Over recent years many chefs have been trying to refresh image of traditional the Spanish cuisine, so now there’s much more than the usual “paella with Sangria” to enjoy on a trip to sunny Spain . One of the cities leading this gastronomic trend is Barcelona, which makes it an ideal location for a delicious ‘foody’ holiday.
If you like tradition you can find and enjoy Spain’s famous tapas cuisine anywhere in town. Head over to El Bulli for a great family experience(try the exploding olives if you dare!). Also try the Tickets Bar which is run by the brother of Ferran Adria (a famous Catalan chef). On the avenue “Passeig de Gracia” you can also taste the tapas of Carles Abellan at TAPAS 24. His menu is inspired using the seasonal products sold at the famous market – La Boqueria.
There are many restaurants to choose from that offer new and traditional Spanish dishes, as well as a whole host of first class establishments with food from around the world. But what if you don’t want to walk too far for your dinner? Well, there are a few special hotels that have fantastic gastronomic experiences right on your doorstep!
Everything you can wish for and located right in the city centre. This hotel has a very stylish design with spacious rooms, rooftop pool and a lounge with amazing views over the city. It has its own Michelin star restaurant, Sauc, and a gastro-bar offering signature Tapas. Also, don’t miss the boutique bar with its designer cocktails prepared by the award-winning Giuseppe Santamaria, which makes it the best cocktail experience in town.
Hosted in a historical building right in the heart of the gothic quarter, the Mercier has 28 brand new rooms. It also has a very romantic restaurant with typical Catalan cuisine that enjoys views over the central courtyard of Orange trees. If you haven’t had your fill of tapas, the hotel has a tapas bar with a carefully chosen range of cold and hot tapas.
The most famous and emblematic hotel of Barcelona, the W was designed by Ricardo Bofil. The hotel offers various restaurants and one of them is run by Carles Abellan and gives you the opportunity to taste fine foods from all over the world. If you fancy getting out of the hotel you can choose to have a diner at a restaurant that’s right on the beach. After a nice meal why not have a cocktail and enjoy the night views on the 25th floor Eclipse Bar.
Ideally located on Paseo de Gracia opposite Gaudi’s La Pedrera, this hotel offers rooms designed to offer maximum wellbeing. The hotel has two restaurants run by the famous chef Martin Berasategui. The Loidi is an affordable bistro that prepares their dishes with seasonal produce. The “Lasarte” is a two star Michelin restaurant with an exclusive and elegant design. After diner you must have a drink at the terrace bar, Al Aire, which has splendid views over Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia.
Hotel Omm is a modern design boutique hotel with an artistic style that’s located on Paseo de Gracia. This trendy place has peaceful rooms, a rooftop terrace with pool and unique views over Gaudi’s Casa Mila. The property hosts the MOO restaurant, overseen by the Brothers Roca – owners of the famous Celler Can Roca 3 Star Michelin restaurant. After diner you can party at the hotel’s nightclub -; one of the most select in town.