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El Nacional

El Nacional food hall | Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide

El Nacional

What It Is: 

A gorgeous food hall in Gracia, featuring four different restaurants and four bars that feature classic Spanish cuisine. Think Eataly…Barcelona-style.

Where It’s Located:

Eixample | Google Map

Why We Love It: 

Tons of you recommended this place when we first moved to Barcelona. And to be sure, it’s a memorable stop if you’re here for a few days in Barcelona. It’s basically a sweeping, classy, beautiful food hall tucked away on the Passeig de Gracia. And the food there is fantastic.

Granted, I was hoping it would be the sort of place where you could just sample a bite at a handful of restaurants. But nowadays, it’s so busy, and the lines are so long, that you really just have to pick a place or two and settle in there for a meal. We tried the seafood restaurant and the adjacent bar one evening with some friends, and had a lovely time.

Menu Recommendations:

  • We had the “El Nacional” signature cocktail at the cocktail bar and loved it.
  • We also ordered various tapas and fideua at La Llotja (the seafood restaurant) and really enjoyed them.

Other Tips:

  • Their website made it sound like there was no way to get in without reservations. But we went on a weekend and walked up and only had to wait a half hour or so for a table.
  • Check out our downloadable travel guide map for other recommendations nearby!


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For More Barcelona Travel Recommendations…

Check out our Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide, which includes a constantly-updated list of our best recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Barcelona. Plus, we’ve also shared a bunch of our best Barcelona-specific travel tips, so that you can navigate the city like a local.

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