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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.
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.
Restaurant El Nacional has finally opened in Barcelona and it is rather impressive, as it boasts 4 bars and 4 different places to eat. Lázaro Rosa-Violán is responsible for the design, and has managed to revived the elegant vibe of the late thirties and forties. A large dining space sprawls over a majestic space at the end of a private passage between Paseo de Gracia and Pau Claris. The “mega restaurant”, is the latest project by restaurateur Lluís Cañadell, who also did Barcelona’s popular restaurant Boca Grande. You can enjoy cuisine from the Iberian Peninsula under the supervision of Charles Weaver. There are 85 chefs working in four kitchens and 120 in the room, it really is quite a space.
We are lucky that we have apartments just outside of Ronda Universidad, so we get the chance to venture through the city a little in between check-ins. When visiting our Marimon penthouse, we happened to notice Feeld Organic, a cafe/restaurant/supermarket on Diagonal dedicated to organic produce. It isn’t hard to notice as when you walk by you are greeted with a huge artwork on the wall, so we knew this wasn’t your ordinary organic food place.
Places just keep popping up in Sant Antoni, to the point where it is super impressive. This summer has seen the opening of Crum, La Xalada, and most recently Adrià’s Niño Viejo among others. If you like your wine, Caravela Gourmet is another little sitio that you can add to your list of places to check out. No this isn’t your usual bodega, owner Hugo has created a space where Portuguese and Catalan wines are nicely paired with fitting references throughout.
Vai Moana is inspired by the Easter islands, and means ‘blue sea’ in Rapa Nui. Enjoy the sea breeze in an elegant yet relaxed and informal place where the people and the view keeps you more than entertained. Beach bars aren’t to be overlooked in Barcelona, they are no longer the simple playground to just simply drink until dawn. The city has seen a nice overhaul of many, some including fresh juices, good simple mediterranean cuisine and nice decor in general.
It is fair to say that us Barcelonians aren’t really tea drinkers, people here tend to like their coffee. Come rain or shine or even Saharan dust storms, you will find locals in a bar or café getting a dose of the much needed blend of coffee before taking on the day. If you adore your caffeine fix, then Nomad Coffee Productions is one pit-stop you need to make in Barcelona.
You’ve probably been told several times in your lifetime that you should go and visit mother, and if you’re in Barcelona we’ll tell you the same because Mother bcn is seriously good for the body. Ok, the city has somewhat been slow with regards to tasty organic, celiac and vegetarian options, but things have seriously picked up. Mother bcn is proof, a raw food concept bang in the city center. Don’t have a juicer? On a detox? This is the place to head to if you want to get cleansed inside out.