Summer is fast approaching and I have two things on my mind: fitness and more traveling. I’m really looking forward to taking a bigger trip this summer. I’ve had a few thoughts and discussions on where the wind might take me this year. Usually, I let a spur of the moment crazy flight sale make the decision for me. When a deal is just that good, I get excited and find it hard to turn down.
Europe and Asia is always a no brainer for me. There are plenty of discount carrier flights that connect in various cities that I can fly or take the train to and from without breaking the bank. Vacations are always on my mind and the thought of booking another Euro-trip reminded me of my visit to Spain a few months back. Outside of Mallorca, Madrid and Malaga, Barcelona was one my favorite cities to visit in Spain. I was only there a few days, but there were plenty of fantastic things to see. In fact, I really didn’t finish everything that I had hoped, but I did get to take in some beautiful sites like Park Guell (where I snapped a picture of my favourite Missoni skirt above) and La Sagrada Familia. Plus, I got to enjoy a ton of delicious food. If you haven’t been and plan to go, below are my recommendations for good food.
Here are my Favourite Spots for Food Barcelona
1) Bodega 1900
I’m the Asian girl with the missing enzyme that helps break down the alcohol, and upon taking one sip of wine or a few sips of beer, turns red in the face, so I rarely drink when I’m out. That being said, I would be happy to get red drinking the vermouth from Bodega 1900. The vermouth is smooth and has a bit of a nice tangy sweetness to it. In the hot summer days, this is definitely having in your hand.
Enjoy your vermouth with some delicious tapas at Martini Vermouth. This made my top 2 spots in Barcelona. It’s not cheap, but it’s great!
I really enjoyed the Fried Seaweed with Rice Cream, Oysters, Ham Croquettes, as well as the Mini Muscles. This made my top 2 spots in Barcelona. It’s great and well worth the money.
2) Bar Mut
After visiting Park Guell, Tom and I took a long stroll over to Bar Mut. This great little tapas spot is full of delightfully tasting food. It’s not for someone who’s on a tight budget, but everything we had was so delicious.
If you want to stop by but only try a couple of dishes, the three I would recommend are the Filet & Foie Gras, the octopus dish and the chocolate molten cake. I love medium rare meat and I enjoy having foie gras, so this combination was heavenly. The foie gras melts in your mouth. is pretty amazing, too.
3) Lolita Taperia
This cheeky little bar restaurant sits on the corner off the main road. With a fun, pop-style wall and giant lipstick mark, I knew I was going to see at least a couple of groups joking around and having a good time. At night, it’s a happening place with tons of happy patrons enjoying a drink and indulging in some much needed tapas.
Dishes are priced mid-range around 10 to 20 euros per dish. I really enjoyed the Tuna loin in ponzu, Iberic ham and salmon, greek yogurt & honey on the bread.
4) Mercat de La Boqueria: Puerto Latino Gelato
I have had a lot of gelato. On my first trip to Italy, I had two medium two-scoop gelatos a day from different gelaterias. On my last trip, I always had at least one a day. When we were walking along Las Ramblas, a busy street full of shops, restaurants and flower stands, we ducked into the Boquiera Market.
There are tons of fresh eggs, juices, fruits, meat, even a some seated bars for fresh tapas. We ended up stopping at Puerto Latino. It sold various foods, but I wanted gelato, so I ordered a medium cup of chocolate gelato. I have to say, the gelato at Puerto Latina really surprised me. It had a really nice creamy, but strong chocolatey flavour without being very sweet. It was delicious and the flavor really filled your mouth. Usually if there’s a lot of sugar, I get a sore throat, so this was a perfect balance.
There wasn’t a wide variety of flavors, but what they had was good, and you can sample each one to find out which you like best. I went back the second day to try the banana flavor, and really enjoyed that one too! I ordered a different flavour and still loved it. I highly recommend making a stop in here to get fresh juice, fruits, a bite at one of the stands, and of course the gelato.
If you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear if you’d been to Barcelona or want to go somewhere in Spain!