The Top 10 Food and Drink You Must Buy in Barcelona
by Felicity Brown | Updated 03 March 2020 | Posted in Spain, Top Lists
Barcelona is a vibrant and colourful city, without the chaos of cities like London or Paris. It definitely has a laid-back vibe, and anyone who has visited this Catalan city will tell you that their explorations revolved around hopping from cafe to restaurant to bar sampling the Spanish food and drink on offer. No rushing around from tourist attraction to museum to gallery. So let us help you narrow down the list of food and drinks in Barcelona, so you can make the most of it...
This delicious olive oil and garlic mayonnaise is a Catalan variant of the Mediterranean 'Aioli'.
2. Beer (from a beer hawker)
All over Barcelona, you will find vendors selling beer at the side of the road at a cheap price.
The Spanish champagne is very easy to drink. Just add friends and sunshine and you'll get through bottles and bottles of Catalan's Cava.
4. Crema Catalana
Just like Crème Brûlée but with the gorgeous addition of orange or lemon zest and cinnamon.
A traditional Spanish dish of smokey grilled vegetables.
6. Fideuà (not Paella!)
The Spanish maintain that Paella is only worth eating in it's area of origin - Valencia. Good Paella can be found in Barcelona but more often than not, you'll find a disappointing version. Fideuà is like Paella but with pasta instead of rice and we've heard it's a tasty alternative.
7. Gin and Tonic
Most Spanish cities are more about the simple gin and tonic, rather than the fancy cocktails you might encounter in other European cities.
8. Jamon Iberico
You'll find this cured ham everywhere in Spain and Portugal. It can be bought for a small price in supermarkets - ideal for a picnic!
9. Patatas Bravas
This popular Spanish tapas dish is purely cubes of potato with a rich, herby tomato sauce on top. It makes a perfect snack to enjoy with a cold Estrella.
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the Saffron crocus. An ounce of saffron can cost more than gold, mainly because the process of harvesting it can be so laborious! Buy this spice from the food markets in Spain though, and you can get it for a much cheaper price.
Sangria is a traditional Spanish cocktail made from red or white wine, chopped fruit, sugar, orange juice, and a small amount of brandy.
Turrón is a sweet usually consumed at Christmas time by the Spanish. It's made out of honey, sugar, egg whites, and toasted almonds; it's essentially nougat and it's delicious!