Restaurants & Bars

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Bendita Helena {Suscriptor}

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Bendita Helena cultiva una fórmula: comfort food. Vuelven a la cocina de nuestros abuelos, real, sin complicaciones, sin productos procesados, llena de sabor. Comida que te llega al corazón. Ingredientes…

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Aguaribay {Suscriptor}

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Aguaribay presenta una carta vegetariana que incluye opciones veganas y sin gluten. Sus platos tienen influencias gastronómicas de diferentes países, y combinan la cocina energética con recreaciones de la sabia…

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Nave de Sake

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All of the circumstance, none of the pomp I find myself taking a goods lift up into a converted office space now known as La Nave de Sake, replacing my…

Dos Pebrots

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My request for a press lunch is approved at Dos Pebrots (in Catalan two peppers represent the crown jewels, so to speak) and I excitedly roll up and meet my…

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NaparBCN {Suscriptor}

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“Si vamos a hacer nuestra propia comida… ¿Porque no hacer nuestra propia cerveza?”. Y así empezó todo. Y NaparBCN ahora es un restaurante en el medio del Eixample, pero también…

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Uay Balam {Suscriptor}

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Uay Balam es un lugar de encuentro donde poder compartir pequeños placeres: dulces y helados hechos con los ingredientes más puros, ecológicos y en su mayoría de temporada. Amor para…

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El Bombón {Suscriptor}

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El Bombón es el portal al caribe en pleno corazón de Barcelona. Salsa, latin soul, merengue, caribbean food y cocktails. Las mejores tapas caribeñas de la ciudad condal y la…

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Fan – Ramen Love

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Coming back home from vacation having read nerd-foodie manga Oishinbo (highly recommended) to find a Japanese restaurant organizing a one-off, €100/person, macro sushi and sake tasting with a visiting chef…

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Tabernas Gallegas

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Here’s a shortlist from left field. It turns out that just past the tres chimeneas (de Besòs) and the beach we lovingly call Chernobyl, Badalona has a marina. Saying it…

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Teddy’s

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Suckers for the written word should take Teddy’s marketing copy with a grain of salt. When they mention being Barcelona’s first Lebanese saj spot, you’re already excited. They then tickle…

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Obsessions

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We have to understand why Barcelona didn’t do more to protect its older mom-and-pop shops from the ley de arrendamientos urbanos. The market is the market, right? Pues, wrong. The…

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La Desayunería

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Once upon a time, when I was just a little guiri across el gran charco, my father made pancake breakfasts. I was small and he was invincible, and so, thus,…

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Restaurante: Gat Blau

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Marco gave Gat Blau his blessing and handed us their card. As we hold Quinoa (Marco’s vegetarian/vegan bar in Gràcia, not the grain) in the highest regard, off we went…

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La Volàtil

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La Volàtil can seem aloof. A natural wine bar with fancy bravas? Hmmm… For mere mortal wine drinkers (we don’t dare call ourselves enthusiasts), the natural wine movement can appear…

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Restaurante: Sur

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You’ll have noticed there is a lot of eco, organic, vegetarian, flexitarian, local, cold-pressed and producte de proximitat being bandied about. It’s only a matter of time until these words…

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Coocció

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Coocció, being the professionals they are, have summarized their space as follows: un espacio polivalente dotado de una cocina, una sala de degustación, un servicio de asesoría para proyectos gastronómicos…

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Restaurante: Yatai

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A yatai (屋台) is a small Japanese street cart where ramen and other hot dishes are commonly served. Eat Street erection! Sadly, they cut the cart in half and bolted…

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Lascar 74 {Suscriptor}

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Hace poquito que Lascar 74 abrió en Poble Sec y ya es nuestra cevichería favorita. Si te quieres arriesgar y probar cosas nuevas es tu sitio. El ceviche japonés o…

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Restaurante: Fenicia

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What a surprise! A Barcelona winter day, mid-morning, we pass Plaça d’Osca heading towards Passeig de Sant Antoni, that large and unattractive street extending out from behind Sants Estació, with…

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Manso’s Café {Suscriptor}

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Manso’s Café es una cafeteria-bar con desayunos, comidas y cenas. Elaboramos todo casero; pasteles, bizcochos, quiches, ensaladas y bocadillos con pan artesanal y con enfoque en la tradición cafeteria nórdica….

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Colmado Gràcia

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Colmado Gràcia is on the worst street in the known universe, but so is Quinoa, and Quinoa kicks ass, so we gave it a go. The locale is narrow and…

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Nabibi Vital Cooking {Suscriptor}

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Sí, 100% orgánico. VITAL cooking: alimentación sana, fresca y natural en Poblenou, Barcelona. Opciones para vegetarianos, veganos, celíacos y otras alergias. Kids friendly. Bar, restaurante, take away y home delivery…

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Nut Gastrobar

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You read this because it’s the bit written in English. You pick up this newspaper because it looks cool, and you’ve been living here for more than 4 years and…

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Restaurante: Mont Bar

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Mont Bar, the modern-yet-somehow-typical Spanish bar gets the golden gastro globe. The small, corner locale sports a mix of high-stool bar seating with a few actual tables. Black cloth, black…

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Pastrami Bar + El Paradiso

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At the time of writing, El Paradiso (and) Pastrami Bar is/are still under construction. That’s one challenge to giving a clear idea of how it/they are. But the other is…

Arco Iris Vegetarian Restaurant Barcelona

Arco Iris

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We cross Diagonal towards a cluster of people waiting outside Arc Iris. Inside, a clean-shaven man with snow-white hair receives us with an almost absurd Buddha-like calm. If we become…

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Bodega La General

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Curious fate found Gorka and Edgar hustling tapas together in the classic Bodega La Palma. They got along. Both knew their stuff, having logged countless hours working in and even…

Leka restaurante Barcelona Poblenou

Leka {Suscriptor}

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Open source. Honest food. Cocina casera de mercado con vocación internacional, menús diarios de Lunes a Jueves, y Viernes, sábados y domingos ofrecemos servicio a la Carta. Restaurante de diseño…

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Restaurante: Trópico

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Let’s face it people, the food at the North Pole is shit. The South Pole isn’t much better (krill aside). And the other Poles aren’t exactly the gods’ gift to…

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Olivia Vermutería {Suscriptor}

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Olivia Vermuteria es un espacio gastroenomusical en el corazón de Poble Sec con programaciones semanales. Los sábados encontraréis las Sesiones Pincha&Corta con DJs invitados de Barcelona y chefs sorpresa. Además,…

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Restaurante: Eat Caribbean

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We first visited Funky Chicken years ago. It was early on in Barcelona’s clandestine restaurant scene, long before Eat With made the infrastructure so much easier (and more visible). The…

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Brew Pub Le Sec

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And just when you thought you’d seen it all in Barcelona’s rocket ship craft beer bubble bonanza, along comes Anna Cufí. After literally years of dreaming of running her own…

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La Taguara Arepería {Suscriptor}

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Moderno restaurante venezolano que sirve arepas caseras, cachapas y zumos naturales para comer en mesas altas. ¡Acércate al barrio del Born para poder probar las auténticas arepas venezolanas! Dirección: C/…

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Anardi Pintxos {Suscriptor}

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Anardi Pintxos está situado en Carrer Parlament número 48, en pleno centro de Sant Antoni. Anardi es vasco. ¿Vasco dices? Vasco vasco. El oasis euskera de la Ciudad Condal. Te…

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Restaurante: Hummus

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There’s an excellent platform called TopMenus, dedicated “els millors menus de Barcelona”. In their manifesto they’ve written, “La famosa ‘dieta del Mediterrani’ és la gran mentida del màrqueting alimentari. Existeixen…

Sofrito Bar Barcelona Poble Sec

Sofrito Bar {suscriptor}

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Somos un sofrito: la fusión imaginativa de ingredientes para lograr un sabor único, en un combinado home made style de bar, cocina y música. Cócteles de fruta, cervezas variadas, latin…

Chapultepec {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. Cuando Itzli cerró en El Born (Itzli Barceloneta todavía sigue funcionando), lo seguimos a través de la ciudad en su búsqueda de alquileres menos…

El Changarrito {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. El Comidista no podía con el slogan “alta cocina casera”. Pero aparte de la evidente contradicción de términos y del absurdo elitismo culinario en…

Xiringuito Aigua {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. Hemos cubierto Fogó: comida callejera catalana en un capital de Cataluña que todavía prohíbe tal cosa. Xiringuito Aigua es una bofetada del mismo genio….

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Lam

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It happened again! Walking to one restaurant, we end up in another. Heading towards the intended destination, we notice Thai script plastered all over a hole-in-the-wall we’ve never seen before….

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Racó del Mariner

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We published an article a couple of months ago now about how we, the people, lost our port (in reference to the mega-yacht installations occupying the Barceloneta side of Marina…

La Taqueria {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. ¡Al fin tenemos una taquería de verdad! No un restaurante, pero sí una auténtica taquería en Barcelona. ¡Aleluya! Sólo podría ser mejor si hubiera…

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Bismad

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You fancy foodies surely have your go-to Indian (or Pakistani) restaurant, and that’s fine. I’m happy for you. (I’m really not.) But for those of us that have bounced from…

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True Artisan Café

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“Do you have wifi?” and, “Do you mind if we sit and work for a while with our coffee?” you ask, your bike propped safely outside this café (because Passatge…

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RIO D.O.C. {Suscriptor}

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Espacio 100% dedicado a la gastronomia en Barcelona. Cafeteria/pastelería brasileña, espacio para talleres de cocina, libreria gastronomica y mucho más. Además del café-bar, el RIO D.O.C. contará con una cocina…

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La cuina de Marwan

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All cards on the table. We cabbed it up to Aribau and Diputació (keep in mind cabs are our mega-yachts) because the INTERNET said the restaurant-that-shall-not-be-named (we’re saving it for…

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Koku Kitchen

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Mark and Ross, Irish the both of ‘em, worked together in a Japanese restaurant in Dublin before Ireland went tits up (economically-speaking). Their dream of opening their own place moved…

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Café Manila

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Fede and Alex set out to make a great gin & tonic in their bar Ultramarinos on calle Sant Pau and, since, have mixed up a line of G&T aromas…

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Bar restaurante Gelida

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Being guiri (sadly), bares clásicos are like portals into a different Barcelona, a Barcelona without me, before “mine” started in on us in droves. And, if clásicos are my portals,…

Flax & Kale {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. Si las tendencias y las burbujas te descontentan, quizá quieras abrocharte el cinturón de seguridad y poner tu bandeja en posición vertical antes de…

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Leka

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Disney is full of shit, because the happiest place on earth is Leka. Having delivered newspapers to this Poblenou classic for many years, it’s a crying shame to not have…

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Les Tres a la Cuina {Suscriptor}

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Ofrecemos un menú diario con opciones mayoritariamente veganas y vegetarianas. Todo fresco del día y con productos de proximidad. Realizamos eventos privados (cenas, show cooking…) y servicios de catering. Dirección:…

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Bomi

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Proof this is the “best-kept secret in Poble Sec” is that the first thing to pop up when you search ‘bomi poble sec’ is that same review. Bomi hasn’t been…

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Ben Plantat

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A trip to Barceloneta causes some people to talk loads of shite à la “Barceloneta, you’re dead to me,” or, “Barceloneta, you’re like that poor soul completely and utterly surrounded…

Gopal {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. ¿No eres vegano? ¿Te encanta la hamburguesa? ¿Ex-carnívoro transformado en vegano? ¿Todavía hueles la butifarra y te mueres? Bueno, esta es nuestra combinación de…

d’Aquí {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. Cécile buscó un espacio a través del cual pudiera ver y lo encontró hace seis meses en el tranquilo C/ Santa Tecla. Entrando en…

Taberna La Parra {CAS}

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Click here to read in English. Cruzar el umbral de La Parra es como caminar por la casa más surtida (en términos culinarios) de un hobbit del condado de Tolkien….

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+ Bernat

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Thirty-two years after taking over Librería Bernat in 1978, Montse decided it was time for more (hence the +). It’s a similar story, in some ways, to the transformation of…

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Garage Beer Co {Suscriptor}

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Somos una cervecería artesanal con una zona de degustación y un espacio creativo. Un punto de encuentro para creativos y brewers. Nuestro local al igual que la ciudad de BCN…

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Muns Empanadas {suscriptor}

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Hacemos las mejores empanadas de Barcelona, todas a mano, con cariño, con los mejores productos y nos preocupamos de cada detalle para que ames las Muns. Queríamos algo diferente, que…

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Bike club

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It’s mid-morning on Sunday as we sip cafés con leche (Cafés el Magnífico) and the first of “los frikis españoles,” in head-to-toe spandex, shuffles desperately in and beelines it for…

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Palmer {el clásico}

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It’s always a downer to see a classic de toda la vida turn over a new leaf, remodel itself into white-cube nothingness, and… poof… become modern, soulless and shite. None…

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Palo Cortao

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It’s 19:30 Saturday evening and Palo Cortao has just opened. Just. It’s retro-industrial, empty and cold. We have a hungry baby in tow. None of this makes any sense. This…

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Kaelderkold {eng}

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On Egos and Subcultures could be the theme of many a chat regarding current culinary “movements”. From street food to coffee’s reincarnation to craft beer or bust, booming trends split…

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Lisboa

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Sometimes there’s a story and a half hiding just inside the swinging glass door to a typical Eixample local. In this case that door belongs to Lisboa, which belongs to…

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Bar la Bota

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A makeover, complete with scraped beams and vaulting (so hot right now), has bumped the 2012 version of Bar La Bota, traspasado into Miriam’s hands 5 months ago, into the…

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Honey

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A wise Irishman, partial to community, fresh milk and friendly chat, lived on the corner of València and Muntaner. One day, as the fates would have it, in search of…

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Brisas do sil

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Back when a love affair with Poble Sec was nothing more than twinkle in many a local eye, the obras masivas in Plaza de las Navas to construct a 9.100m2…

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Mas Guinardó

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Near the foot of Parc de Guinardó, a guiding iaia (let’s hope of the flauta variety) comments on the outdoor dances for older folks they used to host at the…

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Nakashita

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Walk your new, permanent or temporary sweetheart into this sushi joint nestled near the edge of La Ribera. Let him/her compliment the natural wood & black paint design and the…

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Morro Fi

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With Bacchus as our witness, we will suck every last possible goddamn drop of vermut from this place as we can! We will sit in the sun with jacket and…

Red Ant Noodle Bar Barcelona

Red Ant Noodle Bar {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. If, to you, “fresh pasta” means Italy and only Italy, take a moment to recollect. Asians were slurping down noodles for thousands of years…

Bodega Quimet {CAS}

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Click here to read in english. Del otro lado de Gràcia, Bodega Quimet es un poco como la versión indie-hot-spot de Bodega Manolo. Estaba lleno un jueves a eso de…

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La Bodega

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Hark! What do I hear? Is that clique-free human engagement in a bar in el Born? Are those elderly Spanish men debating the future (or lack thereof) of España with…

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Casa Lucio {ENG}

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The first was too dark. The second, all blurry. You might have stopped there, but one in our party was slightly more insistent. Third time’s the charm. And Lucio didn’t…

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Flax & Kale {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. If trends and bubbles discomfit you, you may want to buckle your safety belt and put your tray table into its upright and locked…