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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.