For a meal that appeals to everyone, start your day at Lokal, the breakfast restaurant at Hotel Arts Barcelona serving Catalan and Spanish specialties alongside international options (yes, pancakes can be made to order).
For a pit stop in the old city, the Museu de la Xocolata is the obvious choice for a cup of rich hot chocolate while, just behind it, the Bar del Convent, in the shape of the former cloister, provides a great space for younger children to run around. Inside, the café has a small play area, with toys and books for kids, along with light bites such as sandwiches and quiche.
Dinner options abound in Barcelona, there’s everything from family-run paella restaurants to Michelin-starred eateries (Disfrutar and Enoteca Paco Pérez are both notable) and everything in between.
One thing to bear in mind in Spain is that lunch and dinner happen late (normally at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.), but if the oldest and youngest need to eat before then, you’re never far from a tapas bar. Take a plate and help yourself to whatever you please at Euskal Etxea, a Basque Country inspired restaurant located just steps from the Picasso Museum.