Spain is the territory of the beloved jamón, the exquisite dry-cured ham. From restaurants to gourmet shops to charcuteries, our guide will lead you to the best spots to find the most heavenly ham in Barcelona.
The established La Garriga opened in 1959 in Tenerife, Spain, and now has a special spot near the Sagrada Familia. For lunch, try their special jamón ibérico, chorizo, or longanisa. Then stay a little longer to fill up on classics like patatas bravas or Spanish tortillas.
Carrer de Joan Güell, 165
It’s a ham paradise in this long, narrow delicatessen in Les Corts. Admire the beautiful wall of cured ham legs and piles of fresh cheeses from behind the glass counter. Then pick up a package of jamón ibérico, Catalan wine, tinned seafood, or other gourmet products.
Carrer de Ferran, 55
Originating in the nearby city of Badalona at the La Salut neighborhood market, Enrique Tomas has built a name for itself even outside Spain’s borders. Dine in the restaurant for the ruby-red jamón sandwiches and tapas, then browse the shop for vacuum-packed ham to savor for later.
Carrer del Pi, 16
We won’t stop gushing over no-frills tapas bars like La Pineda, just a stone’s throw away from the busy Las Ramblas. Come here and sit at their marble tables and dark wood chairs for a nostalgic Spanish tavern atmosphere.
La Rambla, 91, at La Boqueria market
La Boqueria would be incomplete without the corner stall, MAS Gourmets, a charcuterie with over 70 years of history. They have a comprehensive, dizzying selection of high-quality cured meats like Iberian ham, serrano ham, chorizo, or lomo.
Roger de Llúria, 6
As one of the first delicatessens in Barcelona, this iconic eats is where locals shoot the breeze among hanging ham hocks. Savor the taste of various cured meats like cecina (salted meat) from Leon or sausage from Vic. Stay a while longer and fill up on their tasty garlic prawns or squid ink paella.
Rambla de Catalunya, 125
This elegant eatery and shop may be modern and sleek, but Andreu’s time-honored ham tradition goes back since 1930. Have a melt-in-your-mouth jamón ibérico de bellota – the best of the best ham – on their quaint terrace.
Rambla de Catalunya, 61
Not exactly an all-out restaurant, Reserva Ibérica has some tables reserved for sampling their fine ham in this tidy, modern space. Their aproned ham experts are known to give curious first-timers extra customer attention.
Carrer de la Palla, 13
A contemporary but low-key restaurant, this Gothic Quarter location is the perfect stop between sightseeing. While their assorted Iberian jamón dish is to die for, dig in to some Manchego cheese, tasty cod fritters, or Andalusian calamares as well.
Avinguda Diagonal, 145
Kick up your feet at the cozy and casual Jamón Jamón, where you can devour all things ham. It’s a butcher, shop, and restaurant, where you can indulge in jamón croquettes, mushrooms with jamón ibérico shavings, or a jamón ibérico sandwich.
Think you’ll be trying any slices of the glorious jamón while in Barcelona? Need more suggestions? Let us know in the comments!
April 15, 2020 |Words by Justine Ancheta for Eye On Food Tours