Eating out in Barcelona is a real treat and there is plenty to choose from in terms of food and styles of restaurant…
Most of Barcelona’s restaurants will have both high chairs and changing facilities and tapas are a perfect meal for kids as they come in small portions. Some great kids options include ham and cheese croquettes Spanish omelette and potato with egg and ham. These options will be available in most restaurants serving tapas. If you are in the mood for something other than tapas there are loads of Italian, Japanese and Indian restaurants as well as Spanish restaurants serving dishes such as paella and Catalan cuisine. Kids will love Churros, Spain’s chocolate and doughnut breakfast treat although they’re not the healthiest thing on the menu!
Where to Eat…
Placa Reial is located just off Las Ramblas and is edged with restaurants serving a variety of local and international fare. For delicious tapas try Hotel DO and for Italian, try restaurant Rossini. The Gothic Quarter, El Raval and the Born district have restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops on every street. Many are located in pedestrianised areas where the kids can run around a little while you wait for your food.
Another great option are the Beach Chiringuitos, the seasonal beachside restaurants which offer simple and stylish sandwiches, burgers, salads right on the sand so toddlers can play while you relax and eat. You can find these scattered along the city’s beaches.
Calle Del Carme 42 | Carmen 42, 08001 Barcelona
Carmelitas is located in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, a short walk from Las Ramblas.The restaurant has an outdoor dining area and tables have large shade umbrellas. The area around the restaurant is colorful and great for people watching. It has an al a carte menu and a fixed menu for lunch. The restaurant has high chairs and is welcoming to children.
Bar del Convent
La Ribera, El Born
Situated in the Convent de Sant Agusti’s cloister, in the old, yet delightfully vibrant neighbourhood of La Ribera, Bar del Convent makes for a great spot to relax, have fun, quench your thirst, and enjoy some fresh, healthy food while visiting Barcelona. The bar/ restaurant is very family friendly and is located close to the Chocolate Museum, Parc de Cuitadella and the Barcelona Zoo.
Place Reial, Barcelona (Just off La Rambla)
This delightful gelato shop has a few seats inside and more outside. It has the most delicious ice-cream with some really unusual flavours. They also serve churros and cakes. Its well worth a visit after dinner or on a break from sightseeing.
El Jardi Terrace & Tapas Bar
Carrer de l’Hospital, 56
This tapas bar is a hidden gem and comprises of a garden hidden within the Gothic Quarter. This leafy courtyard is surrounded by the old Santa Creu hospital. It boasts a very pleasant atmosphere, has high chairs and is open all day.The restaurant takes pride in using fresh ingredients sourced from the local markets, and the choice ranges from local Catalan tapas to French and Spanish versions of Mediterranean cooking. If you just want a drink, El Jardi also does a nice line in cocktails, or you can just have a coffee.
Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis, 08007 Barcelona
El Nacional is a great choice for families and is located in Barcelona’s main shopping street close to Playa de Catalunya. This is fantastic restaurant in Barcelona is similar to a food and wine bar court where we you try traditional recipes from around the Iberian Peninsula, prepared with high quality produce in unique surroundings. Located at the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, it offers a choice of seafood dishes, tapas and meat dishes. There is plenty of room within the restaurant for strollers and high chairs are available. There areas also baby changing facilities. This is a great lunch option and tapas are available for toddlers.
Carrer de Montcada 22, 08003 Barcelona
La Punctual Bodega is a great option for families located on the same street as the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter. The restaurant offers high chairs and changing facilities and also has a fantastic tapas menu. Staff are friendly and helpful and will be able to provide you with warm water and hear bottles if required. The restaurant serves tapas and full meals and there is plenty of room for strollers. There is also a lovely outdoor enclosed courtyard.
The Hard Rock Café
Plaça Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona
Located on the Placa Catalunya at the end of Las Ramblas the Hard Rock Café offers indoor and outdoor seating in the heart of the city. The food is what you might expect and kids will love the all American and locally inspired menu. There is plenty of space for strollers and high chairs and changing facilities are also available.