Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our Favorite Places To Eat In Barcelona

For most people, Barcelona is represented by Gaudi’s work or the beautiful landscapes. For some, it’s the passion for football. And for some of us Barcelona is a state of mind.Sure, I love Barcelona for all of that – maybe not the football part, but for me Barcelona is always kept alive in my mind through some very special memories.

Some of these memories happened on top of a hotel looking upon the beach and drinking a cocktail, or simply eating sea food in a crowded market, while some of them took place at an all-you-can-eat buffet, in a restaurant with an a la carte menu or in a pizzeria waiting to visit the Sagrada Familia for the first time. I hope you see where I’m going with this, I’d like to tell you all about our favorite places to eat in Barcelona.

Eclipse Sky Bar

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Eclipse sky bar

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Eclipse sky bar

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Eclipse sky bar

Located on the Sant Sebastia beach on top of the W Hotel, the Eclipse Sky Bar offers some of the best views of the city.  There were a lot of tourists that went on the 26th floor just to take pictures, but it’s worth going inside even if only for a drink. We went when the sea was a bit angry, creating a special atmosphere.

The bar is a bit expensive and also a bit fancy. The menu is mainly based on cocktails, wines, cavasand champagnes. Vlad swears he had the best cava here, I’ll take his word for it. The food menu is Japanese-inspired and the price to quality ratio is high. The “not so good thing” is that the selection is very low. We’ve tried the Karaage” Chicken – Japanese style fried chicken marinated with ginger, soy and Japanese mayonnaise. Although listed as “to share”, this dish is enough to share only as a starter.

The cocktails are really good. Maybe the flavor was influenced by the view, but who cares? We deserve to splurge once in a lifetime, don’t we?

Pizza Emporio

Usually I choose not to eat in restaurants near tourist attractions or with a different cuisine than the country I’m in. Although this restaurant is situated next to Sagrada Familia and has an Italian-based menu, I broke my rule and went to eat under the pressure that we had to visit Sagrada at a specific hour and we were really hungry. (To be fair though, my hangry sister made us go there, even though she had breakfast an hour before 😛 ). Pizza Emporio has a lot to offer and had the Italian authenticity feeling – if I remember correctly even the waiter was Italian.

Viana – the best place to eat in Barcelona

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Viana

Viana is clearly one of the best restaurants to eat in Barcelona. It is a small restaurant and has a family business feeling. The restaurant is situated near Placa Reial – another busy area of Barcelona. We stumbled upon it on Tripadvisor, as it’s listed on the Top 10 list of restaurants in Barcelona. We decided to visit without a reservation and we were lucky. The restaurant was full, but the waiter told as to wait because it is possible to have a free table as some people had cancelled their reservation. Note: do make a reservation if you want to go!

The quality/price ratio is the best you can find in Barcelona regarding the fact that restaurant is situated near a very touristy area. Everything we had here was nothing short of amazing, from the starters on the house, the main dishes and the deserts, it was the best meal I’ve ever had at midnight 😉

Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cera 23

Cera 23 was never on our plans. We wanted to revisit Viana the next day for lunch, but they are open between 18 and midnight. The waiter from Viana recommended this restaurant to us. It opens at 13:30, and we arrived around 13, so we wandered a bit on the streets of El Raval. We found it funny to see the waiter from the previous night talking to the owner of Cera 23, we told them “some guy” recommended the place to us 🙂

We had a really good time and our lunch was basically a replay of the night before – the food was great and the serving was amazing.

La Vacca Paca

La Vacca Paca is an all you can eat buffet, where you can find different kind dishes from cuisines from all over the world. Is it a cheap restaurant for hungry people, but if you want to eat something good and fast, this is a safe bet.

Cafeteria Puiggròs

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cafeteria Puiggròs

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Cafeteria Puiggròs

On our way back from Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau to Sagrada Familia, we were mesmerized by the smell of fresh baked pastry. We went in and had some pasteis de nata and coffee, as Vlad was telling me how much he misses Portugal. The pastries were really great and you have a lot to choose from.

La Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Our favorite places to eat in Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria de Barcelona offers a vivid spectacle of color and taste when it comes to street food – sea food, traditional food, fresh juices and fruits. When in a foreign country I normally visit the local markets, and let me tell you that I was very impressed by this one, even knowing too well that all the setups are there to impress the tourists.

Ama  Ata Aidoo once said that “Humans, not places, make memories”. In my case, my memories of beautiful Barcelona are in correlations with humans, places and food.  Finding the best place to eat in Barcelona can be a unique experience and, why not, for those of you who visited Barcelona many times, it can be the whole reason of the trip.

What is your favorite place to eat in Barcelona?

 

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  • That chocolate dessert at Viana looks amazing. What a great find! Trip Advisor coming up trumps again 🙂 #citytripping

    • It was delicious, I’d go back to Barcelona only for that dessert.

  • Oh those photos of the food, I am starving now – I keep meaning to book another Barcelona trip as my first one was a bit of a mixed success, thanks to rain and my husband falling ill on the first night. As a result, my most memorable meal was for all the wrong reasons (sandwich and wine from the mini bar keeping him company with Groundhog Day in Catalan on the TV). I am adding quite a few of these to my list for my return. #citytripping

    • I’m so sorry that your experience in Barcelona was a not so good one. I hope your next trip to Barcelona will be perfect.

  • Ahila Thillainathan

    Your food photos and recommendations look and sound great. Thanks for sharing at #CityTripping

  • Clare Thomson

    Brilliant, brilliant food photos, Vlad – you’ve got me salivating. I love the Boqueria too. Love the look of Cera too. Right, off to eat…

    • Thank you, we ate a lot of delicious food, I was salivating when I read Paul’s post as well, haha.

  • lots of great food!

    • Great food, great views, great people

  • Always good to go on recommendations when in a new city so thanks for these Paul. Fab pics too – so colourful. We ate at a rather nice restaurant close to the beach when we went last year which accommodated well with 10 adults and even more kids. Can’t remember its name though – helpful! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • We found a handful of good restaurants by the beach too, but since it was cloudy and rainy, we didn’t spend too much time around the beach. Maybe we’ll find that restaurant next time.

  • Wow, so, you ate well there, huh?
    I miss the bite-size-ness of Spanish food, the whole tapas tradition, in essence. I always feel wasteful when I travel, bc while I am a glutton during my regular Moscow lifestyle, I physically can barely eat while I am walking around a lot, so when I travel, I end up either not sampling enough of local foods, of throwing out an obscene amount of it. Tapas is SUCH a perfect solution! Also, the variety is amazing – and so it the flavor.
    PS – the snail dessert! OMG!

    • We haven’t tried too much tapas on this trip, but we did eat a lot of delicious dishes.

  • Amazing! I’m off to Barcelona at the end of the week so this is just what I was looking for. I’m definitely going to investigate some of these recommendations, thank you! Everything looks delicious.

    • Let us know where you’ve eaten and how it was!

  • I’m having a food come only by the photos and your description!
    The desserts of Viana look amazing. I’d love to try them all.
    I will certainly come back to this post when I go to Barcelona again!!

    • Hope your trip to Barcelona will be filled with lots of great food!