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How To Eat Cheaply in Barcelona, Spain 2023

How do you eat cheaply in Barcelona, is a question we are frequently asked.

Keeping within our travel budget helps us to travel longer. We can’t afford to blow it. Parts of Europe can be expensive to eat out in and we are always looking for tips on how to keep within our food budget.

You can easily blow the budget when eating out in Barcelona, Spain.  Spain is still one of the cheapest countries in Europe but you do need to be careful with your Euros if you want to stay within your budget.

Whether you have one day in Barcelona or a week you will want to return time and time again. It is vibrant, with lots to see and do and the local cuisine is the best. Maybe it is the Catalan influence!

Over the years we have stayed with family in Barcelona and we have enjoyed our time eating and drinking where the locals eat and drink, away from the over-priced tourist areas.

Unfortunately due to Covid, many establishments have closed.

We share with you our best places to eat in Barcelona on a budget, also share with you where we have stayed each time we visited Barcelona.

Tapas, paella, wine, Spanish omelette and our favourite pa amb tomàquet (bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and a drizzle of olive oil) and more makes Barcelona one of our favourite foodie places to visit in Europe.

Read our article on A Weekend in Barcelona – the perfect city break.


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Where to Eat in Barcelona


What do locals eat for breakfast in Barcelona?

Locals seem to have two stages when enjoying their breakfast in Barcelona.  They start the day with a strong cup of coffee and then an hour or two later enjoy a doughnut or a bocadillo (a small sandwich) or a bikini (a cheese and ham sandwich) with orange juice and coffee.

Don’t be surprised if you see the locals standing at their local bars having a beer, anis or even a coffee with brandy. This is a tradition.

If there are locals eating in a small cafe at breakfast time – join them! They know all the best places.

Porto Fino Cafe

Address: Carrer Travessera de Gracia, 10804 Barcelona, Spain We can vouch for their good coffee and excellent croissants. Locals say their empanadas are great too!

Opening hours:

Sunday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Monday – Friday 07.00 am to 9.00 pm

Saturday – 09.00 am – 8.00 pm


There are many small cafes in the back streets around the Gothic area of Barcelona that offer specials for breakfast.



Top Places to Enjoy Breakfast in Barcelona Without Breaking The Bank

  1.  Federal Cafe Calle Parlament 39 0801508015 Barcelona, Spain – Great for brunch!
  2.  Tapas Rambla 92Rambla de Catalunya 9208008 Barcelona 
  3. La Boqueria Market – La Rambla, Barcelona -For Euro 1.00 you can enjoy a large range of fruit juices e.g.raspberry and coconut, strawberry, kiwi fruit etc and for Euro 1.50 you can enjoy a cup of freshly cut fruit. Read our article here
  4. Hansel – Carrer de Provenca 237 L’Eixample


Head away from La Rambla down the back streets of the Gothic and Born area and you will find many little cafes selling pizza slices from Euros 2.00 and a variety of sandwiches as well.

Our favourite is Made in Sicily located at: Carrer dels Escudellers 35




Local Tip: Self Catering in Barcelona for lunch?

Barcelona Markets

If you are self-catering and want to purchase fresh produce, to the right side of La Boqueria Market outside the building itself, you will find local growers selling their own produce at a lower price than you can purchase inside the market.

A must lunchtime visit is to La Boqueria Market off La Rambla.

You can’t travel through Spain and not try the Tapas Menu and La Boqueria Market has many small tapas bars that are very busy at lunchtime. Find a spot, order small tapas bites and enjoy a glass of chilled Spanish wine. Nothing is better than a tapas lunch.

100 Montaditos

Our favourite lunchtime spot for a cold pint of beer and small tapas snacks that won’t break the bank 100 Montaditos.

They have several locations in Barcelona:

  • Plaça d’Urquinaona, 1
  • Rambla de Catalunya, 11
  • Passeig de Sant Joan, 77
  • Rambla del Poblenou, 76
  • Rambla del Raval, 41
  • Avinguda de Rio de Janeiro, 42

Barcelona Beer

Cerveceria 100 Montaditos located on Rambla de Catalunya 11.

A pint of beer will set you back Euros 2.50 and small tapas snacks start from Euro 1.  It is a great place to sit and people watch.

Pre-Dinner Drinks

A choice of two of our local favourites.

Barcelona Champagne

The first is La Champaneria located at Carrer Reina Maria Christina 7 Barcelona.
Can Paixano, best known as “La Champañería”, is an old bar in the old Barceloneta neighbourhood. This bar is famous for its “cava” (typical Catalonian sweet sparkling wine, similar to champagne) and also for its big and tasty sandwiches.

La Plata Barcelona

Our second choice is  La Plata Bar – for traditional tomato bread and sardines and exceptional wine.  La Plata has been awarded Barcelona’s best Tapas Bar by the ABC Daily.  It is located at Carrer de la Merce #28.


If you are still hungry we can recommend the following for light meals.

Guston Born Barcelona

Gusto de Born for very tasty pizza slices whilst enjoying the El Born district of Barcelona. Slices range from Euros 2.00 per slice.

Address: 16 Paseo del Born.

Barcelona Mojitos

For strong flavoursome Mojitos and a varied menu try La Republica at Carrer de la Mercè, 13.

The Mojitos are Euros 2.50 each and one would probably be enough after a bottle or two of the champagne at La Champaneria or the wine at La Plata. 

Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Cheap Eats in Barcelona

  1.  Pizzeria Da Nanni Barcelona – Calle Llibreteria 10 08002 Barcelona (excellent pizza and Italian fare)
  2. Teddy’s Barcelona – Carrer Escudellers12   El Gothico Barcelona 08002 (temporarily closed till end of May 2022)
  3. Bar Santa Fe – Wellington 17, 08018 Barcelona


Where To Stay in Barcelona


Over the years we have stayed in various hotels and locations.  Some of our favourites have been:

Som Nit Triomf  – 3 Star Centrally Located

Som Nit Trimf has single, double and family rooms, most have a balcony overlooking the city, and maintain the characteristics of the typical Catalan house of the nineteenth century, with traditional modernist tiles.

Som Nit Trimf Barcelona
Som Nit Trimf image credit booking.com

Som Nit Triomf has air Conditioning and Wi-Fi Connection Free and offers elegant rooms with a smart TV with an Internet connection and a private bathroom with shower. Many restaurants, bars, fashion shops and supermarkets are within 1 minute’s walk.

Latest guest review: “excellent location, walkable distance to all scenic spots and restaurant. Beautiful room with balcony, stunning and sunny view. Helpful and welcoming staff and cleaning every day”

Address: 4º, Trafalgar, 39, 08010 Barcelona


Hotel Oasis – 2 Star Hotel in Pla de Palau, 17, 08003

Hotel Oasis is located just a minutes walk from Barceloneta metro and meters from França train station, and is home to the famous Barceloneta beach, beautiful parks and has plenty of great bars and restaurants.

Hotel Oasis
Hotel Oasis image credit booking.com

Just a short walk away are its neighbouring districts, El Born and Gothic Quarter where you can wander through the narrow streets stopping off at one of the many authentic tapas bars, shopping in it´s boutiques and taking in some of the many great cultural and historic landmarks such as Barcelona Cathedral and the Picasso Museum.

Latest Guest review: The location of the hotel was quiet central to both the beach and the inner city. It took 12 minutes approx to walk to Plaza de Catalunya and the beach. The tram station was exceptionally close which was very handy. The decor of the room was modern. The staff at the reception were extremely kind, friendly and helpful.


For Budget Accommodation:

Hostal Europa: 1 Star at Carrer de la Boqueria, 18, 08002 Barcelona

This guest house is 100 m from Liceu Metro Station and Barcelona’s famous Ramblas. Hostal Europa offers basic rooms in a central location and has free Wi-Fi in public areas. There are rooms available with private ensuite bathrooms, others have shared bathroom facilities.


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