7 Best Restaurants in La Rambla, Barcelona

Teresa Carles

$$ | La Rambla Fodor's choice

Inspired by her Catalan roots, Teresa Carles Borrás has been creating inventive vegetarian fare for 40 years and counting but this namesake was her first restaurant. Both the space and the food are more sophisticated than the typical vegetarian restaurant.

Artisa

$ | La Rambla

Started by two sisters, Marisol and Sofía, Artisa is a one-stop-shop for coffee, cakes, juices, and sandwiches, with a few outdoor and indoor tables. It's the perfect place for a light bite or a snack while sight-seeing.

Bacaro

$$ | La Rambla

Tucked away in a quiet street off the Rambla, this cozy, rustic-chic Italian spot specializes in "cicchetti," which are sort of like Venetian tapas, so you can taste a number of things. There’s plenty of wine, too; after all, "bacaro" means "wine bar" in Venetian. 

Jerusalem 6, Barcelona, 08001, Spain
+34-93-115–6679
Known For
  • Nice selection of Italian wines
  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Good desserts
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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Bar Lobo

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Despite its location just off La Rambla, Bar Lobo’s outdoor terrace overlooks a charming and usually quiet square, plus it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu covers all the bases: coffee, juice, wine, cocktails, traditional Catalan and Spanish tapas, and Western mains. 

Cafè de l'Òpera

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Directly across from the Liceu opera house, this high-ceiling Art Nouveau café has welcomed operagoers and performers for more than 100 years. It's a central point on the Rambla tourist traffic pattern, so locals are increasingly hard to find, but the café has hung onto its atmosphere of faded glory nonetheless. This spot isn't suited to a long meal; it's best for catching a drink and taking in the scene. It's also a good after-dinner stop, open until 1 am.

Direkte Boqueria

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Local gourmands pilgrimage to this tiny, unassuming-looking bar on the edge of the famous Boquería market, where Catalan chef Arnau Muñío flexes his culinary chops in full view of the diners at his chef's-table-style counter. There are two tasting menus, one long, one short, both of which showcase Muñío's unique approach to Catalan-Asian fusion food. Think miso scallops with pickled mushrooms and shrimp in green tea kombucha. Capacity is extremely limited and reservations (well in advance) are essential. 

Cabres 13, 08001, Spain
93-114–6939
Known For
  • Accessible fine dining
  • Asian-Catalan fusion
  • Need to book ahead
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., Reservations essential

Gats

$$ | La Rambla

In a quiet square just off of La Rambla, you could easily pass by Gats without being lured inside, but that would be a mistake if you're looking for a casual spot for seasonal tapas. Expect to see some familiar staples, such as jamón ibérico, pan con tomato, and padrón peppers, along with more unexpected flavor combinations.