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Foodie on a Weekend Budget

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Barcelona caters to many different types of people and travellers - the trendsetters, the all-night partiers, the beach bunnies, the food lovers and the art aficionados. I managed to take in the city over the course of 3 days, at a very relaxed pace, hitting up the major sights while eating like a queen on a budget. Here's a guide on how you can do it too!

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  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Blai Tonight

Restaurants

El Quim de la Boqueria

Restaurants

Casa Batllo

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

La Nena

Restaurants

El Rincon Del Cava

Restaurants

Demasie

Restaurants

Bubo Born

Restaurants

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Quimet & Quimet

Restaurants

Tapas 24

Restaurants

Taverna Can Margarit

Restaurants

Las Ramblas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc Guell

Parks

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

mpavan's City Tips

  • Getting to and from the airport is very easy. There is a bus that goes directly from the terminals to the centre of town (two stops), and maximum 30 minutes.
  • Be prepared to eat all your meals a couple of hours later than you're used to in North America. Dinner places don't open until 8 pm (earliest!), but it's not busy until 10 pm!
  • Barcelona is very easy to get around on foot and with a little help from the metro system.
  • Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mpavan Says:

    Absolutely magical - I think I took close to 150 pictures in the span of 30 minutes! I could have stayed here all night watching the water dance to the music.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can get here early if you want, but you'll probably end up standing for pictures unless you're here VERY early.
    • Check the seasonal times for hours of operation! They change.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Underwhelming 21/10/2018
    • Wonderful view 21/10/2018
    • Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Address:
    Placa Carles Buigas, 1
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Fri
    9:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Blai Tonight
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    mpavan Says:

    Each toothpick = €1 - keep them in your cup and that's you bill for the evening! The tapas are diverse and divine, and there is fresh fast turnaround as well. Many locals eat here, it's a gem!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #643 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friendly staff and customers 20/10/2018
    • Good pinchos 09/09/2018
    • Blai Tonight
    Address:
    Calle Blai 23-25
    (CATALUNYA)
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 648 73 32 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Mon - Wed
    6:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Thu
    12:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Fri - Sat
    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • El Quim de la Boqueria
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    mpavan Says:

    A Saturday morning must-do is to go to the market (as it's only open on Saturdays). Just off Las Ramblas, wander around and grab some food .... and get the food from here. It's right smack in the middle of the market hustle and bustle. No nonsense prep but amazing everything for flavour. The guys that run it have a lot of fun!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Some egg dish with shrimp - I had no idea what I ordered but it was absolutely heaven to my stomach.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #327 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect luch 14/10/2018
    • Disappointed 11/10/2018
    • El Quim de la Boqueria
    Address:
    Rambles 91
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 01 98 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Casa Batllo
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mpavan Says:

    This is a very quirky architectural house that has such a cool story to it. I had no idea and really no interest at the start of the trip to see any of the Casa de Guell, but I'm very happy I walked into this one. Pictures won't do the place justice. It's just very cool.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Watch the weird light show in Room 12 or around there - it will explain the meaning behind the house!
    • Buy tickets in advance or use the free house wifi outside, buy it there, and skip the line ;)
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very well prepaed tour! 21/10/2018
    • A great use of technology 21/10/2018
    • Casa Batllo
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 43
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 16 03 06
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • La Nena
    Restaurants (Cafe, International, Healthy)
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    mpavan Says:

    This place is open for breakfasts on Sundays! This was a major selling point. Also near Park Guell, it's good to start your morning off here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The hot chocolate is melted Swiss chocolate. Rich but so good, with a churro!
    • Great for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,089 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Desert place for families 12/06/2018
    • Not the best place 13/05/2018
    • La Nena
    Address:
    C/Ramon y Cajal 36
    08012 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 14 76
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Mon
    8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    4:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Tue - Fri
    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • El Rincon Del Cava
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish, Pub)
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    mpavan Says:

    Quite possibly the cheapest place I ate - a massive selection of tapas and cava bottles for $5 or less! Yes, that's right. So very cheap. This is definitely a local neighbourhood spot, and I found it only through TripAdvisor. It was open late as well, so we grabbed tapas / dinner after the fountain this night. The owners have pictures of their customers all over the walls, and they will add you to it too! They always take pictures of all their guests, and post it on their wall, Facebook and website. It's fun to go and look to see what you look like at the end of the night ...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,017 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Low Cost Family Run Restaurant 22/06/2018
    • IncredibleValue 24/05/2018
    • El Rincon Del Cava
    Address:
    C/ Blasco de Garay, 53
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 41 70 31
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Demasie
    Restaurants (Cafe, Deli, Street Food)
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    mpavan Says:

    I grabbed a few pastries to go from here one afternoon. They were delicious! If you want a local bakery taste, definitely get something from here one afternoon with a coffee.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #633 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good 14/10/2018
    • Excellent Coffee! 14/10/2018
    • Demasie
    Address:
    Carrer de la Princesa, 28
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 69 11 80
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$40
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Bubo Born
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    mpavan Says:

    So this was told to me as a great dessert cafe. In all honesty, I found it to be meh, in relation to the rest of the food of the city. It's very pretty for presentation, and if you are stuck for a sweet treat, sure.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #945 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best chocolate cakes in Barcelona!!! 12/10/2018
    • Amazing Dessert! 07/10/2018
    • Bubo Born
    Address:
    Caputxes, 10
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 68 72 24
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    mpavan Says:

    Okay, so this place NEEDS to be seen! It's been nearly 100 years (or so) since this project was started. It is an architectural marvel. And it is incredibly beautiful. There isn't a basilica like it in the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book the tickets ahead of time, to avoid the lines
    • Go up one of the towers, but again, book tickets!
    • If you are afraid of heights or very claustrophobic, don't go up the towers ... it will not be pleasant up there or taking the stairs down in close windy quarters.
    • Being early for you main ticket seems to be fine, but the towers are people-limited, so being early won't get you anywhere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    • Incredible, the best 21/10/2018
    • Beautiful 21/10/2018
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 08 04 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Quimet & Quimet
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar)
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    mpavan Says:

    My introduction to tapas, and I wish I had gone back for more every day. Standing room only, and very small, the place has every type of cava and alcohol imaginable (get the cava). And the tapas are made to order. Delicious. And cheap! It's not open all the time, so check to see the openings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #281 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect place for canned food 19/10/2018
    • Gorgeous food & wine 18/10/2018
    • Quimet & Quimet
    Address:
    Poeta Cabanyes 25
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 42 31 42
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$22
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Tapas 24
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    mpavan Says:

    Probably the most "expensive" place I went, but this is literally a foodie's heaven. Very small, very busy, but you can get in especially if you're solo or a pair. It's so so very worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The McFoie burger. I had about 4.
    • Don't hesitate to get a server to explain the dishes and tapas to you!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,020 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    • Painfully slow and disorganized 20/10/2018
    • Rick Steves is wrong! 19/10/2018
    • Tapas 24
    Address:
    Carrer de la Diputacio, 269
    Esquina Paseo de Gracia
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 88 09 77
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Taverna Can Margarit
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    mpavan Says:

    It opens late, and it's busy until late. There is also a serve yourself wine bar from the barrels when you walk in, so be sure to try them all out! The wines are made in house, and have some cool flavours. The atmosphere of the converted cellars is a cool spot to dine. Very popular with locals!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The rabbit stew! Beware - they use all of the rabbit. But it is delicious!
    From the community
    Ranked #831 of 8,749 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun but food was a bit disappointing. 21/10/2018
    • Patronize a local long-time fixture and family business with a beautiful atmosphere and decent food 16/10/2018
    • Taverna Can Margarit
    Address:
    Carrer De La Concordia, 21
    08004 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 41 67 23
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$29
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Las Ramblas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mpavan Says:

    This is the main pedestrian type road, and on Saturdays, its full of flowers and other tourist shops. The flowers are beautiful! Hard to miss as a pedestrian as you use it to get anywhere as a main artery.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    • Eh..... 21/10/2018
    • Great people watching 21/10/2018
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34602186169
    Other:
  • Parc Guell
    Parks
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    mpavan Says:

    Guell made his mark on Barcelona, and this UNESCO site is a place to see his mark. Be sure to buy your ticket BEFORE showing up, as this was a mistake I made. It will give you a time window, and it's also cheaper.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wear comfy shoes! 21/10/2018
    • Advance booking essential 21/10/2018
    • Parc Guell
    Address:
    Carrer d'Olot, 5
    08024 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 09 18 31
    Price range:
    US$5,000 - US$5,000
    Other:
  • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    mpavan Says:

    It's not all that spectacular in my opinion, but you walk through it getting from point A to B. The Picasso museum is in the area if you are an art buff.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Caution after dark! 21/10/2018
    • Great place for wondering 21/10/2018
    • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Phone:
    +34 634 53 43 33
    Other:
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