Must Try Food Favorites From Barcelona

Check out our list of some must try culinary favorites.

Spain is the dream destination for ALL food and wine travel lovers.

I mean what lover of food and wine wouldn’t want to explore Barcelona? It is listed as one of the Top 10 Food Cities in The World by Forbes for a reason.

Now we want to prepare you and your stretchy pants for some Instagram worthy food that you will want to share with absolutely everyone!

Don’t worry you can hit the gym when you get back home! Or better yet, why not extend your trip to a destination spa in Spain.

1- Paella

You’ve probably enjoyed a few Paella’s in your day, but in case you haven’t…it’s one of the first things you must eat when you step foot in Barcelona! Paella is an iconic rice and seafood Spaniard dish. Never fear, those of you who aren’t fans of seafood, you can find it made with many other meats as well. It is definitely one of those dishes that hits the spot. Traditionally, Paella is served for special occasions, but you can still find it on many menus. We’ve included a tour that offers it as part of their experience. Take a look at this experience: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Exclusive Tour

2 – “La Bamba”

The most iconic tapas dishes that can be found in Barcelona are called the “la bomba” (the bomb in English).

The best way describes this bite of deliciousness, is its essentially a tennis ball-sized potato croquette. It is often served with two different sauces: a white garlic aioli that represents the string fuse that the anarchists would light before launching their grenades and a rich and spicy red sauce that represents the bombs’ explosive qualities.

Not only are they delicious to eat, but they are an edible piece of Catalan history.

“La Bomba” is a must for all foodies in Barcelona! If you don’t eat one then did you really go to Barcelona?! We’ve included a few tours that offers it as part of their experience. Take a look at this experience: The Most Terrific of Tapas Tours

#3 – Pa amb Tomàquet

Now for you picky eaters, we have something simple for you to try too!

It’s true what they say: “The simple things are always the best.”

Pa amb Tomàquet means “bread with tomato,” and is a simple yet essential dish that can be paired with every meal from breakfast to lunch and dinner.

The bread is rubbed with garlic and tomato juice, and then it is seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Some places even serve the ingredients separately so you can make it yourself.

You don’t even have to stop there. You can always add some cheese and meat to it. Then you have yourself a little sandwich. Yum! We’ve included a tour that offers it as part of their experience. Take a look at this experience: The most complete Food & Drink tasting tour of Barcelona in traditional taverns



Like so many of Spain’s iconic dishes, escalivada is all about showing off the quality of each ingredient. This dish is made by grilling eggplant and red peppers over an open wood fire. They are often served with toasted bread and olive oil, garlic, and salt. If you’re lucky, you might even get some anchovies too. It’s simple but good. We’ve included a tour that offers it as part of their experience. Take a look at this experience: Barcelona Food Tour – Do Eat Better Experience

There you have it! We hope that you give these dishes a try on your visit to Barcelona.  We’ve curated a list of some of the best culinary experiences that Barcelona has to offer.

For the full list of culinary tours and excursion take a look at our: Barcelona, Spain | Things To Do – Where To Eat. And if you try any of these dishes, let us know which one was your favorite!


If you’re interested in joining a group of fellow food and wine travel lovers, please check out list of upcoming hosted trips and event: Food & Wine Lovers Travel Group.

N'Teasha Brownlee

N'Teasha Brownlee


Food, Wine, & Travel Lover