Carrer Montsio 3 bis, tel. 34 93 302 41 40, www.4gats.com
This Catalonian café and restaurant features an Art Nouveau decor and a very "artsy" atmosphere. Once an exhibit space for Picasso's early works, the "Els Quatre Gats" participated in launching the careers of numerous Modernist artists.
Muntaner, 171, tel. 34 93 430 90 27
"Creative tapas" are the specialty of this lovely restaurant, which is designed like a sushi bar. The closely arranged wooden tables and stools create a warm and lively ambiance.
Rambla de Catalunya, 18, tel. 34 93 318 19 97
Ciudad Condal is famous for its tapas. Usually packed with people, you may have to fight your way to one of the restaurant's tables. Tapas are usually accompanied by a nice, cold beer, selected from the establishment's long list of imported beers.
Merendero de la Mari
Plaça Pau Vila, 1. Palau del Mar, tel. 34 93 221 15 55
A favourite spot for fish and seafood, Merendero de la Mari also offers a gorgeous view of Port Vell.
Rosselló, 148, between Aribau and Muntaner, tel. 34 93 453 18 20
This restaurant is renowned for its Baroque decor and Catalonian recipes, which have been reinvented for modern tastes. It is usually very busy, especially at lunch time.
Balmes, 47, between Consell de Cent and Aragó, tel. 34 93 452 19 90
L'Olivé serves traditional Catalonian cuisine, jazzed up by a creative assortment of side dishes. This classic Barcelonan culinary institution's decor is minimalist and spacious.