How To Eat Locally In Barcelona And Why Slow Food Is Important

Whilst there’s no mistaking where you can find Fast Food, have you ever discovered Slow Food in Barcelona?

Barcelona is home to a food culture of delicious traditional Spanish dishes including Potato Bombas, Esqueixada, Paella, Crema Catalana, and you can enjoy these and other local favourites within the Slow Food community during your stay at Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona.


But what is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation, founded in 1989, striving to preserve traditional and regional cuisine to encourage the ethical farming of plants, seeds and livestock of the local ecosystem.

It is a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries. This movement envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

It is defined by three interconnected principles:
GOOD: quality, flavoursome and healthy food
CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers

It’s really a win win movement for all; you get to explore the enhanced rich flavours of locally sourced, affordable, traditional food, contribute to defending biodiversity AND help preserve the food culture of the local Catalonian community.


So how do you get involved?

Visit the Slow Food Earth Market
In the Tres Xemeneies (Three Chimneys) local producers offer healthy, quality food directly to consumers at fair prices and guarantee environmentally sustainable methods. The market is also an opportunity to enjoy live music and local tapas tastings. Open from 10am on select Saturdays.
*28 min bus commute from Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona.


Stay with us
Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. We aim to give you an authentic Spanish experience and help create your Amistat stay in Barcelona with more meaning and purpose. We work with local artists, chefs, DJs, farmers and tour guides to help support the local culture and environment. Book your stay here

Cook with us
At Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona we have a spacious and fully equipped kitchen at your disposal, check out our facilities here so visit the Slow Food Earth Market with an eco-friendly tote bag (or two!), meet the local producers and curate up your own delicious locally sourced, affordable Slow Food meal.


Join a community dinner
We offer FREE PASTA and cooking classes to all guests, a great starting point for a meal idea and helping to support the local environment. Find out more about our dinners here.

Visit a Slow Food Restaurant
Sustainable Slow Food restaurants in Barcelona work directly with farmers, fishermen, breeders and cheesemakers. in Catalunya within a 100km radius of Barcelona, which means there are no supply chains involved, or foods sprayed with pesticides!


Here are our top recommendations in Barcelona:

· Balius Bar
Theatrical cocktail making with bespoke organic tapas and dishes.
*7 min walk from Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona

· Llamber Restaurant
Gastronomic tavern with Asturian roots
*21 min metro commute from Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona

· Slow Food Kitchen
Slow Food cooking courses – Tortilla, Gazpacho, Sangria, Catalan Cream, Seafood Paella.
*21 min metro commute from Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona

· La Violeta Bar de Vinos Naturales
Located in the Barceloneta market, La Violeta offers a tapas bar concept.
*21 min metro commute from Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona

With open dates for Spring/Summer 2020, book the Barcelona Amistat Beach Hostel in advance here and begin unfolding your next Slow Food adventure.

P.s. If you’re looking to explore more of Europe this summer, make sure you visit our sister hostel in Ibiza for a long weekend or two, we would love to see you there! Book your Amistat Island Hostel Ibiza trip here