In Barcelona, eating out is a huge part of the culture. The city is full of plazas and squares where friends meet for wine and tapas, and talk until the midnight hour. Most locals don’t even consider actually eating dinner until 9pm or later. Instead, Catalonians go bar-hopping in the evening, eating a different tapa at each stop.
For us early eating Brits such a late dinner time can come as quite a shock, but there’s definitely something to be said for taking your time, meeting up for a drink, snacking on tapas and unwinding at the end of the day. It took Luke and I a little while to adjust to mealtimes in Barcelona, but we came to like it.