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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Barcelona is complete without tasting the traditional Barcelona food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Barcelona to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.



  • Catalan Cod Soup: frozen Alaska cod fillets, tomatoes, onions, and Italian bread.
  • Escudella: pasta, minced meats (or sausages called botifarra) and vegetables. Beans, potatoes, and cabbage, as well as eggs and other types of meat, can be used.
  • Gazpacho: cucumber, onions, bell pepper, pimiento, tomatoes, garlic gloves, slices of bread (cubed), olive oil, white wine vinegar, chive, salt and pepper.
  • Pozole: soup made from dried lime-treated maize kernels, different kind of meats, chili, and other seasonings and condiments.


  • Chili Rice Salad: Spanish rice, red kidney beans, green peppers, onion, salad oil, vinegar, chili powder, hot pepper sauce.
  • Couscous Bean Salad: couscous, water, corn, black beans, tomato, bell pepper, garlic, green onion, parsley, cilantro, black pepper, lime juice, cumin.
  • Ensalada Catalana: lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions, green and red peppers, green and black olives.
  • Esqueixada: a salad made of desalted and torn dried and salted cod mixed with vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, and sometimes pepper.

Main courses

  • Arròs negre: squid ink, cuttlefish or squid, white rice, garlic, green cubanelle peppers, sweet paprika, olive oil and seafood broth.
  • Escalivada: eggplants, sweet red peppers, red tomatoes, sweet onions, olive oil, salt and sometimes garlic.
  • Fideuà: noodles fried then boiled with fish served with a little seafood or meat.
  • Fricandó: fillets of veal, plums, pinions, tomatoes, onion and “rovellons” (a kind of mushroom).
  • Ollada: vegetables (potato, carrot, artichoke, beans, kidney beans etc.) and meat.
  • Salvitxada: almonds, hazelnuts, garlic, bread, vinegar, tomatoes, olive oil and dried red peppers.
  • Sobrasada: ground pork, paprika, salt and other spices.


  • Buñuelos (bunyols): wheat-based yeast dough, often flavored with anise with a sweet topping, may have a variety of fillings.
  • Coca: with sweet dough: eggs and sugar topped or filled with fruit, nuts; with savory dough: yeast and salt topped or filled with fish, vegetables, cheese and meat.
  • Crema catalana: custard base flavored with lemon or orange zest and cinnamon, caramelized sugar.
  • Neula: egg whites, butter, sugar and flour, lemon.
  • Pastisset: olive oil, flour, eggs, Catalan moscatell and anissette; filled with cabell d'àngel jam, sweet potato jam, or almonds.
  • Picatostes: slices of fried bread sweetened with granules of refined sugar
  • Tortell: oranges, sugar, yeast, milk, wheat flour, butter, marzipan.
  • Turrón (torró): honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts.

Fast food

  • Bocadillo: a sandwich made with Spanish or French bread.
  • Canalons: a dish made of nutmeg-scented ground pork and veal wrapped into pasta and cooked under a layer of bechamel till it gets brown.

Street food

  • Embutido: hashed meat, generally pork, seasoned with aromatic herbs or spices wrapped in the skin of the pig's intestines.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Agua de Valencia: an alcoholic drink made with Spanish cava, orange juice and Cointreau.
  • Cava: a sparkling wine.
  • Queimada: Spanish Orujo (or other destilled liquor), sugar, coffee beans, pieces of finely sliced lemon peel.
  • Sangria: drink made with red wine, fruit juice, sparkling soft drinks, sugar and fruit chunks.
  • Shandy: a beer with a hefty dash of lemonade.

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