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Barcelona - Around Town : Eixample (part 3) - Cafés, Restaurants & Tapas Bars

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Cafés

  1. Laie Llibreria Cafè

    A cultural meeting place with a lively atmosphere, airy terrace and foreign newspapers. There’s an excellent set lunch and live jazz (on Thursdays).

    • C/Pau Claris 85

    • Closed Sun & Mon eve

  2. Cafè del Centre

    Said to be the oldest café in the Eixample, with dark wooden interiors that have not changed for a century. An unpretentious spot for a quiet coffee.

    • C/Girona 69

    • Closed after 9pm

  3. Casa Alfonso

    This classy café has been in business since 1929. Arguably the best pernil (serrano ham) in the city.

    • C/Roger de Llúria 6

    • Closed Sun

    Casa Alfonso
  4. Cacao Sampaka

    An infinite array of chocolate, including innovative combinations such as chocolate with Parmesan cheese or olive oil.

    • C/Consell de Cent 292

    • Closed Sun, mornings in Aug

  5. Mauri

    One of the best pastry shops in town. Enjoy a hot drink with an elaborate dessert in Modernista surroundings.

    • Rambla Catalunya 102

    • Closed Sun eve

  6. Bar París

    Chaotic and lively, with a sunny terrace, Bar París attracts a student crowd. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it’s ideal for clubbers not ready to go home.

    • C/Paris 187

  7. Palace Barcelona

    This elegant Modernista hotel formerly the Ritz, is the perfect place for breakfast in the conservatory or afternoon tea in the Grand Hall. It’s thoroughly luxurious, but pricey.

    • Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes 668

    • DA

  8. Bauma

    A mixed crowd drifts in to read the paper or smoke a Havana cigar with a post-lunch carajillo (coffee and cognac).

    • C/Roger de Llúria 124

    • Closed Sat

    • DA

  9. Mantequería Ravell

    A deli-style shop offering incredible breakfasts, including eggs with foie gras, at a huge communal table. Wine and traditional hams and cheeses are also available.

    • C/Aragó 313

    • Closed Mon & Sat after 6pm, Tue & Wed after 9pm, Sun

  10. Tragarrapid

    A chic café below the Tragaluz restaurant. Up-market tapas and coffee served with style.

    • Ptge de la Concepció 5


Restaurants & Tapas Bars

  1. Tragaluz

    Popular with the fashionable crowd, this design-conscious, three-floored restaurant serves imaginative Mediterranean cuisine.

    • Ptge de la Concepció 5

    • 93 487 01 96

  2. La Semproniana

    Set in an old printworks, this place serves food that’s a cross between Catalan and nouvelle cuisine – with a sense of playfulness. Try the black pudding lasagne.

    • C/Rosselló 148

    • 93 453 18 20

    • Closed Sun

    • DA

  3. Cinc Sentits

    Indulge the five senses (cinc sentits in Catalan) at this stylish restaurant, where diners are wowed with modern interpretations of classic Catalan cuisine.

    • C/Aribau 53

    • 93 323 94 90

    • Closed Mon eve, Sun

  4. L’Olivé

    An unassuming, family-style restaurant with excellent, well-priced regional cuisine. Reputedly the best place to eat that Catalan speciality, pig’s trotter. The broad bean salad with mint is recommended.

    • C/Balmes 47

    • 93 452 19 90

    • Closed Sun eve

  5. Noti

    Apart from the superb French-Mediterranean cuisine and stylish decor, Noti also has an adjoining cocktail bar.

    • C/Roger de Lluria 35–37

    • 93 342 66 73

    • Closed Sat lunch, Sun

    • DA

  6. Casa Calvet

    Splurge on Catalan food with a modern twist in these impressive Gaudí-designed dining rooms.

    • C/Casp 48

    • 93 412 40 12

    • Closed Sun

    • DA

  7. Moo

    Run by the Roca brothers, Moo serves creative Catalan recipes prepared with the finest local ingredients.

    • C/Rosselló 265

    • 93 445 40 00

    • DA

  8. Inopia

    Tucked away in a residential neighbourhood, Inopia serves traditional tapas.

    • C/Tamarit 104

    • 93 424 52 31

    • Closed Tue–Fri lunch, Sun, Mon

    • DA

  9. Cervecería Catalana

    Just a few steps from Rambla de Catalunya, with some of the best tapas in town and a variety of beers.

    • C/Mallorca 236

    • 93 216 03 68

    • DA

  10. Paco Meralgo

    This bright, modern tapas bar has a gourmet menu based on recipes from around the country.

    • C/Muntaner 171

    • 93 430 90 27

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