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Eating like a local at Barcelona beaches and beyond

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Summer is always present in Barcelona, and its best expression is the “xiringuitos”, one of the best places to be for foodies who want to eat like a local by the Mediterranean sea, during the day or at night, just wanting to feel the sand under their toes while having a romantic dinner. The ¨xiringuito¨ meaning in Spanish refers to a restaurant or a tapas bar which simply by the beach. On this blog post, we share our favourites places to eat in Barcelona beaches and beyond.

XIRINGUITO ESCRIBA

This is by far the best of the best restaurant (xiringuito) that you can find at Barcelona beach. Their arroces (rice, the local version for paella) and renowned desserts are unbeatable, and we really like the relaxed and informal ambience that allows you to experience high-quality food by the sea. They are also the local famous pastry specialists from Barcelona and Paris.

(Photo credit: Xiringuito Escriba)

Xiringuito Escriba

Avinguda Litoral, 62, Barcelona / +34 932 210 729 / [email protected]

LA GUINGUETA DE L’ESCRIBA

Literally downstairs from Xiringuito Escribà you will find his laid-back sister tapas bar that offers an informal Mediterranean cuisine including regional Spanish tapas from early morning till late night when the live musicians come to play flamenco under the stars. Perfect spot to enjoy the sunset in Barcelona very close to the sea.

http://www.laguingueta.com/

Avinguda Litoral, 62, Barcelona / +34 633 909 337

CHIRINGUITO PEZ VELA

From Grupo Tragaluz, this renewed version of the typical xiringuito by the beach with a striking view of the Barceloneta district, including Frank Ghery’s giant fish sculpture masterpiece and Parc del Forum in the horizon offers´ contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with fresh products, some prepared on a natural charcoal grill. The perfect spot to begin your Barcelona nightlife adventure.

Xiringuito Pez Vela

Paseo del Mare Nostrum 19/21 (below Hotel W), Barcelona / +34 932 216 317 / [email protected]

XIROI CA LA NURI

This is the restaurant that has been feeding the bellies of Catalans in Barcelona since 1950 and the one that gives that Mediterranean flavor through fresh and delicious tapas and a superb elaboration of arroces (rice, the local version of paella). We tried fideua with shrimps, mussels, and fish and it was simply mouthwatering! Very cool environment by the beach at the Poblenou district in Barcelona.

www.xiroi.calanuri.com

Passeig Marítim de la Nova Icària, 38, Barcelona / +34 932 21 35 58

SANTA MARTA

Easy going terrace in La Barceloneta, few meters away from the sand and the sea, where sunsets can be enjoyed with a glass of vermouth or an Aperol-spritz accompanied by delicious tapas for a budget-friendly price. The place to see and to be seen.

C/ Grau i Torras, 59 /+34 691 236 801

AND BEYOND BARCELONA BORDERS…

And for the most adventurous traveler wanting to go beyond urban Barcelona, towards the north and south there are quiet off-beaten beaches where adventurous foodies enjoy Catalan gastronomy in a more relaxed atmosphere like true locals, and where passionate local restaurateurs serve amazing tapas dishes with seafood ingredients and fresh veggies.

El Maravillas (Playa El Prat de Llobregat)

An off the beaten foodie haven just outside bustling Barcelona with a simple and remarkable offer. Quality tapas, seafood paella, and cocktails on barefoot! You can actually reach this beach bar ¨xiringuito¨ by bicycle from Barcelona.

(photo credit: El Maravillas)

08820 El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), Spain / [email protected]

L’ Estupendu

Very, very close to Barcelona, the escape is worth! L’ Estupendu is a great Mediterranean restaurant that offers the usual suspect classic dishes: Octopus, Cod ¨Suquet¨, Fideua (the local version of paella) and seafood ¨trinxat¨ paired with some of the best products from Barcelona city such as Vermut made at the famous tapas bar: Xampayet or croquettes from ¨Las Rejas¨, another Barcelona traditional food.

(photo credit: L´Estupendu)

http://estupendu.com/

Carrer d’Eduard Maristany, 75, 08912 Badalona

Banys Lluis (Sant Pol de Mar)

Family run restaurant located in an idyllic hidden location: Playa del Morer. Fresh fish, seasonal products and seafood from their own nursery. Special for a romantic occasion with breathtaking views and plenty of sand to run under your toes. This restaurant is easily reached from Barcelona via Cercanias (the light-rail train).

Banys Lluis

Avinguda Doctor Furest, Sant Pol de Mar

Xiringuito Oh Nades (Caldes d’Estrac / Sant Andreu de Llavaneres)

In case you are looking for the Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours staff in summer, most probably you will find them here enjoying a cold beer while eating some fresh fish. The Caldetes / Sant Andreu de Llavaneres beaches are quite long and perfect in case you want to avoid the large human summer crowd, and Xiringuito Oh Nades has captivated our attention for the fresh Mediterranean cuisine by the beach.

Passeig Marques Casa Riera, 8-10, Caldes d’Estrac / +34 692 33 66 53 / [email protected]

Boia Nit (Cadaques)

A special mention for one of the best cocktail bars in Spain. Located at the breathtaking Cadaques Bay, this place is opened since 1947 and the new family generation led by young Manel Vehí, a local legend, and world-renowned cocktails master, has brought a new experience level to drinks. And one should not forget about their great tapas selection.

(photo credit: Boia Nit)

http://www.boianit.com/

Plaça del Passeig, 17, 17488 Cadaqués (Girona) / +34 972 25 86 51

We truly hope this selection of our favorite restaurants and tapas bars in Barcelona beaches and beyond, provides you with an insight to eat like a local in front of the Mediterranean sea. For us, this is a must thing to do in case you are in Barcelona, especially during spring and summer. Stay hungry and we do look forward to hearing from you.

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