Where to Eat in Barcelona: Cerveceria Barnabier

I’m always seeking out authentic foods wherever I travel. There’s nothing better than experiencing the local flavours and culinary style of another culture. So what’s the best way to find a good, local dish? Easy. Just ask a local. After all, they live there so they can let you in on where to go and what to try.

In Barcelona, we got an awesome reco from a local to head to Cerveceria Barnabier in Vila Olimpica. While the area is a bit of a tourist magnet, we trusted their local tip. Thankfully they didn’t steer us wrong – the dishes were full of flavour and surprisingly fairly cheap (you can get a three-course meal for 25€!)


If you’ve never tried these, you’re missing out. Now, every time I’m in Spain I search for these bad boys. They tasty kind are filled with jamón (ham) or seafood.

Seafood croquetas


Salmon rolls

Try the rollitos de salmón con cangrejo, or salmon rolls stuffed with crab.

Salmon rolls filled with crab


Paella de Marisco

Finding real Spanish paella is not easy but Barnabier’s lives up to the traditional kind. It’s a massive portion served hot in a traditional paellera for sharing.

Paella de Marisco


Crema Catalana

Spain’s own crème brûlée. Catalans used to eat this dessert only one time a year for a holiday in March. WHAT? This should be eaten everyday! The Catalan version is much lighter than the French dish so you might find yourself eating it by the (multiple) spoonfuls. In Spain, crema catalana has an added touch of lemon zest and cinnamon. The sugar layer on top is also traditionally caramelized with a specially made hot iron, not a flame.

Crema Catalana


The hot iron used to create the burnt sugar layer. Photo credit: Laylita


Cerveceria Barnabier 


Cerveceria Barnabier is right at the foot of Barcelona’s port. So you can have lunch or dinner before hitting the beaches nearby. Grab a seat outside so you can take in the view.


The view at night. Barnabier is located along the left side of the port looking out onto the pier.


How to get there: Carrer Marina 16, Barcelona. Metro: Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica

Local Tip: Try a late dinner to beat the tourists and join the locals. The Spanish are accustomed to eating at a later time.

Budget Tip: If you reserve on their website you’ll get a free bottle of Cava!