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Barcelona Affordable Dining Guide

You don’t have to be rich to dine like a king in Catalonia’s capital.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  The Catalan city’s tradition of experimentation with design and cuisine set the stage for its recent influx of bold fusion restaurants... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bohèmic

Chef Francesc Gimeno Manduley’s low-cost, high-concept miniatures are a marvel of ingenuity. Imagine, for instance, a composition of pink slices of beef served alongside a mini grill, a baby skillet of wheat-and-pistachio risotto, a bowl of shallot emulsion for dipping, and a wooden box holding various salts.

Address:
42 Calle Manso
Barcelona
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At star power of El Bulli’s former chef de cuisine Albert Raurich’s latest opening, the setup is half the fun: you enter a traditional tapas bar (it’s actually new) in the Raval quarter. Continue through beaded curtains at the back and you emerge into a designed-to-death red-and-black Asian cubbyhole, where Catalan and Japanese chefs steam... More

3. Els Fogons

Order the terrific $17 lunch (a glass of vino included), where the velvety melon gazpacho followed by arroz negro studded with cuttlefish or a perfect seared tuna are served at an industrial-chic space inside the renovated Barceloneta market.

Address:
Plaça de la Font
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-224-2626

Pastry pioneer Jordi Butrón keeps his cool gray, 30-seat, minimalist atelier packed with fans of his all-dessert three- and five-course tasting menus. Expect inspired sweet-savory flavor combos: pear “crackling” and fennel shoots; or chocolate, smoked-tea, and yogurt ice cream. The chef’s dessert pairings feature sweet wines from Spain’s... More

This new brasserie from Barcelona’s hautest chef, Carles Gaig, is perfection, from the sprawling room that’s both cozy and cool to the nuevo catalán menu. Open since 2007, Fonda has already achieved a cult status. Even at lunch on a Monday everyone’s here: patrician businessmen in beige blazers, svelte Marni wearers—all talking recession... More

This meringue-white L’Eixample storefront belongs to Rafa Peña, the 32-year-old current leader of Spain’s bistronomic movement. Reservations are in high demand, and with good reason with dishes like “souffléed” egg with cured ham cream. “I set my lunch menu only after placing morning calls to suppliers to see what’s on sale,” Pe... More

The boho café near El Born is so green that even the beer is organic. The earthy spelt bread dunks superbly into the saucy meatballs enriched with a hand-pounded almond sauce, and the fluffy brandada de bacalao is painstakingly beaten with olive oil.

Address:
28 Calle Mercaders
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-319-2029

Any space-age granny would be proud of the classic lunchtime arroz (rice) pushed into the stratosphere by a discreet touch of foie gras and near-invisible tears of green grape gelée. And she could certainly live with the prices—about $50 a head including wine by the glass.

Address:
304 Calle Mallorca
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-458-0855

Can’t find reservations in all of Barcelona? There’s always the stupendous mound of fried rabbit and caramelized garlic at the rustic gem called Taverna Can Margarit, in the folksy Poble Sec neighborhood.

Address:
21 Calle Concordia
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-441-6723

Can’t find reservations in all of Barcelona? There’s always the stupendous mound of fried rabbit and caramelized garlic at the rustic gem called Taverna Can Margarit, in the folksy Poble Sec neighborhood.

Address:
21 Calle Concordia
Barcelona
Spain

Phone:
34-93-441-6723