This restaurant is a little off the beaten tourist path in the Poblenou neighborhood, and that’s a great thing. Poblenou is a cool place, with its very own Rambla that is just as beautiful and 100% less packed with tourists and pickpockets than its famous counterpart in the city center. This alone merits a visit, but check out Can Recasens for its selection of Catalan cheeses and cured meats, which are among the best in the world. They just serve you planks of the stuff, piled six inches high. The salads are also really good, and trust us, after a few days in this town, you’ll be dying for some greens.
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Although it can be gimmicky, Cal Pep is very good. You'll probably see a lot of tourists, but you'll be distracted enough by the good tapas to care.
Moments at Mandarin Oriental
If you're looking for something fancy, Moments is an excellent option. It has a tasting menu, but you can go a la carte, as well.
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