As you may already be aware, Spanish cuisine is world famous and is one of the things that Spaniards are most proud of in respect to their culture. Although there are certain dishes that more or less taste them same regardless of where in Spain they are prepared, there is also a certain difference in the cuisine of the different parts of Spain.
For example, when it comes to Paella, the authentic Valencian variety is prepared with seafood. However if you visit the northern parts of Spain, which is further away from the sea, you will more than likely prepare Paella with rabbit meat or pork rib.
Whichever way the dishes are prepared, they are typically loved by all, and for the most part the typical Spanish cuisine has been adopted by other countries and fused with their own traditional food such as Japanese, Brazilian,Mexican and French.
In Barcelona there are some excellent options for tantalizing the tastebuds, and we would like to recommend a few in particular :
Situated on Calle Aragó 279 (Close to Passeig de Gracia), La Rita is extremely popular among locals as well as tourists to whom this place is generally recommended by the hotels in the vicinity. They offer a typical Spanish/Catalan menu with an excellent variety at very affordable prices. Upon entering, you immediately get the feeling that it is an expensive restaurant, but nothing could be further from the truth. La Rita is part of the Andilana Group, who own 14 other fine restaurants in Barcelona. Make sure you arrive before they open, since they don’t take reservations and it fills up very quickly!
Located on Rambla de Catalunya 18, this is regarded by many as the best place to have Tapas in Barcelona. They serve only tapas though so don’t go there expecting a typical menu. Reservations are recommended for the evenings, since this place is quite popular with the tourists. They have a very nice terrace on the Rambla, which is ideal for a beer and some tapas after work in the summer time. Their staff are mainly from the Philippines, and therefore speak very good English.
Owned and managed by 3 friends from Galicia, Cera 23 opened its doors and already ranks as #4 out of 4000 restaurants on Tripadvisor. Located on Calle Cera number 23 (hence their name), it is located in Raval, and appears quite basic or standard from the ouside. However upon entering, you immediately feel the hospitable atmosphere, typically Galician. In fact it feels almost like entering your favorite pub, but once you walk past the pub into the room at the back, you will find the restaurant section where delicious meals are prepared with Galician influence. They also have a big screen that show all the football games.