Perched on the top of Montjuïc, a steep set of hills that divides the ocean from the majority of Barcelona, Martínez is the type of place that would be grossly overpriced and food-wise tragically underwhelming if it existed in America. The views over the marina, port, W Hotel and World Trade Center are Instagram demanding, but the food alone is worth the hike up the winding Passeig de Montjuïc. Without a reservation, they situated us on a shaded, isolated outside table, and we immediately ordered 36 oysters as fresh as when they were plucked from the shores of Normandy. Washed down with a fine cocktail and wine list, the true fame of Martínez is its various paellas, an ancient Catalan staple. With almost a dozen options to select from, you can be traditional or adventurous (one offers rabbit and lobster, together) — either way you won’t be disappointed. Although only open since 2013, Martinez has already captured high regard from a very picky local population.

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