Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bar Poc a Poc, Barcelona

Tapas in the street at Poc a Poc, Barcelona

  Although rarely even noticed by the throngs of tourists that pass by as they head down Calle de la Princesa to the Picasso Museum, the Poc a Poc (‘little by little’) is a perfect example of the role played…

Tarot and long nights at Les Gens Que J’aime, Barcelona

    Behind an unassuming half-height door on one of the Eixample’s most exclusive streets, Les Gens Que J’aime is a bar like no other: an authentic glimpse into another era. This is one of the few remaining bars of…

Quiosk Modern, La Boquería

Boqueria Bites at Quiosc Modern, Barcelona

Top of many visitors’ to-do list is Barcelona’s Mercat de Sant Josep, better known as La Boqueria.  This behemoth of a foodhall – which has existed in one form or another since the year 1217 – is popular among Barcelona…

Bodega Quimet, Barcelona

Bodacious Bodega Quimet, Gracia (Barcelona)

When Bodega Quimet’s former owners retired in 2010, they sold the bar on with only one condition: that nothing of the interior of this stately Barcelona bar would be changed by the new dueños.  It seems that their plan worked,…

Vista del Café Iruña

Café Iruña: where Hemingway was just another customer

  Worried that the legendary Café Iruña (Hemingway’s alleged favourite hangout in Pamplona and scene of much drinkin’ and fightin’ in The Sun Also Rises) might have been ruined by Papa’s considerable following of gap-year latte drinkers and college kids…

Terraza del antic cafe

Open air at Antic Teatre, Sant Pere, Barcelona

  Finding an empty table on a terrace can be a thankless task in Barcelona’s summer months, especially if you would prefer not to have to sell your house/teeth/significant other to pay for a G&T.  The Antic Teatre‘s bar and terrace…

Barra de Cala del Vermut

Home brew at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona

Family-run vermuteria in central Barcelona with a hole-in-the-wall sister bar (standing room only) just a few doors down.  All are crammed with memorabilia and vintage bits and bobs to gaze at while sipping a glass of the good stuff.  Both of the…

Cala Morell

Baristiu, Cala Morell, Menorca

      Ah, the chiringuito. That particularly Spanish type of beach bar that will happily serve you a plato combinado in less time than it takes to boil an egg (how do they do that?), and all while you…

Restaurante Ca'n Bernat, Menorca

Country house tapas at Ca’n Bernat, Menorca

The thing about life is that every now and again, something wonderful will pop up out of nowhere.  That is exactly what happened on the day that Gusto Guides discovered Ca’n Bernat, one of our favorite Menorcan restaurants.  After a…