One of Spain’s most popular and one of Barcelona’s most offered dishes actually has its origins in the province of Alicante, where they originally served rice in a pan accompanied by meat such as chicken or even snails with vegetables and spices. During the years its recipe has varied, and the shellfish paella in Barcelona is now the most common.
Although it is traditional for restaurants to offer paellas on Thursdays, with the increasing popularity of this dish among tourists, we can now find paella virtually in most restaurants in tourist areas. That’s why today we want to offer you a list of the top 5 restaurants to eat paella in Barcelona, so you can enjoy this typical dish in its splendor.
In the former fishermen’s quarter of la Barceloneta, chef Quim offers his parents’ recipe for paella to their guests’ delight, plus lots more rice based dishes that are also typically Spanish such as the “Fumet”. Decorated in taste, El Suquet de l’Almirall is set in a twentieth century typical fisherman workshop that still maintains its original structure.
65 Passeig Joan de Borbó, Barcelona
+34 932 21 62 33
La Mar Salada has a spectacular terrace with views to the sea that homes most of the products served at their tables. With a creative twist, this family run restaurant has ex-Bulli cook Marc Singla behind its stoves. One of the best paellas we can try in this restaurant is de “arroz negro” or black rice, why is a variety of the dish made with squid ink which gives the plate its colour and name.
58 Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona
+34 932 21 21 27
Probably one of the best known places to go and eat paella, due to its centric location in el Born, 7 Portes has a heritage of more than 175 years cooking with high quality ingredients to offer various versions of paella, plus most of the typical Catalan dishes just in case you want to dig deeper into the local cuisine. Its elegant décor and classical features make this place almost a must for both locals and tourists.
14 Passeig Isabel II, Barcelona
+34 933 19 30 33
Some venture to say El Cheriff makes the best paellas in Barcelona.May it be true or not, the restaurant cooks seafood with the best and freshest ingredients to serve the essence of the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the fish paella. Also located in la Barceloneta, it is one of the most well known in the area, that’s why you’ll need to book a while in advance.
15 Ginebra, Barcelona
+34 93 319 69 84
28 varieties of rice dishes headline Xativa’s menu where we can find some traditional plates like the “passejat” rice which is a fifteenth century recipe. Located in an old textile colony in the district of les Corts, this is one of the places where we’ll find the most traditional paellas and where we’ll find the essence of the paella philosophy.
35 Carrer de Bordeus, Barcelona
+34 933 22 65 31
Remember not everyone can make a good paella so try avoiding the cheap touristy places where they’ll normally serve you a pre-cooked version of this dish.
Hope you found the top 5 restaurants to eat paella in Barcelona post useful. Enjoy your paella and leave a comment if you’ve tried any of these restaurants!