10 typical dishes not to be missed if you travel to Barcelona

10 platos típicos que tienes que probar si viajas a Barcelona


If you visit Barcelona, you cannot miss the typical dishes of Catalonia. And this region has a rich Mediterranean cuisine that is the envy for the rest of the world. You cannot leave Barcelona without trying them first!

Hors d’oeuvres and typical Catalan dishes

1. Pa amb tomaquet

A dish as simple as requested by both Catalans and foreigners. Top quality bread, usually a loaf of bread or peas bread, greased tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and a little salt. You can also accompany it with fuet, the Catalan sausage par excellence.

2. La Escalivada



A kind of salad made with tomato, onion, aubergine and roasted peppers. Garnish with anchovies and a vinaigrette. Usually served on a slice of farm-baked bread.

3. Calçots with romesco sauce

Calçots
Sourced in romesco sauce, the calçots are the most popular dish in Catalonia. Just be prepared to end the black hands.

Among the typical dishes of Barcelona and Catalonia, the Calçots with romesco sauce is one of the most important one. Variety of grilled onions, wrapped in newspaper to keep them warm on the table. Served with romesco sauce (almonds, bread, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and extra virgin olive oil).

Second dishes typical of Catalonia

4. Botifarra amb monjetes

Or butifarra with beans. It can be taken as either first or second course. This dish became tremendously popular in home-style restaurants during XIXth century. Very simple and caloric dish to get some strength before touring in Barcelona.

5. Escudella i carn d’olla

Stew with beef, pork, chicken, vegetables and chickpeas. This dish would not be the same without a very particular ingredient- la pilota. Large, long meatball. It’s served with galets or noodles and then meat with vegetables and potatoes with good trickle of olive oil.

6. Suquet de peix amb cloïsses

This dish is considered one of the most exquisite in Catalonia. Clam Stew, prawns, various types of fishes, among which is monkfish and light saffron salsita.

Typical desserts from Catalonia

7. Catalan Cream

One of the most appreciated and internationally recognised Catalan desserts. Delicious pastry cream made with egg yolks, covered with caramelized sugar layer. To follow the tradition, you have to break the candy with the teaspoon.

8. Mel i mató

A dessert of medieval origin. Fresh cheese made from cow’s milk, goat or sheep made in Catalonia, also known as brossat and accompanied with nuts or honey. If you go to Montserrat it is essential to take it in order to regain strength.

9. Catànies

Typical of Villafranca del Penedés. Made of caramelized toasted almonds covered with a white cocoa paste, almonds and hazelnuts sprinkled with cacao. Accompanied by a sweet wine … is a real delight.

10. Catalan cava

copa de cava

Cava is the most drink drunk in Catalonia. It’s a sparkling wine made in the Penedes with a thousand nuances.

To accompany the dishes nothing better than Catalan cava. Sparkling wine made in the Penedés with the peculiar flavor given by different varieties of Catalan grapes: parellada, xarel or Macabeo. Do not forget to order Brut Natura, Extra Brut or Brut Dulce, Dry, Extra Dry or Semiseco.

Have you tried them all? We are already hungry just by talking about them!

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