|Address||Barceloneta beach; 08003 Barcelona
by Drassana and Sevilla
|Neighbourhood||Barceloneta | See on map|
|Metro||Barceloneta [L4] or bus V15 to Passeig Joan de Borbó-Judici|
There’s no denying the allure of Barcelona’s chiringuitos, sitting pretty on the beach and offering close-up views of sunseekers, surfers and the Med, all from the comfort of a table in the shade, cold drink in hand and sea breeze in your hair. It’s even better when you aren’t forced to choose between eating well or eating there, and that’s a choice you don’t have to make at this particular one.
La Guingueta de la Barceloneta is the beachside initiative from Carles Abellán, the Michelin-starred chef from Comerç24 who also runs the Bravo restaurant at the W Hotel at the far end of the beach. And while the menu of tapas, sandwiches and fresh juices might not look any different than the other shacks (just pricier), the cooking is balanced, the ingredients superb and the decor by Tarruella Trenchs Studio sleek.
In terms of signature dishes, there are only two: the hot dog catalá made with local butifarra (though dressed up in very foreign flavours) and ice cream from Rocambolesc, the Roca brothers’ gelateria. Both excellent. Bookings aren’t taken but if you want the assurance of a confirmed reservation, then it’s possible at its sister venue on Bogatell (close to the Chiringay). Slightly more formal but still on the beach.