Save Alkimia for your last meal — in Barcelona, that is. Even before your appetizers arrive, the white walls and linens transport you halfway to heaven. Rockstar chef Jordi Villa gets the best out of Catalan cuisine — even the locals are captivated by a regular menu that dabbles successfully in everything from pigeon to pickled oysters. The traditional menu is best for novices; ask for the proper pairing with a Spanish wine. Reservations are required, and seats fill up fast. Hint: Open tables are more plentiful during lunch, so use a hearty afternoon meal as fuel for an afternoon walk through the Eixample district.

Carrer de Industria, 79
+34 932 076 115
www.alkimia.cat