Last updated: November 2017
One of the best loved aspects of the Mediterranean lifestyle is spending time socialising, eating and living life in the open air. Barcelona’s many outdoor terrace bars and restaurants spill out into the squares, sidewalks and seafront… any space that can accommodate a few tables and chairs is made the most of. Here is an essential selection of our top 7 terraces in Barcelona where you can enjoy open air dining in Barcelona.
1. Sea views and tapas in Port Olympic at Barnabier
Located just above the Port, this Barcelona tapas bar and restaurant is an ideal place to stop off for refreshments or a delicious meal. Barnabier specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and prepares great home-made paella. The Barcelona terrace bar overlooks the yachts below and has enchanting views of the sea beyond. Don’t miss their authentic recipe sangria!
C/ de la Marina 16-18 Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica L4
2. Your terrace in Plaça Reial: MariscCo
One of the most iconic squares in the city, Plaça Reial is always buzzing with life at any time of the day or night. Formerly a royal residence, this majestic square is now lined with tall palm trees and many bars and restaurants with a terrace. We are especially fond of MariscCo, which offers a wide selection of fresh fish, meat dishes, and vegetarian options, and special lobster paella.
Plaça Reial 8 Metro: Liceu L3
3. Visit Tibidabo and dine in Pescadito de Balmes
If you’re looking for a traditional family-run Catalan restaurant which is favoured by the locals and slightly off the beaten track, then we recommend you check this place out. It is located just below Tibidabo FGC station. An ideal route would be to visit Tibidabo in the morning, and walk down the elegant Avinguda Tibidabo to arrive here for lunch. This Barcelona terrace restaurant is off the road and ideal for children to play.
C/ Balmes 440 FGC Tibidabo
4. Traditional Catalan cuisine on Bardot’s terrace
Discover delicious seasonal Catalan cuisine in this local favourite. Bardot’s dedicated team are fanatical about sourcing the right ingredients from the best markets and providers, to ensure that the final dishes are always packed with flavour. Make sure you ask about the dish of the day, which is always inspired by the ingredients that were available to the chef that day.
The restaurant’s terrace is on a pedestrian section of one of the Eixample’s prettiest streets. You could also have a nice glass of wine and enjoy a sample from one of the sommelier’s recommended bottles.
C/ Enric Granados 147 Metro: Diagonal L5, L3
5. Top terrace bar just off the Ramblas: Flaherty’s Irish Bar
Its central location, great pub food and friendly international ambience makes Flaherty’s stand out amongst the bars and restaurants on the Ramblas nearby. You can watch all the live sports on large screen TVs inside, or relax on the terrace bar and watch the world go by. Whether you’d like a cooked Irish breakfast or recovery brunch, a hearty meal or a few dishes to share with friends you’ll hit the jackpot here.
Pl. Joaquim Xirau Metro: Drassanes L3
6. Delicious tapas in Gràcia at Sol Soler
Plaça del Sol in the Gràcia district is a favourite meeting point for the arty bohemian crowd that hangs around here. You’ll often be entertained by a guitarist or performance artist as you relax in this lively square. Sol Soler tapas bar and restaurant offers some of the classic tapas, but their signature dishes are a selection of fresh quiches and pies, with cheese, vegetables, potatoes, and fresh ingredients. There are plenty of delicious vegetarian options to choose from here, too.
Plaça del Sol 21 Metro: Fontana L3
7. Eating out in the Born: Santa Maria del Mar Restaurant
The trendy Born district is full of bars and restaurants whose terraces look out onto the picturesque streets of this popular neighbourhood. This Barcelona terrace restaurant in the Born is next to the beautiful Gothic church of Santa María del Mar. Despite being such an obviously touristy location, the food and service are both good. They offer a good value daily menu, with a starter, main, dessert and a drink. Take a break here before continuing your route around Barcelona’s city centre.
Plaça Santa Maria 4 Metro: Jaume I L4