The city's world-famous, one-of-a-kind restaurant scene lives up to the buzz.
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An adventurous spirit and a wealth of incredible local ingredients, like acorn-fed Iberian pork and fresh Mediterranean seafood, make Catalonia arguably one of the most exciting food destinations in the world. The legendary, now shuttered El Bulli called the northeastern Spanish region home, as does the world’s current top-ranked restaurant, El Cellar de Can Roca. With many El Bulli protégés now running kitchens in Barcelona, the region’s capital, visitors to the city can expect an incredibly high level of cooking—and a dizzying number of Michelin stars. Traditional Catalan cooking is also excellent, and the city offers an addictive mix of high and low from refined temples of gastronomy to buzzy tapas bars.