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 by the neighbourhood bar in Spanish life. And there are not many places of this kind in the city centre bars. Because sometimes you just have to have a sandwich. And Poc a Poc – although gourmet it ain’t – does sandwiches to a tee.
The bar is little bigger than a storefront, and when the weather gets warm staff open the doors to the street so you can drift in, order a meaty sandwich and find yourself happily peoplewatching before you realise what you’re doing. Despite its size, the Poc a Poc packs a punch with all the classic elements of a Spanish neigbourhood bar squeezed into its 15 or so square metres – slot machines, stoical barman and local regulars included.
The specialty is sandwiches, with the no-nonsense hot versions especially good – the barman fries up whatever you fancy while you wait (preferably with a nice cold beer). We recommend chistorra (a kind of mildly spiced paprika sausage from the North of Spain) if you haven’t tried it yet.
- 2 beers
- Chistorra sandwich
- Lomo (hot pork) sandwich
- Total €9
|Look! Sandwiches! And they want you to eat them!|
We love the open air feel to the bar when summer hits and the doors are left open well into the night.
Not so sure
Not the kind of place you would go for a full meal, but serves its purpose.
Bar Poc a Poc
- Carrer de la Princesa, 40, Barcelona 08003, Metro: Jaume I (L4)
- Tel: (0034) 933 10 75 65
- Opening Hours: 0800 to 2200h