Reader Tips On Where And What To Eat And See In Barcelona During ISE 2023 Week

January 11, 2023 by Dave Haynes

Updated …

Some great responses have come in regarding a request for tips and what to see and do and, particularly, where to eat and drink in Barcelona, during ISE.

I wanted to compile a list for people, like me, who’ve not been to the city, and who just have a general sense that it is awesome and the food is great.

The most thorough list came from Guillermo Grau, Global Director of International Operations & Growth, for the Barcelona-based software and solutions provider Admira. I love getting locals’ tips because they genuinely know what’s good and what’s just there catering to tourists.
Tip: Typical Basque tapas bar, best way is to eat stand up at the bar
Tip: old traditional bar in one of the best areas in Barcelona, you can eat the most amazing “patatas bravas” ever (probably the best in Spain).
Tip: in a Modernist house located in the upper part of the city of Barcelona, you can enjoy authentic suckling lamb roasted in a wood-fired oven.
Tip: plenty of locals (no tourists).
Tip: traditional Catalan restaurant with great quality/price.
Tip: Fancy place with great tapas and famous omelettes
Tip: in the upper part of Barcelona (no tourists). Some restaurants: Chico Bar, Sanbermut, Montesquiu, Bar Mandri …
Tip: Small cozy hotel
Tip: In front of the world’s most unique sneaker store, powered by Admira

Also from a local … Andres Roman of Sony

C/ de l’Escar, 22  Moll dels Pescadors

phone +34 932 21 21 11

C/de Regàs, 35, 08006  Sant Gervasi-Gracia

+34 687 00 25 85

Moll d’ Espanya, s/n

tel+ 34 932211775

C/de Bordeus, 35, 08029

phone +34 933226531

1881 per Sagardi (meat, terrace, harbor)

Pl.Pau de la Vila, 3, 08003

phone +34 932 21 00 50

C/ Passatge de Marimon, 18, 08021

phone +34 932 00 11 18

C/ Jorge Manrique, s/n, 08035

+34 934 28 03 01

C/Sèneca, 20, 08006,

+34 932 18 92 22

And … from Jay Zimmerman, Senior Director of Business Development, who has been to Barcelona three times and loves the place …

Must dos: (Make a reservation)

Any of the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell were both designed by Gaudi. This one is also fantastic.

The Gothic Quarter is a great neighborhood for walking and restaurants. Visit the Cathedral in the Gothic. There’s a great little restaurant near the cathedral called La Cassola. Run by three sisters. Nothing fancy. Warm, homey, delicious food.

I personally have a pilgrimage planned to a bakery called Hoffman, which has croissants filled with mascarpone!!! … which will probably induce a cardiac episode, but at least I’ll die with a smile.


Industry veteran Brad Gleeson, who lives on the US West Coast, has been to Barcelona several times and put together this online map that locates some of his faves for dining and sightseeing:

This can be a rolling post – meaning I’ll add to it – if you also want to provide tips. I know lots of people who’ve been to the city, and always have opinions, so please send along! Email to

  1. Brad Gleeson says:

    what a great idea. not going to ISE this year but headed there for vacation in May. Maybe you should make this an ongoing thread for the blog 🙂 based on other cities you are visiting for shows! Cheers!

  2. Wes Dixon says:

    Good stuff Dave!

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