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Barcelona is renowned for its delectable food, which combines traditional Catalan and Spanish recipes with contemporary accents and it has one of Europe’s most active and diversified cuisine scenes. Some of the most well-liked dishes to sample in Barcelona are listed below:

1. Appetizer

Tapas

Tapas are an integral part of Spanish cuisine. Tapas are bite-sized meals that are ideal for sharing with friends or experimenting with various flavors. Some popular tapas in Barcelona include patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce), croquetas (fried balls of creamy filling), and pan con tomate (toasted bread with tomato and olive oil).
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Jamon

More of an appetizer than a full meal, this dish is extremely tasty with beer. Serrano ham, also known as Jamon, is served thinly sliced ​​with white bread, on which tomatoes are also grated in a thin layer. Very delicious and yummy in the true sense.
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Tortilla de patatas

Potatoes and Omelet! This is how the Spaniards prepare their omelet. Sometimes onions and other ingredients can be added to the dish. An omelet looks like a pie and is served hot or cold cut into triangular pieces. Very filling and incredibly tasty! Perfect for an inexpensive breakfast.
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Romesco Sauce

A traditional Catalan sauce known as “romesco” is created with roasted red peppers, olive oil, almonds, hazelnuts, tomatoes, bread crumbs, garlic, and vinegar. The sauce has a rich, creamy consistency with a flavor that is somewhat nutty and smokey. It is often used as a dip for vegetables, bread, or grilled meats, or as a sauce for fish or seafood dishes.
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Fuet

Fuet is a traditional Catalan cured sausage that is popular in Barcelona. Made from pork meat, garlic, and spices, it is air-dried and aged, resulting in a firm texture and rich flavor. Fuet is often enjoyed as a tapas or snack, sliced thinly and served with bread, cheese, or olives, making it a delicious taste of Barcelona’s culinary heritage.
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Chorizo

Chorizo is a flavorful Spanish sausage that can be found in Barcelona. Made from pork, paprika, and various spices, it is known for its smoky and slightly spicy taste. Chorizo is a versatile ingredient, used in a variety of dishes such as stews or grilled and served as a tapas. It adds a distinctive and delicious flavor to Barcelona’s culinary scene.
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2. Main Course Dishes

Paella

A must-eat when in Barcelona is this traditional Spanish meal. This meal is possibly the oldest Spanish food. Depending on the location and the chef’s tastes, short-grain rice, saffron, and a range of meats or seafood are frequently used to make paella. The dish is often served with a side of allioli, a garlic mayonnaise, and a glass of crisp white wine.
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Fideuà

Fideuà is a traditional Catalan dish similar to paella, but instead of rice, it is made with thin noodles (fideos). The noodles are typically toasted in olive oil before being cooked in a rich, flavorful broth with seafood, such as shrimp, mussels, and clams.
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Mar i Muntanya

If you have to try anything in Barcelona food, it’s Mar i Muntanya. A meal with a unique name and ingredients that suggest a particularly odd product mix. On one platter, there are chicken and prawns with a tomato, onion, and garlic sauce. You may also get variations of this meal at numerous places with different kinds of fish and meat.
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Escalivada

Escalivada is a traditional Catalan meal made with roasted vegetables, most frequently eggplant, bell peppers and onions. Before being peeled and cut into thin strips, the veggies are roasted in the oven until they are charred on the exterior and soft on the inside. It is a simple but delicious dish that is perfect for vegetarians.
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Calçots

Calçots are a traditional Catalan delicacy popular in Barcelona. These long and tender green onions are grilled until charred and served with romesco sauce. Eating calçots is a social event, often enjoyed during the calçotada festival, where they are accompanied by grilled meats, bread, and wine.
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Botifarra amb mongetes

Botifarra amb mongetes is a traditional Catalan dish hailing from Barcelona. It features grilled or roasted botifarra sausage, made from ground pork seasoned with spices, served alongside creamy white beans. The combination of savory sausage and tender beans creates a satisfying and flavorful dish that is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
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3. Desserts

Churros

Churros are a popular Spanish snack that is also widely enjoyed in Barcelona. The basic batter of flour, water, and salt is used to make these long, thin doughnuts, which are then deep-fried until the outsides are crisp and golden brown.
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Crema Catalana

Similar to crème brûlée, this is a typical Catalan delicacy. A layer of caramelized sugar is placed on top of a creamy custard that has been flavored with cinnamon and lemon zest. Crema Catalana is typically served chilled and is a popular dessert in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia.
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Turron

A traditional Catalan sweet that is incredibly popular, Turron. Almonds, honey, chocolate and sugar are the main ingredients. This is a tough, sweet treat that is wonderful to take home as a memento. Turron comes in a variety of forms, with an olive oil-based gentler variant being one among them. Almonds can also be replaced with hazelnuts. In many candy stores, you can try small pieces of turron before you buy it.
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Panellets

Panellets are traditional Catalan sweets commonly enjoyed in Barcelona. These small, round treats are made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg, and they are often flavored with ingredients like lemon zest or cocoa. Panellets are typically eaten during the celebration of All Saints’ Day on November 1st.
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4. Wine and drinks

Vermouth

Vermouth is a widely popular aperitif in Barcelona, usually consumed before meals. It is a fortified wine with a blend of herbs and spices, including wormwood, cinnamon, and orange peel. Vermouth is often poured over ice and topped with an orange or lemon slice as a garnish. It is a light beverage, ideal for warm summer afternoons.
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Sangria

Sangria is a fruity, energizing beverage that has established itself as a mainstay in Barcelona’s bar and dining scene. Typically, it includes red wine, brandy, fruit that has been diced, and a sweetener like sugar. Sangria is often served over ice and is a common beverage during social events such as parties and gatherings with friends.
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Cava

Cava is a sparkling wine made in the Catalonia region of Spain, which includes the vicinity of Barcelona. It is prepared in the traditional way, much like Champagne, which is frequently paired with food or served as an aperitif and involves a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
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