Colourful, flavourful and utterly moreish – traditional Spanish cuisine is worth the trip to Spain itself, and in the city of Barcelona you’ll find countless authentic restaurants serving up the finest Catalan dishes. Here are five gastronomic delights that you must sample at least once on your visit, and are sure to have you planning your next trip back!
A true staple of cuisine in Catalonia is Botifarra, which is typically an uncured sausage of ground pork mixed with black pepper and spices, then stuffed into sterilised intestines and dried. You’ll find many variations on this local favourite whilst visiting Barcelona but expect to see Botifarra as an ingredient in stews, soups, paellas and tapas, as well as served on its own.
You won’t have to look very far to find Pa Amb Tomaquet on a menu in Barcelona, but that’s just because it’s so delicious, it’s irresistible. This simple dish comprises of soft, crusty bread rubbed with fresh tomatoes and drizzled with oil and salt, and makes a perfect appetiser, an accompaniment to tapas, or just as a light and tasty snack while you’re on the go.
It’s truly a meat-eaters paradise in the Catalan city of Barcelona as another revered food is Ibérico ham, which comes from the acorn-fed Ibérico pigs of south-western Spain. Aged for two years, you’ll be able to taste the acorns as well as the herbs, spices and wild mushrooms of the region. Enjoy Ibérico ham by itself, or as part of a tasting platter, to really savour its flavour.
Paella is an essential dish to enjoy on holidays to Barcelona but if you’d like to try this flavourful dish with a twist, look out for Fideuà. It has all the same ingredients as seafood paella except the rice is switched for short pasta noodles, and as it was a dish supposedly invented by fishermen in Catalonia, you’ll seldom find it on menus anywhere else.
No meal is complete without a great dessert, and in Barcelona you should leave room to try Mel I Mato – a dish of unsalted goat’s cheese and honey, sprinkled with crunchy toasted walnuts. It’s certainly a rich dish with strong flavours contrasted with the sweet stickiness of honey, but we defy you not to take one bite and instantly want more!