Two favorite picks from BCN locals:
El Merendero de la Mari is perfect for a Sunday lunch. Make sure to call for a reservation or arrive very early, especially if you want to sit outdoors as this is a very popular restaurant with excellent food, and also happens to be a favorite among the wealthier locals. (I would not recommend indoor seating during the day, as it’s rather dark inside and you’d be missing the sun and great views). The restaurant is right at the port (Placa Pau Vila 1, Port Vell, Tel: +34 93 221 31 41) and the food (Spanish) is simple and excellent, especially the seafood and fish dishes. You can expect to pay around EUR 50 per person for a meal with wine.
Senyor Parellada (Carrer Argenteria 37, Tel: +34 93 310 50 94) offers traditional Catalan cuisine and is located in the popular El Born neighborhood, where you can stroll around and look at the shops and stands before dinner. Because of its good food and reasonable prices, this restaurant attracts locals and tourists alike.
And if you’re also looking for a place to stay at, just go upstairs to the Banys Orientals, which is probably one of the best deals – if not the best – in Barcelona – an elegant and modern three-star boutique hotel with double rooms for just EUR 100 a night. The rooms are small, but clean and nice and the location is perfect to explore the city, as it is in the hip, happening part of town and only a couple of minutes away from the closest metro stop. Since the hotel has become extremely popular, if you’re traveling on weekends or during high season, you might need to book a few months in advance though… (For more hotel ideas, see this previous post),