guides are designed to pin point food stops along the way of the major attractions within a city.  Everyone gets hungry, and why not know where to go.  Maybe most importantly, show you where to get that espresso.  Follow the map numerically per day, and keep an eye out for the food stops (in green).  


A beautiful city, that continues to have way too much past your bed time (and mine).

{Blue icon: Day 1, Orange icon: Day 2, Green icon: Food & Drink, Yellow icon: Metro}
{Use the top left icon within the map to navigate within} 

Day 1

Rocket fuel up (espresso) at what better name for a shop, than Satan's Coffee.  After your meeting with Satan, get excited about seeing your first taste of Gaudi, with the Sagrada Familia.  Brilliant.  Take your time here, as Gaudi started this back in 1882, and is still being worked on today.  I never knew Mexican food was so huge abroad until taking the trip I'm currently on.  Being from the US, so happy to see that particular food culture expanding outwards.  Especially being from Chicago, and having Rick Bayless having such a huge influence on many restaurants there.  Right around the corner from Sagrada, lies La Taqueria.  

Moving towards the Arc de Triomf, one spot popular for brunch, Granja Petitbo.  I'm not a brunch guy, but this place definitely moved me closer to everyone else on the planet in enjoying brunch.  Delicious, bright, and most of all, fresh plates.  Elsa y Fred is right off the bank of the Arc, on a tidy beautiful side street.  Wonderful menu, attentive staff that makes you feel like family.  

La Xampanet and Cal Pep are two classic spots to try once within the Gothic quarter.  If they're packed, don't feel ashamed in sitting in any of the other smaller restaurants that aren't as refined.  You might even enjoy yourself more inside these more relaxed spaces.  Tasca el Corral meets the build here, as an ever so friendly bar serving delicious tapas, and cold beer.  

A couple spots for refuel around here are Clandestina and Cafes el Magnifico.  Both on opposite sides of the spectrum for all the right reasons.  More laid back, cumbersome cafe in Clandestina will allow you to catch your thoughts.  While Cafe el Magnifico pumps out some of the best espresso in the city, and gets you on your way.  

El Raval is a mess with tourists, but certainly worth a bit of your time.  Grab some gelato, hide your wallet, and enjoy the street performers and people viewing.  

Skedaddle out of there, and pony up to Bar Marsella in the eclectic, former red light district, of the el Raval neighborhood.  A former watering hold for Hemmingway (where didn't he drink), this place serves the ever so decadent absinthe with sugar, water, and crunchy, greasy, salty potato chips that marriage, honest to the Heavens perfectly with the Absinthe.  Succulent is a fantastic restaurant to try out your Spanish, and enjoy some spectacular tapas.  

We're still going!!  The El Poble Sac neighborhood is tucked away on the south-western side of the city.  Quimet y Quimet is tucked away as well in probably the smallest restaurant I've ever encountered, and totally worth the elbowing, to enjoy a few bites and a glass of wine.  A bit further down, be sure to grab a cheap bottle of wine at Gran Bodega Salta.  A super (with a capital S) fun atmosphere.  If you can make it a little longer, the impeccable Mikkeler beer bar back up north always has delicious beer to satisfy your needs for carbonated yeasty beverages.  Please do try all of their sour beers.  

Day 2

Enjoy Brunch at Brunch & Cake.  A very bright, fun place to wake up with after that late, late, really late night in Barcelona.  

Fuel up with Onna Cafe and take your time within Mercat de L'Abacaeria to pick up items for a picnic within Park Guell.  If you'd like a little more privacy, not too many people climb higher to Bunker del Carmel.  That is, if you can hold off that long from eating your bread and cheese.  Oh you bought wine too  : )  A little cafe to have a little lunch after your trekking about, could also be Delicias restaurant just beneath Bunker Hill.  Old time place serving up homey dishes with a smile.  

If you need a pit stop before heading to the beach, The Pudding Coffee Shop is in between Park Guell and the beach.  A busy transfer spot is Diagonal, and located on the map.  The Pudding Shop is a nice stop for a slice of pie, and letting your imagination run wild within their imaginative setting of Alice in Wonderland.  

Or just go to the beach, because that's where you want to be.  There's a grocery store within the back streets of the Barceloneta neighborhood that I could spend days in.  Restaurante Caballa Canalla is on the backside of that grocery store, and serves well executed tapas.  Seating also right in the square doesn't hurt either.  

We all crave salt (and beers) after leaving the beach.  I'm embarrassed to say that a must stop is Las Fritas.  I bow my head in shame.  They specialize in french fries, and adding any sauce you'd like, and they are delicious.  Reminds you how ridiculous dieting actually is.  I kid.  

A few cocktail places to head to into the night could be The Lime House located back within the el Born neighborhood, or The W located out on that pier with a rooftop you've probably been staring at in wonder a few times while on the beach.  You pay for the scenery with the price of the drinks, but it's worth it.  

Hope you enjoyed Barcelona!