Good Times and Great Food in Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Spain just might be my favorite European city for many reasons.  The weather in early June when we visited was amazing.  The beach just off the Barcoloneta neighborhood was as good as anywhere I’ve been.  The people were helpful and polite everywhere we went, but perhaps the infrastructure of the city was what impressed me the most.  The city was organized beautifully, and the metro and bus systems were easy to understand and made getting around a breeze.  Although we were warned several times of pick pocketing, we never felt like we were in any danger.  There was plenty to see and do, and plenty of people around and about.  Did I mention that I loved the food as well?

Ciudad Condal

Ciudad Condal

 

One of the best places to eat was here at Ciudad Condal that is just off the main road in the Villa Gracia neighborhood.  If you go there for breakfast, you can get a number of delicious baguette sandwiches, or for dinner some delicious tapas for dinner.  I would recommend the Calamari Rings for starters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the delicious flauta I had there.  In the United States, a flauta is a rolled up taco, but here in Barcelona, it is a baguette sandwich.

Flauta

Flauta

Croquettas

Croquettas

One of the coolest things to see in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia cathedral.  It was started over a hundred years ago and they are still working on the outside, while the inside was finished and dedicated by the pope.  You can buy tickets to go inside and explore, with an additional amount to go up one of the spires.  (see top of post for picture of the Sagrada Familia.

The Olympica, Barcoloneta, and the Gothic Quarter are probably three of the most visited places of the city.

Barcoloneta

Barcoloneta

Just outside the Barcoloneta we went to a place called Kiosko which I was told had the best burgers in Barcelona.  I wasn’t really impressed with them.  With that said, we had just come from London where we sampled the best burger on the planet, so it was a little unfair to compare Kiosko to them.  The patatas bravas were delicious.

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Of course you can’t come to Spain on not have a paella, which one of the best ones is at Cangrejo Loco at Puerto Olympico.  Paella is a large skillet of seasoned rice with seafood.

Paella

Paella

The Gothic quarter in Barcelona is filled with awesome architecture and tons of small shops to walk in and out of.  We could have easily spent an entire here alone.

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Puglia in Tavola

Puglia in Tavola

I found this little pizza place in Barcelona that was actually quite good.  It was some big and flat New York style pizza.

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 The best thing we had in Barcelona was actually a cake.  Here we visited a place called Forn de Pa, we ordered this little cake shown below.  I took it to go and ended up taking my first bite a few blocks down the road.  It was so good, I turned around and ended up buying the rest of what the bakery had.  It was simply amazing!

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The most amazing cake I've ever had

The most amazing cake I’ve ever had

We didn’t get a chance to go up to the Parque Guell, but we did see some of the architecture done by the Gaudi.  I have so much more to discover in Barcelona, I can’t wait to visit again!

 

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