El Born is not only the Barcelona neighbourhood I currently call home, but it’s also one of the best “barrios” for food and drinks! After two months of living here I’ve had a chance to try out a ton of restaurants and bars…. So, I’ve listed my favs for you! Ps: If you need even more restaurant suggestions check out my list of Barcelona’s best tapas bars.
Here’s El Born’s best restaurants and bars:
Alsur Cafe / Alsur Deli
This popular cafe has a spacious outdoor terrace making it a perfect place for brunch, coffee or dinner. I’m a huge fan of their lattes and croissants. Service can be a little slow, so it’s best to just sit back and enjoy your coffee without rushing! On days I don’t have time to waste, I pop into Alsur Deli (next door) and grab my latte to go. Lattes are less than 2€ here.
This restaurant is some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had! Be prepared to wait an hour for a table, but I promise you the wait is worth it. Once it’s finally your turn, you order from the counter (where the seafood is literally still moving) and tell them how you want your fish cooked. You’ve given a number and then you go back up to get your food. There’s no waiters here, and the ambiance is certainly not romantic – but the food is delicious! I highly recommend trying the calamari and the tuna. Skip the salad and other sides and just order fish – you won’t touch them anyways. You can also skip the crab, it was so difficult to get the crab meat out of the shell we eventually just gave up. Prices are by weight, but very reasonable. We paid 50€ for dinner for two, including a bottle of wine and enough leftovers to feed us the following day (we ordered a bit too much).
Collage Cocktail Bar
This bar has some of the most unique drinks in the city for sure! Try the “Spring Perfume” made with strawberries and basil! This bar isn’t cheap, but the ambiance is chill and the drinks are awesome. Free food is served with drinks between 7pm and 10pm every night, and ladies drinks are 5€ on Wednesdays!
The Lime House
This bar makes killer mojitos (starting at 3.50€) and they have a massive selection of homemade gins! There’s a small food menu as well, including burgers and nachos at very reasonable prices. The bartenders are super friendly too! Try the strawberry mojito.
Red Ant Noodle Bar
Don’t miss the pork buns at this local-filled joint. Menus are in Catalan only which is always a good sign. There’s not a lot of seating, but the tables move quickly. The calamari is also good here, and they have a big selection of unique soft drinks in glass bottles. Unfortunately the food was so good I ate it without taking any pictures!
We tried this tapas bar after passing it every day and seeing that it was ALWAYS packed. The staff are so much fun here, and the music is the perfect mix of upbeat and chill house music. I had goat cheese on top of red peppers (which was delicious), and Paul had the croquettes. The croquettes were not our favourite in the city, but they are homemade and seemed popular.
Easily my favourite ice cream shop in the city! They have so many great flavours (like peach and mojito!) and the staff are awesome. Make a point of stopping here mid-afternoon or after dinner.
Although I wouldn’t quite consider this “Naples” pizza, it was pretty damn good! The service was fast and the pizzas start around 5€. A long line for a table forms the minute they open, so be prepared to wait. If you’re too hungry wait in line for a table then order pizza to go and eat in one of the nearby parks.
They specialize in Venezuelan “arepas” here – which are delicious round sandwiches filled with either beef or chicken. They start around 4€ each, and they’re super filling. They make a perfect cheap lunch or afternoon snack.
Pasta is the speciality here, and with a build-your-own menu there’s endless options. Whatever you choice, I highly recommend getting something with tomato sauce. It’s homemade and incredible!
This dessert bar is open for sit-down or take out, and it’s full of the most adorable sweets. Anything with chocolate is amazing here.
Sushi might not be what you’d expect to eat in Barcelona, but Doble Zeroo used the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering rolls and dishes! The edamame was particularly good, as were the rolls.
You’ll be lucky to get a table at this popular asian-inspired tapas restaurant. We loved both the shrimp and pork dumplings here, as well as the pork ribs. Prices are great and the atmosphere is fun! I highly recommend eating here if you get the chance.
Pim Pam Burgers
Pim Pam Burgers is the same kitchen as “Pim Pam Plats”. Since it’s the burger they’re known for I’ve only gone to the burger restaurant, but you can also order burger from the main restaurant (it’s the same kitchen!). Our burgers were messy, but delicious. They start at 5.50€ and they’re incredibly filling.
La Fabrica Empanadas
This new Argentinian place specializes in empanadas. On any given day there’s a dozen different flavours to choose from. My favourite was spinach! We got three empanadas and a beer for 5€! Great for lunch, or an afternoon snack.
Creps al Born
This crepe restaurant has specials on weekdays before 9pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays. We went on a Friday night and if you got a savoury crepe and a cocktail, your dessert crepe was free. The savoury crepes we’re disappointing, and way overcooked. The cocktails, however, were AMAZING. Very unique! The dessert crepes were also great, especially the crepe flambé. I’ll be going back here for sure, but it will be for dessert and a cocktail only.
Bo De B
Although not technically in El Born, it’s so close I had to include it. Hands down, this is my favourite sandwich shop in Barcelona! I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way, because there’s always a long line. Be prepared to wait 40 minutes around lunch time, on any given day. You might get your food sooner if you decide to eat there instead of getting it to go. They’re pretty strict with the rules here… It’s kind of like the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld. You eat well for less than 5€ here.