Outdoor seating areas, known here as terrazas, are visible on almost every street as far as the eye can see. Tables and chairs are constantly filled with people chatting, laughing, eating and drinking…generally just doing what Spaniards do best. Since it can be hard to find which terrace is right for you, here’s a few of our favourites in the city, from picturesque corners to the beach with the sun setting, one of these gems is sure to take your breath away.
Platja Ca la Nuri
This culinary escape allows you to enjoy some of the freshest seafood with your feet practically in the sand. Enjoy the evening sun next to the Mediterranean whilst indulging in cuisine that has been perfected over 50 years of experience. Centrally located on the beach near Port Olímpica, this is the ideal spot for a romantic dinner or the start to your night out, right near some of the best nightclubs in the city. Don’t miss out on some of the chef’s specialties, including grilled sardines, tuna Carpaccio, and fideuá with clams.
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 55, 08005 Barcelona
Eixample is known for its foodie scene, and with many streets buzzing with restaurants and bars up and down the sidewalks, it’s no surprise that one of them has made it onto this list. The perfect place for lunch, dinner, or just for a drink, Belvedere’s terrace is enclosed by an abundance of greenery…something rather unusual for a city escape. With renowned bartenders and chefs, be sure to enjoy a cocktail over one of their popular dishes such as hare with lentils, foie gras and the perhaps most beloved of all, oxtail.
Passatge Mercader, 3, 08008 Barcelona
Located between the beach and the port, this is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Fish and seafood are delivered freshly every day from the Barceloneta fish market. The menu is constantly adapted to the produce and since 2009, the restaurant has had an ecological garden where they grow their own courgettes, tomatoes, fennel, carrots and more. On the terrace, guests will find tables and chairs with a clear view of the sea and the palm trees gently swaying in the salty breeze. This is the place to head for a relaxing and scenic dining experience.
Plaça del Mar, 1, 08003 Barcelona
This is about as authentic and classic as it comes when visiting Barcelona. A small tapas bar charmingly decorated with flowers, as well as a butcher counter, this charming restaurant reminds diners exactly why it is they love this city. To top it off, El Jabalí de Ronda offers one of the most picturesque terraces in the city, packed in both the summer and the winter. With an unbeatable location in Sant Antoni, this site draws customers for its sandwiches, tapas, croquettes, and classic favourites like squid, cod salad, and potato bombas.
Ronda de Sant Pau, 15, 08015 Barcelona
La Vinya del Señyor
In the shadows of one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona, Santa María del Mar, behold La Vinya del Señyor, a small wine bar. The wines are distributed by a distinguished Catalan wine import-export company, Vila Viniteca, and can be paired with delicious tapas like red pepper and eggplant escalivada, cheeses and Iberian ham, oysters, and meatballs with mushrooms and foie gras. For unbeatable charm, good wine and food, and a quaint ambiance amidst quintessential Catalan gothic architecture, this is the place to be.
Plaça Santa María, 5, 08003 Barcelona
This quaint and rustic little eatery is tucked away in an idyllic area of El Born, near Ciutadella Park. Opening out on both sides, you can choose to site outside on either perspecitive. The restaurant has decorated Plaça del Pons i Clerch with a selection of tables and chairs, perfect for an evening catch up or romantic meal on a balmy evening in this Catalan square. The food is good and the wine is delightful. Choose from a mix of small tapas plates such as wild mushroom croquettes or aubergines with honey, or larger sized portions of confit cod with rataouille, tuna tartar or truffle risotto.
Carrer d’en Tantarantana, 24, 08003 Barcelona