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The best restaurants in Barcelona

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Barcelona, the capital of Catalunia and one of the most interesting location in Spain, is indeed beautiful, and there are lots of things to see. But it is not only its architecture to amaze the visitors: the food is really great, as anyone who was in Barca can tell you. Are you planning to go and visit this spectacular city? We would like to offer you a list of the best places (restaurants and bars in Barcelona) to eat the famous paella, seafood and tapas.
“What are the tapas?”, you might ask. This is a wide variety of typical Spanish dishes eaten as appetizers or entrees. They are small portions of typical Spanish food that accompany drinks. They may be cold (an example with olives and cheese) or warm (such as octopus or fried calamari).
In Spain we use to dine out especially during the weekend and alternate between the restaurant and the bar where you eat tapas, maybe consuming several tapas in different locations on the same night.
Here’s where to eat Spanish specialities.

Can Sun

One of the best restaurants in Barcelona to try the paella and is also one of the most sophisticated waiters with a careful and accurate knowledge of fine dining (Do you know any another restaurant that offers diners reading glasses?). There are two speciality paella proposed in various forms, and smoking chickpea stews with chorizo, lentils and potatoes, onion soup with poached egg.

Address: C / Sant Carles 4, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 221 50 12; restaurantcansole.cat
How to get there: Metro Barceloneta
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 30-04: 00 20: 30-23: 00; Sun 13: 30-16: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner around €35.
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Seafood
Reservations: recommended

Cinc Sentits

Each one among the many prizes which  this restaurant has won was totally well-deserved. The restaurant only serves set menu: Essencia five-course meal for €65,  Sensacions seven-course meal is for €79, or at lunch, the most elaborate menu for €109. You can expect dishes such as pigeon served in three different ways.

Address: C / Aribau 58, 08011
Contact: 00 34 93 323 94 90; cincsentits.com
How to get there: Metro Universitat
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 13: 30-15: 00 20: 30-10: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner from € 65
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted:
Cuisines: Spanish
Bookings: Essential

El Atril

In this restaurant you can sit among the stone walls in the dining room or under the umbrellas on the tiny Plaça de Sant Cugat.

Address: C / Carders 23, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 310 12 20; atrilbarcelona.com
How to get there: Metro Jaume I
Opening hours: Mon, 18:00 to midnight; From Tuesday to Sunday, noon to midnight
Prices: set-price lunch €11.80; otherwise, lunch, and dinner around €25
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Thai, Indian
Reservations: Not necessary

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Les Tres a la Cuina

It is a little more of a deli with only a couple of tables, but Les Tres is still a really good stop for lunch. The menu changes daily and always includes a vegetarian option such as polenta with past and goat cheese.

Address: C / Sant Lluís 35, 08012
Contact: 00 34 93 105 49 47
How to get there: Metro Joanic
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00; Sat, Sun 11: 00-17: 00
Prices: Price Lunch Weekly €9, brunch (weekends only) €10
Reservations: recommended

Set Portes

An elegant old restaurant serving paella and seafood. It was built around 1836. The food is excellent, following ancient recipes, and occasionally adds a new dish to the vast offer.

Address: Passeig Isabel II, 14, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 319 30 33; 7 portes.com
How to get there: Metro Barceloneta
Opening hours: daily 13: 00-01: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner around €35
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish
Reservations: recommended

Bar Pinotxo

Among the most popular bars, Pinotxo is an institution in Barcelona, lasting for over 70 years and attracts the best known local chefs, including Ferran Adrià. There is no menu, but you can inspect the plates exposed along the counter and ask for the daily specials. Among the classics of the house there are squid and beans and artichoke omelette.

Address: Puesta 91 (number of stall 91), La Boqueria, La Rambla 89, 08001
Contact: 00 34 93 317 17 31; pinotxobar.com
How to get there: Metro Liceu
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 06: 30-04: 00
Prices: Lunch €20

Can Culleretes

The second oldest restaurant in Spain, with a mention in the Guinness Book of Records, Can Culleretes serves tasty Spanish food at really good prices. Try stew of wild boar, partridge or fish ‘pica pica’.

Address: C / Quintana 5, 08002
Contact: 00 34 93 317 30 22; culleretes.com
How to get there: Metro Liceu
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 30-04: 00 09: 00-23: 00; Sun 13: 30-16: 00. Closed from mid-July to mid-August
Prices: Lunch and dinner €20
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Seafood
Reservations: recommended

Kaiku

Although it has much in common with the traditional Spanish restaurant serving paella, Kaiku is much more than that. The menu changes according to what is actually on season and fresh to be found at the local market. Make sure you book in advance a table on the terrace overlooking the beach.

Address: Plaça del Mar 1, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 221 90 82; restaurantkaiku.cat
How to get there: bus 17 to Almirall Aixada
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 00-03: 30 19: 00-22: 30; Sunday 13: 00-15: 30
Prices: lunch and dinner around €26
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish
Reservations: recommended

Tapaç24

Chef Carles Abellan starry describes this small room as the classic place “tapas” but the tapas are really delicious.

Address: C / 269 Provincial Council, 08007
Contact: 00 34 93 488 09 77; carlesabellan.com
How to get there: Metro Passeig de Gràcia
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am to midnight
Prices: tapas from €3.80
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish

Quimet i Quimet

For the tapas is the ideal location but it also serves raw salmon with cream cheese, soy sauce and honey. The bar and restaurant also specializes in wine and canned food: canned seafood, for example.

Address: C / Poeta Cabanyes 25, 08004
Contact: 00 34 93 442 31 42
How to get there: Metro Paral.lel
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, noon, 4:00, 19: 00-10: 30; Sat, noon-16:00. Closed in August
Price: Tapas from € 4
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish

How to get to Barcelona by ferry or boat? Very easy. Check the link for more infos: ok-ferry.de

Summer in Barcelona

 

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A clever mix of Mediterranean and Nordic charm is waiting for you in Barcelona. A holiday in this city is always a happy holiday because it combines everything that the most fascinating among the cities in the Mediterranean  can offer: a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, excellent food  with the cultural influence and the design of almost all the cities of the north.
The weather is wet and not as hot as in other Spanish cities. Between late July and early September you can enjoy this city peacefully and quietly, without any traffic or chaos.

The real pleasure of Barcelona is the wandering without a well-defined aim: it is needless to plan a trip in advance and in detail! Better to be guided by the spur of the moment: a last-minute concert , the Museum of Picasso or the MACBA.
Let’s see what it is on offer in this fascinating city.

Montserrat

The famous cradle of the independent spirit of Catalonia, this revered monastery is located atop a mountain with the same name. A famous choir sings around one o’clock every day, and although the monastery itself is not one of the most attractive of Spain, around it you can enjoy amazing walks. Reached by cable car (from the station to Montserrat – Aeri) or by train (from Monistrol de Montserrat station) . For further infos, see www.abadiamontserrat.cat

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Sitges

Just take a train and in 40 minutes you are by the coast from the Estacio de Franca in Barcelona.  Sitges is known as a party city of Catalonia and certainly sees hordes of tourists in the summer, but despite this fact it still manages to preserve its beautiful appearence. Its many beaches (some of them naturist ones) are very clean. Or you can get off the train a stop earlier in Garraf, a charming and peaceful bay lined with striped booths. A picnic is generally the best way to spend a day here, although there other alternatives to eat out.

Festivals and events

Calendar of festivals and events in 2014

Holy Week
April 13 to 21
Easter is not celebrated in Catalonia with the same pomp as in the south of Spain, but there are a number of interesting Good Friday processions. The previous Sunday (Palm Sunday, or Diumenge de rams), is the day when most of the Catalans join in, holding palm branches, and go to the cathedral, to bless them as a sign of protection.

Primavera Sound Festival
May 29 to 31
Catching up very fast with the popularity of its “sister” festival, Sonar, the Primavera Sound is the celebration of pop, rock and – most importantly –  indie. This five-day event, held at the Forum area north of the city, will include Arcade Fire, The National, Pixies, St Vincent, Disclosure, Caetano Veloso and a large selection of other bands of the past and the present in 2014.
Prices: one-day ticket are on sale at € 80 until May 6 , full passes to € 195 .
Contact: primaverasound.es

The egg dance
mid-June
“L’ Ou com Balla” is one of the most fascinating annual events in Barcelona, ​​and it is held for a few days close the Corpus Christi date (June 19, 2014 ). Several courtyards and cloisters of the church of some buildings particularly valuable to see and they are open to the public for the occasion. Everything is garlanded with flowers.
Contact: bcn.cat

Sónar Festival
June 12 to 14
The legendary International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is held for three days over two main sites: the fair at Plaça Espanya in Barcelona and a number of spaces, out in L’ Hospitalet quarter, on the outskirts of the city. The festival in 2014 features Massive Attack, Skrillex, Four Tet, Caribou, Richie Hawtin and Bonobo, along with a number of small bands and DJs less known on the electronic scene.
Contact: sonar.es

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Sant Joan
June 23 to 24
The feast of St. John is the big party night of the year, when huge bonfires in the streets and on the beach take place, and when the fireworks fill the sky at night until dawn. 24 June is a public holiday and, generally, it is the quietest day of the year.

The Diada
September 11
The National Day of Catalonia provides marches, demos and free concerts in the streets. Plaça Catalunya and Via Laietana are often scenes of scuffles with the police.

Barcelona is beautiful by day and by night. Its nightlife makes it the perfect city for those who are not in couple, such as groups of friends who like to have fun, or for those who want to listen to good music, or for those who loves discos or either for those who want to enjoy a drink while listening to music jazz. In short, nothing is missing in this wonderful city. You can spend the night in Barcelona in one of the many bars.

Dry Martini

A beautifully stylish cocktail bar that is located in Barcelona with wood paneling, leather sofas and bartenders in white uniforms with nautical finishes.
Address: Carrer Aribau 162-166, Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 217 50 72
Opening Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 Mon.-Thu.; 1:00 to 3:00 Fri.; 18:30 to 03:00 Sat.; 18:30 to 2:30

Harlem Jazz Club

One of the favourites bar when it comes to nightlife, Harlem offers a wide range of musicians and genres.

Address: Carrer de Sobradiel Comtessa 8 , Barri Gotic .
Contact : 00 34 93 310 07 55 ; harlemjazzclub.es
Opening Hours: (July-September) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. to Thu. , 8:00 to 5:00 a.m. Fri., Sat. (October to June) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. through Thu., Sun.; 20:00 to 05:00 Fri., Sat.
Admission: € 6 (including a drink) Tue. -Thu., Sun. € 6 to Fri., Sat.

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Marula Café

The Marula specialty is soul, funk and latin, with live music in the evening and then with some of the best DJs in the city playing until the wee hours of the morning .

Address: 49 Carrer Escudellers, Barrio Gothic .
Contact : 00 34 93 318 76 90; marulacafe.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 Mon.-Thu., Sun.; 10:00 to 06:00 Fri.; Sat. 10:00 to 06:00.

City Hall

A relaxed nightclub where the music varies depending on the night#; it could be techno, minimal or more (see the website for the programs of the evening) .

Address: Rambla de Catalunya 2-4 , Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 233 33 33; cityhallbarcelona.com
Opening hours : Midnight – 06:00 every day.

Along the main shopping streets of Barcelona you can read many well-known names: Benetton, Diesel, Accessorize, Miss Sixty and so on, together with the Spanish chains such as Zara, Mango and more. Being a quite compact city, shopping in Barcelona is simpler than buy the goods online. Walking the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia you can all the main fashion-chains. For small boutiques you have to take the side streets.

Its patchwork of architectural styles shows dark Gothic facades next to harlequin, colourfoul buildings and also astonishing modern architectural creations by  Jean Nouvel, Herzog and de Meuron. A day can be well spent admiring these buildings, while shopping and ending up dining either in any one of the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or in one of the tasty family-run small restaurants.