crema-catalanaVisiting Barcelona is a good way to sample Catalonian cuisine. It is helpful to point out that food in Barcelona is not the same as the food in other parts of Spain. This is because the region is Catalonian and so it follows that Barcelona’s cuisine is a part of that heritage. We wish you a lovely stay at our hotel for family in Barcelona.

Tomatoes, salt cod, pork, almonds, garlic, olive oil, and mushrooms for instance make regular appearances at the table. Stews are thickened with picada’s, i.e nut pastes with garlic and other seasonings and sausages are everywhere. Complex dishes are not uncommon and food is not meant to be rushed.

Breakfast is usually a strong coffee and chocolate churro’s, croissant or pastry. If you are hungry, tasty omelettes, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and sausages are easy to get. Lunch, as in other parts of Europe, is the main meal of the day. It is a multicourse event starting around 2pm and finally dinner is served at 9pm when you might want to seek out a plate of tapas.

Dishes which one should sample to get a taste of traditional Catalonian food are:

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Pa amb tomàquet

This is everywhere! A toasted piece of bread rubbed with garlic, drizzled olive oil, lightly coated with tomato and salted, will be served at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Butifarra

Catalan’s famous pork sausage is on every chef’s list to sample. These delicacies are a time honored tradition dating from roman times and there are 17 official varieties. Try with white beans.

Wild Mushrooms

If you happen to visit in the Autumn! Beef stew with mushrooms is a local dish worthy of attention.

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Calcots

A cross between an onion and a leek, available from December to March, a local favorite that is grilled and served with romesco sauce. (ground almonds, red pepper, tomatoes, onion, garlic)

Canelons

Barcelona’s version of cannelloni, they are delicious and generally filled with a meat filling.

Escudella i carn d’olla

A very traditional soup/stew with a delicate broth, vegetables, beans, and meat that is delicious and filling! A must try when visiting Barcelona.

Crema Catalana

Just another way of saying Crème Brulee, which translates to, always delicious!

Barcelona is a foodie’s dream. There is so much to discover on the food front here, you will have something new to discover everyday. Be sure to pay a visit to the amazing Boqueria market to get the overall feeling of the place, and the chocolate museum too.

Bon Profit!