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Barcelona Cheap Eats: 8 cheap (and delicious) lunch spots

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La Rita offers a three-course lunch, with wine, for &euro8.90.
La Rita offers a three-course lunch, with wine, for &euro8.90.

I’ve been keeping an eye on menu prices around Barcelona. Over the past six months I’ve noticed that the median cost of a fixed-price lunch menu has dropped from around €9.50 to €8.80. That’s good news for Cheapos.

Here’s a brief list of budget-friendly restaurants that offer great lunch deals. I’ve tried to cover all the central neighborhoods, so that no matter where you are in the city, you can always find something good to eat.

(Note: This is the final installment in our Barcelona cheap eats guide. Also read our recommended outdoor eateries, cheap restaurant picks, and tips to keep your eats cheap in Barcelona.)

Lunch near Las Ramblas

If it’s lunchtime and you’re walking down Las Ramblas, you will want to avoid the ridiculously over-priced drinks and

Meals are holy affordable at El Convent.

Meals are holy affordable at El Convent.

over-cooked food that lurks nearby. Instead try:

El Convent (Carrer Jerusalem, 3): Set behind the famous Boqueria market in a former convent, this place serves traditional Catalan and Spanish food along with good wine in an historic environment. A snip at €9.90.

Fonda de España  (Carrer Sant Pau, 9): This restaurant, located inside the Hotel España, sparkles with an ornate, tiled, and chandeliered Modernista dining-room designed by architect Domenech i Muntaner. It’s a wonderful backdrop for a substantial €11.90 (inc. tax) lunch.

Lunch near Passeig de Gracia

If visiting Gaudi’s La Pedrera or Casa Battlo, head for the short stretch of Carrer Aragó between Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Pau Claris, where you’ll find three excellent lunchtime restaurants.

La Rita (Carrer Aragó, 279):  Given its consistent quality, service, and value, La Rita (pictured above) is my favorite lunchtime restaurant. The menu costs just €8.90 (including tax) for a three-course lunch with bread, wine, and water. Desserts are excellent. The restaurant is very popular with local office workers, so expect to wait in line for ten minutes or so.

• La Gramola (Carrer Aragó, 277): Immediately next door to La Rita is an excellent Japanese-Mediterranean restaurant. The menu here is €8.80 (including tax). Closed Sundays.

• Madrid-Barcelona (Carrer Aragó, 282): Finally, just across the street from the two above-mentioned restaurants is this traditional Spanish cafe serving excellent food. The menu here is a great value at €10.50.

Lunch near Plaza Catalunya

Xaica (Calle Jovellanos, 5-7): For a cheap and cheerful meal at a set-price, with self-service menu, check out Xaica. They serve three-courses, wine, beer, or a soft drink, from €8.50.

Lunch near La Sagrada Familia

By all means, avoid all of the fast food joints and head for…

Origen 99’9% (Avinguda Gaudí, 8): Just across the street from the unfinished majesty of the Sagrada Familia, you’ll find Origen 99’9%.

• Els Pollos de Llull (Carrer Nàpols, 272): Els Pollos serves a delicious two-course lunch for €6.95 (three-courses for €7.95). The pickings often include organic chicken with rice and a variety of organic yogurts. It’s a five minute walk from Sagrada Familia.

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About the author: Born next door to an infamous London prison, Bill Sinclair has been on the run ever since. He now resides in Barcelona where he works as a writer, translator and independent visitor guide.

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4 Responses to “Barcelona Cheap Eats: 8 cheap (and delicious) lunch spots”

steve fox says:

Just returned from a 3 night stay in Barcelona with my wife. Stayed at the Europarc Hotel which is a 10 min walk from the Sagrada and the main square. Couldn’t fault it on quality, location or price.

Before we left I reviewed your website hoping to find a few quality restaurants at affordable prices and I’m glad I did as we had good food all holiday.

First night we went for dinner at La Rita (Carrer de Arago) and had the set menu 3 courses for 40 Euro/2 people which included water and wine. Food and service were 1st class, so good infact we returned a second night. Also went to Madrid Barcelona Restaurant on the opposite side of the street – also excellent food. My wife had the Catalan Stew which arrived in a pot on the table complete with ladel to serve. I had the sirloin steak which was delicious.

Els Pollos de Llull was an experience and not what we expected – a huge space opens up from the street and a wall of spit roast chickens are ready for serving. We had half a chicken each with chips. Unfortunately the set deal wasn’t on at the weekend but however it was still good value and great food!

Thanks

Steve and Mel Fox
Chester

Jaume says:

Xaica is a popular place but I don’t think that it meets the EuroCheapo requirements of “cheap but not shabby”. Last time I went there there was a cockroach on one of the walls of the dining area. Of course I decided not to eat there again. This is not the kind of standard I would support for visitors who come to Barcelona.

Walter says:

Hi! I was last year in Barcelona, I found a good and cheap restaurant placed in the center of Barcelona city, Divinus restaurant in my opinion is a really good restaurant with quality food and service.

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