Best paella in Barcelona – Spanish food to savour in good company!
Best paella in Barcelona – well, it’s a personal affaire. Some like this rice dish more moist, others prefer the paella drier, some with socarrat, others without.
There is no right or wrong to when it comes to paella, hence there are as many recipes as there are families make paella at home and restaurant cooking paella for their diners. They all put their special stamp on their paella. No paella is the other one a like.
The utterly delicious authentic Paella originates from Valencia region, and has become synonymous with the whole of Spain. Thanks to the touristic boom in the 60’s, due to people visiting from around the globe got their eye’s on the Spanish star dish. The demand from the visitors made other regions in Spain start offering the dish.
Today paella is an iconic dish within the Spanish gastronomy culture, therefore it’s a must to try on your visit to Barcelona.
As said above, there are many ways to cook a paella, but one thing for sure is there will always be rice based.
As there are many types of rice, The rice association states that there are more then 40.000 cultivated rice cultivated in the world. So how on earth do we know which rice variety is best suited for paella?
According to wikipaella.org the defenders of the Valencia paella:
“The best paellas are cooked over wooden fire and with rice from the Valencia region.”
There we have it, rice from the Valencia region, because what can be better the cooking with ingredients from the same region as the dish was born?
The three main rice types used are; Albufera, Bomba and Siena. All three of them with there different characteristics when it come to cooking time and absorption of liquids.
Three of the most commun styles that you might run in while your look at the menu at a restaurant;
The original, Paella Valenciana – chicken and rabbit, lima bean
Mixed paella – a surf and turf, chicken and/or rabbit mixed with seafood
Seafood paella – shellfish and fish
Arroz caldoso and arroz con bogavante, are two types of rice dishes that are not paella, but not less wonderful! These dishes have a saucier and creamier texture.
Since 1961 the world oldest and largest paella competiontion – Concurso International de Paella, takes place in Sueca.
2017’s competition will be held on the 10 of September with restaurants from around the world competing for the first price; Best paella 2017. So for you guy that can’t get enough of paella you know where to head for the cream de la cream.
Best paella in Barcelona – Tried and tested
In Barcelona the most renown area to have a paella is La Barceloneta, the old and humble fishermen’s quarter by the Mediterranean sea. But around the city there are more restaurant that serve up great paellas, so don’t be afraid to try another neighbourhood for this dish.
I will share my favourite spots for paella in Barcelona, besides I will share a few restaurant and their paella, which are on my bucket list.
In alphabetical order;
Beautiful seaside location with a comfortable dining area, this restaurant is alway full of locals and visitors. The paella is made over gas burners in the open kitchen, so you can watch as then cook the paella. We sampled, croquettes, goat cheese salad, tomato bread and the Seafood Escribà paella. The paella perfectly thin, well cooked and with socarrat.
Terrace: Yes! Well, basically the whole restaurant is like a terrace
Address: Av. del Litoral, 62, 08005 Barcelona
Hours: Open daily – Monday to Sunday 13.00h – 23.00h
Phone: +34 932 210 729, Group reservations (only) email@example.com
The Barceloneta restaurant opened it’s doors back in 1903, with their 114 years of experience. You know you are in for a treat. They specialise in classic shellfish, fish and rice dishes. We sampled battered whitebait with fried egg and seafood paella.
Map: Can Solé
Address: Carrer Sant Carles 4, 08003 Barcelona
Hours:Tuesday to Saturday 13.00h-16.00, 20.30h-23.ooh. Sunday 13.00h-16.00h. Monday closed.
Phone: +34 932 21 50 12
This low key restaurant Kaiku, serves fresh shellfish and fish dishes. They famous for their paella with smoked rice, octopus, veggies and Norwegian lobster. A mild smoked flavour that give that little extra to an already fine dish. Sampled dish paella with smoked rice.
Address: Plaza de mar 1, 08003 Barcelona
Hours: Monday to Saturday 13.00h-15.30, 19.00h-22.3oh. Sunday 13.00h-15.30h. Monday closed
Phone: +34 932 21 50 12
With privileged views of Barcelona, restaurant Martinez offer their diners classic seafood, rice and paella dishes. Bring the whole hang together and enjoy a paella in the sun. Dishes sampled, Señorito (pealed prawns, mussels and fish), Martinez style rice with rabbit and chicken and rice with red prawn.
My favourite? Red prawn paella!
Neighbourhood: Poble Sec ( Sants – Montjuic)
Address: Carretera Miramar 38, 08038 Barcelona
Hours: Daily 13.00h-01.00
Phone: +34 931 06 60 52
This neighbourhood restaurant hasn’t been around that long but they have fast made a good impression on the neighbors. At Minyam the speciality is smoked paella, it is really something very different from other paellas I tried. If you are on the look out for unique paellas, this is a must stop!
Dishes sampled, Oysters with passion fruit & mango sauce, mussels, veal carpaccio by meyless with mushrooms, octopus with celery purée & crisp green rice, “Amazing” smoked rice with cod & razor clam and Hug’s Vulcanus smoked rice with seafood, vegetables & mushroom.
Address: Carrer de Pujades, 187, 08005 Barcelona
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 12.15h – 00.00h, Friday and Saturday 12.15h – 01.30h. Monday closed
Phone: +34 933 48 36 18
Right by the boardwalk in Barceloneta this seafood restaurant serves up traditional paella in a relaxed environment. On the weekend always filled with locals enjoying a good meal. The starters are really good, try the wedge clams. Once you pop you can’t stop!
Dishes sampled, wedge clams, fried baby squids, red prawns and pealed paella.
Map: Cal Pinxo Platja
Address: Carrer del Baluart, 124, 08003 Barcelona
Hours: Open daily 12.30h – 16.00h, 20.00h – 23.00h.
Phone: +34 932 21 50 28
Best paella in Barcelona – Bucket List
7 Portes is one of the most emblematic restaurant in Barcelona. Dates back to 1836 as a café and in the 1929 turn in to the restaurant we now know it as. Speciality paella Perallada.
Map: 7 Portes
Address: Passeig d’ Isabel II 14, 08003 Barcelona
Hours: Open daily 13.00h – 01.00h
Phone: +34 933 190 33
Great quality fish and seafood cusine in the modest neighbourhood Barceloneta. Speciality Lobster rice with the creamier texture then paella.
Map: Can Majó
Address: Carrer de l’Almirall Aixada, 23, 08003 Barcelona
Hours: Thuesday to Sunday 13.00h – 15.30h, 20.00h – 23.30h, Monday closed
Phone: +34 932 21 54 54
Humble restaurant specialist in rice, fish and Catalan dishes. The location I find the most random, I walked past it millions of time when I used to live and work in Grácia. It totally flys under the radar do to it’s desecrate entrance and lack of windows.
Address: Plaça del Sol, 13, 08012 Barcelona
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 13.30h – 16.00h, 20.00h – 00.00h, Sunday 13.30h – 17.00h, Monday closed
Phone: +34 932 18 58 13
This family owned restaurant opened it’s doors back in 1959 introducing Barcelona to the flavours and culinary culture of Elche, Alicante. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Poble Sec, it’s still flying a bit under the radar for visitors, but well-known to the locals.
Neighbourhood: Poble Sec
Address: Carrer de Vila i Vilà, 71, 08004 Barcelona
Hours: Open daily, Monday to Sunday 13.00h – 00.00h,
Phone: +34 934 41 30 89
Bare in mind that paella is a very filling rice dish. If you order various starters you can reduce the persons you order the paella for. For example; a group of 5 can order paella for 4.