When visiting Spain most people are eager to try paella as it is often seen as the Spanish national dish. In fact, the dish originated in Valencia with rabbit and chicken as the main ingredients. Seafood paella came along a lot later and has worked its way across most of Spain, now being considered a ‘typical paella’. The Catalans have developed many delicious versions of the dish but also look to serve it in its traditional form so don’t worry, you don’t have to go to Valencia to taste this traditional dish. Barcelona does paella right!
# La Mar Salada
La Mar Salada is a seafood restaurant that assures its customers are served with the seafood that they purchase from the fish markets early in the morning. Their authenticity has won the Time Out magazine award for the best daily menu in Barcelona by the gastronomic critics. You can choose whether to sit on the terrace or inside the bright and airy restaurant while you enjoy your delicious food. Although there are many tempting options on the menu, La Mar Salada is well-known for its paella so this is definitely the best choice.
Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 58-59, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00-16:30 pm
# Can Solé
Known as the most emblematic restaurant in the city, Can Solé opened its doors in 1903, serving some of the best seafood on the Barcelona Port ever since. They are also well known for their paella dishes from recipes that have been passed on for generations. You can enjoy your seafood dish in a nautical-themed interior to give you the full seaside experience on Barcelona’s famous port. After enjoying your meal why not head to the beach for a relaxing stroll in the sunshine!
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 4, 08003 Barcelona
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 13:00-16:00, 20:00-23:00 Friday-Saturday 13:00-16:00, 20:30-23:00, Sunday 13:00-16:00
This restaurant has over 60 years of experience as a family-run business, sharing the culinary culture of the family’s home in Elche. The restaurant has attracted celebrities, artists, and patrons ever since it opened its doors in 1959. This place has become a temple for paella lovers who have a slightly lower budget for their trip to Barcelona. If you decide to pay it a visit, be sure to try out their succulent lobster paella!
Address: Carrer de Vila I Vilà, 71, 08004 Barcelona
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00-17:00, 19:30-23:00
# MariscCo Paella Restaurant
With two locations in the heart of Barcelona, MariscCo is a paella restaurant with a high-ceiling and unique interior and a rather cosmopolitan dining experience. Other than offering delicious paellas, they also have specialities like their crayfish and lobster risotto. Along with your meal, there is a wine cabinet that allows customers to choose a wide selection of wine to go along with their meal. Be sure to try their black rice seafood paella, a particular favourite of ours!
Address: Carrer de Còrsega, 272, 08008 Barcelona // Carrer de Plaza Reial, 8 08002 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00-17:00 and 19:30-00:00
# 7 Portes
This iconic restaurant has been running for 185 years and has become a popular destination for Spaniards and tourists alike. As well as offering a delicious selection of rice and paella dishes, 7 Portes has an extensive menu full of meats, tapas, fish and salads, so there’s something for everyone. Located right near Barceloneta metro station, it is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Make sure you come with a big appetite ready to eat a lot of paellas!
Address: Passeig d’Isabel II, 14, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Sunday-Wednesday 13:00-18:00, Thursday-Saturday 13:00-23:00
Ever fancied making your own paella at home? Why not give it a go and see how your creation compares to the dishes you’ve tried in Barcelona. This video gives you a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect traditional Valencian Paella.
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