Barcelona, TrainAway’s latest fitness destination is one of Europe’s premier culinary cities, so we’ve put together our list of the top 5 foods to try in Barcelona. Let TrainAway be your fitness and food guide on your next city break!
Whether you’re in Barcelona to explore their culture and incredible architecture, or to party in some of Europe’s best clubs, you should invest some time in trying their delicious local dishes. And if you’ve managed to fit in a workout through TrainAway, you can definitely indulge in some of these delicacies.
Foods in Barcelona are fairly simple and usually include local products, such as vegetables, meat, and seafood. What really makes them stand out are not the ingredients themselves, but the creativity and love that goes into the preparation of every meal.
In this article, we selected the top 5 dishes that are a must-try while you’re enjoying the beautiful streets of The City of Gaudi.
Literally translated to “The Bombs”, Bombas were developed during the Spanish Civil War.
That’s when the revolutionaries protected the city using handmade grenades, which inspired a local chef to design this iconic dish. At the time, Bombas fed the protectors of the city, and today they are an indispensable part of every menu in Barcelona.
Bombas are essentially small croquette balls shaped with mashed potatoes and stuffed with vegetables or meat. They are then covered with breadcrumbs and fried. Most traditional restaurants serve them with white garlic allioli that symbolizes the firing pin of a grenade and with a red sauce that symbolizes its explosion.
Although you can taste this historical meal anywhere in Barcelona, rumors say that those in the Barceloneta district are the most delicious.
Pa amb Tomàquet
Perfect as a snack or an appetizer, Pa amb Tomaquet proves that there is truly beauty in simplicity. Its base is toasted bread, that’s topped with a mixture of garlic, olive oil and a variety of tomatoes. Some restaurants serve it with ham, cheese, and olives. You can enjoy this specialty in almost every restaurant in Barcelona, as well as smaller food bars that offer tapas, making it also one of the easiest foods to try in Barcelona.
Paella originates from Valencia, but it became a favorite all across the country. In the past, it was made with meat and beans, but Barcelona offers its own versions known as Arros and Fideua. Their Paella is a mix of rice and seafood or vegetables, and is definitely one of the best foods to try in Barcelona.
You can find paella practically at every corner in Barcelona, but not all of them are made from scratch since the process of cooking is quite complex. That’s why it may be best to ask the locals for their recommendation or simply gravitate towards restaurants that attract the biggest crowds.
Escalivada is a salad consisting of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. These ingredients are roasted in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and vinegar to bring the most out of every ingredient. Some restaurants will add anchovies and grill the vegetables before they place them on toasted bread and serve as tapas. Others will combine it in a bowl and offer it as a side dish to your main course. Whatever option you try, you’ll be surprised at how delicious this simplistic meal is.
You can try Escalivada at most restaurants in Barcelona, although some would say that the chefs in the Sant Antoni quarter have mastered it like no one else.
No food list would be complete without a dessert, and for Barcelona, we have to point out the droolingly delicious Crema Catalana. It’s quite similar to the French crème brûlée, that dates all the way back to the Roman culture before Christ.
This tasty dessert is made with a combination of egg yolks, cornflour, milk and completed with lemon or orange zest and cinnamon. It is then blow torched until the exterior becomes crunchy and interior melts. Crema Catalana is served in almost every restaurant in Barcelona.
How to Find The Best Place To Eat In Barcelona?
Now you know what are the most important foods to try in Barcelona, but you still may wonder what are the best places to try them. Although these foods can be found in all corners of the city, some districts are naturally better than the rest.
If you want to eat tapas like the Pa amb Tomàquet, we’d recommend checking out traditional bodegas, rather than modern tapas places that, according to the locals, simply don’t do them justice. The bodegas are small wine shops, and some of the best can be found in the El Born neighboorhood.
If you’re more into slow food and traditional restaurants, Gracia quarter is the one for you. It has a village-like atmosphere to it, with fresh ingredients ruling their kitchens. It’s also one of the best places to try traditional Barcelonian sweets, such as the Crema Catalana.
Finally, you can always eat in the huge Eixample district, that has something for everyone’s tastebuds. New restaurants and bars constantly emerge in all corners of this iconic neighborhood, and you can try everything from tasty desserts to some of Europe’s best barbecue and innovative takes on Catalan traditional dishes.
Regardless of where you choose to eat, we’re sure the gourmet in you will be satisfied. Barcelona offers simple, yet delicious meals that are impossible to resist.
TrainAway has some fantastic partner gyms in Barcelona, with fitness clubs in superb locations offering day passes at great prices. Two of the best located are Duet Fit Bruc and Duet Fit Universitat, in the very heart of Barcelona.