The Gothic quarter is a very popular neighborhood for tourists in Barcelona. And I understand why; the Gothic Quarter is filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Gothica, or Barri Gòtic, is located just East of the Ramblas and West of El Born. On this page I’m sharing my personal best restaurants and bars in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona.
Milk Bar & Bistro
One of the best Brunch spots in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is Milk Bar & Bistro. They serve brunch during the day and tapas in the evening. Milk is open for brunch seven days a week from 9am to 4:30pm. They’ve got a very extensive brunch menu with all kinds of dishes. From salads to hamburgers, and from Turkish Eggs to Huevos Rancheros. They’ve got six different kinds of Eggs Benedict and three different kinds of pancakes.
Señor Piña Terraza Gótico
Right in the middle of one of the busiest shopping streets of the Gothic Quarter, just a stone’s throw away from the touristic La Rambla, you’ll find a the secret garden of Señor Piña. This is a lovely oasis in the buzzing city center where you can order Acai bowls, Poke Bowls, juices and many more healthy (or sweet) all-day brunch dishes.
Looking for a good lunch in the Gothic Quarter? Gusti Toscani has got you covered. In this small deli they bake their own focaccia bread and make their own spreads. They’ve got all kinds of variations, with freshly sliced meat or good vegetarian options like this one with truffle cream. The sandwiches are super satisfying and very reasonably priced. They are centrally located in C/ de la Boqueria, so it makes a great lunch stop when strolling around the old town.
You can find Bar Mono on a lovely square, next to the basilica. So when the sun’s out, it’s one of the best places to sit on their terrace. But also on rainy days I recommend Bar Mono. Their interior is also great and they’ve got lovely tapas on the menu. The Patatas Bravas you see pictured at the top of this page are also from Bar Mono.
Federal Cafe has three locations in Barcelona, one of them is in the Gothic Quarter. You can find Federal Cafe in the South of the neighborhood, near Port Vell at the water. The restaurant is inspired by Australian brunch rooms, so all the classics are on the menu. From avocado toast to croissants and scrambled eggs.
Bistrot Levante is a great restaurant for lovers of Middle Eastern food. They’ve got all the tasty dishes from the Levant region like hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki and falafel. Add to that a great selection of natural wines and a lovely interior and you’re a winner in my eyes. They’ve also got a few tables on a lovely, little square in Gotico which are great for al fresco brunch or dinner. Make sure to reserve in advance though, as they’re quickly fully booked.
The Sensi group has three restaurants in Barcelona. Sensi Gourmet is located in the Gothic Quarter and serves some really tasty tapas. It’s one of my recommendations if people ask for a good tapas restaurant in Barcelona (together with Brasseros in Sant Antoni). The great thing about Sensi Gourmet is that they’ve also got some high quality vegetarian tapas. Like the vegan ‘roasted chicken’ croquettes pictured above and, my favorite, the eggplant, zucchini and goat cheese dish. With prices starting around 4-6 euros per dish, Sensi Gourmet offers value for money.
Monchito is a vegan taco restaurant in the south of Gotico. They succeeded in serving a range of super tasty tacos in which you won’t miss the meat or cheese. They’ve even got ‘chorizo’ and ‘steak’ tacos. They’ve also got nachos, guacamole and other tasty side dishes.
You might think that all the restaurants at Plaza Real are tourist traps, but Ocaña is actually really nice. It’s located in a beautiful old building, and with a big art work in the middel of the restaurant and candlelight illumination, it has a lovely atmosphere. I love ordering tapas here and share the tasty bites with my company. Their burrata with smokey grilled peppers, cherry tomatoes and pesto is delicious!
You might wonder what a Xurreria is. A Xurreria (or Churreria) is a place where you can buy Churros. The Spanish snack are long strips of fried dough. Churros are often sprinkled with sugar and/or cinnamon. You can eat them plain, with chocolate sauce or with Nutella. One of the best churros in Barcelona can be bought in the Gothic Quarter in the old town at Xurreria on Carrer dels Banuys Nous. The churros shop has been around since 1968. Xurreria is a small shop so you order your churros to take-away.
Looking for a cheap lunch in Barcelona? I think the prices at Oviso are very reasonable. They’ve got all kinds of ‘bikinis’ (grilled cheese sandwiches) for just a few euros. They’ve got a nice terrace on a square in the sun and there’s a small playground next to it for kids. In the evenings Oviso turns into a very cosy bar, perfect for a beer with friends!
The Gothic Quarter is right next to Raval. Click here for my favorite restaurants in Raval, Barcelona.