The Ultimate Guide to Eating at La Boqueria

The Ultimate Guide to Eating at La Boqueria

Be sure to read all the way till the end for an exclusive pocket guide to La Boqueria!

1. Bar Pinotxo

Sworn by tourists and even some locals as the best Tapas bar in all of Barcelona, Bar Pinotxo is definitely not one to be missed. This 14-seater bar in the largest and most famous food market in all of Barcelona has certainly made its mark on the world, serving up authentic catalan tapas. From their classic chickpeas and pine nuts to their famous xuxos, Bar Pinotxo will surely have something you’ll love, both sweet and savoury. With the ever so charming Juanito Bayen, owner and face of Bar Pinoxto, serving you up classic tapas dishes, you will surely be in for a treat at this coveted bar.



2. Eslice

Now having pizza in the La Boqueria may seem a bit strange. After all, with the wide array seafood dishes and tapas that line the aisles of the market, why pizza? Well at Eslice, owner and chef Bruno Rieusset makes his pizza fresh daily, with ingredients found in La Boqueria itself. This is especially great if you just want a quick bite to munch on while you continue exploring the market, completely fuss free. Just €3 a slice, simple yet delicious, the pizza at Eslice is definitely worth giving a try.

3. El Quim de la Boqueria


With only 18 stools in total, finding a seat at El Quim de la Boqueria might be a slight wait, but we assure you that the food will make it completely worth it. Have a taste of the most authentic Catalan dishes you can find in Barcelona, like their famous Huevos con chipirones, which are fried baby squids over two fried eggs – a dish so simple, yet astonishingly delicious. Or try their highly sought-after grilled razor clams with white wine. They even serve beef for those who are not into seafood. At El Quim de la Boqueria, there will certainly be a little something for everyone.

4. Kiosko Universal

With raving reviews from travelers from all around the world, and with the approval of locals, Kiosko Universal is another one of the must-trys in the market. The dishes served are simple, like mixed grilled vegetables as an appetiser and grilled fish as a main course, but are definitely nothing short of exquisite. Promising the heartiest servings of seafood you can feast on, Kiosko Universal is definitely the spot to hit up for the freshest seafood, and a truly fulfilling meal. '

Want to know where to find these hidden treasures? Take a look at our FREE La Boqueria Pocket Guide:

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The Top 5 Neighbourhoods to Visit when in Barcelona

The Top 5 Neighbourhoods to Visit when in Barcelona

An adventure to Barcelona is a journey into the historical, architectural and gastronomical wonders of the Catalonian city. Here are the best Barcelona neighborhoods that will definitely make your adventure most fulfilling. Be sure to hang out at:

1. El Raval


Right in the heart of Barcelona, El Raval was historically infamous for its vibrant nightlife and cabarets. The closest of the city to the port – now the historical Museu Maritim, Raval saw a lot of large-scale immigration that brought along diversity and charisma to the neighborhood and was transformed into a melting pot of cultures. For all hipsters and art-enthusiasts out there, drop by the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the nearby Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) to check-out the latest cultural happenings. After decades of development, El Raval today is popular among seasoned travelers for its adventurous and edgy vibe, some dub it the Bronx of Barcelona. Check out the famous La Boqueria market which houses hundreds of stalls selling fresh fruits and seafood. Check out The Ultimate Guide to Eating in La Boqueria for our best picks for dining at the world’s best market! Beware of pickpockets and other unsavoury characters at night, especially when you are alone, but otherwise, come revel at El Raval Barcelona’s el cor de la ciutat.  



2. Barri Gòtic


Just across the La Rambla Boulevard from El Raval, the Barri Gòtic, boasts the juxtaposition of ancient and modernity. You can find both the bustling and serene side of the city here at El Gòtic’s many Plaça. Fans of the glorious Roman history can quench their thirst for knowledge at the History Museum of Barcelona (MUHBA) and the remains of Temple d’Augustus, which overlooks the historical Plaça del Rei that once graced by Christopher Colombus after his journey from the Americas. Just a stone throw from the Museum is the 700 years – famed Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, home to the 13 geese that represent the Patron Saint Eulalia of the city. If you have an appreciation for the finer things in life, stroll along the La Rambla Boulevard from the north and visit Plaça Catalunya for its designer boutiques and Gaudi modernism architecture. Spend the night partying away at the hippest and flamboyant bars along Carrer d’Avinyo and the nearby Plaça del George Orwell (dubbed the Trippy Square). Feeling hungry? Satisfy your hunger pangs at the many restaurants in the area, or choose to dine with friendly locals like Pablo in his unique Dine in the Dark experience. Why not immerse yourself in the blurred lines of past and present in Barri Gòtic ?

3. El Born


Retreat from the bustle of the city centre to the calm and peaceful El Born, located just ten minutes’ walk from the La Rambla Boulevard. Once a medieval residence for the rich, El Born has transformed into the home of the arts, notably with its association with the famous Cubist artist Pablo Picasso. Pay homage to his works at the Gothic-styled Museu Picasso, where you can find over 4000 works and discover his early bond with Barcelona. Check out the Palau de la Musica’s wide range of musical events that will quench your thirst for sophistication and culture. Another destination for art enthusiasts is the Textile Museum that home to the fashion history exhibit that will take you through the fabric of time, from the Baroque era to modern history, including some of the most elaborated Hispano-Arabic textiles. Take a walk south towards Passeig del Born– once a jousting arena and now a popular nightlife destination of young locals. If you are in the mood for some good Cava – the Catalan take on French Champagne – visit El Xampanyet, located midway from the Museu Picasso and the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Feel the rebirth of your love for arts at El Born- Barcelona’s corner of tranquility for your soul.

4. El Poble Sec


Enclosed by the busy El Raval and the scenic Montjuic hill, El Poble Sec is largely unbeaten track that is untouched by tourist activity, but this doesn’t mean that it is any less exciting and vibrant. Check out El Molino, a nightclub with both historical significance as well as current popularity for modern caberets. Take a stroll along the busy Avinguda del Parallel, from the magnificent Plaça Enspanya which was built for Barcelona World Fair in 1929, to the modern boat-shaped World Trade Center right at the habour front. Retreat to the serenity of El Poble Sec as you walk up Montjuic and visit the myriad of Jardins (Gardens) in the area, like the Jardin de Laribal, designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier. Sports fans will be excited to find out about the grand Anella Olímpica (The Olympics Ring) that was home to the 1992 Olympics. Do check out the nearby Sant Antoni Market which will spoil you with food products rivaling that of La Boqueria. And if you feel hungry, stop by Quimet i Quimet, a renowned tapas bar that will sure whet your appetite, or try out the unique Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine with our lovely BonAppetour host Luna. With all the experiences available, you will not regret one second in El Poble Sec.  



L’Eixample is the Barcelona center of Catalan modernism architecture. The area is graced with modernist buildings and structures, notably along the Passeig de Gracia, home to some of Antoni Gaudi and Domenech i Muntaner – two of the most famous modernist architects – works such as Casa Batllo and Casa Lleo Morera. Gaudi’s magnum opus, however, is the unfinished La Sagrada Familia with its enchanting lightshow and dancing ground, while Domenech i Muntaner’s most well known building, World Heritage Site Hospital de Sant Pau, is situated a few blocks to the North. L’Eixample is also Barcelona’s shopping paradise – Arenas de Barcelona and Mercat dels Encants Vells – Fira de Bellcaire flea market to name a few. The heart of L’Eixample are streets that are lined with international designer shops and art galleries unique to Catalan culture. Wind down at night with your favourite cocktails at Dry Martini,  a bar that serves enormous Gin and Tonic while soaking up the atmosphere of L’Eixample right at the heart of Catalan modernism.

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The 7 Tapas Bars You Must Try when in Barcelona

The 7 Tapas Bars You Must Try when in Barcelona

If you have been googling on what to eat in Barcelona, chances are you’ve probably seen the word tapas pop up every single time. We’re guessing that you already have a good inkling of what tapas is but do you know where exactly to find the best tapas bars in Barcelona? Be it standing bars, market bars or where to get free tapas– we’ve got you covered.

Here is our guide on where to get the best tapas when in Barcelona:

If you are looking for a quick bite before dinner, head over to Quimet i Quimet


Quimet i Quimet is a bustling little tapas bar has only two small tables and no seats. Lined from floor to ceiling with an impressive array of wines and spirits, you’ll be considered lucky if you snag a spot at this highly popular standing-only bar.

What to Eat: Choose from an exciting array of Montaditos (tapas on a slice of bread) served with delectable combinations such as salmon with truffled honey and tuna belly with creamy sea urchin.

What to Drink: Don’t leave without trying the iconic Quimet i Quimet Belgian beer that has been brewed to perfection.

Budget: Tapas €3-10

Address: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25

Opening Hours: Noon to 4pm and 7pm to 10.30pm during the weekdays and only from noon to 4pm on Saturdays. Closed in August.

If you’re looking to hang out with locals, head over to La Cova Fumada




Termed as Barcelona’s beloved gastronomic icon, La Cova Fumada has been around since 1944 serving up classic Catalan favourites.

What to Eat: The legendary bombas (pork-filled, crumbed mashed potato balls that are deep fried) served with either mild garlic mayonnaise or a spicier cayenne pepper sauce. Don’t forget to check out the blackboard menu that offers fresh grilled seafood as well.

What to Drink: Enjoy a lovely glass of Cava de sangria while munching on these Catalan classics.

Budget:Tapas €4-8

Address: Carrer del Baluard 56

Opening Hours: 9am-3.20pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, 9am-3.20pm and 6-8.15pm on Thursdays and Friday, 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are looking for a cozy lunch spot, head over to Morryssom


One of the best picks for tapas in the city, Morryssom is a popular lunch spot amongst the locals with pavement tables to allow you to bask under the Mediterranean Sun while sharing tales of your travel escapades.

What to Eat: They serve a reliably good range of tapas like gambas rebozadas (lightly-battered prawns) but you have to try their richly seasoned paella with butifarra (spiced Catalan sausage) or goat-cheese vegetarian paella.

What to Drink: Keep cool this summer with a refreshing glass of Sangria.

Budget: Tapas €2-12

Address: Carrer de Girona 162

Opening Hours: 7.30am to 1am from Mondays to Saturdays

If you are craving supper, head over to Elisabets


Elisabets is a quaint restaurant that is popular for its authentic and generous servings of homemade tapas and sandwiches. Step into this lively and rambunctious place and find yourself lost in conversation with local students about everything under the sun at any time of the day.

What to Eat: Try the morcilla amb confitada de cebollas (blood sausage with braised onions), it’s sweeter than it sounds!

What to Drink: Without a doubt, a jug of beer!

Budget: tapas €1.20- 10

Address: Carrer d’Elisabets 2-4

Opening Hours: 8am to 11.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays, with the exception of Fridays (8am to 1.30am)

If you are on a budget, head over to Gata Mala


Gata Mala is one of the very few tapas bar in Barcelona that remains true to tradition by serving free tapas with every drink. Packed with locals, this no-frills bar is a great place to have a drink and chill with your travelling buddies.

What to Eat: For every two beers you order, you’ll be served a generous portion of ensaladilla rusa (mayonnaise potato salad with chicken, eggs and tuna).

What to Drink: Feeling adventurous? Try the gin and tonics made with cucumbers and peppers- it’s sure to give you a ‘buzz’.

Budget: Drinks under €10

Address: Carrer de Rabassa 37

Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 1.30am from Tuesdays to Saturdays

If you are visiting La Boqueria, head over to Bar Pinoxto


Sworn by tourists and even some locals as the best Tapas bar in all of Barcelona, Bar Pinotxo is a 14-seater bar in the famous La Boqueria. With the ever-so-charming Juanito Bayen, owner and face the bar, serving you up classic tapas dishes, you will surely be in for a treat at this coveted bar.

What to Eat: From their classic chickpeas and pine nuts to their famous xuxos, Bar Pinotxo will surely have something you’ll love, both sweet and savoury.

What to Drink: Settle down at this well-loved tapas bar with a glass of sangria or cava, if not both.

Budget: tapas and mains €8-17

Address: Mercat de la Boqueria

Opening Hours: 6am to 4pm from Mondays to Saturdays

If you are a seafood connoisseur, head over to Cal Pep


There’s no way you can get into the legendary seafood restaurant without queuing- be prepared to queue for more than 30 minutes. What’s there not to love when there is fresh seafood and friendly service available at Cal Pep?

What to Eat: The pièce de résistance of this popular seafood tapas is none other than the stellar Seafood Platter that includes the much raved about deep-fried Calamari.

What to Drink: White wine

Budget: tapas €5-15

Address: Plaça de les Olles 8

Opening Hours: 7.30pm to 11.30pm on Mondays, 1-3.45pm & 7.30-11.30pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Closed on the  last 3 weeks of August.


Can't get enough of tapas? Join our lovely BonAppetour hosts like Nani for a tapas making class!


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Top 5 Summer Events in Barcelona that you MUST go to

Top 5 Summer Events in Barcelona that you MUST go to

Summer is here finally! Join in the biggest parties in the universe. It’s time to let down your hair and get those feet grooving! Living up to its expectation as the city of festivals, Barcelona’s summer calendar is bursting with events, so you're covered from day to night. Here are the ­­top 5 must-go to events if you are packing your bags for Barcelona this Summer!

Sónar Festival

Held between 16 to 17 June, Sónar festival is the largest electronic music gala that illuminates the fusion between creativity, cutting edge technology and innovation. To put it simply, it is a mega music festival that features the latest experimentation from both homegrown and international artists. Showcasing the latest remixes and creation in the electronic music landscape, this summer party is bound to sweep you off your feet straight away. Before you go into a mad rush to get a pair of tickets, take note that Sónar comes in two versions- Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night. Do compare price differentials and pros and cons to decide which Sónar suits your palate.



 Grec Festival de Barcelona

You don’t have to be a cultural enthusiast nor a theatre-goer to appreciate the beauty of the Barcelona’s culture extravaganza. Originally a theatrical event 40 years ago, El Grec (the Greece) Barcelona has evolved into a multidisciplinary cultural event that has something in store for everybody no matter what how quirky your art appetite is! Ranging from theatre, dance, music, flamenco, film to the circus, you are in for a treat! Beginning from the 1st of July, and stretching all the way to 31st July, there is a mixture of free and ticketed performances lining up for you. We would definitely recommend you to catch one of the shows at Grec Theatre, an amphitheater that offers an enchanting setting, righty apt for the fascinating performances that are set to unfold before your eyes.

La Festa Major de Gràcia (The Gracia Festival)

Attributing to its title as one of the most popular neighborhood festivals, Barcelona’s Summer would not be complete without La Festa Major de Gràcia. Taking place between 15 to 21 August, the occasion gathers residents together for an endless list of communal activities. Get ready to be in awe of the façade of the streets that are intricately and delicately beautified by the residents themselves. Night (approx. 8.30pm) is the perfect time to go if you are looking for a grand and dramatic entrance; most of the illuminations will get ignited once you set foot on Gràcia. *tada!* Just a word of caution, as much as tourists are welcomed, consideration is sought to keep the ornaments intact and noise disturbances to a minimum after 1am.


Festa De La Mercè 

Mark your calendar on 24 September when Barcelona commemorates Saint la Mercè  (The Virgin of Mercy) in a spellbinding fashion. Indulge in the summer bash by immersing yourself over a range of parade performances from Castells (human tower), dancing giants, and Correfoc (fire run). The event is estimated to begin in the dusk when the roads are closed and the streets are open to the entrance of ‘The Devils’ dressed by community members carrying bangers and fireworks crackers. As Correfoc comes in 2 types, ‘junior’ and ‘adult’ Correfoc, you can definitely adjust the ‘thrill level’ for your participation. If you are new to Correfoc, a wiser choice would be to join in the event earlier for milder fire sparks instead of the showering flames directly from the sparklers happening at a slightly later hour.


Castells (Sant Felix-Vilafrancia)

Last but not least, Catalan Festival of Barcelona that exhibits the prominent Castells (human towers) and traditional dances are one of the stellar events not to be missed. Usually spotted every Saturday evening during the Summer months, a tower that is literally made out of humans stepping on each other’s shoulder will leave you gazing on in fascination. The human tower would be accomplished when a child climbs all the way to the top and raises his hand. Hold on! Before you get inspired to form your own Castells team, subsequently gathering your friends to stack on top of each other, we strongly recommend that the creation of such edifices to be undertaken only by trained crews to avoid broken arms and legs. 


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