Tips for eating well in Barcelona in summer

All the tips you should know to eat and drink well in Barcelona during the month of August that you have not yet been told

If you stay in Barcelona during the summer, you have no excuses for not eating well. That is why today, at Xior Diagonal Besos we bring you a detailed post for you to discover some curiosities and tips about food and drink in Barcelona, ​​such as: schedules, tips, typical foods and much more.
If you want to be ready to order the best local food, read on below.
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Catalans eat later compared to foreigners, especially from the rest of Europe. For example, lunch starts from 2pm and dinner only after 9pm. For this reason, restaurants are usually open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Likewise, the cafes and bars open from 7:30 a.m. and close around midnight as well.


The menu in Barcelona

In general, menus are offered in several languages ​​and this is seen more and more in everyday life. Many places have lunch specials Monday through Friday and are packed by 1:30 p.m. at 4:00 p.m. The menu of the day generally consists of three courses, wine and water.


Catalan cuisine

Catalan food is characterized by the meeting between sea and mountains: one of the typical dishes is lobster and chicken. The most common garnishes are samfaina (aubergines, roasted peppers, tomato, onion, and olive oil and garlic). Some others are escalivada (sweet pepper, onion, eggplant and garlic) and botifarra amb mongetes (typical sausage with white beans).


Enjoy the fruits of the Sea

Barcelona and the sea have a lifelong romance. Therefore, for high-quality seafood, the advice is always to go to the beachfront restaurants in Barcelona. The Paseo de Joan de Borbó in Barceloneta has several seafood restaurants and its main dish, paella. To eat paellas, there are several typical houses, such as the restaurants in Port Olímpic. We are sure you will love it.

Food for veggies

The vegetarian public that comes to Barcelona will be delighted with the city in this regard, because there is a great variety of vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona. Fortuny Painter street in El Raval has some options like the Biocenter. If you want to know the famous Spanish tapas, keeping the decision not to eat meat, there is good news. There are meatless tapas everywhere, such as the famous wild potatoes, the potato omelette, among others.

Look at the label

There are some rules that must be followed when it comes to eating. One is smoking, which has been established that one should not smoke in public places, bars or restaurants. The law has been in force since January 2011. There are also other labels that indicate the excellence of the restaurant, such as awards won or accessibility, such as entry to dogs, among others.

Tipping time

The question of tips in Barcelona is one of the main issues that foreigners ask when they decide to travel. Knowing if and when to tip is essential for a good stay in any city.

In Barcelona, ​​in most establishments, tips are not common. Therefore, it always depends on the person and the client, whether or not they want to give a little more value. If you wish, always calculate 5% of the total bill. In bars it is very common to leave the change of the amount to be paid on the tables. In the most elegant restaurants, the norm is to leave 10%.

Are you ready to eat well in Barcelona? We hope that with this post you have encouraged yourself to try the great culinary offer in Barcelona. And remember that at Xior Diagonal Besos we want to be part of your stay in Barcelona, ​​always giving you everything you need to live an unforgettable experience. For this, our goal is to become for you the best student accommodation in Barcelona.
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