Top 10 Eateries off the Beaten Track
If you are looking for some of the best tapas in town served in a traditional, authentic environment then this is the place for you. Hidden away off the tourist trail, Can Pineda looks like a simple café but its delicious food and friendly atmosphere combines to make it one of Barcelona’s best hidden gems.
C/Sant Joan de Malta 55
+34 93 308 30 81
This tiny restaurant is tucked away in a beautiful pebbly cove about one kilometre south of Tamariu. It is one of those sheltered little hideaways that makes one think of pirates and smugglers. You can reach it via boat or by the coastal path. It is a lovely walk down but a bit more of a challenge on the way up! They are open only in the summer months, but the cove is great for a picnic all year round.
Cala Pedrosa on the Camí de Ronda from Calella de Palafrugell.
Set high up in the Les Gavarres National Park in the charming medieval village of Romanyà de Selva, this 17th Century farmhouse has been lovingly restored and converted into a hidden gem of a restaurant. Serving a fusion of traditional Catalan cuisine and classic French gastronomy, you will find it hard to find a more romantic setting.
Plaça de l’Esglèsia
17246 Romanyà de la Selva
+34 972 833 081
Tucked away in the north west of the island, and set in beautiful countryside just off the road between San Mateo and San Miguel, this is a truly authentic little Ibicenco restaurant. Open all year round it was once the preserve of fishermen and the main meeting point in the area for the locals. Today Can Sulayetas is one of the most popular restaurants in San Miguel, serving traditional Ibicenco dishes.
Venda de Rubió
+34 971 334 567
El Fogón de Flore
This hilltop restaurant boasts amazing views and delicious traditional Andalusian cuisine. There is a swimming pool that is open from the beginning of June until the end of September, so you can also enjoy freshly made tapas and salads while relaxing by the water.
Ctra A355 Marbella – Cártama Km 32,5
+34 952 881 072
Enjoy a truly local experience, sitting on wine barrels whilst sampling delicious tapas served at the back of this classic bodega in the heart of the beautiful village of Alella. Then pop next tour to Restaurant Marfil to fill up with traditional Catalan cuisine.
Rambla Àngel Guimerà 60
+34 93 555 18 16
Kauai is situated right on on the beach in Gavà, just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Barcelona. With a huge area of 12,000m², including a large terrace with stunning sea views, it is the perfect place to chill out and relax while sampling a delicious offering of traditional tapas and Mediterraean cuisine. There is also a barbecue area, ideal for large parties, and a coffee lounge where you can sit back and read a book or enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.
+34 93 645 11 88
Bar Amor, Malasaña
This unpretentious bar and restaurant serves up simple and delicious food to perfection – perfect for post-work drinks or a low-key catch up with friends. Set in a trendy, vibrant area, Bar Amor delivers a dynamic, hip atmosphere whilst remaining super affordable! Wine, tapas and homemade food served with plenty of character and lots of love.
C/Manuela Malasaña 22
+34 91 594 48 29
Nozomi Sushi Bar
Opened in 2014 by José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell and designed to look like the street of a Japanese village, this classic sushi bar serves authentic Japanese food in a beautiful space.
C/Pedro III El Grande 11
+34 961 487 764
Located in the heart of Palma opposite the Parliament building, this small but authentic Italian restaurant is a real must for lovers of Italian cuisine. One of their signature dishes is the spaghetti alla puttanesca which translates as ‘the way a whore would make it’. Tempted?
+34 971 969 367