5 Budget Restaurants in Barcelona
With food markets, traditional tapas bars and hipster hang-outs, it’s no secret that Barcelona is one of hottest foodie meccas in Europe. But where is one to eat whilst visiting the Catalan capital on a budget? Here are a few wallet-friendly places that are as cheap as they are delicious!
Barcelonians are crazy about burgers and when you eat one of the fresh and juicy burger feasts at Bacoa you’ll understand why! Using quality ingredients that are sourced locally, such as artichokes from El Prat, local forest mushrooms and organic Catalan beef, these are perhaps the finest “hamburguesas” in BCN! Even better, prices start at around just €6!
Address: (The original) Ronda Universitat, 31
Nearest Metro: Universitat
The Catalan capital seems to have become obsessed with Mexican cuisine over the last couple of years — even the multi-Michelin-starred Ferran Adrià has opened a slew of stunning Mexican-themed restaurants! La Taquería is all about authentic Mexican street food and the great news for budget travelers is that the menu is priced to match! Enjoy classic tacos, burritos and quesadillas, as well as soulful side dishes of nachos with mountains of guacamole and fresh salsas!
Address: Passatge de la Font, 5
Nearest Metro: Sagrada Familia
Foodies who have done their research will have heard about Barcelona’s increasingly poplar “pincho route”. Hailing from the north of Spain, these little tapas treats are served “spiked” on toothpicks. The idea is that you choose your own from the bar (buffet style) and keep the toothpicks to show how many you’ve had when paying. The most famous spot is Carrer Blai in Poblesec, a long leafy boulevard lined with pincho bars offering a “pincho and a beer/wine” for just €2! The idea is to hop from bar to bar, but for the best pinchos on the street, be sure to spend a bit longer at Blai 9, where they use all sorts of interesting ingredients to make tiny bite-sized works of art.
Address: Carrer de Blai, 9
Nearest Metro: Paral-lel
Seafood is another dish that’s synonymous with Barcelona, but it can often cost a small fortune to eat. The guys at La Paradeta, however, have managed to keep prices down by developing a special sort of cueing system. Once you get to the counter, which resembles a traditional market fishmonger stall, you choose what you want and they cook it up for you whilst you wait. The result is an astonishingly fresh and affordable way to eat fish and seafood. There are four branches now, but the original is in the down-to-earth Sants neighbourhood, which is still considered to be the best.
Address: Carrer Riego, 27
Nearest Metro: Sants Estacio, La Singular, Gràcia
Another deliciously affordable way to eat well in Spain is to order the set lunch menu, more commonly known as the “Menu del dia” (menu of the day). Most will include a starter, main course, dessert and drink. Head to La Singular in the charming village-like streets of Gràcia, where you can eat seriously well for around €10. Dishes generally include classic fish and meat dishes, as well as local Catalan specialties such as mató with fruit — a sort Catalan soft white cheese.
Address: Carrer de Francisco Giner, 50
Nearest Metro: Diagonal