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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.
The Sant Joan festival otherwise known as the “Nit de Sant Joan” refers to St John’s Night or St. John’s Eve. It marks the midsummers eve that takes place the evening of the 23rd June. Midsummer solstice is a tradition from ancient times. The summer solstice was considered the most important event of the solar year in ancient times. Fire was celebrated on this day as the symbol of abundance, purity and fertility and up until now, it continues to be a central part of the festivities with fireworks and bonfires. Sant Joan is one of the most exciting, loudest and craziest events of the year and fireworks will be heard non-stop so brace yourselves. Other traditions include cocas, cava, water and fiesta, read below to find out why.
Discover our favourite places in Barcelona to delve into tasty pancakes, hash browns, unwind on the weekend or even detox from previous misdemeanors. Lots of places have been popping up over the last few years, it’s so popular that there is even a website dedicated to such a meal time, Coffee and Brunch BCN. We thought it was only fair that we share some of our regulars in addition to some classics and newbies.
There are lots of claims as to where doughnuts originally come from, with one theory stating that they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers and another suggests that Hanson Gregory, an American, professed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847. Then there’s the doughnut recipe, predating earlier examples, that has been discovered in an recipe book written in 1800 by Baroness Dimsdale, the wife of Baron Thomas Dimsdale in Hertfordshire, UK. Well we’d like to say thanks to all those that contributed to the creation of the doughnut, as we love this sweet confectionary that comes in different sizes, shapes, fillings and toppings for us all to appreciate.
La Perla de Oro (The Gold Pearl) is part fresh food grocery store, part restaurant and brilliantly simple and authentic. You’ll find yourself among locals ordering their usual bocadillo or tapas. This Raval based place has been managed by several owners and is now in the hands of Frenchman Julien and Anouchka Gautier from Extremadura in Spain, a couple that let their influences resonate through the food. They regularly go to France to find products to create their inviting and tasty menu. As for the bread, they buy this from local bakery Baluard, known for delicious and excellent varieties.
Sant Antoni continues to be one of the top places to hang out, have a spot of lunch, brunch and more. Federal Cafe, Tarannà, Café Cometa and Ido DO Balear are just some of the reasons why people head over to this part of town. Els Sortidors del Parlament has been on our restaurant list for sometime, they offer a sublime selection of good tapas and it has an authentic rustic establishment, with exposed brick wall, wines on the shelves, and barrels for you to stand around or sit by to have a glass of vermut and a tapa.
Ever wondered about the responses of contemporary artists to the life and work of Pablo Picasso himself? What they really think and feel about the works of Picasso? If so, this exhibition is for you, as it examine s these very responses, some of which are somewhat controversial. Curated by the acclaimed Dr Michael FitzGerald, the way in which Picasso is an influential figure and omitting contributor to contemporary art is explored, in addition to reinterpretations of the meanings of his key works are explored with 58 exhibits showcased.
This Saturday BCN Mes inaugurates Eat Street, a festival of international street food for tasty and quality street eats in Barcelona. Expect gastronomical wonders from several local and foreign chefs who will be offering a variety of food from different countries.
Über Den Wolken is a collaborative that consists of vintage fare, gallery, cooking workshops and more. Situated in Raval the project fuses all types of passion uniting creative cooks, designers and artists alike. Trends as we all know, come and go so the focus on reinventing style definitely offers a more affordable and individual alternative.
Alaparra in the Poblenou district, has only been open a few months and is already leaving quite an impression when it comes to wine – in a city like Barcelona, that is saying something. Spread over two floors it offers over 250 varieties of wine, with a particular focus on local Catalan labels. Almost half of the wines can be tasted and the majority are affordable, priced between 4 to 10 euros.
We just love an art gallery and Barcelona seems to be filled with plenty of independent and small gallery spaces in every nook the city seems to have. Plom gallery is one of the latest additions to the others that reside on Carrer Sèneca in the Gràcia neighbourhood, with a focus on introducing art to children. They sell original and limited edition paintings, and some impressive colourful illustrations.