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Eat Barcelona Best Foods on a Budget

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Every person visiting Barcelona, and even the locals, strive to find the best foods that are actually cheap, like it or not, most of us pay bills and need to be in control of our wallets. A typical dinner at famous restaurants in town can run on euro double-zeros and more, however, if you follow some of our tips below, you´ll be able to devour Barcelona best foods on a budget. We did match the quintessential tapas bars with affordable tapas that are essential to Barcelona´s gastronomy, including some that you would be eating a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant, without actually being there. Seriously!

HIT THE BOQUERIA MARKET

La Boqueria Market is probably the most visited market in the world. Many people might think that because of the large tourist influx that saturate its alleys each day, the quality of the products might not be the best, which to some extent can be true, though if you visit the market at its early hours, you´ll be amazed by the number of chefs, who run top-notch restaurants in Barcelona, purchasing raw products for their establishments.

Tip, as in any other city market, go and observe, take your time and you´ll spot those genuine vendors who sell high-quality products at regular prices. There is a tiny stall named Bacallaneria Pujamar that sells cod, go there and eat one of the best Barcelona cod-fritters for around 3 euros, they are simply delicious. This place supplies most Michelin starred restaurants in town.

There are other food markets in Barcelona where you can also eat amazing foods, and that are way less crowded.

FOLLOW THE ONES WHO ACTUALLY ¨FOLLOW THE LEADER¨ (as the Soca Boys used to sign…)

Food lovers in Barcelona are pretty much inclined to check on those chefs who worked with world-famous chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli, simply because his restaurant produced an amazing army of chefs who are distributed all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants in the city that are run by those chefs who were inspired by his molecular cuisine and that actually spent time working at El Bulli, and that are totally affordable.

Some of them are La Pubilla or Tapas 24 where you will eat scrumptiously delicious tapas, representative of the Catalan gastronomy, for around 15 to 20 euros. That’s a really good price for eating foods from those close to the stars.

GO ON A CULINARY TOUR

Barcelona has so much culture to showcase and foods to eat, and while we might be a bit biased, we are convinced that one of the best ways to uncover the city´s life is through its foods, as they tend to connect individuals from different cultures easier. And after all, what could go wrong about discovering one of the world most beautiful cities through its amazing array of tapas and drinks.

You can go on a tapas tours at the iconic Gothic and Barceloneta districts, being the later the one that gives its back to Barcelona and that has developed a genuine tapa: The Bombas!; or get away from the tourist trail at the charming Sant Antoni and Poblesec Districts where a food tour unravels cuisine at the ancient Sant Antoni Market (the oldest in town!). All establishments on these tours are family owned, which makes the gastronomic experience intimate and authentic. This is a really nice way to devour Barcelona on foot while eating at around 5 to 6 restaurants and tapas bars!.

FIND THE CULINARY HIDDEN GEMS

The culinary hidden gems in Barcelona are those places that are carefully guarded by the locals, the ones that one wants that fall into the arms of Marketing because soon enough they will be long queues that most probably will scare the business owners who will probably sell the place and live in peace.

Talk to locals once you are in Barcelona, ask around, that’s the best way to find hidden gems, or get in touch with us, whether you are looking for the best place to eat paellagenuine eateries in Barcelonatop local sandwiches, or beach restaurants we have plenty of tips to give you. Also, it is worth checking out the events in the city as in many of them there will be food trucks serving gourmet food for less than 5 euros a dish!

VISIT A BODEGA FOR WINE AND TAPAS

This is probably the most underrated culinary activity that can unveil the best foods in Barcelona. There are plenty of these establishments in the city, they are usually family owned; they serve barrel wine, a winery art on extinction, and while serving high end canned foods, others prepare tapas themselves.

Check our favorites Bodegas to taste Barcelona tapas and drink amazing Spanish wines.