Casa Jaime, traditional bar in Barcelona

Cheap eats in the Eixample: Casa Jaime, Barcelona

Casa Jaime, Barcelona Casa Jaime is an ideal place to worship at the altar of menu del dia, the Spanish tradition of attempting to eat as much lunch as possible in exchange for the smallest amount of your hard-earned cash. Our…

Els Quatre Gats Barcelona

Make like Picasso – eat at Els Quatre Gats, Barcelona

  Old-time big-famous bar and restaurant tucked away just off Plaza Cataluña. A must-see for many tourists although still a great, relatively quiet place for good food in an elegant atmosphere.  The list of famous guests from Barcelona’s heyday as…

Modernist elegance at Café del Centre, Barcelona

What’s the deal? One of the few remaining Modernista cafés in Barcelona, Café del Centre had changed little since it opened in 1873. Marble tables, a beautiful old wooden bar and a healthy mixture of business people, young locals and the occasional…

Mercado de San Nicolas, Madrid Chueca

Top 10 Spanish food souvenirs

Spanish food: our list of the best food souvenirs for visitors So you’ve had a lovely holiday/work trip/booze cruise and would like to pick up some Spanish food souvenirs to take home to your nearest and dearest.  But where to…

Menorca tapas bar in beautiful ancient city of Ciutadella

Gin at the Yacht Club, Menorca-Style: Club Nautic, Ciutadella

What’s the deal? Creek-front bar looking over Ciutadella’s atmospheric harbour.  Relaxed place with a stunning terrace built out over the water, excellent tapas and a lively octogenarian dominoes scene inside (don’t intervene; it can get nasty).  At weekends, entire families…

Bar Pasajes

Quirky tapas in medieval Sant Pere, Barcelona

What’s the deal? Yes, we are taking you down a dark alleyway. But fear not! For this is Bar Pasajes, one of Barcelona’s most unique watering holes. Occupying a covered walkway that runs between Calle Trafalgar and Sant Pere Mes…

Bar Roure (Bar El Roble), Barcelona

Tapas and sea snails at Bar Roure, Barcelona

  Roure is a Bermuda Triangle kind of place.  You mean to head to the Korean joint up the road, or for some sushi or, you know.  Try the kind of restaurant that Time Out tells you to try.  The…

Bar Funicular, Barcelona

Revolution and beer at Bar Funicular, Barcelona

1950s-style local bar on a corner in the well-groomed Dreta de l’Exiample (that’s the right hand side of the Exiample to you and me).  A firm favorite among residents and, as legend would have it, the last place Salvador Puig…

Traditional Spanish ham in Bar Teruel, tapas bar in Barcelona Eixample

No-nonsense tapas at Bar Teruel, Barcelona

No-nonsense, homely neighbourhood bar in the Exiample.  If you like to see four-year-olds playing on tragaperras slot machines and old men chewing on cheap cigars, El Teruel is the place to be.  There is plenty of room both inside and on the…