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


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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 [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/el-menu.mp3″]
    the menu
  • La carta [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/la-carta.mp3″]
    the menu

Is it nearly time to eat?

  • L’esmorzar [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/esmorzar.mp3″]
  • El dinar [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/el-dinar.mp3″]
    lunch (not dinner!)
  • El sopar [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/el-sopar.mp3″]

We’re hungry…

  • Una amanida [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/una-amanida.mp3″]
    a salad
  • Pa amb tomàquet [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pa-amb-tomaquet.mp3″]
    tomato bread
  • Pollastre [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pollastre.mp3″]
  • Xai [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/xai.mp3″]
  • Bou [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bou.mp3″]
  • Vedella [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/vedella.mp3″]
    heifer [like beef but the meat is younger and pinker]
  • Peix [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/peix.mp3″]
  • Pernil [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pernil.mp3″]
  • Marisc [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/marisc.mp3″]
    sea food
  • Una truita de patates [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/truita-patates.mp3″]
    potato omelette
  • Verdures  [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/verdures.mp3″]
  • Arròs:[sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/arros1.mp3″]
  • Una fruita [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/una-fruita.mp3″]
  • Un postre [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/un-postre.mp3″]
  • Una crema catalana [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/crema-catalana.mp3″]
    crema catalana
  • Formatge [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/formatge.mp3″]
  • Un gelat [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/un-gelat.mp3″]
    an ice cream
  • Bon profit![sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bon-profit.mp3″]
    Enjoy your meal!

cup of coffee


We’re thirsty…

  • Un cafè sol  [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cafe-sol.mp3″]
    a black coffee
  • Un cafè amb llet [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cafe-llet.mp3″]
    a coffee with milk
  • Un tallat [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/un-tallat.mp3″]
    a hazelnut coffee
  • Un té [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/un-te.mp3″]
    a tea
  • Una xocolata calenta [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/xocolata-calenta.mp3″]
    a hot chocolate
  • Un suc de taronja natural [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/suc-taronja-natural.mp3″]
    a squeezed orange juice
  • Una aigua sense gas freda [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/aigua-sense-gas-freda.mp3″]
    cold still water
  • Una aigua sense gas natural [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/aigua-natural.mp3″]
    still water at room temperature
  • Una aigua amb gas [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/aigua-amb-gas.mp3″]
    sparkling water

a pint of beer

Glug, glug, glug…

  • Una cervesa [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/una-cervesa.mp3″]
    a beer
  • Una canya [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/una-caña.mp3″]
    a draught beer
  • Una clara [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/una-clara.mp3″]
    a shandy
  • Vi negre [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/vi-negre.mp3″]
    red wine
  • Vi blanc [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/vi-blanc.mp3″]
    white wine

No time to stay, take it away…

  • Un entrepà de pernil dolç [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/entrepa-pernil-dolç.mp3″]
    a ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de pernil serrà [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/entrepa-pernil-serra.mp3″]
    a regional ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de pernil ibèric [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/entrepa-pernil-iberic.mp3″]
    an ibérico ham sandwich
  • Un entrepà de formatge [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/entrepa-formatge.mp3″]
    a cheese sandwich
  • Un entrepà de fuet [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/entrepa-fuet.mp3″]
    a dried sausage sandwich
  • Un bikini [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bikini.mp3″]
    a toasted cheese and ham sandwich (Say it with a straight face!)

Don’t forget to pay…

  • El compte, si us plau!  [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/compte-siusplau.mp3″]
    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 [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/hotel-dos-estrelles.mp3″]
    a 2 star hotel
  • Mitja pensió [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/mitja-pensio.mp3″]
  • Pensió completa [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/pensio-completa.mp3″]
  • full board
  • Una habitació [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/una-habitacio1.mp3″]
    a room
  • Voldria una habitació doble, si us plau.  [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/voldria-habitacio-doble-siusplau.mp3″]
    I would like a double room please
  • Voldria una habitació senzilla, si us plau. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/voldria-habitacio-senzilla-siuspalu1.mp3″]
    I would like a single room please
  • A quina hora haurem de marxar? [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/hora-marxar.mp3″]
    By what time do we need to leave? ( understood: check out)
  • L’esmorzar està inclós? [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/esmorzar-inclos.mp3″]
    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! [sc_embed_player fileurl=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/gracies-fins-aviat.mp3″]

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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!