Move Over, Switzerland! Barcelona Is the Newest Food-Travel Destination
Barcelona is the perfect blend of old and new. There are the classic tapas that Spain is famous for, but there is also a new wave of Catalan modern cuisine that is taking the city by storm. If you’re planning a trip to sunny Barcelona, keep this list handy.
- Stroll through La Boqueria Market
One of the most popular food markets in all of Europe, there are a wealth of new dishes waiting to be discovered. There is fresh produce, the finest cuts of meats as well as pyramids upon pyramids of some of the best olives in the region. Try out the tapas at El Quim, situated in the market. The fried squid sandwich is especially good.
- Indulge in Churros Con Chocolate
No visit to Barcelona is complete without a plate of the lightest churros, dusted with powdered sugar, and dipped into a sinful cup of rich, dark hot chocolate. Although they are available in cafes throughout the city, head to La Pallaresa for the best ones.
- Sample Some Paella
A distant cousin of the pulao, paella is a one-pot rice-based dish that is usually cooked with seafood. The paella is best enjoyed while sitting by the Mediterranean, sipping one some local wine, watching the azure sea.
- Eat a Traditional Catalan Meal
Els Pescadors is situated a little outside of Barcelona, but it’s worth the trek – known for it’s traditional Catalan meals, it’s a must-have if you’re a foodie. Be sure to try the suquet, a quintessential Catalan seafood stew.
- Go on a Tapas Crawl
Tapas are small plates of food that are meant for sharing. Although they started off as finger foods to pair with drinks, it is now a sub cuisine in its own right. Some of the not-to-be-missed dishes are patatas bravas, (boiled and fried potatoes covered in a spicy sauce), chocos (creamy squid rings), and cured ham such as Jamón Ibérico served with Manchego (a cheese made from sheep’s milk). Some of the popular tapas bars to try out are Cerveseria Catalana and El Vaso De Oro.
- Drink a Glass of Cava
Considered to be the champagne of Spain, this is the most popular sparkling wine in Catalonia. Served at weddings and other celebrations there are two types of Cava – white and rosé. Also be sure to try some Agua de Valencia, a drink made from Cava, vodka, gin and orange juice. The oranges used in this drink are the famous Valencian oranges.
- Eat Tortilla Española
Tortilla Española is a Spanish omelette that is popular throughout Spain. These are eaten as tapas or even a light dinner. A typical Tortilla Española includes eggs, potatoes, onions, and occasionally chorizo, a Spanish sausage. The difference between a Tortilla Española and a regular omelette is the difference in thickness – the Tortilla Española is an inch and a half thick, and therefore much more filling than a regular omelette.
- Sample the Homemade Goods at Caelum
To take home an unusual souvenir, head to this marketplace where all the goods on offer are made in monasteries across Spain. The jams, cakes and sweets are worth indulging in.
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