La Barraca has a serious paella-making duo in the kitchen. Award-winning Catalan chef Xavier Pellicer is their expert adviser – there three days a week in full kitchen rig – while chef Rafa de Valicourt has left the world of luxurious uptown hotels to return to Barceloneta. The menu boasts six rice specialities that won’t steer you wrong, such as the paella made with high-quality ‘bomba’ rice (a short-grained variety from Valencia), squid, freshly caught fish, clams, mussels, and garlic and parsley oil. Price: €19.50
In Catalonia, rice dishes are for summer. But its ability to absorb flavours makes rice perfect for seasonal delicacies as well. You can also find some of the world's top chefs making incredible creations that are brought to your table. But don't worry if you're on a budget – Barcelona has plenty of delicious options to keep your wallet happy.