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Chicas Feb 19, 2012 06:31 AM

Hi all,
I've been creeping on this board, reading all I can on the restaurant scene in Barcelona.
We'll be there for a four-day trip. I'm really after spots that have a certain neighbourhood, local feel to them...I'm not fixated on high-priced restaurants, rather good food with a good, friendly buzz. I also don't mean a see-and-be-seen type place. Somehow, I like the feeling of walking into a restaurant where the patrons are clearly there often -- it has its own conversation going on, if that makes any sense. I speak Spanish, so no concerns about language barriers.
We are looking at booking an apartment in Gracia, but I would welcome any opinions on where the best neighbourhoods are for easily accessing the best dining.
And also...any opinions on "Tapas Crawls"? The idea seems terrible to me, but I don't want to rule it out of hand.
Thanks very much!

  1. MidCoastMaineiac Feb 21, 2012 09:24 AM

    Just got back from a weeklong vacation in Barcelona...man do I love that place. Hands down some of the best food experiences of my life. We stayed pretty much in the heart of the old city in Born...kind of near the Picasso Museum...so many great places to choose from there.

    The tapas at El Atril was so amazing we went there twice. It's got a cool, local vibe to it...and live jazz on, I think, Thurs-Sun nights. Another place for amazing tapas is Bar Del Pla...it definitely has a local vibe...at bit more relaxed (it is more like a bar). They had the absolute best pa amb tomaquet we had in the city. I'm constantly amazed at how the most simple of things can be the most memorable (and hardest to replicate back home).

    Some of the more upscale places we tried outside of Born included La Pepita for lunch (amazing) and Iguelda (amazing). If you don't feel like breaking the bank, you can always try the more expensive places for lunch...many do a very reasonable menu de dia at lunch which might cost you about 1/3rd of what you would normally spend for dinner...

    Don't be put off by tapas crawls...I loved going from place to place sampling new things. What an amazing culture of food Barcelona has...we'll be back for sure.

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      Maximilien Feb 19, 2012 04:42 PM

      (from a montrealer)
      As long as you are near a metro station, Gracia is a nice 'hood, but if it were me, I'd stay closer to the old city; There are good food in all neightborhoods.

      I like places like "Bar Electricitat" in Barceloneta, other places like Euskal Etxea ( or Sagardi) or Xampanyet, are more "popular" but still fun for a tapas crawling stop. Quimet y Quimet is also fun, but highly popular.

      M.

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