Best Ever Barcelona Dishes!

Best Ever Barcelona Dishes!

Regular Gourmet Getaways readers would know that I choose my holiday destinations based on the food I would like to try. Today I give you a delicious look at some of the best Barcelona Dishes!

Must Try Dishes in Barcelona

If you are planning a grand trip to Spain, one of the places that you be part of your bucket list is Barcelona. This majestic city boasts of several tourist attractions such as the Barcelona Aquarium, Barcelona FC Museum, and the Barcelona Zoo.

But aside from visiting the wonderful man-made and natural wonders in the city, another thing that you should do is to try the local cuisines of this place. Your Barcelona holidays won’t be complete if you don’t try an authentic tapas or escalivada. If you are a new visitor, you might become too overwhelmed with the choices, especially if you don’t speak Catalan. Check out this post to learn more about the best dishes that you should try when visiting the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Crispy fried fish cod cheeks with guajillo lime allioli

Crispy fried fish cod cheeks with guajillo lime allioli

  1. Allioli

This is a common Catalan sauce that has the almost the same taste and texture as mayonnaise. Usually, it is made from garlic, salt, and a touch of olive oil. However, most locals tend to spice up their allioli recipe and add other ingredients to satisfy their palates. You can eat this sauce with vegetables, meat, fish, and other meals.

Spanish Tapas

Spanish Tapas

  1. Tapas

Never go home without eating this delicious Catalan dish. Tapas are the general term for appetizers in Spanish cuisine. As such, it comes in several forms and tastes. Some of the snacks that you should try are:

  • Pa amb tomaquet – this is a piece of bread that is rubbed with tomato and it is sprinkled with olive oil.
  • Xipirons – deep fried squids
  • Alcachofas laminadas – fried artichokes
  • Pimientos del padron – deep fried green peppers
Escalivada -Barcelona Spanish Tapas

Escalivada -Barcelona Spanish Tapas

  1. Escalivada

Escalivada is a type of Catalan dish that is made from mixed vegetables that are grilled to perfection and is commonly topped with healthy servings of anchovies. The usual vegetables that are added on this dish are eggplant and bell pepper. It is cooked using traditional wood fire so it has pleasant and mouth-watering woodsy smell and taste. After cooking, the veggies are topped with olive oil and garlic.

  1. Esqueixada

This is a type of salt cod salad that is also known as the ceviche of Catalan. Its ingredients are shredded cod that was dried and salted, fresh tomatoes, onions, and hard boiled eggs. It is a very hearty meal that is perfectly served with a cold glass of beer.

Esqueixada Best Ever Barcelona Dishes

Esqueixada Best Ever Barcelona Dishes

  1. Crema Catalan

This one is a traditional Catalan dessert that tastes like crème brulee. However, it has a smoother cream compared to the latter. It combines the lemon zest and cinnamon to give that spicy and citrusy taste. Afterwards, It is topped with caramelized sugar.

Crema Catalan

Crema Catalan

Which one of these Barcelona dishes would excite you enough to hop on a plane and travel to this culinary city for some genuine Spanish food? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Love them tapas!! Had some too in one of the restaurants in Plantation Bay :). Oooh and that Creme Catalan is so creamy just like our leche flan!

  2. I have a friend there at the moment and apart from the flu, she is loving it. I do like the look of the peppers and I’d love to try the creme brulee that’s not a creme brulee but has the addition of spices – it all looks amazing and I love Meditterranean cuisine xx

  3. Wow! I am so ready to hop onto a plane to sample these amazing dishes. The Creme Catalan looks out of the world so maybe I’ll start with dessert:-)

  4. I’d really love to try the Escalivada. It sounds (and looks!) fantastic. 🙂

  5. Esqueixada – YES! I adore ceviche, especially when presented so beautifully like your plate.
    I worked with a chef who was from Barcelona, he raved about the cuisine from home, since then it has been on my travel bucket list, about 15 years now, better work on crossing that one off some time soon huh?! 🙂 Another screen lickin blog.
    Happy week ahead.
    Cheers, Anna

  6. Hi Julie! Love Spanish food. I am a huge fan of tapas as life after work and gathering is just perfect with a cocktail and some tapas to share. Most certainly I need to get a plate Escalivada on my next order with some crusty bread… sounds divine. Thanks for including me on your blogging buddies. Glad to be a part of your food and travel journey! Take care, BAM

  7. What delicious looking dishes! Now I want to go to Barcelona!

    • Yep, that’s what I thought too when I started looking into all the popular dishes of Barcelona. It’s another destination that just jumped up a few spots in my “Must visit” list.

  8. I would be there in a heartbeat if I could.
    Have an awesome day.
    :-0 Mandy xo

  9. I’ve never been to Barcelona, but would love to go someday. And I’m sure I’ll get there. Eventually. 😉 In the meantime, I can swoon over all this glorious food! Fun post — thanks.

  10. When I saw the photos in Facebook I thought you were in Barcelone ! I have been many times in this amazing city that I love ! I like so much the Pa amb tomaquet, very easy to make and so good, Fred love the pimientos de padron 🙂 I wanna come back !

  11. Oh my G! You’re making me so hungry! Barcelona has been on my list of cities to visit for years… Food, scenery, attractions! I Love Barcelona.. Thank you for sharing Yummy pics!!!

  12. Awesome post Julie! We were talking about visiting Barcelona on our next trip that way. You’ve sold me!

  13. I just couldn’t choose! They all look amazing. I’ve only been to the Madrid airport, but hope to have a holiday in Spain one day soon 🙂

  14. I love Spanish food- this cuisine has really moved up in the world. I know that the Cordon Bleu School now has a school in Madrid. Maybe I should enrol (LOL)! The cod cheeks would be my favourite dish to start. What restaurants did you eat at in Barcelona?

  15. Spain has been on my wish list for the longest time! I can see myself enjoying a LOT of Escalivada – those vegies look fabulous.

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