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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.
Once upon a time, grabbing a bite around the clock was challenging in this town. Breakfast, lunch and dinner hours were set in stone, and a tummy rumble or parched throat ten minutes either side of these times left you at the mercy of the nearest vending machine.
These days, Barcelona’s grazing spots and watering holes are heeding visitors’ demands to munch, brunch and drunch, when their fancy takes.
Sweet-toothed wanderers will find no shortage of chocolate shops lining Barcelona’s streets like giant candy, exuding hypnotic aromas of toasted cocoa and burnt sugar. But if you’re a chocofile that feels you’ve tasted it all before, follow your nose to Señor Brown on the gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian street, Calle Enric Granados. And believe us when we say that this delightful experimental chocolatería dares to boldly go where few have gone before. continue reading
Barcelona is known for its fresh food markets and each district in the city has its own, where the locals go to pick up products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, local cheeses and olive oils. Mostly housed in impressive historic buildings they are worth a visit not only to pick up some local ingredients to use in your apartment´s sleek and well equipped kitchen in your apartment, but also just to wander round and admire. continue reading
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.