Best Cheat Meals in Barcelona
We all like to cheat every once in a while, right? And now I’m talking strictly about food, you perverts..! Many of us try to eat as healthy as we can during the week, and take the opportunity to pig out during the weekend. Life is all about balance, am I right? And if you want to eat something unhealthy you should make it worthwhile, right..? I made a list of the best cheat meals in Barcelona when you want to make an exception really worth it!
Toppen - Does cheesecake on a stick sound like a good cheat meal? Then go and check out Toppen, where you can customise your cheesecake with different toppings and sauces.
Eat My Trip - They have many great dishes for a good cheat meal, especially the French Toast that comes with a big cloud of cotton candy!
Bar Centro - Their fried chicken sandwich is amazing, with lots of cheese and a spicy mayo. Make sure you get a fresh craft beer from the tap to go with it.
Bar Limón - The pancakes at Bar Limón are not only very pretty and Instagrammable, they are probably the fluffiest in the city!
Oma Bistró -There are many good cheat meal dishes to choose from here, but the French Toast is the king of them all..!
La Cava Cakery - Is a good cupcake your thing? Go to La Cava Cakery for really well-made cupcakes in many flavours, and get a specialty coffee with it, or why not a glass of cava?
Bing Bing Cafe - They are the only ones in Spain making the Korean dessert Bingsu! There are plenty of flavours to choose from, and they are perfect for sharing.
Funky Bakers - Go here and go crazy with all the delicious, freshly baked items like the frangipane tarts or the carrot cakes. Go here early and enjoy a breakfast in bed!
Alsur Cafe - The Carrot Cake Pancakes are a sight for sore eyes, as are the Oreo waffles and so many other sweet and savoury items on their menu.
Cookona - Go crazy in this cookie dough paradise! They make fun and crazy things like a brownie with Oreo cookie dough paired with vanilla ice cream and Kinder hot fudge. If you’re really into it get a cookie pizza..!
La Piña Bar - Their grilled cheeses are really something special. Pair them with a good craft beer and you are golden.
La Besneta - Vegan is not boring, and La Besneta really proves it. Their vegan croissants filled with dulce de leche or tiramisu cream are to die for.
Santo Porcello - In addition to a yummy authentic Italian sandwich I really urge you to try the Tiramisu, it’s out of this world.
Pasta - Want to fill up with carbs? My favourite places for pasta are Xemei (classy and romantic), and Il Birrino (laid-back and cosy).
Rooster - These guys specialise in chicken and Filipino-American food. In addition to yummy fried chicken their mac & cheese is very recommendable, as is their Garlic Quesadilla that is to die for.
Ice cream - Is ice cream your weakness? My favourites for good ice cream is Rocambolesc, Gocce di Latte and Parallelo, hands down.
Cinnamon Rolls - We have a couple of great places in Barcelona if you feel like having a good cinnamon roll. I love Candela Canela in Gracia and Demasie in the Born. Both have wonderful flavours to choose from like dulce de leche, matcha, Nutella and so forth.
La Estrella - I love this restaurant, and wait until you hear their dessert menu..! Anything from the chocolate lovers dessert list is perfect for a cheat day.
Las Fritas - Are fries your thing? Las Fritas makes them really well, they have a secret technique they use to make them very tasty, and lots of wonderful sauces to pair them with. Also check out their tapas and their vermouths.
Churros - Churros and chocolate is a wonderful cheat meal, don’t you think? I love mine from classic Granja M Viader, Granja Dulcinea or La Granja 1872.
Big Al’s - So you might be craving a big fat burger now and then between your fat-free salads. This is where you should get it! The burger patty is so tasty, I don’t know what they do to them to make them so flavourful. And the burgers are huge, too. If you manage to finish the Widowmaker you get your picture on the wall! The curly fries are great and I challenge you to gulp down a milkshake too..! More on Big Al’s here.
Parking Pizza - If you crave pizza you want it to be a good one, right? I think it doesn’t get better than Parking Pizza. I’m not big on crusts, but this one is delicious. And the toppings… My absolute favorite is the one with fontina cheese, egg (yolkporn galore!), Parmesan and truffle. One of the best pizzas I’ve EVER had. Unfortunately for all of us trying to be healthy they also deliver. Read my review on Parking Pizza here.
Chivuo’s - I’ve talked about burgers before in this list, but let’s not forget about Chivuo’s. Their burger is fantastic, so is their pulled pork sandwich, their tuna melt, their cheesy potato wedges and their seasonal specials take the burger game to a whole new level (if it’s the patty melt you’re in luck..!). You’re worth it.
Lukumas - These greek-style donuts are so decadent, and so worth the cheat. Their light and fluffy, and they come in many different flavours and fillings. My favourite is the little doughnut hole filled with white chocolate. And considering it’s small it’s not such a huge cheat, right? Read my post on Lukumas here.
Baluard Bakery - Their almond croissant is legendary. I dare you not to try it..!