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My cousins are traveling in Barcelona for the next 5 days. They are in a group of 5 women in their early 20's. They are typical college students living on a moderate budget. They are looking for moderately priced restaurants that show off the culture of Barcelona. Anybody have any good ideas?

Thanks in Advance.

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  1. Bosque Palermo for paella; but don't expect effusive service.
    La Paradeta.
    The markets, for lunch.

    1. Had a great, inexpensive meal at La Palerma last year. About 12 courses with all the wine we could handle and it came to 30 Euros each including extra gratuity.

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      1. re: saeyedoc

        Just checked out La Palerma's website - it looks amazing! Do they do a la carte or is a tasting menu only? My husband and I will be there for 5 days in July and this definitely looks like the kind of place we would enjoy. And it's only about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

        1. re: punkin712

          I think they do a la carte, but the real value there is in the tasting menu, which they change weekly I believe. There were 4 of us and we got 2 of everything and shared, it was awesome!

          1. re: saeyedoc

            I'm definitely putting that on our "must-do" list! Do you recall if they had a vegetarian tasting menu? If not, I'm sure I can find more than enough to get into trouble with on the a la cart menu!

            1. re: punkin712

              IIRC, there were 2 choices for each of 6 courses, no separate veggie tasting.

              1. re: saeyedoc

                I went back to the website and now I'm wondering if I looked at the right place! Were you referring to La Palmera on Carrer Enric Granados or Palermo Restaurant on Carrer de València? Both look great, so I don't think we'll go wrong with either one. The more the merrier, right?

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        1. Hello Scooter22,

          Regarding good "rice" (some call it Paella, depends where you are), I know a great place called "La Barraca" with sea view and prices are good. Not tourist trap. It is a former 2 star Michelin chef who opened it last year and it is really good. Try "El Arroz Bomba" that's one of the best rices I've tried in Barcelona!