In fact, it’s the fanciest one of them all. It’s a classy place with piano music in the background – that really says it all. Personally, we think this is a great restaurant for couples and for first dates, if it suits your style.
It’s located between Barcelona and El Born, not far away from the lower end of the Gothic Quarter.
Often referred to as “the place to eat paella in Barcelona,” Can Majó is a can’t-miss.
It’s a really popular place, so if you’re planning on coming here for dinner (especially on the weekends), give them a call beforehand and make a reservation. You can avoid a long wait, which can be as much as more than 1 hour without a reservation. There are definitely better ways to spend your time in Barcelona.
Paella starts here from €13.90, so it’s great if you’re on a budget.
And it’s another reason it’s so popular.
The waiters here are really friendly and love to give suggestions to both locals and tourists alike. Not all of them speak great English, but once they realize you want to order in English, they’ll send over the English-speaking waiters.
We mentioned before in our tips about eating paella that the price shown is usually the price person.
And the minimum is two people for one paella.
You can also order a paella for three, four, or even more people.
A paella usually costs between €15 and €25 per person.
If you are looking for the best cheap paella in Barcelona, you might want to consider Restaurante Arume Barcelona. You can get one here for under €15.
You can find places that sell paella for around €10.
Our best advice: Stay away from these places.
At these places, the paella is most likely previously frozen. It is NOT tasty at all, and you could spend your €10 in a better way.
How do you spot a bad paella restaurant?
1. Paella for one
When a restaurant offers paellas for one person, this is not a good sign.
This is really uncommon, and most likely only offered for tourists.
If you find a paella for one in Barcelona, it is probably a “precoocked frozen paella”. Meaning, the restaurant gets them from a frozen foods company and they do only heat them for you.
Exception: when the paella is on a daily menu, it is normally cooked on the day by the cook. In this case, the restaurant cooks a big amount of paella so single people can also enjoy it. Traditionally in Spain, restaurants offer paella on the menu each Thursday.
2. More than 6 languages on the menu
When the menu comes in 17 different languages and especially includes photos, it’s a red flag.
We would skip a place like this. That being said, it’s only a clue, not a fixed rule.
All the restaurants on this list have at least an English menu in addition to the two main menus in Catalan and Spanish.
3. Another important thing to know:
Make sure you get the wine you ordered!
We were once sitting in a restaurant where the British tourists next to us kept complaining.
What was it all about?
They had ordered a wine that cost €10€, but got given one that cost €30. The waiter insisted they had to pay since they drank it. Not fair.
Keep an eye out for this!
But then again, the places for the best paella in Barcelona we recommend here, are great ones. We have never had an issue at these places, and we’ve sent quite a lot of our friends there. All came back with a happy smile and a full stomach.
Where do locals eat paella in Barcelona?
This is the second question after “Where to eat the best paella in Barcelona” is
“Where do LOCALS eat paella in Barcelona?”.
Well, we’ll share this secret with you, too!
Personally, I eat the best paella in my life always with my father in law. He enjoys cooking paella, and every other Sunday the family gets together and eats a home-cooked paella. It’s incredible, so yummy, every single time. We also had an incredible arroz ciego (blind paella) in