"Barcelona restaurants are expensive": if you have heard something like this, keep reading this article. I will not say you that it's not totally true, some restaurants in Barcelona are really expensive, some others offer you great quality food and you pay for that. What is important is that there are great alternatives that allow you to save money, cheap Barcelona restaurants that will add more value to your stay.
Eating seafood is usually the type of meal that can cost you quite a lot. So, especially if you are a seafood lover and your available budget is limited, here is the tip that will change your next trip to Barcelona. Can you believe that with only 10-15 euro you can eat great fresh seafood, drinks included? When they told me I had many doubts. I know that quality fish is expensive simply because it cost, it has a market price quite high comparing with other type of food.
But .. What if you take a seafood restaurant and you take off all the waiters and you turn it in a self service place, you place a fishmonger's shop right inside and you allow people to choose what they want to eat and the way they want it cooked? Well, you will have La Paradeta, this great seafood cheap restaurant that I am suggesting you for your Barcelona stay.
Here is how it works:
o enter and check the fresh seafood;
o choose what you want and the quantity;
o order your drinks and pay, receiving a number;
o sit down and wait just for a few minutes for the call: when your seafood will be cooked they will shout your number .;
o serve yourself and have your great seafood.
In this way you will pay 10-15 euro sharing with friends, a bit more if you choose something more expensive but trust me, really less than what you will pay for the same quality level in a restaurant. Order also their salads, a great option to go with their seafood. As this restaurant is unfortunately no more a secret, sometimes you have to wait quite a lot, half an hour or sometimes more at weekend. Try to go when it opens or one hour before closing time. In every case it really deserves a visit.
The first Paradeta restaurant in Barcelona got really a huge success so that the owners decided to open another one, giving more possibilities to everyone to have cheap seafood (a sort of 'seafood democracy'). Today you can find La Paradeta here: in the Borne district, Carre Commercial 7; close to Sagrada Fanilia, Passatge Simon 8; in Sants, Calle Riego, 27; Meridiana, Calle Pacific 74; in Sitges (outside Barcelona), Sant Pere 24 – 26. Closed on Monday, opened from Tuesday to Thursday, 20 – 23.30, Friday and Saturday 20 – 24, Saturday and Sunday 13 – 16.
Choose your favourite Paradeta restaurant in Barcelona and try it, you will not be disappointed.