Albert Adrià

One of the most important chefs of our time, fine dining trailblazer Albert Adrià is celebrated for his roles as pastry chef and creative director of groundbreaking avant-garde restaurant, El Bulli. And while the now closed El Bulli is no more than a significant piece of postmodern food history, Albert continues to innovate with his chain of forward-thinking Barcelona restaurants including, Enigma, Pakta, and circus-themed tapas restaurant, Tickets.

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Barcelona’s Best Restaurants

We’re lucky here in Barcelona. From the orchard to the sea we have very good products, and the restaurants are only getting better and better. One of the restaurants that I go to the most is Shunka for omakase cuisine from my friend and Japanese chef, Hideki Matsuhisa. Lucky for me, it’s also close to my home. I really like Dos Pebrots, a restaurant inspired by Mediterranean culinary history. It’s very particular and unique. It won’t leave you indifferent at the least. For me, Rías de Galícia and Estimar are the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona.

My Favourite Tapas Bars

When friends and chefs come to visit, I always take them to my favourite tapas bars. Everyone who visits Spain wants to know where to find authentic tapas, places where they take special care of the product. El Vaso de OroCal PepEl Xampanyet and La Cova Fumada are all great options. Vermouth and everything to do with tapas – ensaladilla rusa (Russian potato salad), anchovies, bombas – is their game.

‘You Won’t Find The Best Jamón Ibérico In Tapas Bars’

My favourite thing to eat, and the one dish I always miss when I’m away from Spain, is undoubtedly Iberian ham with bread and tomato. Good jamón ibérico is expensive and normally you can’t find great quality in bars. I prefer to order at restaurants that normally give it the treatment it deserves.

Traditional Catalan Flavours

If you’re visiting Barcelona, of course you must experience authentic and typical Catalan cuisine. Pur is the Catalan word for “pure” as well as the name of a new restaurant in the centre of Barcelona. It’s perfect for great Catalan cuisine using the best products. They also have a basement cocktail bar, Impur. For classic Catalan dishes, go to Ca l’isidre, a restaurant in the Raval district that that opened in 1970. I also like Bonanova, a restaurant that has also been around for a long time, and serves traditional Catalan cuisine using seasonal products.   

Seafood By The Sea

When I want to relax I like to visit a chiringuito (small beach restaurant) with friends, eat paella and watch the sea. There are many along the beachfront, but my favourite is Chiringuito Escribà

Guide last updated August 2019

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