How does it feel to ride a cable car in the mellow sunlight of a Mediterranean evening…to be lost in a city market full of colors and scents…to walk the bustling Rambla, exposed to sensory stimulation beyond anything you have ever experienced? While words and pictures are never complete, Jahn Schlossers guide #BCN – by locals shows you where to go and what to expect.
1. Secret no more, but different to everything else in Barcelona: La Caseta
They say it all on their homepage. This place is a hiding place on the top of Barcelonas Montjuic mountain. It is the alternative on a hot summer day, the fresh place not far from town where you can enjoy the sunset. There is always a BBQ happening here, but you can’t bring your own, you gotta get their plate for only 12 € with local carnivore dishes. Else there is the option to have a picnic right next to it and have a canned beer or a good coffee in La Caseta afterwards. Maybe that option unites the best of all worlds.
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, noon – sunset (kitchen around 14:00 – 16:30, Crepes till late)
2. Sea to table dining, a fresh experience at La Paradeta
There are several outlets of this sea-to-table dining chain. You can choose from the daily catch, that is laid out on ice. All kinds of different fish from the Med for you to make the belly happy. Be it monkfish or crayfish that is your gusto. The preparation modes are: “A la plancha”- grilled or “a la romana” – in batter. When your table is called (let them tell you how the number of your table will sound in Spanish) you get to the counter and your fresh dish is served. Link to how it works.
Tuesday to Friday, 20:00 – 23:30h
Saturday, 13:00 – 16:00h and 20:00 – 00:00h
Sunday, 13:00 – 16:00h
Born and Sagrada Familia:
Tuesday to Sunday, 13:00 – 16:00 & 20:00 – 23:30h
3. Sunday morning Vermut or Churros, this is an or not an and relationship
The event, that is part of the weekly Catalan routine, is the Vermut. This drink, whose most familiar brand would be Martini, is taken on Sunday morning around 11:00 – 12:00 AM. Formerly it has been the refreshment after the church and before the Sunday feast at home. In order to start a weekend day late (they open at 11:30 AM) you should check out Celler Cal Marino. I suggest to have the classic drink and some tapas with it.
If you do get up earlier, go for the other Sunday morning tradition and have the thick spanish chocolate drink at Granja Dulcinea or Pallaresa. The consistency is perfect to dip local pastries in it. Namely churros, magdalenas and ensaimadas.
Monday to Saturday, 9:00 – 13:00h and 16:00 – 21:00h
Sunday, 9:00 – 13:00h and 17:00 – 21:00h
On weekends there can be queues… be prepared to wait.
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