We got back from 5 days in Barcelona a few weeks ago and still can't stop thinking about the food. We didn't go for the hyped up places, Tickets, Montiel or 41 Degrees for example, but ended up getting spectacular "insiders" recommendations from the folks at Aborigens Barcelona. More about them and their fantastic food tours in a minute. Our two favorite meals were at Llamber and La Estrella, both unpretentious, full of locals and high on quality and taste.
Restaurants meals aside, we had our best food and drink on our trip during a four hour "locals" food tour we did with Aborigens Barcelona. We met our tour guides Àlex and Francesc at noon and quickly ventured into a part of the city we hadn’t considered, far from the tourists, embarking on a very comfortable and casual gastronomic exploration that lasted the afternoon. Vermouth, wine, beer all perfectly coupled with food – anchovies, olives, escargot, the classic tomato bread, a very unique take on patatas bravas, and endless other enjoyments I’ve forgotten the name of. These guys know the city and share their knowledge willingly. The tour certainly lives up to its promise of delivering an “insiders” experience as we likely would never have found any of the bars, bodegas, or restaurants we visited ourselves. By far and away, the best thing we did during our stay.