Student bites: cheap restaurants in Barcelona

Life as a student doesn’t often afford the luxury of eating out, especially in one of Europe’s premiere cities. Fortunately, the Catalan capital has your appetite and budget covered with a number of cheap restaurants in Barcelona – fit for a king at prices for any student. We’ve put together the best (affordable) places to eat in Barcelona.

Taller de Pasta

If you’re a hands-on pasta connoisseur, at Taller de Pasta not only can you enjoy great pasta, but you can also make it. They offer cooking classes with fresh pasta so you can bring the flavour home; if you’re in a hurry, they also do take-away and sit down. The prices are low and the quality high (tagliatelle Bolognese at 4€) so naturally it’s a beloved spot for locals.

Assorted Spanish dishes - cheap restaurants in Barcelona


No matter what food group you’re partial to, SOPA’s vegetarian menu and prices make it one of the best cheap restaurants in Barcelona. Their options are light, healthy, and cheap, all served in a large natural-lit hall with minimalist decor. The main dish is their famous homemade soup at 4.90€, but they also boast a number of authentic Spanish options such as the Tortilla de Patatas at 3.80€ a portion.

Gata Mala

For those students searching for cheap restaurants in Barcelona, look no further than Gata Mala where you’ll get a free tapas with every beer (1.60€). Of course, a good secret is hard to keep, so you’ll have to elbow yourself a spot amidst the throngs of locals who call Gata Mala their own. To miss the crowds, it’s better to come by early, armed with a fierce appetite and a few euros.

Patatas Bravas - cheap Barcelona restaurants

Bar Tomas

If you’re hunting for the best Patatas Bravas, you’ll have to try one of Barcelona’s top contenders, Bar Tomas. Devoid of upscale glamour, this local spot is a hidden mecca for patatas bravas that won’t break your bank (2.45€). Although it’s a bit of a walk worth from the centre, the young and authentic atmosphere makes the trip well worth it.

So by now you should never have to ask yourself again where to find a cheap restaurant in Barcelona!

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