Spanish food is good, but sometimes you need a taste of home. Here is a guide to shops in Barcelona that sell food if you are missing home.
A Taste of Home
Calle Floridablanca 78, Barcelona
Tel. 93 325 1797
Calle San José 32, Sitges
Tel. 93 894 5073
This well-kept little grocery store sells a variety of British goods, including cough medicines, vitamins, baby care products and English books. Most of the shelves, however, are filled with foods from home. Here you’ll find PG Tips tea bags, Walkers crisps and Cheerios. The owners are constantly tweaking the stock, so if there’s something you want and don’t see, just ask. They may be able to get it in for you.
El Corte Inglés
Plaça de Catalunya, 14, Barcelona
Tel. 93 306 3800
There are numerous branches in Barcelona of Spain’s largest department store, but the one that caters best to non-Spaniards is the one in central Plaça Catalunya. In the basement you’ll find a sprawling supermarket that’s generally packed with people. Though by no means geared solely to expats, there are lots of familiar goodies for sale. You can buy most baking goods here (even vanilla and hard-to-find chocolate chips), a wide variety of spices, sauces, Asian foods and products for those with special dietary needs. Outside the main supermarket (but still in the basement), a smaller gourmet foods shop stocks speciality items like maple syrup and exotic fruits.
Taste of America
Balmes 322, Barcelona
Tel: 932 11 97 92
This is a chain of stores all across Spain, with expats in Barcelona having access to more than 2,000 products. Around 21 years ago a group of Spanish and American friends decided to offer their range of US products on Spanish soil. With authentic brands from beef jerky to Reese’s and bagels to spicy BBQ sauces, there’s something for everyone here.
C. Pujades, 188, Barcelona
Tel: 693 56 76 56
A restaurant and shop in one, this Italian store serves scrumptious Italian food to those missing a little dolce vita. Their tiramisu, cold cuts and fresh burrata are a delight to the Italian food lover, washed down with an authentic wine from the Pompeii region. You can also take away their delicious selection, or decide to sit and enjoy the great service.
Carrer de Sicília, 326, Barcelona
Tel: 935 39 06 16
If you prefer a little of the cooler countries food such as pickled (sour) cucumbers, sour cabbage, sour cream and kefir, typical of Polish and Russian flavour, then this is the pit stop for your palate. There is also an excellent range of Polish beer and vodka.
Carrer de Còrsega, 535, Barcelona
Tel: 933 48 08 49
The best Arabic patisserie in Barcelona. This pastry shop is styled and decorated with influences from Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. There are many delicious sweet pastries and also savoury dishes such as couscous and hummus. Arabic bread is baked traditionally only on Wednesdays.