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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.
In Barcelona there is always a new place in town, some good, some bad. When we recently walked by Bonavista in Gràcia we were pleasantly surprised by new joint Bar But. It was the cute wooden façade, plant pot lined doors and break out area that caught our attention. The vibe is laid back, the menu is simple and everything feels ever so effortless and welcoming.
Raval‘s little corner has had a revamp, now there is Carmelitas Tapas and Carmelitas Vermuteria, now under the TribuWoki group. We have always loved the space but it had got somewhat tired, so were more than excited to see how things have changed. Instead of just having one big general dining space the room at the back is now a bar dedicated to vermut, whilst the one by the window is dedicated to traditional and non-traditional tapas dishes. The two are interconnected by an internal corridor.
Barcelona welcomes The Fish and Chips Shop, a local dedicated to one of the Brits famous dishes, fish and chips. You might think with us being located by the sea and serving up an abundance of fish dishes, and the number of British expats living here, that we’d have a few of theses places but this isn’t the case. There was an infamous local in Raval, which was run by Julie Stephenson and Julia Fossi. The twosome were actually famous for having the first chip fryer in Barcelona – so much so that they were mentioned in Easyjet Traveller Magazine among others. They closed in 2013 and the void has pretty much been there for some, ever since.
Black Lab Brewhouse is not just a nice addition to Barcelona, it’s the first brewhouse in the city. It is tucked away down the side street, adjacent to the History Museum of Catalunya. They combine Asian and American cuisine with none other than craft beer. If you go to Eat Street or rush to food trucks at events in Barcelona, hoping to get a pork belly buns, no need, as this place serves just that!
Bananas Barcelona is not your average club restaurant. Helena Jaumá and Yolanda Vilalta are responsible for the interior, which is unapologetically loud and full of tropical references. This new addition to El Born, will definitely get your attention should you find yourself walking by C/ Fusina.
The bright addition is thanks to owner Schröder, who is also behind the neighbouring restaurant Café Kafka. There are various sections to the place including; a covered terrace, a glassed-in veranda with a large bar and tables, cocktail lounge besides the dining area decorated with palm trees and a function room at the back – Caribbean style.
OhBo Barcelona is what happens when you pair stripped back design with industrial elements, a simple organic menu and a selection of juices and smoothies. It is great to see that healthy eating is becoming more and more accessible, the city has recently welcomed MotherBCN, Flax & Kale, The Juice House and Feeld Organic as new additions! Granted it’s in Sarriá, which actually isn’t that far, but we are finding more and more reasons to head over this side of town. Locally sourced organic products are used at OhBo, and it is reflected in the inviting seasonal menu where you can enjoy dishes such as wild salmon tartare with avocado, roast beef from La Pobla de Segur and tasty soups.
Bistros are definitely on the rise in Barcelona, as there are more and more places to enjoy brunch on the weekends in areas such as Sant Antoni and El Born . OMA Bistró is one of the latest and is located on the left part of Eixample, not too far away from Artte. It has that industrial vibe to it, colourful mismatched chairs, is super cosy and we just love the big inviting wooden window at the front.
Tea lovers, it’s time to head to Eixample and sip on worldwide infusions and teas at fairly newbie El Artte. From the moment you enter, rows of teas from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Africa and more, all nicely merchandised with the necessary tools for a delicious brew. This place covers lots of ground, they host events, sell all that a tea enthusiasts need and have a cafe/restaurant at the back. The 400 m² space is interesting as it combines classic bistro elements with industrial features and then vintage pieces.
Chocolate not only makes us happy, it has been proven to have health benefits. This varies from it having inflammation fighting properties and flavonoids to help protect your skin, I mean some people even wax with it! We just love the taste, whether it is melted down into a delicious hot drink or a firm chocolate bar in a range of different flavours, it just makes us smile. So we were pretty excited to hear about the new La Xocolateria in Born, located on Fusina just by Llamber and the recently transformed Mercat del Born.
Recently when in Sant Antoni, we happened to walk past The Juice House, a new vegetarian place on Parlament. If you like a cup of goodness or a shot of wheatgrass, this is a new place in Barcelona for you to check out. Just a couple of months back we wrote about Mother BCN, so there clearly seems to be a rise in people needing a dose of essential vitamins. The “cold pressed” technique allows the nutrients to remain intact and at its best, thanks to the application of pressure from food. The recipe for this place is simple. There are no crazy concepts, they serve tea and coffee, along with a combination of juices and several vegetarian dishes that they’ll be changing frequently. We thoroughly recommend the vegan strawberry cake – out of this world.