The best Paella I have ever eaten was in Barcelona. Now granted, the man who cooked it was from Valencia (saludos a Federico 'cico' el calvo), but good Paella is all around Barcelona . . . you just have to know where to find it. So here is my list of the top 5 locales serving the best Paella in Barcelona:
- Lombardo, on Rambla Catalunya 49 (not 'the' Ramblas, but the avenue that runs west from Placa Catalunya toward the hill, which is much more authentic and lovely than 'the' Ramblas),
- Pitarra, in the Barrio Gotic, on Calle Avinyo 56,
- Can Majo, in Barceloneta, on L'Almirall Aixada 23,
- Can Ros, also in Barceloneta, on L'Almirall Aixada 7,
- Sete Portes, on Passeig Isabel II 14.
In addition, some people have told me that if you have good timing, you can find Paella in the hidden corners of the world-famous La Boqueria market. I have never been so lucky.
So don't be fooled, BARCELONA IS A CITY OF MAGNIFICENT PAELLAS! Just hit the cobblestones and start looking . . .