First and foremost is my favorite sandwich shop in the city. While most places around Barcelona specialize in your traditional bocadillo (a la thin strips of jamón ibérico), Bo De B (pronounced “bo day bay”) offers fresh baked hoagie bread loaded up with your choice of meat, veggies, and sauces. I highly recommend getting all of the sauces and as many veggies as the bread can hold. Also, don’t forget to start off with patatas bravas! This spot becomes very popular with the study abroad crowd during the semester, so don’t be surprised if you’ve got to wait outside to order. For less than 5€ for the best sandwich in Barcelona, though, it’s well worth standing in line. Trust me.
If you’re looking for traditional Catalán spot for cava and sandwiches, look no further. This place is almost always abuzz with a predominately local crowd, so have your Spanish skills ready! Share (or not, your choice) a bottle of cava with your friends for 3€ a pop, while indulging in delicious Catalán sandwiches. The key here is to try something new, as you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. La Xamapyería offers great food and drinks at a very reasonable price. Don’t miss it!
Very appropriately labeled as the biggest Irish bar in Barcelona, The George Payne does it right. Just a few steps from the Urquinaona metro (yellow line), this bar has two floors of great food, drinks, and plenty of TVs to catch your favorite game. Over lunch, you can find 1€ beers (a rarity in this city) and two-for-one lunch deals. The menu ranges from burgers, to nachos, to salads and is reminiscent of an American sports bar with an Irish flair. Be sure to keep an eye on their weekly events (such as beer pong and karaoke), as well. This is your destination for catching American sports.
Best. Burger. In. Barcelona. PERIOD. Located in the Born neighborhood, Pim Pam will provide you with toppings to your heart’s content, from fried eggs to bacon. The kitchen has an open window, so you can watch your delicious creation being prepared. The fries are incredible, as well. If you happen to be in search of some American style comfort food, or really just a great meal, Pim Pam will not fail to deliver.
Breakfast in Barcelona will typically involve a café con leche and a croissant. Milk likes to do things a little differently. Boasting a menu loaded to the brim with anything you need for recovering after a long night out in the Catalán capital, this Irish style restaurant is my favorite place to start the day. Try a mimosa with your blueberry pancakes, or even the breakfast burger if you think you can handle it. Milk’s sister restaurant is equally fantastic, why not try both? Marmalade is located in the quieter and colorful Raval neighborhood, at 14 Carrer de la Riera Alta.
This bar’s location is its namesake, though the food and drink speak for themselves. Reasonably priced sangria, beers, cocktails, and tapas is what you’ll find here. Good for a quick bite, a date, or even a meal, Princesa 23 is located just a few blocks down Carrer de la Princesa from the Jaume I metro stop. Be sure to make some time to stop by.
Located next to the Museu Picasso, El Xampanyet is another fantastic place to grab some traditional Spanish tapas. Expect a crowd here, but don’t be intimidated. The staff is great – nearly as great as the cava and tapas! For breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner, El Xampanyet has got something for you.