Restaurants have always been the traditional way of enjoying other people’s cuisine. But maybe they’re becoming a thing of the past. Food is becoming more and more mobile, whether it’s delivery services, a pop-up, or food trucks. What interests us today is the later- the idea of temporary food. It creates an immediate novelty- after all, you might be eating something somewhere that might never exist again. Food trucks and pop-up can be elusive, adding an element of fun, too. Continue reading “Barcelona’s Best Elusive Eats”
Pizza is an ancient tradition- truly it is. The first ever recorded instance of the word pizza came from the tenth century, which means it has been around for over a thousand years. The modern incarnation of pizza, that ooey gooey cheesy deliciousness we all love, was born in Naples far more recently. Still, it has managed to spread around the world, finding success wherever it is sold. In North America, it has reached staggering popularity, available everywhere, even common in the frozen form. Here in Barcelona, there is one chain of restaurants that seems to have figured out pizza better than the rest. Continue reading “Best Pizza in Barcelona: Pizzeria Micaela”
Vegan- just the word might earn a few eye rolls, but it is undeniable that this lifestyle is becoming more and more popular. Because it is a lifestyle, where people commit to not using any animal product or by-product for food, clothing, or anything else. Which you can imagine is fairly difficult, even if you just look at the food aspect. Continue reading “Vegan: Trend or True?”
Without a doubt, Gin-tonics are one of the most popular drinks in Barcelona. Originally from England, the cocktails have reached popularity here because of their refreshing fruity and botanical taste, served in large ice filled glasses perfect for Spain’s hot summers. As a result, gin bars have been popping up all over Barcelona, where customers can customize their perfect drink. Today, we’re going to be looking at some of the best the city has to offer.
Carrer d’Aribau, 162-166
Dry Martini is Barcelona’s own internationally recognized cocktail bar, one of the best in the world. Opened over thirty years ago and modelled after the classic English Cocktail Bar style, it’s not hard to imagine James Bond sipping on a martini there. Under the direction of Javier de las Muelas, the bar expanded it’s menu to a list of classic cocktails. And although they are named for another signature, their Gin-Tonic are a force to be reckoned with.
Find out more here http://www.drymartiniorg.com/
Torrent d’en vidalet, 37
Located in the heart of Gracia, Elephanta offers a more relaxed scene for gin-tonic drinkers. With cushioned seats and board games at the ready, it makes for a nice casual evening out with friends. They have been serving gin-tonic since before it was cool, and it shows. If you don’t know what to order, trust in the expertise of the establishment and order the gin-tonic of the week. Trust us, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Find out more here http://elephanta.cat/
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 1
Old Fashioned- filled with jazz, bartenders in waistcoats, and stately decor- is simply put, a little old fashioned. Their drinks, however, are not. With new twists on classics, this bar offers delicious drinks and fantastic tapas to sample as you drink. Their gin-tonics are renowned and diverse, so don’t be afraid to try something new.
Find out more here https://www.facebook.com/oldfashionedbcn/
Milano Cocktail Bar
Ronda de la Universitat, 35
Dreta de l’Eixample
If you’re looking for an adventure and a little mystery, this cocktail bar is the one for you. Reminiscent of a Chicago speakeasy in the 1940s, it’s discrete location is easy to miss. Open until 3am daily, they have live jazz music every night. With an extensive cocktail menu, their gin-tonics shine among a diverse selection.
Find out more here https://www.camparimilano.com/
Looking for a way to sample some of the best drinks Barcelona has to offer? Bida, the new subscription based app, offers users a free drink a day at bars around Barcelona for less than 10 euros a month. With a long list of participating locations, it’s all too easy to find the perfect spot for a free drinks with friends.
Ice cream. Gelato. Soft serve. It doesn’t matter what you call it, there is only one way to get through summer, especially one as hot as the one here in Barcelona, and it is through the sugary sweetness of frozen goodness. Today, we are looking at the best Barcelona has to offer.
Meet Ella and Alberto the Founders and Owners of Espai Egg. Our sister project “People On The Grid” recently did a video interview with them – check out the video below! Espai Egg is a trifecta space, with a cafe, eating space out front, a coworking kitchen in the middle and space for cooking classes in the back. Each space is distinctly unique, but the flow and use are customizable for anyone interested in what they are offering.
Espai Egg is in Raval, and the business concept came when the two owners were looking for a space to do their cooking classes and events under their project “Bear On Bike.” They found the space and although it was much larger than they needed they attempted to take a shot and took it on. The Co-Working kitchen is available for chefs or cooks alike to rent out space if they are starting a project without spending money on a space of their own. The term Egg also applies here metaphorically because Espai Egg acts as an incubator for new projects.
Another interesting idea with Espai Egg, is they have a goal of becoming a zero food waste professional kitchen – a goal that few places have met. They are attached to a slow food movement and focus on organic products and sustainability and want to teach through their cooking classes and events, as well as the others using the space new and fun ways to introduce these concepts into your culinary business. With the organic focus, they have sought out producers that meet their needs and rather than buying anonymously, they have formed relationships and added a social dimension to the behind the scenes product purchasing.
To learn more about Espai Egg or collaborate with them check them out on Facebook:
If you are ever looking for traditional, classic Catalan cuisine, take your time and visit Restaurant Casa Agusti in the center of Barcelona. This Barcelona Kitchen has existed since 1936 founded by Agusti Ros. Now at 81 years of business, Agusti has cemented itself as a top destination for travelers, and locals alike looking for authentic, high-quality Catalan cuisine.
What I like about Agusti is the dedication to their client’s needs and the quality of food and service that Founder Ros introduced into space. Another concept that makes this place one of my favs is the classic appeal the chef’s and sous-chef’s wear, with the white classic jackets.
The decor of the space has been changed over the 80 years, but the original design was decorated in 1955. The many renovations kept the charms of the old structures and feel of decor that is typically Barcelonian. These choices have made the place classicly nostalgic and homey.
Cited in the cities centre, Place Catalunya, stepping into Casa Agusti is a modern trip back in time with elements from past and present. Favorite items from the menu: Steamed Mussels, Rice with lobster or the classic Paella Parellada (without shells), and for dessert, Crema Catalana.
To find out more about this traditional and highly recommended restaurant or to book a reservation visit: http://www.casa-agusti.com/en/
The temperature is rising here in Barcelona, I find myself out and about more often. The only problem is sometimes I forget to bring food with me when I leave for the day. This happened to me more recently the other day. I went for a walk and 5 hours later I was hungry and found myself at On Cafe on Passeig Sant Joan. Even though this special cafe is on a busy street, the quiet and mellow vibes make it peaceful. As you step in the yellow walls and the strong smell of coffee beans make you forget about the outside world. I ended up spending 2 hours in the cafe and was truly impressed with my entire experience.
Like usual, I ordered a cafe con leche, and it was probably one of the best I’ve had since being in Barcelona. On Cafe is somewhat hidden, attracting the attention of only those who take the time to seek out a place like this. Being that it is on Passeig Sant Joan, I expected it to be a tourist hotspot but instead was met with local vibes and welcoming baristas. Overall my experience was great, I had fantastic coffee, a comfortable seat to cool off in after walking around all day, and a deliciously sweet but savoury croissant. Not to mention the open door that made the space light and airy. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a cafe in the centre of Barcelona.
By: Emma Edwards
If you are anything like me, then you have a soft spot in your heart for some good quality chocolate. Now from living in Barcelona for two months thus far, I have come to realize that the supermarkets and grocery stores do not have the rich, delicious chocolate that I am looking for. I was going crazy until I found, Be Chocolat: by Michel Clement.
Be Chocolat is a small shop in the Gothic Quarter. When I first stepped in, the instant cocoa smell set my senses on fire and I knew I was hooked. The staff were more than happy to help me pick out different chocolates, and we shared stories back and forth my entire visit. Then came the part where I saw the recipes and how the chocolate was made. Side note: where I am from in Canada, there used to be a Hershey Chocolate production company a 20-minute drive from my home. Being here with the smell, triggered some nostalgia from when I was five years old, and I got to watch my favorite chocolate treats being made.
Be Chocolat selects only the best cocoa to ensure that high-quality texture and taste, that will keep people coming back for more. I am addicted and will be coming back for more until I leave.
You can kind Be Chocolat at
Banys Nous 17 A, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
They are open 9:30 am – 8:30 pm everyday for you to enjoy.
Find them on Facebook
Chocolate Lovers Unite!
By: Emma Edwards
Located on a tiny street off of Passeig de Gracia, is a Bodega and Italian Restaurant, worth a visit. Raffaelli was founded by Sandro Raffaelli, an Italian entrepreneur with long experience in the world of catering. Sandro has a successful track record in the creation and management of venues, pizzerias and cocktail shops in Italy. The Raffaelli family came to Barcelona after Sandro fell in love with the Catalan capital. He and his two daughters Greta and Gioia have a passion for the Italian gastronomic traditions. Together the family of three started Raffaelli, to give the Barcelona community an authentic and elegant Italian restaurant.
We think Rafaelli’s has the best fresh pasta and Italian cuisine as well as an extensive wine list. With their talented team of creative and young professional that are the best hosts, and make you feel 100% comfortable during your dining experience.
While dining, you can choose one of three areas to enjoy your meal, Gioia, a fresh and informal dining space is ideal for groups of friends and family outings. Viola; the main dining area is a more intimate experience for date night; it is warm and quiet and feels very private. Finally, Grete is a private room you can reserve for special occasions like family gatherings, business events, and celebrations. The variety in the rooms and menu options is the perfect mix of avant-garde and tradition suitable for anyone.
They are open: Monday – Saturday / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm / 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Located just off to the side of this fabulous restaurant is Enoteca Raffaelli also owned by Sandro. The enoteca has begun a new project after meeting with Riccardo Giamminola a curator and journalist in Mirandoelarte. The two found similarities in their passion for wine and art; two sensory experience that pair perfectly. Together they began the “EmbriagARTE” project. Where they combine their efforts to create a space for stimulating senses with a glass of wine and beautiful art. They invite you to check out their space and share their passion with them. This project materializes at Antunez street, nº 9.
Be sure to check out the project here!