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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Breakfast around the corner at Tapas 24
On a regular basis we visit Tapas 24. A great place for breakfast and lunch. We love the ‘Ous estrellats al gust’ with ‘bull negre’, the baby squid sandwich, the ‘Mojama’ with almonds and the always-fresh ‘Boquerones al limón’ accompanied by very good ´pa amb tomaquet’.
Apart from the fresh ingredients and impeccable, attentative service (something not to be taken for granted in Barcelona) this is one of the few places where one can sit down have a real breakfast and read the paper. The location is perfect, near our office, just off Passeig de Gracia on Calle Diputacion. The atmosphere during the day is calm and relaxed with a definite busy peek during lunchtime.
From 8 PM on, the place can get very crowded. Tapas 24 is run by Carlos Abellan, the chef who created Restaurant Comerç 24 in the Born. We prefer this place over its bigger brother in that it is more down to earth and less pretentious; i.e. better quality for your money.
The overall concept of slick tapas has become quite popular in the city with Paco Meralgoon Carrer Muntaner, Cata 1.81 on Carrer Valencia or Inopia run by Albert Adrià, the pastry chef at El Bulli on CarrerTamarit as some other good examples.