Learning a few words of Catalan to get by in hotels and restaurants


Article updated 15 April, 2019. 0 comments

Here are a few words of Catalan to help you get by in a restaurant or hotel in Barcelona. Because eating and sleeping well are very important!

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In Barcelona you will often be tempted by the many cafés and restaurants that are dotted around the city. They are part of Barcelona’s charm. If you know a few words of Catalan, it’s much easier to ask for what you want and will only make your experience more pleasant!

This article complements another on our site that offers to teach you a few basic words and expressions in Catalan.

  • Pronunciation in Catalan is not particularly simple. To hear how to pronounce each word, click on the little triangle after it.

A few words of Catalan for the restaurant or café

plate fish


  • El menú

    the menu
  • La carta

    the menu

Is it nearly time to eat?

  • L’esmorzar 

  • El dinar

    lunch (not dinner!)
  • El sopar 


We’re hungry…

  • Una amanida

    a salad
  • Pa amb tomàquet 

    tomato bread
  • Pollastre

  • Xai 

  • Bou

  • Vedella

    heifer [like beef but the meat is younger and pinker]
  • Peix

  • Pernil

  • Marisc

    sea food
  • Una truita de patates

    potato omelette
  • Verdures  

  • Arròs:

  • Una fruita 

  • Un postre

  • Una crema catalana

    crema catalana
  • Formatge

  • Un gelat

    an ice cream
  • Bon profit!

    Enjoy your meal!

cup of coffee


We’re thirsty…

  • Un cafè sol  

    a black coffee
  • Un cafè amb llet 

    a coffee with milk
  • Un tallat 

    a hazelnut coffee
  • Un té

    a tea
  • Una xocolata calenta

    a hot chocolate
  • Un suc de taronja natural

    a squeezed orange juice
  • Una aigua sense gas freda 

    cold still water
  • Una aigua sense gas natural 

    still water at room temperature
  • Una aigua amb gas

    sparkling water

a pint of beer

Glug, glug, glug…

  • Una cervesa 

    a beer
  • Una canya 

    a draught beer
  • Una clara 

    a shandy
  • Vi negre 

    red wine
  • Vi blanc 

    white wine

No time to stay, take it away…

  • Un entrepà de pernil dolç

    a ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de pernil serrà

    a regional ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de pernil ibèric 

    an ibérico ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de formatge

    a cheese sandwich
  • Un entrepà de fuet 

    a dried sausage sandwich
  • Un bikini 

    a toasted cheese and ham sandwich (Say it with a straight face!)

Don’t forget to pay…

  • El compte, si us plau! 

    The bill, please!

A few words of Catalan to get by in a hotel

We recommend you book your hotel in advance so as not to waste time on that at the start of your holiday. However, if you’re the type to improvise, here are a few words and expressions that might help.


  • Un hotel de dues estrelles 

    a 2 star hotel
  • Mitja pensió 

  • Pensió completa 
  • full board
  • Una habitació 

    a room
  • Voldria una habitació doble, si us plau. 

    I would like a double room please
  • Voldria una habitació senzilla, si us plau. 

    I would like a single room please
  • A quina hora haurem de marxar?

    By what time do we need to leave? ( understood: check out)
  • L’esmorzar està inclós?

    Is breakfast included?

To go a little further in your learning, a few basic conversational words in Catalan

Do not forget to check out our article: a little audio lesson in basic Catalan communication.

Moltes gràcies i fins aviat! 

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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!