headed to Europe for the first time since i was a kid (i don’t remember much) for my Wife’s 50th Birthday
we will be in Barcelona-4 nights, Paris 4 nights. London-5 nights.
can you please give me some suggestions on places to eat? casual, walk in type places, pintxos, and maybe a few places i might need a reservation to.
if it helps in Barcelona we will be staying around Sant Marti
in Paris we will be staying around the 1st Arrondissement?
in London we will be staying near Trafalgar Square.
it’s my wifes first time in Europe so we’re going to be doing some sightseeing and touristy stuff but any suggestions for food and stuff will be great.
Some discussions on hungry onion about BCN and more about Paris.
From my personal experience:
In BCN look at Mont Bar - refined tapas, Teoric - bistronomy, Enigma or Disfrutar - modern/creative, Bar Canete - classic tapas, and Compartir ( I have only been to the one in Cadaques which was amazing, but now they open a branch in BCN).
Consider day trip to Girona (Espresso Mafia for amazing coffee, El Cellar for very fancy but amazing dinner)
Very handy guide for BCN - https://www.macarfi.com/en/bcn/restaurants
My personal favorites in Paris are Montee and Pages (both tasting menus, Japanese chefs making French food).
Over the years enjoyed Ze Kitchen Gallery, Sola, La Condesa, Le Chateaubriand on Parmentier, and even now “discovered” tourist favorites Chez Ami Jean and Frenchie.
Hungry onion link on Paris
i missed that comment initially. obviously some of my reccomendations are quite a bit fancier than that.
however, Mont Bar, Bar Canete, and Teoric fit in BCN but still need a reservation. Paris places I listed are all on a fancier side. Great option that does not take reservations is Clamato in Paris.
Paris: L’Avant Comptoir de la Terre or L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer (2 doors away). Open all day, walk in only, friendly, nice vibe, good wines, small plates, free home made bread w/great butter. It’s a stand at the counter, talk to others type place.
in london, st john (all of their locations are similarly outstanding, but smithfield is the classic one) is an absolute must-visit
in paris, patrick roger is one of the top chocolatiers, just a couple blocks away from l’avant comptoir, and often has some stunning chocolate displays that are arguably worth visiting even from a non-eating perspective.
also in paris, le wepler is a solid bistro (open since 1881) which has the advantage of being open to midnight (used to be 1 am), and generally doesn’t require a reservation to be able to get a table - a good backup restaurant to have in mind in case plans change. they do all the classics - escargot, french onion soup, seafood tower, crepes suzette flambeed tableside. won’t be life-changing amazing, but more similar to a perfectly-run american diner