Best Street Food in Barcelona

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What can you eat for cheap that will satisfy hungry eyes and belly? Check out the street food in Barcelona!

First things first.

What is street food? The Internet has really jacked up its meaning. It usually refers to food that is prepared and sold by vendors on the street, typically from a portable food cart, truck, or stand. It’s a convenient and affordable way for people to enjoy a meal or a snack while on the go. The food is usually prepared quickly, and it is served in a casual setting, often with minimal seating or no seating at all. Street food is often considered more casual and less expensive than food served in restaurants. Barcelona does not have vendors on the street! 

It is ironic when a restaurant calls itself “X Street Food”. Google it. There are so many in Barcelona!

Street food can also be influenced by globalization and multiculturalism, as street food vendors often use ingredients and techniques from different cultures to create new and unique dishes. Some street food vendors may also use sustainable and organic ingredients, and many street food festivals and events also feature vegetarian and vegan options.

Barcelona is also known for its food markets, where you can find a wide variety of street food, along with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other food items. Some of the most famous markets are La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Antoni, and Mercat de la Concepció. These markets are a great place to sample local street food and get a taste of traditional Catalan cuisine.

Additionally, street food vendors in Barcelona also offer a range of international cuisine, such as pizzas, kebabs, and Indian street food. 

Famous street foods in Barcelona

An entrepa is a type of sandwich that is popular in Spain, especially in the Catalonia region. It is typically made by filling a crusty roll or baguette with various types of meat, such as ham, chicken, or roast beef, as well as vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The sandwich is then usually dressed with aioli (a garlic-flavored mayonnaise) and sometimes with ketchup, mustard or alioli. The entrepa is often served as a quick and convenient meal, and it can be found in many cafes, bars, and sandwich shops throughout Spain. Some variations of the entrepa include the entrepa de pernil (ham sandwich) or “entrepa de pollo” (chicken sandwich) and it is a staple in Spanish cuisine.

A tortilla de patatas, also known as a tortilla española or Spanish omelette, is a traditional dish from Spain. It is a thick and hearty omelette made primarily with potatoes and onions, although some variations can include other ingredients such as peppers or chorizo. The ingredients are diced and sautéed in a pan before being mixed with eggs and cooked until set. The tortilla can be served either hot or cold and is usually cut into wedges for serving. It is a very versatile dish that can be eaten as a main course, a side dish, or as a snack. It is considered a staple of Spanish cuisine and can be found in most bars and restaurants across the country.

What are Spanish croquetas

Croquetas are a popular tapa (appetizer) in Spain. They are small, fried balls of dough that are typically filled with a savory mixture such as ham, chicken, or codfish. The dough is usually made with a béchamel sauce base, and the filling is made by mixing the main ingredient with the béchamel and then shaping them into small balls. They are then breaded and deep-fried. The texture of croquetas is creamy inside and crispy outside. They are often served with a variety of dipping sauces, such as aioli or tomato sauce. Croquetas are a popular dish at bars and pubs, and can be found throughout Spain. They are also a popular party food and can be found in many supermarkets as frozen food to prepare at home.

 

A bikini sandwich, also known as a “bocadillo de bikini” in Spanish, is a popular sandwich in Barcelona and the Catalonia region of Spain. It is made with a small, crusty roll, similar to a baguette, and is filled with a mixture of thinly sliced Serrano ham and melted cheese. The sandwich is then grilled or toasted to melt the cheese and bring all the flavors together. It is said to have originated in the 1950s at a bar in Barcelona, and it was named after the bikini swimsuit that was popular at the time because of its small size. The sandwich is often served as a light meal or snack and can be found in many bars and cafes throughout the city.

 

Drinks

Catalan vermut is a type of fortified wine that is popular in the Catalonia region of Spain. It is made by adding a neutral spirit, such as brandy, to a base wine, which is then infused with a variety of botanicals such as herbs, spices, and citrus peel. The resulting drink is typically amber or red in color, and it has a complex, bittersweet flavor. Catalan vermut is traditionally served as an aperitif, and it is often enjoyed with a variety of tapas (appetizers) such as olives, nuts, and small plates of anchovies or cheeses.

Churros are a traditional Spanish sweet treat that are enjoyed throughout the country, especially in the morning as a breakfast item. They are long, thin fried dough pastries that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They are typically served dusted with sugar and accompanied by a cup of thick hot chocolate for dipping. The dough is made with flour, water, sugar, and salt, and it is extruded through a star-shaped nozzle, which gives churros their characteristic shape.

 

Churros are often found at street vendors, fairs, and festivals, but they can also be found in cafes and restaurants that serve breakfast and brunch. They can be made in different thickness and lengths, some are thin and long, others are thick and short. They can also be flavored with different ingredients such as cinnamon or vanilla.

A Catalan bomba is a traditional dish from the Catalonia region of Spain, particularly popular in the city of Barcelona. It is a type of deep-fried potato ball that is typically filled with a variety of different meats or seafood. The most common filling is ground beef or pork, but other fillings such as chicken, shrimp or cod fish can also be used. The potato mixture is shaped into small balls, filled with the meat mixture and then deep-fried.

 

The dish is often served as a tapa (appetizer) or as a main course, and it is often accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces such as aioli or tomato sauce. Bombas are usually served hot and they are usually crispy outside and creamy inside. They are considered a traditional dish of the Catalan cuisine and they are usually enjoyed with a cold beer or a glass of vermut.

 

The origins of the dish are said to be in the 19th century, when the first immigrants came to work in the textile factories of the city, and they brought with them the recipe of the “albóndigas” (meatballs) which then evolved into the current “bombas” with the local ingredients.

 

In Spain, churros are a beloved and traditional treat that is enjoyed by people of all ages. They are an iconic food of the Spanish culture, and they are often associated with festivals, fairs, and other special occasions. They are a sweet and delicious treat that are sure to be enjoyed by anyone looking for a sweet snack or breakfast item.

 

Catalan vermut is becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and many bars and restaurants in the region now feature it on their menu. Some of the most famous brands of vermut from Catalonia include Casa Mariol and Capdevila. It is typically served on ice with a slice of orange and a green olive as a garnish. It’s a cultural drink with a long tradition in Catalonia and it’s usually consumed as an aperitif before lunch.

Cervezas

Barcelona, like the rest of Spain, has a long tradition of brewing beer. Some popular local beers in Barcelona include:

 

Estrella Damm: A pale lager that is one of the most popular beers in Barcelona. It is brewed in the city and it has a long history in the region, it is considered a cultural icon of the city.

Alhambra: A pilsner-style beer that is brewed in Granada but it has a strong presence in Barcelona.

Moritz: A pilsner-style beer that is brewed in the city and it is considered one of the most popular local beers in Barcelona.

La Virgen: A craft beer that is brewed in Madrid but it has a strong presence in the city and it’s very popular among beer enthusiasts.

Edge Brewing: A craft brewery that produces a wide variety of beers, including IPAs, stouts, and sours.

Guineu: A local Barcelona craft brewery that produces over 40 types of beers, including IPAs, stouts, and sours. One is even called “Latitud 41”!

It’s worth noting that Spanish beer culture is not as established as in other European countries like Germany, Belgium or UK, but it’s growing in popularity and diversifying in styles and flavors, specially in the recent years.

Orxata, also known as horchata, is a traditional drink from the Catalonia region of Spain, particularly popular in the city of Barcelona. It is a sweet, non-alcoholic drink made from tiger nuts (chufa in Spanish), which are small, round tubers that are ground into a fine paste and mixed with water, sugar, and cinnamon. The resulting drink has a creamy, nutty flavor and a slightly grainy texture. It’s usually served very cold and it’s considered a refreshing drink during the hot summer days.

 

Orxata is a traditional drink made of tiger nuts. It’s similar to the rice-based Mexican horchata, which you may be familiar with. The taste is similar to almonds.

Orxata at Orxateria Sirvent

 

By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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