6 Barcelona restaurants to try before you die

Joyous drink menus and superlative cooking unmuffled by prentious ingredients set these savvy Barcelona hangouts apart

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Spain Editor

Barcelona has more bars and restaurants per capita than any other city than Europe, however being so spolit for choice means you're often left wondering how you sort the good from bad. Whether you're a gluten-free traveller or cocktail swigging local there will always be something in Barca to suit your tastes and needs. We've compiled this list based on the resturants' use of local produce, imaginative cuisine and ambiance. 

Isabellas

Isabella

Isabellas

Look no further for one of the best Italian restaurants in town. At Isabellas, cosy décor, friendly service and authentic dishes prepared according to the best of Mediterranean culinary traditions make this an ideal stop for those who desire good food and good company. Take a seat in the intimate dining room, by the window or by the candlelight; Isabellas is as intimate as it gets. The Wine Spectator-recognised labels complete your gastronomic experience. www.isabellas-restaurant.com

Flax & Kale

Flax

Flax & Kale

A healthy ‘flexitarian’ restaurant: all the dishes by Flax & Kale aim to maximise the organoleptic experience, while also privileging nutritional values. Over 80% of the specialities are plant-based, with the rest made of highest-quality fish. Considering recent studies linking a healthy diet to an illness-free life, Flax & Kale is not just a place in which to savour great food, but also a venue where you are taking good care of yourself. www.teresacarles.com

Doble

Doble

Doble

Almost a secret place, is a classy underground restaurant inspired by private clubs in 1920s New York. Here, you will find delicious cocktails along with creative dishes designed by chef and owner Paco Pérez. Every evening, live music performances by the band of the moment make this one of the best places for a great night out in Barcelona. Azul Tierra owner Toni Espuch has put an artsy touch on the décor here which makes Doble that much more unique. www.leggs.es

One Ocean Club

OceanOne Ocean Club

Located in Es Port Vell, one of the biggest marinas in the Mediterranean lays One Ocean Club, a private club that has a beautiful, open to the public, restaurant overlooking the marina. The Chef César Guillén conjures up exceptional dishes made from fresh, local produce. His seasonal menu presents a modern twist on traditional Catalan cuisine. The cocktail bar and terrace offers an all-day venue to enjoy a place to drink by the waterside. www.oneoceanclub.es

La Garriga

La-Garriga

La Garriga

La Cuina d’en Garriga is a small, charming gourmet boutique where you can enjoy its products at a couple of streetside tables or in the large dining room in the back of the store. Red-framed doors usher you into an inviting world of the freshest vegetables and fruit, with lots of other gourmet products packed onto the shelves. Whether you’re looking for cheese, wine, olive oil, tea, or cold cuts – both national and international – chances are you will find them at La Garriga. www.lacuinadengarriga.com

Batuar

Batuar

Batuar

Open from 7am until midnight, the cosmopolitan cocktail bar and restaurant Batuar offers a wide range of local specialities, made with market-fresh ingredients of the very highest quality, typical of classic Mediterranean cuisine. The ambience is a reflection of the spirit of Hotel Cotton House, with a certain colonial flavour, sophisticated, discreet, elegant, yet refreshing at the same time. Enjoying tapas and drinks on its lush, spacious terrace is simply irresistible. www.hotelcottonhouse.com

Related: Barcelona's best traditional restaurants

1 Isabella
2 Flax&Kale
3 Doble
4 One Ocean Club
5 La Garriga
6 Batuar