Sitges is a destination for many as the mercury rises, humidity eagerly snapping at its heels. A 40-minute car or train ride away from Barcelona. Once a fishing village. The modest days of Sitges are long gone. Instead, you will find a picturesque town with more than its fair share of villas. The beaches fill up early and the restaurants struggle to keep up with the mob of people.
It can feel overwhelming to select a place to eat. My friend Miriam Burke who is one half of a local luxury villa rental business: Utopia Villas has done the hard work and compiled a useful list: utopia-villas.com/sitges-restaurants-and-bars
My top 10 places to eat in Sitges are:
Big Al’s American Kitchen
If you fancy a juicy burger, in a soft bun with a side of curly fries – look no further. Plenty of seating, good service. It will hit the spot.
C/ de Fransesc Gumà, 21
Corazon de Agave
Authentic Mexican food. The freshly fried totopes with guacamole are a must order. Good tacos and margaritas.
C/ de Sant Pere, 12
Takeaway only. Paqui Berlanga is the chef-owner here. She makes the best roast chicken in town on a wood-fired rotisserie oven. Sides like ensalada russa or roast vegetables are top notch.
C/ Sant Pere, 20
Part of the Wyndham hotels & Resorts. Dolce is perched atop Sitges, overlooking a manicured golf course. The terrace restaurant next to one of the 4 pools is good for eating with a view.
Avinguda Camí de Miralpeix, 12
At El Cable, patrons are to be found spilling out onto the streets. The popularity of this old tapas restaurant shows no signs of waning. A bustling, fun spot.
C/ Barcelona, 1
Nem is run by 2 chefs, one local and one British. They make small plates for sharing and take inspiration from around the world. Their desserts are out of this world. Order at least two!
C/ Illa de Cuba, 9
La Incidencia del Factor Vi
A good wine list. Lots of splurts and squirts of sauce on the plate combined with architectural plating. They are trying to do something different here and have a good following from locals.
C/ Bonaire, 25
A fish restaurant close to San Sebastien beach. A place to order whole fish, grilled over coals. The side of soft cooked potatoes is not to be missed. Family run so can be slow at points.
C/ Rafael Llopart, 49
A tapas restaurant run by Kim and Sebastien. Tasty bites in a homey space. Usually busy despite being off the beaten track. There is a small terrace at the back that is charming.
Sant Damià 14
Rice dishes by the sea on a pretty terrace. Zorra is Arroz spelled backward and as you would expect this is a paella restaurant. Best for lunch and essential to book in advance.
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