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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.
Let’s be honest, we don’t all like salads. Even the ones that do, often desire something a little creative every so often when selecting a healthy vegetarian option eating out. Believe it or not, even some of the team prefer to have an option rather than meat from time to time. More and more places are offering tasty salads with interesting ingredients and creative tapas. Here we have selected a few places that offer alternative vegetarian options other than your usual onion and goat cheese tart.
If you have a soft spot for savory panadas, ensaïmadas (from Mallorca) and other goodies from the Balearic islands, you will be pleased to hear about new deli/cafe/bakery Idò D.O. Balear. Either grab a quick bite to take, take a seat inside or stock up on deli items for you to prepare delicious dishes at home.
Much has been said about up and coming bars and restaurant in the Born neighborhood of Barcelona. When we heard that Saboc restaurant offered a menu with food cooked at different temperatures, we knew we had to find out more. Especially as the people behind the scenes are the same owners from it’s previous spot Bestiari.
What do you get when you pair friendly and funny stuff with a small space and tasty tacos? La Taqueria of course. This place does not fall short when you think of an authentic Mexican restaurant and it is located in the ever tourist laden part of Sagrada Familía.
Oval is what you get when you team gourmet burgers with upscale interior design. Sure there has been a re-emergence of burger joints in Barcelona, with the likes of Kiosko frequently packed with carnivores, but Oval does offer a different sensibility.
The once traditional culture of aperitif with vermouth, known here as vermut, has somewhat re-emerged. The art of vermouth drinking is something that really starts to mark the real days of summer. A simple glass traditionally accompanied with salty snack such as olives, becomes habitual during the hotter months. Sitting on the terrace with a glass of vermouth, while relaxing in the sun is most definitely a delight. Let’s not forget that you can also visit a bodega and treat yourself to more than a drop straight from the tap. Can life get much better? Barcelona has an abundance of places to drink, so whether you prefer to sit in a traditional bar or somewhere more contemporary, below you will find a list of some our favorites.
When Moroccan food comes to mind, we conjure up images of tagines, slowly cooked stewed meat, fruits delicately mixed with meat dishes and refreshing mint tea to wash it all down with. La Mamounia offers just that and all with great hospitality.
If you are a fan of good home cooked Portuguese food, then you may already know about the ever charming A Casa Portuguesa. The owners already had a spot on Carrer Verdi, Gracia, where many frequented for coffee and delicious pastries. They have now upgraded by opening an additional space, this time a restaurant, winery and cultural reference point in the Eixample neighborhood.
It might not be the first thing that you think of when it comes to Barcelona, but having not had an Indian dish pass my lips in several months it was time. Now, positive things have been said about Bembí, run by the same owner, so when a friend mentioned that she was craving a good Indian we decided to give Rangoli, it’s sister company, a whirl.