Tracking Down the Best Falafel in Barcelona
So you’re in search of this Middle Eastern dream food while in Barcelona? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve been known to sniff out falafel in the least likely of places, and Barcelona was one of the easiest.
When they days are hot, the nights long and the paella one too many, opt to eat at any of the following spots for some good old fried chickpea balls. Read on!
Maoz in Barcelona
I must start with Maoz. This chain of takeaway restaurants has been my saving grace during my travels across Europe. Whether you’re in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon or anywhere else, Maoz has their falafel holding arms wide open for you during most hours of the day.
They are a falafel bar. Which means you’ll build your wrap or bowl from the base up by selecting from the fresh ingredients behind the counter as your falafel is fried fresh as well! You’ll then move over to the topping station that you will assemble yourself. Toppings are unlimited, and you can treat it as a buffet until you’re through with your wrap.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 1am
ADDRESS: Carrer de Ferran, 13, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Liceu
Falafel Vegano in Barcelona
Not far down the street from Maoz is another fabulous falafel bar, this one entirely vegan.
You’ll find this kiosk inside the Boqueria Market, amongst hoards of meat serving stalls and cured animal parts. It’s a refreshing option for visitors to the market who perhaps prefer not to have animals between their teeth.
At this falafel bar you also build your bowl or wrap from the base up. The staff will walk you through the process and you can sample sauces along the way if you so desire.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday – 11am to 5:30pm
ADDRESS: Plaça de Sant Galdric, 96, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Liceu
Hummus Barcelona in Barcelona
For a more formal, sit down falafel dining experience you can make another short walk over to Hummus Barcelona, also situated in the Old Town.
Thye specialize in the art of making hummus, which is a Middle Eastern food staple. You’ll have the option of many different flavors and accompaniments, including their house falafel.
Order a portion of pita and any of their salads and you’ve got a mezze dining experience you won’t forget.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday – 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de València, 227, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Passeig de Gracia
Petra in Barcelona
Petra is one of my favorite Lebanese restaurants in Barcelona. They do authentic, traditional Lebanese food in a laid back setting with prices that will make you very happy. You can get a pita with fillings of your choice for just €3… yes… €3.
Their falafel is delicious. It comes as a wrap but I prefer to have it plated alongside their hummus, moutabal, salad and tahini. A true hidden gem in the heart of Gracia.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 1pm to 11:45pm
ADDRESS: Carrer d’Astúries, 53, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Fontana
Aladdin Restaurante Arabe in Barcelona
They too are an authentic Lebanese restaurant; this time with a more transportive and upmarket dining experience. The interior will have you booking your flight to Lebanon right from the table.
Delicious falafel and accommodating staff who are happy to work with any and all dietary restrictions.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 1pm
ADDRESS: Av. de Gaudí, 50, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Sant Pau | Dos de Maig
La Caravana in Barcelona
There is something about la Caravana that makes me so happy. You’ll understand after the first time that you eat here.
It’s in southern Gracia, and is a hole in the wall style space but with the most wholesome energy and ambiance. Oh, and the falafel is the best in town.
Huge portions, tasty seasonings, the softest, chewiest pita breads in the business and nothing that will cost you more than €8 to enjoy. Ten out of ten.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 12:30pm to 1am
ADDRESS: Carrer de Mozart, 15, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Diagonal
Equinox in Barcelona
Equinox is close to la Caravana and is a Lebanese restaurant. It too is small, intimate and a fantastic dining experience especially for meat eaters.
Their falafel can be ordered as a starter or as a main. Meat plates also have the option of coming with a side of falafel instead of fries or salad. To top things off you can end your meal with a cup of tea and fresh slice of Baklava.
OPENING HOURS: Wednesday to Monday – 1:30pm to 2am
ADDRESS: Carrer de Verdi, 21-23, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Fontana
El Cuiner de Damasc in Barcelona
Back to the Old Town we go for our final falafel spot in Barcelona. This is one of the few places where I don’t ask them to plate my falafel, I am happy to eat it in the wrap as intended.
Their breads are soft, sauces are perfect, falafel is tasty and the whole experience of everything together is perfectly complimentary. It’s an affordable, no frills falafel option close to the beach and Port Vell.