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A Guide to Dining out in Barcelona

By HannahTuesday 29th April 2014

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Are you a big food lover? If you’re anything like me, you’ll love exploring and tasting new and interesting food on holiday, trying mouth-watering local delights. On a Mediterranean cruise from the UK, a great place to enjoy food is Barcelona, the home of Catalan cuisine. From street vendors to quaint Catalan restaurants, read on to find out where you can enjoy the delicious delicacies of Barcelona. 


Jabugo ham

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When your stomach starts to grumble as you meander alongside the haunting buildings of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a great place to make a pit-stop is a local charcuterie. A good example is the Reserva Iberica charcuterie close to Las Ramblas; as you walk in you’ll notice the hanging, cured legs of delicious Jabugo ham, as well as many bottles of robust red wines. For a lunch time snack ask to enjoy slices of the ham in freshly baked, crispy baguettes – yum!

La Boqueria Market

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At the centre of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is La Boqueria Market, a food lover’s paradise. As you make your way around Barcelona’s most famous market, you’ll get to sample fresh tropical fruit and smoothies, sugary snacks and chocolates. Take a seat at one of the many tapas bars in the market place and enjoy freshly caught seafood dishes, such as Paella, or try the locally cured, spiced sausage and other meats sold within La Boqueria.
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Las Ramblas vendors

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If you continue to walk down Las Ramblas, you’ll be greeted by many local street vendors that offer an abundance of mouth-watering treats. Grab your kids a creamy, sweet and colourful scoop of ice cream, there are a variety of tasty flavours so you’re sure to find one they love. For a more traditional Barcelona treat, enjoy a cup of rich drinking chocolate and a bag of freshly cooked churros, which are long donut-like cakes that are dusted with icing sugar – dip the churros in the chocolate for the perfect mid-morning treat.

Catalan cuisine

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Wherever you choose to dine in Barcelona, you’ll have the chance to revel in great-tasting Catalan cuisine. An authentic and affordable place to visit is La Llavor Dels Origens, in the Gothic Quarter of the city. Enjoy a starter of Pan Con Tomate, a dish where you must first rub garlic onto bread, and then tomatoes. After that choose from a range of amazing food, including stuffed aubergine and stuffed poached apple with organic lamb and beef. A meal here wouldn’t be complete without a crema Catalana and a small glass of dark and sweet Spanish liquor – a great way to end any meal!
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Feeling hungry?

If this has tantalised your taste buds, then take a look at the many other destinations we explore on a cruise from the UK – there are bound to be plenty more great-tasting dishes to indulge in.

Which Catalan dish can you not wait to try?

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