Barcelona beach, Barceloneta

Safety Tips: Barcelona

So you best friend/parent/hairdresser/bail bondsman has just got home from a trip to Barcelona.  And what do they talk about?  The food, the weather, the nightlife?  How about the pickpockets?  Yes, Barcelona’s petty thieves are fast acquiring a rep for…

Tapas Crawl at Bar Luis, Alicante

Alicante’s Calle Mayor has over the past few years become a veritable catwalk of tapas bars, with a seemingly exclusively guiri clientele although sadly without D-list celebs musing on whether fur is the new leather, white is the new black, and how…

Bar Esterri, patatas bravas

The neighbourhood experience at Bar Esterri, Barcelona

An old pescaderia (fishmonger’s) in Sant Antoni that was converted to a bar way back in the 60s.  Esterri is a rare thing in Barcelona: a quiet, unhurried bar where you can spend the afternoon reading or drinking eternal cañas with a friend…

Tapas bar Jai Ca Barceloneta Barcelona

Sunday morning tapas at Jai-Ca, Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s top tapas bars in terms of the bang you get for your buck.  Chipirones, calamares and fresh seafood are the specialties at this perpetually crammed traditional restaurant, which has opened an overflow bar in the next building to keep up with…

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…