The Boqueria market is one of Barcelona's must see sights, selling the top quality local fruit, veg. and seafood that will grace the tables of the city's best restaurants later that night. So where better than La Boqueria to go for lunch, where you can combine taking macabre photos of sheep heads and still wriggling eels and lobsters, with tasting the best ingredients in Spain at their freshest. That's exactly the draw of El Quim's kiosk restaurant in the heart of the market. Pull up a stool and let the eponymous Quim rustle up trademark dishes such as cigrons amb cloïsses (Catalan for chickpeas with clams) and xipirons amb mongetes de Santa Pau (baby squid with white beans). It's not the cheapest place in town but for fresh Catalan cuisine and tapas you can't go far wrong. Check our guide to dining out in Barcelona for more restaurant options.
El Quim was the best food we had in Barcelona! We enjoyed it enough to go back every morning of our trip. Each visit, we were ate something different and everything was excellent! Can't wait to return to Barcelona so we can return to El Quim!
reviewed by Jenn from Belgium on Mar.22.2013
Classic venue. It's a bit pricey by local standards but still good value overall and Quim is a great character.
reviewed by Frank from Ireland on Mar.15.2013