I'm definitely ready to move and share Southern Spain travels, but I had to take a moment to include the food of Barcelona our favorite places to eat! We ate mostly around the big most-see locations: The Picasso Museum, The Gothic District with shopping and nightlife that connects to La Rambla, and of course, La Sagrada Familia.
Supposedly Churros con Chocolate- the dessert of all desserts in Spain, originated in Barcelona. It's hard to find a bad version there, but it's particularly refreshing in the cooler months. Whatever you do get some in at least one cafe you visit.
Our favorite lunch spot was Melic del Gotic, right in the heart of the Gothic district. Spain eats differently than Americans do with a large lunch and smaller supper. We found you could get a small feast for pretty inexpensive if you're willing to eat around 2:00 in the afternoon. It's actually often a government regulation my local friend told me, so most places have to offer a fair priced full lunch.
Our dinner stop near La Sagrada Familia was kind of ironic, we decided to try Mexican food in Spain just for comparison at La Cantina Mexicana. And guess what, we were pleasantly surprised!
And my biggest tip- if you can look up TripAdvisor or Yelp before you go - do it! We learned quickly that big cities are tourist traps. If you look up the area you can find some of the best food on the cheap! Both those apps served us well our entire trip in finding food at the area we were in. If you you go to the places right next to La Sagrada Familia you will pay so much money, but only one block away prices are at least half. And the food is typically better with a better variety too! And thus it was that we found a delicious burrito and nacho plate in the of Catalan.
I mentioned this is my La Rambla post, but it's worth your time to stop and eat a meal or a snack at the La Boqueria market in the middle of the walk. Amazing juices, delicious empanadas, ham sandwiches (the most prevalent meal in Spain), and just about anything local you could ever want is in one fun, busy market. It's kind of like the Pike Place of Spain. Definitely worth at least a snack!