Barcelona / San Sebastián + nearby
Looking for some great advice. First time to Europe but have travelled many places around the globe.
The details: solo traveller, late 20's male. Loves food, beaches, sightseeing, and hiking. Mid November.
10 days for Barcelona and San Sebastián area combined. Would like to include Bilbao, Bayonne/ Biarritz, and maybe Girona.
Using "open jaw" flights, my first destination will depend on price of flights. Thinking of taking the train to the next "area" vs flying.
I know either (or both) Asador Etxebarri and Mugaritz are musts in SB.
Can I please get some recommendations for casual/awesome places to eat in a bar/pintxo or other setting that is good for solo travelers?
Really appreciate all the feedback! Thanks!
A couple of my favorite Barcelona spots after several solo travel weeks the last year:
Lolita. Went there a few times and looking forward to a return in January. A bit off the beaten path but easy enough. I still dream of the mini burger. I head there from Barri Gotic because I like it so.
Bar Zim, tiny wine bar with great cheese sampler and embotit sampler options.
Bar Celta, very casual, I loved hanging with some neighborhood locals there.
So many more possibilities. As already suggested, also do a search here.
Cafe de l'Academia for lunch or dinner, affordable modern-ish Catalan cuisine.
That's an interesting comment Deluca. Have huge respect for your posts but our meal at Mugaritz was far from molecular and foam orientated. It was extremely modern but pushed boundaries in ingredients, textures etc but there wasn't a dry ice or a foam dish in sight. I thought that was more the preserve of Martin Berasategui.
It was almost to the point where we felt the famous potatoes/stones was a bit of a false flag at the start of the meal.
Lest the OP miss out on what I find to be some of the best dining experience on the planet for fear of foams and molecules, I should just say that our dinner at Mugritz in July was not 'foam'y at all. Innovative, full of surprises, refreshing, are far more appropriate adjectives.
Interesting read, thank you. To clarify, I do appreciate the debate around Mugaritz. I just wanted to point out that avoiding foams and molecular gimmickry is not a reason to avoid Mugaritz, based on my experience. There may however be other reasons to avoid it for some people, chief among them would be its significant departure from any notion of traditionality.
Yes I completely agree with you.
Our evening at Mugaritz was the best night out at a restaurant I have ever had.
However if you took the food in isolation and ate it at home then compared to other meals it would hardly make the top 10. It was certainly challenging!
I do think the stones/potatoes are a bit strange, I know they are something of a signature pre-dinner serving now but they do rather point at whimsy and surprise in the way that the rest of a meal there studiously avoids.