Local Dishes You Have to Try While in Barcelona!

Authored By:

Savannah S.

One of the most exciting parts of traveling abroad is getting to try some of the local cuisine! I had so much fun exploring the food culture in Barcelona, and wanted to share some of my favorite traditional dishes that I got to try, and that you can’t miss out on when you visit!

Spanish tortilla

The Spanish omelette, or Spanish tortilla, is a traditional national dish from Spain. It is an omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and onion.

Tuna limes

This was a very unique dish that I tried in Madrid. It consists of slices of limes, with tuna, and aioli on top. You scrape the tuna off of the limes with your teeth to get some of the lime juice as part of the taste. I was skeptical at first, but it was incredible! I’ll include a picture in this blog!

Croquettes (Croquetas)

Croquettes can be made with any cooked meat or vegetable, cheese, and rice. They are breaded and fried on the outside.

Patatas bravas

Patatas bravas is a dish native to Spain. It typically consists of cubed potatoes that have been fried, and are served warm with an aioli and a spicy sauce.

Iberian Ham (Jamon iberico)

Iberian ham is a variety of jamón that comes specifically from acorn-fed pigs, and it is deliciously sweet.


Paella is a rice dish originally from Valencia, that includes rice cooked with meats, seafood, and vegetables


Gazpacho is a delicious, cold soup/drink made of blended vegetables. 

Tomato bread (Pan con tomate)

This is kind of like the Spanish version of Bruschetta, but sometimes it comes unprepared, so that you have a choice in what ingredients are included. The bread is toasted first. Typically, you will rub half of a garlic clove, then, you’ll rub half of a tomato over the bread. Lastly, add olive oil and salt.

Bonus: Here is a list of some of the best restaurants I visited in Barcelona, as well!

  1. La Boqueria (marketplace, endless opportunities)
  2. Rosa Negra
  3. Cera 23
  4. Tapas 2254
  5. Casa Lolea
  6. El Nacional (3-4 restaurants inside)
  7. Eat my Trip
  8. Brunch and Cake
  9. Honest Greens