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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.
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. No this isn’t your usual bodega, owner Hugo has created a space where Portuguese and Catalan wines are nicely paired with fitting references throughout.
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.
If you love wine, Monvinic will be your Eden. This macro-universe dedicated to the fruit of the vine opened in July 2008, following 5 years in the making and is in the words of its founders “…an international benchmark as a centre for the dissemination of wine.”
For lunch we try to go at least once a week to La Palmera. Mind you this is not easy since the place is an insiders favorite and therefor impossible to get in after 2 (so be early). No write ups in the tourist guides but truly a great find.
Tagged as an Asian snack bar this place will sure make an impression on the culinary scene in Barcelona. Just opened on May 1, 2008 it is located next to the Camper hotel in Raval. Apart from the fact that the entire staff wears camper shoes, there is no direct connection between the 2 says Albert Rauric (former head chef at El Bulli).