4 Instagrammable Places To Eat in Barcelona

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Do you ever use Instagram as your travel search engine to find the prettiest place to eat? Well, I thought I would help you out if you are planning a city break to Barcelona, as I’ve done the hard work for you. I searched, I tried, I ate all the delicious food in the name of research, and I found a great burger place, someone for a fun nightout, a delicious brunch spot, as well as somewhere to have a piece of cake with an iced coffee.

My top places to eat when in Barcelona – Tropico, La Cala Barceloneta, La Central and Bananas.

For Brunch – Trópico

I love a good brunch, even more so when it is as beautifully decorated as Trópico, located around the corner from the popular Las Ramblas. Its breakfasts from around the world concept is really cool, as well as its healthy approach, with acai bowls, instagrammable tropical juices, which are as refreshing as they look and lots of vegan options.

I was going to go super healthy, but then I remembered I was on holiday, so instead went for the incredible pancakes served with maple syrup, berries and cheese cream frosting – seriously this frosting was delicious.

Other brunch options included eggs benedict, Mexican huevos rancheros, tacos with shredded chicken, scrambled eggs in arepa (pitta-like), tequeños, a Venezuelan fried breaded cheese stick, or just a simple bowl of homemade granola with yoghurt and berries.

When it comes to drinks, go healthy with a juice or smoothie, I had the Tropico pure which is papaya, pineapple and passion fruit, but they also had mango with cardamom, fresh watermelon with coconut water, and a peanut butter smoothie. Or be naughty and have a mimosas or one of their other fruity cocktails with your brunch.

Trópico, Carrer Marquès de Barberà 24 08001 Barcelona

For Coffee & Cake – La Cala Barceloneta

We actually discovered La Cala by accident, this small secret spot is near to the harbour and quietly tucked away in the Barceloneta area, which is basically a triangular spit of land that cuts into the sea, with boats in the old harbour, or Barcelona’s Port Vell, on one side, and sandy beaches on the other.

This area is quite touristy, however, there is a calm in La Cala that made it the perfect spot for us to have a cold drink and a slice of cake, which was so yummy, as they have the cutest terrace decorated with plants.

They do a great selection of juices, milkshakes and ice coffees, which is great when you need a break from the Barcelona heat, they also have an amazing breakfast menu that I wish I would have been able to try, from acai bowls to Nutella and bananas on toast, or how about avocado topped with strawberries. For lunch, there is a great sandwich menu.

La Cala Barceloneta, Carrer de l’Escar, 18, 08039 Barcelona

Where to eat in Barcelona

For Burger Lovers – La Central 

My husband and I have a thing about tracking down the best burgers when we are on holiday, somewhere that does a great meat option and vegetarian is generally hard, but I do normally let a place off if they do cheese-topped chips, and La Central has a great selection as well as a cool, chilled atmosphere to it.

First off, I loved the concept, you basically create your own burger – pick your filling choosing from beef, chicken, and vegan, you can then choose to make it double, decide on whether you want a soft white, wholewheat or no bun, and then you can decide on the style of burger. For instance, the classic is tomato, lettuce, caramelised onions, and house mayo, or the La Central special comes with caramelised onions, smoked streaky bacon, fried brie, gherkins, potato chips, sundried tomato and house mayo.

There is a lot to choose on the menu, so you might be a while deciding, but you basically tick off everything you want on a piece of paper, which comes in many languages to make it easier when ordering.

Once you’ve decided on your burger, add a few side dishes such as rustic french fries with cheese, spicy potatoes, or even a salad, pick a drink, and then possible add a dessert, the brownie is amazing. I also loved that every burger comes with a deep fried cheese stick with a chutney dip – so yummy.

La Central – Laietana 45, Barcelona, or Passeig del Born 29, Barcelona

For Dinner & Cocktails – Bananas

For a fun, tropical spot to have drinks or food I can’t recommend Bananas in the heart of La Riberaenough as we really enjoyed ourselves. It is like like tapas but with an international flavour, with dishes from Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia, think spring rolls, bao buns, tortillas, sushi, salads, fajitas, and curry.

The idea is to either go for lots of sharing plates, or the mains like burgers, curry, fish and chips, or the Mexican. We did it a little different and had a few sharing plates as starters before loading up with nachos and fajitas, or server was a little worried we had order too much, but to be honest the food was so delicious I was happed to the stuffed.

One thing I would say is to leave room for dessert as the kiwi and matcha cheesecake is incredible, I also got a little food envy when I saw another table had ordered the banoffee, which was pancakes with bananas, caramel and cream, lots of cream.

If there is a group of you, this place has excellent set menus, as well as a fabulous array of fun cocktails, plus the party atmosphere makes it a great place to hang out and have a giggle. Just having drinks relax on the comfortable sofas and order a jug of sangria, you won’t regret it!

Bananas, Carrer Fusina, 7, 08003 Barcelona

Looking for a hotel in Barcelona? Check out my review of Meliá Barcelona Sky a skyscraper hotel with an incredible view in Poblenou, the area often touted as Barcelona’s answer to New York’s Meatpacking District.

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