Bars and Restaurants

Right by the sea, La Barceloneta is the perfect place to enjoy seafood paellas and more...  

El Suquet de l’Almirall Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 65 Having recently undergone a revamp of both their interiors and their menu, El Suquet de l’Amirall has truly cemented its place as one of the best fish restaurants in Barcelona. Opened in 1996 by Quim Marqués who learnt his trade in some of the best restaurants in the country including El Bullí, it has since gone from strength to strength. The philosophy is simple; fresh fish bought daily at La Barceloneta harbour and local seasonal produce are shown off to their full potential in simple, traditional dishes. The stars of the show are the new Paella Catalana and the Paella D.O. La Barceloneta, but their fresh fish dishes, seafood starters and even salads are all definitely worth a try. If you simply can’t choose El Suquet de l’Almirall offers two set menus so you can try as much as possible. If you're a seafood fan, you simply can't go wrong with El Suquet de l'Almirall.   La Cova Fumada C/ del Baluart, 56
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To say La Cova Fumada is a hidden gem is quite the understatement, it doesn’t even have its name above the door. Once you’ve tentatively decided you have found the right place, and you managed to come when it’s open (trust me, that’s more difficult than you think) you’ll realise that you’ve stepped into a piece of Barcelona history. La Cova Fumada opened in 1944 to serve the workers at La Maquinista factory and the fishermen and in the 1950’s the grandmother of the current owners created the potato ‘bomba’ now a famous tapas dish. The blackboard menu hanging on the wall offers simple, classic dishes and tapas focusing on fish, seafood and typical Catalan recipes such as cap i pota stew which translates as head and feet and is made from exactly those parts of a pig. For the real feel of the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, La Cova Fumanda is a must.   Bar Jai Ca C/ de Ginebra, 13
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Bar Jai Ca is so good they opened it twice. Due to its overwhelming popularity there are actually two Bar Jai Ca’s on the same street! This bar is oh so typical of many of the bars and bodegas found in La Barceloneta, they may not look much on the outside, they may be crammed with seaside trinkets, and the walls may be covered in signed photos of the owner with various members of the FC Barcelona team, but once you take your first bite of some of their seafood tapas you realize just why they had to open a second bar. Melt in the mouth Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus), meaty chocos (cuttlefish battered and fried)and big plates of crispy chipirones (deep fried baby squid) are all washed down with ice cold beer. What could be better on a hot summer’s day? Go early and be prepared to stand as Bar Jai Ca is always filled to the rafters, and enjoy the local atmosphere and great seafood tapas.   Barraca Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 1
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Compared to some of the bars and restaurants in this post, Barraca is just a baby.Opened in 2013, it is the new venture of renowned chef Xavier Pellicier who cut his teeth and won two Michelin stars at Can Fabes, and the restaurateur behind organic market shop Wokimarket, Guido Weinberg. Barraca is a little different to its neighbours, though still offering rice dishes, fish and seafood, the décor is modern and clean and although it has views of the sea it is on the first floor of a modern building on Passeig Marítim. Here you will find classic seafood tapas cooked to perfection, but the real stars of the show are the rice dishes. Rice from the Delta del Ebre complemented with fresh seafood and organic vegetables served in the same paella pans they were cooked in invite you to dig in and savour every last morsel. This can all be washed down with something from their extensive, and mainly organic, wine list. Barraca is a thoroughly modern rice and fish restaurant and a great addition to the La Barceloneta restaurant scene.   CDLC Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32

Right on the beach, so close to the sea you can hear the waves against the shore, is where you’ll find CDLC or to give it its full title, the Carpe Diem Lounge Club. Now in its 11th year this bar come restaurant come nightclub is still one of the places to see and be seen in Barcelona. The terrace is a decadent place where cocktails are sipped whilst lounging on oriental style beds and the opulence continues inside where the fusion menu in the restaurant perfectly matches the décor and international clientele of CDLC. The party continues well into the night, as the world class DJs take their place in the CDLC club and the cocktails flow. After all this you might not be able to seize the next day, but it would definitely be worth it.   La Guingueta de la Barceloneta Playa de San Sebastián
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It would be almost sacrilege to write about bars and restaurants in La Barceloneta and not mention at least one chiringuito (beach bar). The run down beach bars of old were torn down long ago and now the beaches of La Barceloneta are filled with shiny new places. One such shiny new place is La Guingueta de la Barceloneta. From the people behind the Michelin starred Comerç 24, La Guingueta is a gourmet chiringuito offering a wide range of summer friendly snacks, dishes, smoothies and cocktails. Try their ‘Catalan Hot Dog’ for a twist on a classic or ice cream from one of the best restaurants in the world, Celler de Can Roca without the Michelin starred prices. After a day on the beach, what could be better?   Lorna Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, La Barceloneta, food and drink, bars and restaurants, travel tips, local flavour, tapas, foodies, gastronomy