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Barcelona Insider – Interview with Culinary Backstreets
If you want to know where to eat slightly off the beaten tracks or are interested in going for a food walk in a small group, you must check out Culinary Backstreets. They are the ideal choice if you want to unearth more underground places and experience eating among locals, and tucking into dishes prepared by some of the best cooks. With gastronomy being at the forefront of many a conversations in Barcelona, we met with Paula to find out her favorite places and things to do and see in the city.
What neighborhood are you based in?
The whole city, but Gràcia is the place in which we are working more now. This neighborhood is full of great and very authentic places to eat.
Where is your favourite place for a quick bite?
El Tast de Joan Noi, inside Llibertat Market in Gràcia, a small and popular neighborhood market. The bar is great for a quick bite of fresh grilled fish and seafood.
Where’s your favourite cafe in Barcelona?
El Magnífico (Born), they select many kinds of coffee in origin and you can taste it in the place freshly ground or take it away.
Best place to have a drink after work?
I love La Vinya del Senyor, in the Born neighborhood and Bodega Bonavista in Gràcia, two very different but both charming “bodegas” where to drink a great glass of a good selection of Spanish wines. If you prefer the beer, just go to La Cerveteca.
Where is the most inspiring place in Barcelona?
The end part of Port-Vell, I love the port atmosphere and you can see the city from a different point of view (you can see the ´sea face´ of the city). But the port is changing very fast…!
Favorite place for tapas?
The city offers a lot of places with different kind of tapas for different moments of your life. I love the most authentic old ones, like El Jabalí de la Ronda or La Cova Fumada. But also the great new (inspired in the olds), like El Cañete.
Where is the best place to treat someone to a special meal?
I’m always changing and discovering new places where to enjoy something special. My favorite of the month is La Biblioteca Gourmande (Raval), the chef Guillem Oliva creates very expressive recipes, made with natural local ingredients, that transport you into the Catalan landscapes, gardens and mountains. Don’t mis the “catalan Wagyu” specialties.
Where is the best place to beach?
La Costa Brava, Girona province, from Cap de Creus to Blanes.
Barcelona beaches are part of the city, they are great to meet with people, look the moon raising after the sunset, and have a cocktail with something to eat. Today you can find many excellent chiringuitos in the Bcn beaches, like the two “Guinguetas” in San Sebastián and Bogatell beaches.
What is your favourite building in Barcelona?
I like a lot of amazing buildings in this city. Between the classics I like the magic of Casa Güell, the explosion of shapes and colors in Palau de la Música and the spacious charm of Estación de França. About the modern ones, maybe the Agbar Tower is the most enjoyable. Always special, the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion, I love the “house+patio+garden all in one” concept.
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