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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…

El Catascopio galeria de arte en Barcelona

El Catascopio {Suscriptor}

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La galería El Catascopio nace en 2014 con el propósito de dar a conocer artistas emergentes y hacer que el arte sea para todos los públicos. Situado en Poble Sec,…

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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Share and Smile

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Yeah, that’s the name. Share and smile. And no, it’s not a family fun center (or is it?) The name goes against everything you would expect from an art space…

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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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Ciclos Clase {Suscriptor}

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“Percibimos nuestra vida encima de una bicicleta y cada dia que pasa estamos mas convencidos de que es el mejor medio de transporte para ciudad en todos los sentidos, es…

Rio D.O.C. Barcelona

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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Uniqbrow {Suscriptor}

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Uniqbrow, interchangeable eyewear 100% made in Barcelona, nace de la mano de Andrew Swiller y Cristina Brossa, una pareja de jóvenes emprendedores que tras la inquietud de querer que las…

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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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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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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La Patente

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Barcelona entrepreneurial stories beginning with something similar to “I worked in advertising and realized that every day I wanted to rip out my eyeballs and carve out my soul” are…

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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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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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Bànitsa

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A traditional Баница would be doughier and shaped differently, but the same phyllo wrapping is present even in Mikhaela Mikhaylova’s spiral-flower fusion Barcelona bànitsa. Back in Bulgaria the pastries are…

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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…

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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…

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Krispy Cuts {barbería}

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Alexis, originally from Badalona, spent a great many years of his childhood living in Germany, where his older sister spent a great many hours with American GIs stationed nearby. Many…

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Bloc Onze

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Can Batlló has been mentioned in these recycled paper pages before. Nos pone. Scha-wing! Formerly a giant textile complex, it’s so large that in 1976 it was zoned for social…

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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Carretes 47

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The Hood // El Raval. The Good // This 300 m2 warehouse, which didn’t really have a roof when its architect founders moved in, has 12 of its 24 co-working…

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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…

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Caravela Gourmet

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Hugo worked a similar trade in Portugal before different winds swept him towards Barcelona, and surely not on a caravel. Approximately eight years later (and seven of them based in…

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d’Aquí {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. Cécile looked for a space she could see straight through and found it six months ago on the quiet c/ Santa Tecla. Entering d’Aquí…

La República Barcelona resto bar bbq craft beer

La República {Suscriptor}

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La mejor gastronomía argentina en el barrio Gótico de Barcelona. Las mejores milanesas de la ciudad, empanadas argentinas, hamburguesas, las birras mas frias, cócteles low cost, música, fútbol y más!…

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Gopal {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. Not vegan? Love a burger? Ex-meat-eater-turned-veg? Do you still dance the butifarra? Well, this is our Barna vegan burger joint. Should a rural butcher…

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La Taquería {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. We finally have a real taquería. Not a restaurant, but an authentic taquería in Barcelona. Hallelujah! It could only be better if it were…

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Xiringuito Aigua {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. We’ve covered Fogó: Catalan street food in a Catalan capital that still forbids such a thing. Xiringuito Aigua is a slap of the same…

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El Changarrito {ENG}

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Click AQUÍ para leer en castellano. El Comidista couldn’t get enough of El Changarrito’s slogan “alta cocina casera”. But aside from the obvious contradiction in terms, and the general absurdity…

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Manchester Bar

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Pick your poison, Raval or Gótico, both Manchesters are golden oldies. As one reviewer writes, “Qué manía tenemos de meternos en locales pequeños, oscuros, con asientos incómodos y calurosos como…

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Ikki {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. Ikki ditched Raval for Poble Sec. It’s for the best. Their old locale was a dank split-level basement + altillo space that was just…

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Rosses I Torrades

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David is owner, selector, clerk, cleaner and teacher in his one-and-a-half-year-old shop in the Left Iz. It’s a small space that is temporary home to almost solely artisan beers that…

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Ale & Hop

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There may be a few remaining vents to cover and tubes to connect but Ale & Hop, – pronounced locally: alejóp – is open for business and the beer flows…

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Homo Sibaris

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It is said that in the 6th century in the Greek colony of Sybaris the citizens amassed great fortunes, slept on beds of rose petals and danced away the nights…

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Millor Que Nou

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An old something doesn’t work. You have no idea what to do. Then you read this. You take said thing to Millor Que Nou to take advantage of the serveis…

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Chapultepec {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. When Itzli in El Born closed (Itzli Barceloneta is still in action), we followed it across town to less exorbitant rents. In its more…

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An-Car

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An-Car is the last of the mohicans. A family business named after two sisters (Ana and Carmen), this bastion of bookbinding is the last of its kind in Barcelona. Everything…

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La Cervecita

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In a space large enough for a small brewery, owners Quim  and Angie set up a shop that doubles as a place to taste (it’s not officially a bar). In…

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Taverna La Parra {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. Crossing the threshold of La Parra is like walking into the most well-stocked (culinarily-speaking) hobbit house from Tolkien’s The Shire. The low ceiling, tunnel layout…

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Robadors 23

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Robadors 23 is like home, albeit a dark stone tunnel of a home full of strangers. You and your date will be able to relax, listen to good music, get…

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Bodega Quimet {ENG}

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Click aquí para leer en castellano. On the other side of Gràcia, Bodega Quimet is a bit like the indie-hot-spot version of Bodega Manolo. It was packed on a Thursday…

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Espai Capra

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Would you like a one-sentence recommendation? Here it goes: Thank Zeus above for a new café in Poble Sec that isn’t on Blai and doesn’t serve pintxos! And, for those…

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Guixot

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“We should leave now to get there before it’s completely packed,” was commonly uttered back in the day when this paper team was based in Raval. Guixot was a go-to….

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Taquería Tamarindo

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According to some, the Mexican culinary community in Barcelona has its panties all in a bundle, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Adrià brothers’ Hoja Santa (opening now-ish) and smaller,…

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La Pubilla del Taulat

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This locale has been a bodega for approximately 125 years, since Poblenou was just a three-street poble surrounded by fields and farms and walking to Barcelona was, as Jesús says,…

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Sorpresas con Print Workers

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Si tienes suerte, de entre las páginas de la edición #33 de BCN MÉS que invadirá las calles el miércoles, caerá una de las 50 ilustraciones Regreso al Presente AGAIN…

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Bodega Manolo

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This place has a press book that is biblical in proportions, and while we don’t tend to cover that which has already been covered so thoroughly, Manolo is a classic…

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Montana

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Montana is known enough already for its spray paint, but we aren’t interested in spray. We want the markers. And the Barcelona shop stocks around 100 different types, 500+ if…

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Skating Club

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The presence of a higher power is often signaled (in films and such) by rays of light bursting forth from the heavens and choral voices singing a holy and extended…

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El Recibidor

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Once upon a time two of the three friends that opened this vintage furniture shop worked in publicity and decided that it sucked a little too much. Gerard was from…

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Pizza del Sortidor {punto}

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If you were a regular at Pizza del Raval before the boys shut up shop, you were likely informed that Phase One of delicious, affordable pizza in hyper-low-key environs was…

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Llibreria Calders

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If life is a river, every passion or profession a tributary, and every individual entity a stream, then one thing is certain: we all join up with the confluence at…

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Filferro

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The sun is shining and the weather is sweet, yeah. And the Barcelona gold we’re pulling out of the annals for this “clásico” goes to (drumroll) Filferro! [Uproar and applause.]…

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Can Siscu

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“Foodie” is all well and good, but someone has to filter through countless, nameless manolos not designed by architects or ex-ad-agency-types where ye olde “food” still reigns. Can Siscu is…

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Fogó

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If recent Eat Street hubbub has you fired up and in the mood for more quality street food served in oddly-shaped cardboard containers, look no further than Fogó. While located…

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La calle Robador de antes

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Decía Paul Elouard que, aunque le tocó vivir dos guerras mundiales, lo fundamental en su educación fueron los años de la infancia. He tenido la suerte de no verme involucrado…

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Palo Alto

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Least cool in temperature, Palo Alto is a magical world of its own, set in an enclosed manufacturing complex in Poblenou which was spared the pre-Olympic wave of rampant, rapidfire…

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Cara B

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You’re 8 years old again and oldies and classic rock songs are fresh to your ears. Twist and Shout, Bad Moon Rising and Jumpin’ Jack Flash are the coolest things…

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Fatbottom Books

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Fatbottom… after lurking in the shadowy straightaways of Poble Sec for a long time, like the anti-heroes they hock in self-published zines, these hawkers of the self-published have moved in…

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Bar Tarambana

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Quim and Joan have been friends since they were five. Roughly 25 years later they told their parents they were leaving fine-paying and stable jobs (bank and multi-national respectively) to…

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La Chana

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Ni rastro of the dark, pricey, guiri-sh cocktail bar that occupied this small locale until a little over a month ago. Amazing what white paint can do. Add some blue…

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Bohèmic

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Bohèmic deserves so much more than this nugget. A family-run, fine-dining establishment, our go-to in poorer moments and dry spells between family visits: the bravas. If you haven’t tried them…

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La Resistència

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La Resistència is the latest in Barcelona’s beer bar revolution (if only social revolution moved so quickly!). The place is set back from Viladomat, dug out a bit and soundproofed,…

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Aguaribay

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Once a month we deliver a stack of newspapers to Aguaribay. It hurts. We walk into the modest restaurant with brick walls and five-meter-high ceilings and sniff pure heaven. Then…

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Ultra-local Records

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Keywords rise and fall, cresting waves over our cosmopolitan reality. Some are tsunamis (hipster springs to mind) swallowing everything in their path to the point of becoming nothing, blobs. Others…

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Teatre Llantiol

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Thanks to monthly subscriptions to Cosmopolitan and FHM, we know that making your “other half” laugh is about 90% of the game. If you’re not funny, you have two options:…

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The Green Parrot

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Cuenta una leyenda urbana que hace 20 años un grupo de loros escapó del Zoo de Barcelona. Estos loros —que en realidad son cotorras argentinas— adornan, sobre todo, el centro…

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Turismo claustrofóbico

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Ideas para fomentar el turismo claustrofóbico • La entrada del Museu del Clavegueram, construcción de una planta de aspecto tenebroso, está en el paseo de San Juan, próxima a la…

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Grey Street

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Grey Street, Raval. Hidden in the heart of Raval you will find Grey Street a gift shop with a little bit of everything from stationery and local artwork to vintage…

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Caravelle {suscriptor}

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When a menú del día is too much, you’re tired of the Mediterranean cuisine, and you lack the ganas to roll the dice on the sketchy looking joint up the…

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Nyam Nyam

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It has been said that the restaurant is dead. While that is surely an exaggeration, if we contemplate all of the mostly-emptyMichelin star restaurants, street food’s burgeoning trendiness, and other…