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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.
What comes to mind when you see guacadog, piña dog, mush dog, basil dog and green dog? If you answered- simple yet cool hot dog joint in Raval, you are right! These are just some of the variety of hotdogs served up at, The Dog Is Hot on Calle Joaquín Costa, Barcelona. When walking along the street it is hard not to notice the takeaway place as the bold graffiti on the exterior certainly makes an impression.
El Petit Bangkok is a cute restaurant nestled in the tiny streets near Plaza Molina, offering authentic Thai cuisine. The owner is Catalan and his wife is Thai and they welcome you in to a beautiful establishment with colourful lampshades, photos, bird and floral wallpaper and decadent fixtures.Originally set up as a cafe, due to public demand they decided to expand and operate as a restaurant.
There is something to be said about cupcakes, most commonly associated with New Yorkers, after the famous sitcom Sex and the City glamorized Bleecker Street’s Magnolia’s Bakery. Then there is London, which hosts the ever so popular Hummingbird bakery and for those that might not know, Barcelona has its very own haunt for cupcake junkies in the name of Cup and Cake Barcelona. Here at DestinationBCN we consider this little haven to be a cute place with that something special.
The menú del día is like the secret password to Spanish existence. Whisper ‘aai-min-oe’ to the patron and you’ll be given a knowing nod and your expensive a la carte menu quickly whipped away to be replaced by a single sheet in Spanish, probably with regional terms. Think of it as a lucky dip. Chances are one of the dishes will fill you up. And it may even be good.
In Latin, CAELUM is translated as heaven. Indeed even before walking inside, the bijou, lacy window displays are a cacophony of heavenly treats…pillowy sponge-cakes, celestial meringues and sinful chocolate brownies, all devotedly made by naughty nuns across the length and breadth of Spain. continue reading
Sometimes it can be a chore to find good quality, authentic oriental food in the city that isn’t a 500 capacity, all-you-can-eat, Chinese-Argentinian-Japanese-Catalan buffet/grill hotchpotch. There are some fine Japanese restaurants, but when it comes to authentic Chinese or Vietnamese, where’s the homemade dim sum when you need it? Where’s a classically nourishing, clear Asian broth – the soul food lauded by scientists and mothers the world over, not to mention hung-over twenty somethings? continue reading
“If you don’t like it, it’s your own fault”, however you look at it, La Tomaquera is “special”. There’s no telephone, they don’t accept reservations and if you ask to see the wine list, the waiter will march off chuckling to himself, later returning with a carafe of house wine – you’ll drink what they drink. And that’s after he’s served the locals at the table next to you first, even though they arrived ten minutes later. continue reading
Despite a generally gloomy outlook for the Spanish economy, the last several months have seen a swell in Barcelona’s cocktail culture, perhaps as a way to drown our sorrows or – more optimistically – as a clink of the glass towards a brighter future.
Until recently, cocktails had been reserved for more chic areas of the city, where some of the most famous cocteleros (or cocktail waiters) offer up their experimental creations for a discerning crowd.