Though you might need to look pretty hard to find it, Arosseria Xátiva is worth the effort. They specialize specifically in rice dishes, so you know that their paella will be top-notch. However, they're also very considerate to their customers, even those who aren't from Barcelona. For one thing, their menu specifies which ones you might react negatively to due to your allergies. It might not seem much, but there aren't a lot of paella places that would take your health into consideration. Also, they give their customers wooden spoons to eat their paella with, making your dining experience easier and more authentic.
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Don't be fooled by the name, Bodega Joan is far from a sketchy garage in Barcelona. In fact, it's become one of the more popular paella places in all of Barcelona. This is mostly, perhaps, because of their diverse menu of paella dishes. Unlike many of their kind in the city, they offer meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes all for the taking. They give their guests unique takes on the iconic Spanish dish, leaving them wanting more. Furthermore, the atmosphere here is often jolly and lively. If you're the type to party all night and want to meet new people, this place is for you!
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Can Solé is probably one of the more popular spots on this list? Why is that? It's because the place has been operating for more than a century now. When you want some old-school paella, this is the place to go to. Nestled in a quaint two-story house, the restaurant is a peek into the old Barcelona. The gloriously beautiful city known for its art and romance. There are so many places like this in the city, yes, but they don't serve paella quite like this one. Eating the dish while taking in the beautiful history will make you feel like a true Spaniard.
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One of the great things about Barcelona is that there's always something new to find after every visit. But whether it's your first or fifteenth time visiting this beautiful city, you should try to go to El Manduka often. They serve some one-of-a-kind paella dishes. And the fact that it's quite a hidden gem makes it even more worthy of your time. In this scenic city that welcomes millions of tourists every year, a quite paella meal will do you some good. And their unique blend of Eastern and Western influences in their paella will do you even better!
For more than half a century, Elche has long been a go-to place for locals to eat good paella. And now, tourists from all over the world have discovered this magical hotspot as well. If you an authentic homemade paella, look no further than this rare gem in Barcelona. It doesn't necessarily pander to all tourists because the place has stayed intrinsically Catalan. It's arguably reserved for those who only want to taste the real deal paella, not experiments nor modern interpretations. And with its charming ambiance, you'll feel as if you're in a different time while you dine here.
The places in Barcelona are nothing if not cozy. That's the beautiful charm of this city. It's not like Paris, Berlin, or even Madrid where it's always so busy. Even though it's often filled with tourists, you can always find some spots in Barcelona that simply feel warm and cozy. La Perla is a great example of this. A nice little Paella place the Poble Sec neighborhood, the restaurant has a nice homey feel to it. It's made even cozier with their delicious array of homemade paella dishes, each more savory than the next. If you want to take the load off and relax with paella, this is a nice spot to go to!
With a name like that, it should already entice you and your paella cravings. When it comes to paella, no other place in Barcelona does it quite like The Paella Club. Mostly because it's you who's going to make it for yourself. A nice twist, isn't it? Talk about immersing yourself in the culture! Sure, the Spanish know their paella front and back, but do you? It's only here at this unique restaurant that you'd get to know more about this world-famous dish. And if you're craving for it, it's better to know how to make it. And there's no better place to learn it than here!
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Xiringuito Escribà is arguably the most popular paella place on this list. And there are good reasons as to why. Firstly, its seaside location makes it a crowd-pleaser even for locals. After a day of frolicking on the beach, you eat away at this beautiful hotspot in no less than a few feet from the sea. Secondly, their paella is just so darn good. Their Paella Negra (paella with squid ink), for instance, is truly world-class. This particular variation is often difficult to get right, but for some reason, this place has perfected it. It's even become their signature dish!
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How old do you think 7 Portes is? Fifty years old? Nope! A century-old? Not quite. Try almost two centuries old! Since 1836, 7 Portes has been a go-to paella place for locals and tourists alike. And the best part? It hasn't lost its old-world charm. You can see just by how it looks, even to this day, just how different Barcelona was years ago. Sure, the restaurant has gone through some renovations—it's almost 200 years old!—but overall, it still looks and feels like the same place that opened in the early 19th century. If that won't charm your pants off, what will?
Paella is a dish best served fresh and authentically. Fortunately, Barcelona is positively peppered with some of the best paella places you'll ever visit! Don't miss out on them the next time you're here!