In a country famous for its finger-food serving tapas bars, Barcelona leads the foodie scene with its access to fresh Mediterranean seafood, locally grown olives and inspiration from North African cuisine.
This city has traditionally been openly welcoming of gay travelers, and certain areas, such as Eixample, are brimming with vibrant bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In fact, for travelers in search of a gay restaurant, Barcelona makes a fertile hunting ground.
A fine Eixample of gay Barcelona
Indeed, the Eixample offers up plenty of options for Spanish, Asian and vegetarian options. One of the nicest venues for traditional Spanish and Catalan cuisine is the ultra gay-friendly Casa Jaime.
Located at Consell de Cent 222, in the heart of the Gayxample, its delicious tapas and hearty, home-cooked dishes make it a big hit with locals and tourists alike. Super-nice (not to mention cute) waiters and inexpensive prices mean you’ll be coming back for more.
If you’re planning a big night ahead (or recovering from one) something more substantial can be found at nearby El Bierzo a Tope (Diputació 159). Serving hearty, traditional fare from the León region, eating here will leave both you - and your wallet - full. That’s because it’s three-course set menus (both lunch and dinner, wine included) are a complete bargain. OK, it’s not a fancy dining situation, but this busy stalwart of the Gayxample is more about good, old-fashioned fare in a fun atmosphere.
Gayxample staple El Berro is another fave. This corner bar (Diputació 180 with Casanova) offers well-priced lunchtime and evening menus. Situated on Barcelona’s gayest street, its corner terrace is the perfect place for eating or drinking while gossiping, planning your day or checking out the local eye candy.
Alternative gay dining
Set in gritty and hip Raval, queer-owned La Monroe has become a huge hit with the indie and alternative LGBT community and for good reason. A large, open space with industrial design and all-around windows, the décor is warm, inviting and creates a super social atmosphere.
Food-wise, sample the yummy salads or burgers or tasty tapas – we recommend the giant plate of nachos (a meal in itself!). Oh, the all-in-black tattooed wait staff are just another reason to eat here!
Best for breakfasts
Located in the hub of Barcelona’s currently hippest hood, San Antoni, La Desayunería (Carrer del Comte Borrell, 75) serves up the biggest and best all-day breakfasts in the city. With a selection of brekkies from all around the world, including pancakes, bagels, eggs benedict, and stacks more, this busy place serves a superb breakfast in Barcelona and will set you up for a full day of pounding the streets.