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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.
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 façade has an enigma to it, not only is it subtle but the little that is presented in terms of brand and design is done so neatly. There isn’t that typical diner culture with a mock jukebox at the front or lots of retro ideology at all, in fact the design studio Flexoarquitectura have created a space that resonates with construction. The beams, exposed brick wall, mismatched chairs etc, reflects a do-it-yourself vibe, and this philosophy also applies when ordering your burger.
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. Located on Carrer de Valencia, opposite to LOFT212, you can’t help but stop by when walking post as it exudes elaborate Moroccan decadence. Lights stream the ceilings, traditional shoes are mounted on the main wall and the rich colors, candles and other delicate touches give sheer opulence.
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.
If you like good coffee teamed with rustic Nordic interiors and charm, you will love the cute coffee spot Molika cafe. Situated on Carrer de Casp, it is neatly tucked away from the elegant Passeig de Gracia boulevard. Lets face it, coffee is that little cup of something special that you look forward to in the morning, so that said it is nice to relax in a cosy environment.
We recently visited Eyescream and Friends in Barceloneta, an ice cream parlor dedicated to a a different style of ice cream - Taiwanese shaved ice made with Italian gelato. Joad López and Federico Mendoza are the founders of this little find, which was designed by Barcelona-based Estudio M. With it’s cute brand identity, here you can buy an assortment of ice-cream, otherwise known as sweet monsters that are adorned with candied eyes. It is easy to see why children get excited about this sweet stuff.
If you are a lover of chocolate and the thing you look forward to the most is a Lindt or gourmet easter egg, this post is for you. When I first moved to Barcelona I remember going to supermarkets on the hunt for some chocolate Easter treats and coming back home rather disappointed. The selection was beyond boring, but I soon realised that this was because locals buy their treats from a pastisseria. Leading up to Semana Santa, you will find people walking around with a monstrosity that is almost the size of an infant child but is in fact a huge Easter egg, normally gift-wrapped to perfection.
Nestled in the street of Pl Comercial is a low lit restaurant that is hard to miss, Morelia. This Argentinian joint not only oozes sophistication but has impeccable customer service and a lively and fun atmosphere. Set in the Born district, it makes a great hub for those wanting to hang out afterwards with a plethora of bars surrounding the restaurant. The menu, although simple, has a variety of dishes that are delicious and well presented.
A calçot is a large green vegetable that belongs to the onion family, it looks somewhat like a leek and is not to be messed with during the Spring season here in Catalunya. Typically eaten with a romesco sauce (olive oil, hazel nuts, pine nuts, nora peppers, roasted garlic and roasted tomatoes), they are simply delicious – if you love your veg of course.