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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Bar Bidasoa

      Tapas bar
      The oldest tapas bar in the city is both hectic and jovial. The waiters barely have time to set down the world’s best deep-fried diced potatoes in spicy sauce (patatas bravas) before flitting away to the next table. The other tapas are terrific, too: meatballs, vegetable omelettes and clams marinara. The prices are fair and the seating is comfortable – a rustic stop with a familial atmosphere.
      Carrer d'En Serra, 21
      Barcelona 08002
      +34 93 318 10 63
    • Restaurante La Gardunya

      Best calamari
      The restaurant La Gardunya is practically a natural extension of the Boquería market stands. The fish and vegetable sellers take their lunch here while the evening goes to theatre directors, film stars and opera attendees. It’s said that the battered calamari are the best in the city and the mushroom croquettes are unbeatable. The rice dishes are also excellent and traditional puddings and creams are served for dessert. The absolute highlight, however, is the homemade caramelised apple tart. The chef himself will fetch the best wines from the cellar for real connoisseurs. A wonderful place.
      Calle Jerusalem, 18
      Barcelona 08001
      +34 93 302 43 23
    • Pinotxo Bar

      Very popular
      Everyone loves the Pinotxo Bar. The owner bears the bourgeois name of Joan Bayén and he might have already published several cookbooks, but the relevant point is that the Boqueria market is a true attraction just the way it is: In a paltry four square metres, Bayén and his nephew conjure up first-class Catalonian meals. Olé!
      Calle fusina, 5
      Barcelona 08003
      +34 66 241 26 13
      pinotxbar.com
    • Margarita Blue

      Trendy
      The «in» place for Barcelona’s creative and artistic scene. It's a mixture of bar and restaurant with a special flair and an imaginative menu. Starting at 6 p.m., you can order a wonderful combination of Tex-Mex and Mediterranean cuisine: delicate chicken in a spicy Mexican sauce or the popular batted and fried green tomatoes. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. Guests can expect a diverse programme of DJ sessions, magicians and other surprises.
      Carrer de Josep Anselm Clavé, 6
      Barcelona 08002
      +34 93 412 54 89
      margaritablue.com
    • Restaurant Pitarra

      Classic Catalonian
      Ask any waiter here and they can tell you precisely what goes into one of their delicacies and how it is made. The house specialises in refined fish soups, specially prepared mushrooms and vegetables, and delicate game dishes. Naturally, there are tasty wines to go with them. The restaurant is named after the famous Catalan poet Pitarra – there are countless items here to commemorate him and create a pleasant, cosy atmosphere.
      Carrer d'Avinyó, 56
      Barcelona 08002
      +34 93 301 16 47
      restaurantpitarra.cat
    • Caelum

      One-of-a-kind
      This wonderful café and shop can be found in El Call, the former Jewish quarter of the city. The lower floor includes a Jewish thermal bath from the 14th century. Nowadays guests can be seated there by candlelight and classical music while they try the heavenly delights sold in the shop above: from lovingly prepared baked goods to marzipan to divine Communion wines, all in tasteful packaging. Most of these treats based on centuries-old recipes are made in Spanish monasteries. Only nuns and monks seem to have the patience these days to apply the effort and detail these products require.
      Calle Palla, 8
      Barcelona 08002
      +34 93 302 69 93
      caelumbarcelona.com
    • Mirablau

      Dream location
      Elegant terrace bar and a classic meeting place for the «in» crowd of Barcelona’s high society. From Mirablau the city lies at your feet. Sit back and enjoy an aperitif as the sun sets or a cocktail later in the evening; the sea of lights is simply fantastic. This is one of the most beautiful places in the city to unwind after an eventful day.
      Plaça Doctor Andreu
      Barcelona 08035
      +34 93 418 58 79
      mirablaubcn.com
    • Gimlet

      Cocktail bar
      One of the most famous cocktail bars in Europe. It evokes the mood of New York society bars from the 1930s. The bartenders wear suits, as do some guests, but this is not required. It’s a true «in» bar for the city’s artists and intellectuals. It’s also the right place to enjoy a well shaken gimlet and listen to jazz classics.
      Carrer Rec 24
      Barcelona 08003
      gimlet.com
    • Pipa Club

      Institution
      This is one of the nicest clubs in the city, established more than 25 years ago by artists, writers and architects. The surrounding bars were too crowded for them to relax and smoke a pipe. This prompted them to rent an old artist’s workshop and the tobacco company Borkum Riff provided the tasteful furniture to create the right flair. The club’s doors open to non-members to enjoy a cocktail and billiard game at 11 p.m.
      Plaza Reial, 3
      Barcelona 08002
      +34 93 302 47 32
      bpipaclub.com
    • CDLC Barcelona

      Lounge club and restaurant
      The Carpe Diem Lounge Club is one of the most popular bars in the city. Guests can snuggle between cosy cushions and dream like maharajas, chat, toast over a cocktail, have dinner and on top of all that enjoy the view to the sea. This the place to spend the night dancing and celebrating. DJs spin hot beats and guests retire to the terrace for a break. A perfect evening is guaranteed.
      Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32
      Barcelona 08003
      +34 93 224 04 70
      cdlcbarcelona.com