Family-friendly dining in Barcelona
If you are visiting Barcelona chances are you already know some of the activities and sites you want to see. Then comes the dreaded wandering around trying to find a place to eat. It’s tough to know where to go for family-friendly dining in Barcelona without trusted recommendations, which is why we are here!
Of course, you should try some of the traditional Catalan food, a variety of tapas, the excellent seafood and a big pan of paella while you’re in Barcelona. But, as we all know, kids don’t always want to join your culinary adventure. This, therefore, is a list of kid-friendly restaurants in Barcelona that will ensure everyone gets fed.
Spoiler: This is not a list of traditional Spanish or Catalan food, this is a list of places that have a variety of dishes and other foods that your kids might already be familiar with.
This place can get very busy on the weekends but the good news is that they do take reservations. Go here to start your day or a mid-day brunch. There are lots of items to choose from and the pancakes with the peanut butter sauce are a hit with the kids!
Neighborhood: El Born
Close to: Arc de Triomf & Parc Citudella
Inside, this restaurant feels a bit like a cave with a beautiful bar and great cocktails. It’s a very comfortable place for dinner as a family with a unique selection of tapas (not your traditional tapas dishes) that are great for sharing. They also have a few basic things for picky eaters. Only open for dinner.
Neighborhood: El Born / Gotico
Close to: Cathedral of Barcelona
Surya Indian Street Food
If your kids like Indian food this place is a great option. Inside the bar is an Indian Street Food truck, the cocktails are delicious and they have a few large tables perfect for families. The staff speaks English so they can help you order and tell you what is what! The buttered chicken is an easy dish most kids like.
Close to: Plaza Catalunya, Casa Battló
If you’re looking to really change things up a bit and your kids are having a tiny tantrum demanding noodles then jump in here to calm them down. The yucca fries and edamame are sure to ease your hunger pains while you wait for a big bowl of noodles.
Neighborhood: El Born and Grácia
Close to: Picasso Museum
Okay, this is a tapas place that I like when I am in the mood for pan con tomate and patata brava. They also have a few other interesting tapas and a plate of nachos that kids will love if they are being fussy. Inside is cozy and they also have outside seating in a nice square and it’s not touristy;)
Neighborhood: El Born
Close to: Picasso Museum
If you are looking for a big brunch this is the place to go! They have a large upstairs area as well as outside seating right on the wide pedestrian street of Passeig San Joan. Great for families and large groups.
TIP: Map yourself here after visiting La Sagrada Familia, it’s a nice walk.
Put the kids in the one “dressy outfit” you packed and head here for a nice dinner. The menu is creative and elegant but they also make great pizza, so have no fear the kids will eat.
Close to: Casa Mila and Casa Battló
Brunch & Cake
One of the hottest restaurants in Barcelona and for good reason. Thankfully there are a few locations but all of them are always packed. They do not take reservations so show up early or be ready to test your patience.
Neighborhood: E’ixample and Barcelonetta
Close to: Casa Battló and Plaza Catalunya
Macchina Pasta Bar
Don’t be surprised if the line is out the door when you arrive at Macchina Pasta Bar. This is because it’s a small restaurant and the counter where they grab all the ingredients for your custom made pasta is positioned right by the front door. And because the pasta is really good! The line moves quickly and there is seating in the back.
TIP: The street where this is located is filled with interesting shops, be sure to go into Olokuti Gràcia
There are two Pudding locations, the original one is loosely themed Alice & Wonderland and there are huge mushrooms inside and downstairs they have books and kids games. The second location is newer and loosely themed on Harry Potter and is a little further from the center of the city. Mostly brunch type items are on the menu, but both are a great way to escape the heat or take a timeout with little kids in the summer.
Neighborhood: E’ixample, Turo Park
Close to: Plaza Catalunya, Casa Battló and Turo Park (great park for little kids)
Excellent sushi with a variety of unique rolls. They also have other Asian noodle and rice dishes on the menu for children that do not like sushi. It is a small restaurant with additional seating upstairs, best to make a reservation.
TIP: Not far from Casa Vicens, the first house Gaudi designed in Barcelona that just recently opened to the public.
This is another brunch place that gets pretty busy on the weekends. A lot of menu items to choose from and acai bowls and smoothies too. This is located on a nice street with a few small parks and play spaces for the toddlers in tow.
Close to: La Sagrada Familia
There are a lot more restaurants and we will be adding to this master list, don’t you worry!
Andrea Fellman is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Twist Travel Magazine. She is a stylish nomad and expat mom living in Barcelona with her husband, two kids and a dog! She blogs about family travel, expat life, and her online business adventures at Wanderlust Living.
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