Los Caracoles - Where the Celebrities Dine

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Founded back in the early 1800’s, Los Caracoles is still considered to be one of the Barcelona restaurants that offer the most character. Initially, it was called Can Bofarull. For years, people have loved the fact that this establishment has a perfect spot right in the Gothic Quarter nearby Las Ramblas.

Los Caracoles - A restaurant with a long history

A restaurant with a long history

Los Caracoles - A Restaurant with a Long History

The restaurant was later renamed in honor of snails, as this food is indeed one of the specialties of the house. But there are also a wide variety of seafood dishes and roasted meats as well.

You will be pleased to learn that it is still run by the same family as it was back hundreds of years ago. Visitors from across the globe have this restaurant at the top of their list of places to go for excellent Barcelona dining. Los Caracoles has also received a medal of merit for tourism.

Los Caracoles - A popular restaurant among celebrities (picture: Robert De Niro)

A popular restaurant among celebrities (picture: Robert De Niro)

A Favorite Among Celebrities

The Los Caracoles website outlines all the various celebrities who have dined at the establishment over the years. They break down these individuals into categories of opera, cinema, singing, sports, politics and other.

The list of well-known people is indeed quite vast and includes everyone from Robert De Niro, Gary Cooper, Jerry Lewis and Vittorio De Sica to The Supremes, and Robert Plant. The restaurant was also a favorite among Spanish artists including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali. If you want a full list of all the various diners over the years, you can find here.

You can see images on the walls of all the different celebrities who have dined there. This feature gives a unique glimpse into history and also showcases just how well respected this establishment happens to be among the rich and famous. Of all the different Barcelona restaurants, this one is among the favorite with celebrities.

Los Caracoles - A privileged location near las ramblas

A privileged location near las ramblas

A Perfect Location in The Gothic Quarter

Speaking of Picasso, you will be pleased to learn that Los Caracoles is a short trip to the Picasso Museum, as both are located in the Gothic Quarter. The museum is just slightly over 1 km away, which would be about a 10-15 minute walk. Don’t miss adding the Museu Picasso to your list of activities during your trip.

This is also one of the most exciting neighborhoods to visit in the entire city! The Gothic Quarter also offers a variety of other things to see and do. In this area, you will see some of the oldest parts of the city, including buildings from the medieval and Roman periods.

In addition to the Picasso Museum, other highlights include Placa del Rei, which includes a branch of the History Museum and Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. This area also offers unique shopping, so don’t forget to take the time to explore some of the various boutiques.

One suggestion for those traveling to this neighborhood is to sign up for the Barcelona Gothic Quarter walking tour. During this 2 hour tour, an expert will lead you through the various streets and give you an overview of the history. You will learn a great deal and also enjoy many excellent opportunities for photographs.

After the tour, you can simply walk over to your dinner. These activities should provide you with a perfect day in Barcelona.

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Los Caracoles seats up to 100 people, but still you will be unlikely to get a table if you just walk in off the street. It is important to have a reservation. Check out our free Barcelona restaurants reservation search engine to book a table in advance. You will be relieved that you took the time to do so.

This restaurant is set up in a unique manner, as seats are divided into different private rooms. Each has its own unique atmosphere. For example, Barandilla is best for a romantic dinner, and Cubells and Cuadro are best for groups of up to 25 people. Celler is a quiet area for 12-14 people, and Cafetera seats 50 people. Los Caracoles does get lots of groups, and, in fact, has a special menu for groups only.

The different rooms and intimate environment that Los Caracoles offers truly presents a unique Barcelona dining experience. This establishment will likely be one of your favorites on your trip to Spain.