A guide to the food of Barcelona.
Barcelona, located in the northeastern corner of Spain, is a city known for its architecture, its culture and its history. Anyone who visits the city must not miss the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, built by Gaudí, and a walk around the famous Parc Güell is the ideal way to spend an afternoon. Another aspect that merits a visit is its food, ranging from traditional Catalan dishes to savoury tapas served in Michelin-stared restaurants.
Pa amb tomàquet.
This is one of the most simple and most delicious dishes you will find in the city. A traditional breakfast dish, the pa amb tomàquet consists of a piece of bread drizzled in olive oil and covered with freshly ground tomato. Accompanied by steaming café con leche milk coffee and some freshly-squeezed orange juice, this breakfast is the ideal way to start off a day of exploring Barcelona.
If you are wondering where to stay in Barcelona, then do not fret: El Born is one of the city’s trendiest districts, where you will find many tapas bars and landmarks within walking distance. The Ciutadella park and the port are located a short walk away, and the Michelin-starred Comerç 24 restaurant is located in the very center of this neighbourhood. Here you will be able to taste a variety of traditional tapas: salted cod, sardines on toast and the traditional migas, a plate of bread-crumbs with chorizo and fried eggs.
Mar i Muntanya.
There are many mar y muntanya dishes present in the Catalan cuisine, that is, dishes made using ingredients from the surf and turf. The xipirons is a typical dish that consists of lightly floured and deep fried baby squid, representing the surf. A typical turf dish are fried green asparagus served with thick salt.
More than a dish, alioli is actually a sauce made using olive oil, egg yolk, lemon juice and seasonings. In the whole region of Catalonia, where Barcelona is located, you will find many dishes served with this sauce. Try the potatoes with a dollop of this sauce, and do not miss any variety of local fish served with alioli on the side.
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This dessert consists of custard topped with a thick layer of caramelized sugar on top, similar to crème brûlée. Another dessert not to miss is the mel i mató, made using cheese and honey and accompanied by grilled nuts. If you want a dessert with more calories, then head to one of the many pastry shops located in the city and ask for a pastisset, a biscuit with a filling of caramelized fruit paste.
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