Category: Barcelona

Cakes from Escriba, Barcelona / Pastelería Escriba, Barcelona

Escribà: Exploding Cakes at Barcelona’s Weirdest Bakery

The Escribà bakery in Barcelona is easy to miss, from the outside at least.  This family-run Catalan bakery and choclatier’s main store, on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, has a tasteful window display of proper (if a little kooky) birthday…

Isidre Gironés en La Boquería

Boqueria Market Tour with a Barcelona Master Chef

We meet Isidre Gironés at the busy entrance to La Boqueria, just off Barcelona’s main tourist drag of Las Ramblas.  The proprietor of the world-famous Ca l’Isidre is easy to spot among the scruffy travellers: he is the only person…

Barcelona crime

10 ways to get robbed in Barcelona

Barcelona: sun, sea and…petty crime?  Over recent years, the city has earned a reputation for pickpockets and con artists as well as its world-class art and architecture, to the extent that many of our friends and readers’ first question is…

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5 Books about Spain – ideal gifts for Sant Jordi

You might already know that Sant Jordi (the 23rd April) is Barcelona’s annual books, love and nationalism day.  So rather than getting stuck on what to buy your sweetie, try one of our recommendations.  Here are 5 books that the…

Parc Güell, Barcelona

A book lover’s guide to Barcelona

Barcelona has long been associated with an arty crowd – after all, this is the city where Picasso, Dali, Gaudi et al spent much of their adult lives wafting around and making things look pretty.  Writers have also been drawn…

Vermouth in Barcelona

Barcelona: vermouth city

Vermouth, known in Spanish as vermut or vermú, has been out of fashion in recent years with the same kind of image that Bristol Cream has in the UK. This traditional drink has fallen so far from the national consciousness that there is…

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War and Peace at Café de l’Opera, Barcelona

  The only place on Las Ramblas that has retained any real sense of the old Barcelona, Café de l’Opera has been serving churros to tourists and musicians from the nearby opera house for over 80 years now.  According to the owners, not even the Spanish Civil…

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…