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What's the perfect start to a 3 day Barcelona food adventure

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phuh3 Apr 6, 2011 09:49 AM

We will be arriving in Barcelona at 8am on Friday and will be eating our way through the city. Can any one suggest a great place to start the food spectacular? To die for tortilla, delicious breakfast or anything that will just get us in the spirit. Also, any any must eats for the rest of our short trip would be much appreciated. We have reservations at Cinc Sentits on Friday night for dinner, and that will be our big splurge.

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    Maximilien Apr 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    The "only start" worth mentioning is to drop your luggage at the hotel and go straight to the Boqueria Market and sit at one of the bars inside. (I've got no preferences, but I prefer Bar Central instead of Pinoxto, less people/tourist waiting in line).

    M.

    1. erica Apr 7, 2011 03:53 AM

      Agree in full with above!

      When I was there recently, Quim had quite a good selection of tortillas. Loved that bar!

      Just ask them what they recommend; maybe try the foie with mushrooms...

      Do not expect prices at market bars to be "cheap," though!

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        Parigi Apr 7, 2011 02:53 PM

        "The "only start" worth mentioning is to drop your luggage at the hotel and go straight to the Boqueria Market and sit at one of the bars inside."

        Maximilien, have you been stalking me? This is exactly what I do. And, Erica, El Quim is exactly where I head as though it had a magnet. It is not expensive. But it is moderate restaurant prices. As long as one does not expect cheapo market stall prices, one is fine.

      2. SnackHappy Apr 7, 2011 04:42 PM

        Not that I think going to the Boqueria is not a good idea, I think it's a wonderful idea, but if you want to know what I would do.... I would either go get a xuxo at Forn de Sant Jaume or a bocadillo de jamon from a bakery, maybe La Colmena.

        I would keep the Boqueria for lunch when I could get some serious seafood and nasty bits

        But that's just me.

        1. PBSF Apr 7, 2011 10:18 PM

          If I am in the Eixample, I definitely second Forn de Sant Jaume. Sit at the counter for coffee and one of their decadent xuxo/chucho; worth every calorie. Ones at Forns dei Pi on c/Ferran are not too shabby. Better an any donut or beignet I've ever had.
          For a little more class, maybe the beautiful old pastry shop, Escriba on Las Ramblas for a piece of their pinenut coca.
          After that, think about the Boqueria.

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