Where to eat the best calçots in Barcelona

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Where to eat the best calçots in Barcelona

You might think winter is not the most exciting season to visit Barcelona, but if you come to visit the city between November and April, you might get surprised! And discover a new and less tourist Barcelona, with the chance of discovering Catalan traditions and mixing with the local culture. Even more, you will have the opportunity to try a must Catalan tradition for this time of the year: Calçots!

But first of all, what are these famous calçots? They are essentially a variety of tender spring onions with a sweet flavor that is eaten roasted, directly on the fire. Calçots are usually paired with a traditional and tasty sauce called Romesco which is made from a mixture of roasted tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, ñoras (a variety of red bell pepper), dried chili peppers, toasted almonds and pine nuts or hazelnuts.

 

Romesco sauce

 

Calçots in Barcelona are wildly popular, as well as the tradition that comes with them. That includes celebrating a “calçotada”, that is a meeting of friends and/or family to eat calçots and other grilled meats and veggies.

You don’t even have to drive to Valls (the city where calçots are the most emblematic dish) to enjoy this delight. There are many delicious restaurants dedicated to this vegetable, where you can feel the rural charm of an authentic calçotada, and eat the best calçots without leaving Barcelona:

 

Restaurant Carmen

Carrer de Valladolid 44

Carmen is one of the most popular restaurants to eat calçots in Barcelona, thanks to the exquisite gastronomic menu offered to their customers, based on quality local products.

Carmen, its chef and owner of the restaurant, offer you a complete calçotada menu that includes grilled meats, veggies and of course calçots. We recommend you not to miss their homemade desserts!

 

El Jardí de l’Àpat

Carrer d’Albert Llanas 2

Located near the Park Güell, this is an ideal place for those who are looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a traditional calçotada. In fact, its garden terraces and private rooms will give you the idea of being in a masía without leaving Barcelona.

The owner of the establishment, with more than 20 years running the business, serves calçots from famous Valls every season.

calçots and other ingredients

 

Can Travi Nou

Carrer de Jorge Manrique s / n

Can Travi Nou is a rustic traditional Catalan masía inaugurated by Soler Ribatallada family in 1982. Located in the Horta-Guinardó district, this restaurant offers authentic calçotadas that, although a bit more expensive than others, offers you ten private rooms and an immense terrace-garden, a romantic space chosen by many couples to celebrate special occasions.

If you are looking for a chic restaurant that preserves its traditional decoration, this is your spot! Enjoy a traditional calçotada which in addition to the calçots, offers other specialties such as mini xató with tuna belly, grilled meats, coca del Maresme with tomato and escalivada with anchovies, among others.

Can Travi Nou

 

 

Nou Can Martí

Passatge of the Font del Mont 4

This traditional masía located in the heart of Collserola Mountain is perfect for groups or family and still very easy to arrive from Barcelona city centre. This establishment opened more than half a century ago and it is still one of our favourites. After walking through the mountain, enjoy a delicious and fairly priced menu that will include not only calçots, but also other typical dishes as assorted toasts, tripe with chickpeas, cod skewered, cannelloni and butifarra. Also needed to be mention that, the views of the city from the restaurant are just spectacular!

 

Balmes Rosselló

Carrer de Balmes, 129

This restaurant is your perfect match if you are looking for a calçotada experience without leaving the city centre of Barcelona. In the heart of Barcelona’s Eixample, this brasserie specialized in pintxos also offers a calçotada menu during the winter season. They offer a wide variety of Mediterranean food and its specialty in grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas and, of course, calçots. One of the most complete calçotada menus in the city!

 

Last but not least, we hope that you get a true calçotada experience! And if you are looking where to stay in Barcelona, you can take a look at our Central Apartments in Barcelona.

Sara Barrio

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