From Pizza to Couscous: A True Culinary Melting Pot in Barcelona

From Pizza to Couscous: A True Culinary Melting Pot in Barcelona

People in Barcelona take their food very seriously; both locals and tourists plan their entire day/week/month around food.  Food is a social experience; it is a time to indulge, to relax, to be with family, to learn, to earn a living…but not matter what it is, food in Barcelona comes first. The locals in Barcelona are proud of their culture, and nowhere is that more prevalent than in their culinary food scene. Catalan culture and Mediterranean cuisine is very important in Barcelona, yet we are seeing an influx of many cultural cuisines and Barcelona is proud of that too: from French, to Indian, Greek, and Lebanese, all have a place in making the cuisine in Barcelona world class.

5. Mercat de la Boqueria

Most restaurants and cafes that dot the famous Las Ramblas are obvious tourist traps; the prices are ridiculously high and the food is often mediocre. The exception to that is the Mercat de la Boqueria.  A local farmers market, this Mercat is where you will find all the fresh made cheeses and pastries, and Jamón ibérico so fresh it tastes like candy (the best way to eat it is packed in a rolled up newspaper cone while wandering the streets!)  Exploring local markets is the best way to get the feel for a new culture; come early to avoid all the tourists, and it will be just you and the locals, vying for the best slice of ham!

Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona

4. Eixample District

For those travelers who enjoy fine dining over market food, the Eixample District is where you want to be based. Alkimia is a Michelin star restaurant that is popular with tourists and as a result it is very hard to get a table here! The complex Spanish classics with a modern twist that come out of this kitchen are worth the price tag for people who enjoy this particular type of cuisine.

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