Barcelona attracts visitors from all over the world to see its famous works of art and learn about its history. Thanks to famed chef Ferran Adria, some consider the city the culinary center of Europe. If you take the time to visit, here are a few places that will satisfy the stomachs of the pickiest eaters in your family.
For the avid home cook: Cook & Taste Cooking School
Learn how to make authentic Catalan cuisine at the Cook & Taste Cooking School. An intimate class setting and instructors give you a different perspective of the culture that you wouldn't typically experience. Each person in the class is involved in a part of the cooking process and everyone takes home a packet of recipes. If available, take the tour of the Boqueria for a view of Barcelona's famous market before the class. Schedule this into your trip and you'll be glad you did.
For the sweet tooth: Espai Sucre
This dessert-centric restaurant is perfect for those who want to skip their entree. Choose from a variety of tasting menus, from chocolate to cheese, priced between 30 to 45 euros. The desserts are beautifully composed, not terribly sweet and full of complex flavors. For an additional 10 euros, opt for the wine pairing menu. If you just want to try one or two smaller portions, move to the other side of the restaurant for tapas-style desserts. Save room at the end of your meal for an array of petites-fours; you'll want to try them all.
Carrer Princesa, 53
For the budget-conscious foodie: Gresca
For 19 euros, you can't beat the three-course lunch at Gresca. Appetizer, entree and dessert will have you full after a morning of site-seeing. Fresh bread and Parmesan crisps are a nice addition to the meal. Make sure to try the egg 'souffle' (In Barcelona, many expensive restaurants offer lunch deals, which are the best way to take advantage of the food in the city without hurting your wallet.)
For an El Bulli experience: Tickets
After your flight and hotel are booked, the next reservation you should make should be to Tickets. Opened by Ferran Adria and his brother, Albert, reservations are available up to 60 days ahead and can only be made online. Watermelon infused with sangria and fried egg with truffled duck fat and potato cream will have you re-thinking the world of food.
Avinguda Parallel, 164
For tapas-style dining: Bohemic
For intimate tapas-style dining, reasonably priced food and great service, visit Bohemic. The small restaurant has some traditional favorites with hints of molecular gastronomy. Don't miss the steak carpaccio, potatas bravas and a chocolate pudding cake soaked in rum.
Carrer de manso, 42