So let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street
Las Ramblas, I’ll meet you, we’ll dance around La Sagrada Familia
Drinking Sangria, mi niña, te amo mi cariño
Mamacita, rica, si tú, te adoro señorita
Los otros, viva la vida
Come on let’s be free in Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
Barcelona is one of those cities I keep falling in love with. There’s always something new or yet undiscovered waiting for you when you step out of the plane in Barcelona. My continuous passion for Antoni Gaudi keeps taking me back to the good old city, so let me show you one of my favourite places to go for a Spanish meal!El Nacional is a well hidden secret of the city. It serves a wide range of Spanish food or how they say themselves “some of the best of what’s cooking in Barcelona”. The beauty of this place lies in the concept of it. El Nacional is divided into 4 bars & 4 restaurants offering you traditional recipes from around the region. The first restaurant La Braseria serves all things meaty, so if you are crazy about meat then it’s the perfect place for you.La Llotja is a fish restaurant where your chosen fish can be prepared in 5 different ways – cooked in the oven, charcoal-grilled, steamed, fried or on the griddle. Great if you are looking for a healthier alternative or simply crave a fresh fish.La Taperia, my personal favourite at El Nacional which serves traditional Spanish tapas. So good you want to order more and more. The best thing about this restaurant is that hot tapas are auctioned “Malaga-style” by the waiters. Yes, you will get some hot & tasty deliciousness if you raise your hand – just like at auction. Most of the time your waiter would take an order of drinks & cold tapas before the hot feast begins. Some kind of experience that pleasantly surprised both myself and my boyfriend. Last but not least, La Paradeta offers deli style meals if you are looking for a lighter alternative or a quick snack on your way around Barcelona and tapas is not your cup of tea.On top of that you will find already mentioned beer, wine, cocktail and Oyster bars! So what’s not to like about that? The only negative of this place or more an issue for those short on time is that you can only book a table for La Llotja & La Braseria restaurants. If you fancy having tapas or fish, you’ll have to do it the Spanish way, which means queuing for a table. We tend to go slightly earlier to avoid the long wait. So if you are after a nice meal and don’t fancy waiting, visit El Nacional around 6-7pm as Spanish people tend to eat later in the evening. However, if you dine too early, you might miss out on the food auction as it normally starts at the restaurant’s peak time.