I'm back after a week long stay in Barcelona compliments of my dear friend Mardon. What an amazing place- sort of a Paris on the Med but without the Parisians (no offence to Parisians- I have Parisians friends and have lived in Paris).
The architecture is amazing, the people friendly and the food filling. The weather was scorchio- anyone with a dislike for high temperatures should steer clear of the place in the summer.
Above - View from Park Guell
Right - La Pedrera
I'll keep the writing brief and let the photos speak for themselves. Addresses and more photos to follow. I'd like to thank everyone who gave me tips and advice for a first time trip to Barcelona but in particular Amy from Cooking with Amy who gave me an exhaustive list of gourmet shops to hit.
Between her list and my trusty Time Out guide, there wasn't a bad meal or food shop to be had (except for maybe one that wasn't my choice and resulted in my control over all meals for the rest of the stay).
My Barcelona address book:
Restaurants / Tapas-
tel: 93 323 94 90
Metro Passeig de Garcia or Universitat
Rated as one of the best restos in town. It's tough to get a reservation (I know- I couldn't get one) so call early.
La Boqueria 466-467, La Rambla 89
Located near the main entrance to La Boqueria, this little joint is run by an old man whom everyone calls Juanito. It was near my hotel and was where I went for breakfast everyday at a cost of 3 euros.
Taller de Tapas
Placa Sant Josep Oriol 9
tel: 93 301 80 20
Excellent tapas. Try the sausage with white beans dish- it was amazing and rustic- and the Membrillo and Rocket salad. Good value.
C/Palma de Sant Just 1
tel: 93 310 53 09
Metro Jaume I
Swanky cocktail joint with jazzy/loungey tunes (at least when I went). Great tapas and great drinks. One can easily pass the night away here.
C/ Mallorca 236
tel: 93 216 0368
Metro Passeig de Garcia
This was our fave meal of the trip. If you're heading to Sagrada Familia, take a 15 minute stroll instead of the metro. Tasty croquetas, amazing grilled asparagus, perfect jabugo ham. We spent a couple of hours nibbling and drinking and gossiping without realising it. The Roscon de la casa (House cake - see picture) was to die for and worth every calorie. Two of us ate very well for less then 35 euros (and that included wine, coffee and dessert).
Above left - Cerveseria Catalana, well worth the 10 minute walk from La Sagrada Familia. Great tapas, great atmosphere and a great house dessert.
Above right - It was a sponge soaked in rum with a layer of Crema Catalana with caramel sauce
Left - Ceiling of La Sagrada Familia
Below Right - Pinotxo Bar (at La Boqueria), great coffee and breakfast and home to Juanito whom to whole town seems to know.
Bottom left - looking down the stairwell at La Sagrada Familia