Going to Spain usually means tasting one of the most famous country’s dish: paella! Often believed to be the national dish of Spain itself, it actually originated in the region of Valencia. It’s name come from the ancient Latin Patella and Old French Paelle. The Valencian rice dish is a comfort food that’s always served piping hot. From being made with vegetables, seafood, meats, or even beans, this short grain rice dish.

You will find a lot of them around the city, the real challenge is to find the good ones. Indeed, you have to know two rules to find a good paella: do not eat it in La Rambla, they are too expensive and probably frozen. The second, avoid the restaurants displaying pictures of their paella: it is probably frozen too.

To make your life easier, here is a list of the best places to have a paella while you enjoy staying in our family hotel near Gracia.

  • 7 Portes: originally a cafe, opened in 1836, inspired by French architecture. It was turned into a restaurant in 1929 and taking over by Paco Parellada in the early 1940’s. Thanks to its famous paella Parellada, a seafood and meat paella, where all the seafood is already peeled, this restaurant attracted famous people such as Picasso, Welles or Flemming…
    Location: Pg. Isabel II, 14 – 08003 Barcelona
  • Cheriff: located in Barceloneta, it is a family business for generation, named after the founder. In a challenging environment, this restaurant remains in the top ten of the best paella.
    Tip: try the lobster kettle.
    Location: Carrer de Ginebra, 15, Barceloneta

  • Elche: located in Poble Sec, near Paral-lel, it is a bit outside the touristic area. Founded in 1959 by a couple coming from the province of Alicante. They named the restaurant after their hometown. Through the years, it attracted different artists, celebrities and also the patron of the nearby theatre.
    Location: Calle Vila i Vilà № 71, 08004 Barcelona

  • Can Solé: located in the area of Barceloneta, this restaurant has been founded in 1903. You will find a two-floor house with an atypical decoration; indeed, a collection of pictures from celebrities who came in the restaurant decorate the walls.
    Location: Carrer Sant Carles, 4 08003 Barcelona

  • Can Majó: located in Barceloneta, the restaurant was founded in 1968 when restaurants in the area were addressed to the hospitality sector. The family founded and runs the business till today and pride themselves in attention to customer care and the freshest seafood.
    Tip: try chipirones a la andaluza (Andalusian style baby cuttlefish)
    Location: Almirall Aixada, 23, Barceloneta

  • Arrosseria Xàtiva: Located in the northern Barcelona area, the restaurant group specialises in genuine and artisan rice dishes. They occasionally organise Master classes where excellent wines are paired with incredible dishes, all led by a sommelier and a chef.
    Location 1: Carrer de Bordeus, 35, 08029 Barcelona
    Locations 2: Carrer del Torrent d’En Vidalet, 26, 08012 Barcelona

  • Barraca: Right on the seafront, a place where you can taste some of the best paellas and fish in Barceloneta, while enjoying magnificent views of the Sant Sebastià beach. The fresh fish from the market and the organic, locally sourced produce served on Barraca’s terrace, at the heart of the seafront promenade, is a great attraction.
    Location: Passeig Marítim, 1, Barcelona

You can now go and enjoy a good paella while you are staying in Barcelona.