Set on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona benefits from sun, sea, sand and a variety of excellent beachside restaurants, so be sure to make the most of the opportunities for al fresco eating on your trip to this vibrant city. Fresh seafood, classic tapas, cocktails and more can all be found at these fantastic beachside venues
It is an unwritten rule that visitors to Barcelona in spring and summer must set foot on at least one of the city’s glorious golden beaches. Basking in the Mediterranean sun and benefitting from refreshing sea breezes, Barcelona’s beachside areas have become some of the most popular places to spend an evening, with plenty of bars and restaurants that become magnets for fun-seekers once the sun begins to set.
From venues boasting stunning sea views to gastronomic gems in unlikely settings, the city’s coastal dining venues are aesthetically diverse. What they have in common is fantastic food, delicious cocktails and an enviable position on one of the most picturesque sections of Spain’s coastline, making them perfect places to spend some quality time during a trip to Barcelona.
One of Barcelona’s most glamorous seaside hangouts, Mamarosa Beach restaurant is near the southern tip of Platja de Sant Sebastià, one of the city’s most popular beaches. With a chic indoor lounge and sun-drenched outdoor terraces, the restaurant offers stunning views over the sea as well as exceptional food. As one might expect, the menu plays to the restaurant’s location with a strong focus on Mediterranean and Italian dishes: think tapas such as tomato salad with tuna fillet, steamed mussels and clams in a tomato sauce, and Andalusian-style fried calamari, along with a wide choice of pizza and pasta dishes, plus Asian-inspired salmon and tuna sashimi.
Mamarosa Beach, Passeig del Mare Nostrum 19-21, 08039 Barcelona, +34 93 312 3586
At first sight Boo looks more like a ferry run aground than one of Barcelona’s most exciting dining venues. The white boat-shaped building – safely on land – is the place to come for leisurely, indulgent champagne lunches under the Spanish sun. After sundown, the gourmet menu is the real focus. With a philosophy that the restaurant describes as ‘100% Mediterranean’, the seafood-focussed offerings include salmon supreme with curry, mango and spiced wild rice, baby octopus with razor shell paella and allioli, and fresh fish soup, giving guests a sophisticated taste of the ocean.
Boo, Espigó de Bac de Roda 1, Platja de la Nova Mar Bella, 08005 Barcelona, +34 93 225 0100
Given its location a few steps from Barcelona’s Platja del Bogatell, and a name that means ‘place of the fisherman’, it’s perhaps no surprise that Can Fisher has a menu dominated by seafood of all kinds. Popular choices include grilled sardines, salt cod fritters and oysters, alongside locally sourced razor clams, mussels and crab – all carefully chosen from the local fish market by the chef. The standout, however, is the seafood paella, made with rice and spices mixed with a variety of fresh seafood, making it the perfect dish to enjoy by the Mediterranean coast.
Can Fisher, Avinguda del Litoral 64, 08005 Barcelona, +34 93 597 1840
A recent addition to Barcelona’s beachside scene, La Deliciosa has quickly become one of the most enjoyable places to spend an evening. Set on the sand of Platja de Sant Miquel in the district of Barceloneta, the restaurant has a distinctly bohemian vibe throughout, with an eclectic mix of vintage, recycled and reused furniture and decorations. The bar serves a selection of impeccably made cocktails such as frozen margaritas, mojitos and more, while the food menu is equally appetising, with a selection of salads, hamburgers and sharing platters, including Spanish specialities such as croquettes and patatas bravas.
La Deliciosa, Passeig Marítimo de Barceloneta, 08039 Barcelona, +34 93 309 1291