Our Favorite Comfort Food Dishes in Barcelona

This blog post was originally posted on January 20, 2017, and was updated on October 20, 2017.

Winter is the perfect time for those delicious comfort foods that warm the body and the soul! Check out our favorite comfort food dishes in Barcelona to stay warm!

We hate being cold, don't you? Warm up in our favorite city while enjoying some of the tastiest comfort food dishes in Barcelona!

Escudella i Carn d’Olla

Barcelona’s version of winter stew is an absolute must-try during the cold months of the year! The first documented soup in Europe, original recipes date back to the 14th century. It was something the citizens of Catalonia ate every day! Expect to find it served in two courses. The first, the broth with noodles or rice, and second, a selection of meats and vegetables that made the broth, including an enormous meatball pilota.

Where to get it: Terra d’Escudella


Lentejas, or lentil soup, is one of the most typical comfort foods of Spain. Hearty, rich and filling, this staple of Spanish cuisine generally consists of a thick stew made with chorizo, garlic and bay leaves for flavor. We love tucking into this delicious bowl of warmth on cold days! It’s definitely one of our favorite comfort food dishes in Barcelona!

Where to get it: Botigueta del Bon Menjar

Yum! We love this tasty dish. It's one of our favorite comfort food dishes in Barcelona!
Delicious lentil soup! Photo credit: La Merci

Mandonguilles amb sípia

Barcelona is a city sandwiched between the sea and mountains, which makes for no surprise that Catalan cuisine highlights many mar i muntanya, or surf and turf dishes. As a result, one of the best foods to eat in winter in Barcelona is mandonguilles amb sípia, or meatballs with cuttlefish. This combination is incredibly flavorful, and one of our favorites of all Catalan cuisine!

Where to get it: Bar El Zorrito

We love delicious Spanish comfort food in Barcelona, the perfect things to eat in winter in Barcelona!
Incredible meatballs with cuttlefish! A match made in heaven!

Arroz caldoso

Sure, you can eat paella in winter in Barcelona, but on a cold day, there’s nothing quite like an arroz caldoso, literally translated to brothy rice. However, this might not sound very appetizing to some! Believe us when we say that this is an absolute treat of winter dishes in Spain! This dish can come in many different forms. Furthermore, if really treat yourself to one with bogavante, or lobster!

Where to get it: Can Solé

We love different rice dishes in Spain, especially these ones to keep you warm in winter. These are some of the best comfort food dishes in Barcelona!
Arroz con bogavante, a delicious rice dish worth trying in winter in Barcelona!


Who doesn’t love cannelloni? They are not just one of the best comfort food dishes in Barcelona, but in the world! The Catalan version of this stuffed pasta is a typical dish on Boxing Day. Although it’s the perfect dish throughout winter in Barcelona if you ask us! Whether they’re stuffed with roast chicken or mushrooms, you can expect loads of creamy bechamel and rich flavor!

Where to get it: Bar del Pla

Looking for the best comfort foods in Barcelona in winter? We will lead the way!
The delicious canelon at Bar del Pla, a frequent stop on our Tapas, Taverns & History tour!

Of course, there are so many more delicious warming tasty tapas to find in Barcelona! Have a look at some must-try dishes while you’re here!

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