‘Terrific race, the Romans. Terrific.’ says prisoner Ben in the Life of Brian. Wrong! The greatest nation when it comes to the excellent value food in Barcelona are the Greeks. To assure yourself just visit one of the Dionisos chain restaurants.

Founded in 1994 by Athenian Ioannis Golias by 2013 Dionisos counts six restaurants in Barcelona, two restaurants in Madrid and one in Sitges. As a chronic budget traveler I suggest you start your yummy Greek adventure from their fast food tavern, fortunately located on one of the corners of the busiest plazas of Gótico. For as little as 5 euros you will get a pita with juicy meat and fresh vegetables, a roll of fried potatoes flavored with herbs and spices and a drink. Of course, you can and should order the classics of Greek cuisine – Greek salad with the choice olives and feta cheese, moussaka and Greek yogurt desert.

The food is available for take-away, but it is way more fun to eat it right there at the wooden counters, united in one gastronomical fling with the other food maniacs from all over the world. And while wiping the breath-taking tzatziki off your chin, don’t forget to say ‘ef̱charistó̱ polý’ (‘thank you very much’) – the love of the chefs is guaranteed.

Film scholar and a tango fanatic, I was born in 1983 in the gloomy cold place called Estonia. I first visited Barcelona three years ago. The colors, the sounds, the smells, and the inimitable vibe of the city – it did not take long for Barcelona to put its spell on me! ‘This is a city I want to live in’, a thought kept spinning through my head while I was jostling through the endless flow of crowd at La Rambla. So now its your turn! Do yourself a favor, get on a plane/train/bus/car and let this city do its magics!