Excursions

Special excursions arranged by the IBS and our Local Organizing Committee will be shared as soon as that information is available. For now, we hope you enjoy these ideas for personal excursions near and around Barcelona.


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Museums

Museu Picasso

Price- adult/concession/child all collections €14/7.50/free, permanent collection €11/7/free, temporary exhibitions €4.50/3/free, 3-7pm Sun & 1st Sun of month free

The setting alone, in five contiguous medieval stone mansions, makes the Museu Picasso unique (and worth the probable queues). The pretty courtyards, galleries and staircases preserved in the first three of these buildings are as delightful as the collection inside.

While the collection concentrates on the artist’s formative years – sometimes disappointing for those hoping for a feast of his better-known later works (they had better head for Paris) – there is enough material from subsequent periods to give you a thorough impression of the man’s versatility and genius. Above all, you come away feeling that Picasso was the true original, always one step ahead of himself (let alone anyone else), in his search for new forms of expression.

The permanent collection is housed in Palau Aguilar, Palau del Baró de Castellet and Palau Meca, all dating to the 14th century. The 18th-century Casa Mauri, built over medieval remains (even some Roman leftovers have been identified), and the adjacent 14th-century Palau Finestres accommodate temporary exhibitions.

The collection, which includes more than 3500 artworks, is strongest on Picasso’s earliest years, up until 1904, which is apt considering that the artist spent his formative creative years in Barcelona. Allegedly it was Picasso himself who proposed the museum’s creation in 1960, to his friend and personal secretary Jaume Sabartés, a Barcelona native. Three years later, the ‘Sabartés Collection’ was opened, since a museum bearing Picasso’s name would have been met with censorship – Picasso’s opposition to the Franco regime was well known. The Museu Picasso we see today opened in 1983. It originally held only Sabartés’ personal collection of Picasso’s art and a handful of works hanging at the Barcelona Museum of Art, but the collection gradually expanded with donations from Salvador Dalí and Sebastià Junyer Vidal, among others, though the largest part of the present collection came from Picasso himself. His widow, Jacqueline Roque, also donated 41 ceramic pieces and the Woman with Bonnet painting after Picasso’s death. The original collection still hangs in the Palau Aguilar.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Price- adult/student/child €12/8.40/free, after 3pm Sat & 1st Sun of month free

From across the city, the bombastic neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on the slopes of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition and restored in 2005, it houses a vast collection of mostly Catalan art spanning the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The high point is the collection of extraordinary Romanesque frescoes.

This building has come to be one of the city’s prime symbols of the region’s separate, Catalan identity, but the fact that it was constructed under the centralist dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, lends a whiff of irony.

The real highlight here is the Romanesque art section, considered the most important concentration of early medieval art in the world. Rescued from neglected country churches across northern Catalonia in the early 20th century, the collection consists of 21 frescoes, woodcarvings and painted altar frontals (low-relief wooden panels that were the forerunners of the elaborate altarpieces that adorned later churches). The insides of several churches have been recreated and the frescoes – in some cases fragmentary, in others extraordinarily complete and alive with colour – have been placed as they were when in situ.

The two most striking fresco sets follow one after the other. The first, in Sala 5, is a magnificent image of Christ in Majesty done around 1123. Based on the text of the Apocalypse, we see Christ enthroned on a rainbow with the world at his feet. He holds a book open with the words Ego Sum Lux Mundi (I am the Light of the World) and is surrounded by the four Evangelists. The images were taken from the apse of the Església de Sant Climent de Taüll in northwest Catalonia. Nearby in Sala 9 are frescoes done around the same time in the nearby Església de Santa Maria de Taüll. This time the central image taken from the apse is of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child. These images were not mere decoration but tools of instruction in the basics of Christian faith for the local population – try to set yourself in the mind of the average medieval citizen: illiterate, ignorant, fearful and in most cases eking out a subsistence living. These images transmitted the basic personalities and tenets of the faith and were accepted at face value by most.

Even the rudimentary ‘scratchings’, done most probably by the priests, of animals, crosses and other symbols, have been rescued and preserved here.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Price – adult/student/child €12/8.40/free, after 3pm Sat & 1st Sun of month free

From across the city, the bombastic neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on the slopes of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition and restored in 2005, it houses a vast collection of mostly Catalan art spanning the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The high point is the collection of extraordinary Romanesque frescoes.

This building has come to be one of the city’s prime symbols of the region’s separate, Catalan identity, but the fact that it was constructed under the centralist dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera, lends a whiff of irony.

Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Price – adult/concession/child €7/5/free, 3-8pm Sun & 1st Sun of month free

One of Barcelona’s most fascinating museums takes you back through the centuries to the very foundations of Roman Barcino. You’ll stroll over ruins of the old streets, sewers, laundries and wine- and fish-making factories that flourished here following the town’s founding by Emperor Augustus around 10 BC. Equally impressive is the building itself, which was once part of the Palau Reial Major (Grand Royal Palace) on Plaça del Rei, among the key locations of medieval princely power in Barcelona.

The square is frequently the scene of organised or impromptu concerts and is one of the most atmospheric corners of the medieval city.

Enter through Casa Padellàs, just south of Plaça del Rei. Casa Padellàs was built for a 16th-century noble family in Carrer dels Mercaders and moved here, stone by stone, in the 1930s. It has a courtyard typical of Barcelona’s late-Gothic and baroque mansions, with a graceful external staircase up to the 1st floor. Today it leads to a restored Roman tower and a section of Roman wall (whose exterior faces Plaça Ramon de Berenguer el Gran), as well as a section of the house set aside for temporary exhibitions.

Fundació Joan Miró

Price – adult/child €12/free

Joan Miró, the city’s best-known 20th-century artistic progeny, bequeathed this art foundation to his hometown in 1971. Its light-filled buildings, designed by close friend and architect Josep Lluís Sert (who also built Miró’s Mallorca studios), are crammed with seminal works, from Miró’s earliest timid sketches to paintings from his last years.

Sert’s shimmering white temple to the art of one of the stars of the 20th-century Spanish firmament is considered one of the world’s most outstanding museum buildings; the architect designed it after spending much of Franco’s dictatorship years in the USA, as the head of the School of Design at Harvard University. The foundation rests amid the greenery of the mountain and holds the greatest single collection of the artist’s work, comprising around 220 of his paintings, 180 sculptures, some textiles and more than 8000 drawings spanning his entire life. Only a small portion is ever on display.

Camp Nou Experience

Price – adult/child €23/18

A pilgrimage site for football fans from the world, Camp Nou is one of Barcelona’s most hallowed grounds. While nothing compares to the excitement of attending a live match, the Camp Nou Experience is a must for FC Barcelona fans. On this self-guided tour, you’ll get an in-depth look at the club, starting with a museum filled with multimedia exhibits, trophies and historical displays, followed by a tour of the stadium.

Camp Nou Experience begins in FC Barcelona’s museum, which provides a high-tech view into the club. Massive touch-screens allow visitors to explore arcane aspects of the legendary team. You can also watch videos of particularly artful goals. Displays delve into the club’s history, its social commitment and connection to Catalan identity, and in-depth stats of on-field action. Sound installations include the club’s anthem (with translations in many languages) and the match-day roar of the amped-up crowds.

Museu Frederic Marès

Price – adult/concession/child €4.20/2.40/free, after 3pm Sun & 1st Sun of month free

One of the wildest collections of historical curios lies inside this vast medieval complex, once part of the royal palace of the counts of Barcelona. A rather worn coat of arms on the wall indicates that it was also, for a while, the seat of the Spanish Inquisition in Barcelona. Frederic Marès i Deulovol (1893–1991) was a rich sculptor, traveller and obsessive collector, and displays of religious art and vast varieties of bric-a-brac litter the museum.

Frederic Marès specialised in medieval Spanish sculpture, huge quantities of which are displayed in the basement and on the ground and 1st floors – including some lovely polychrome wooden sculptures of the Crucifixion and the Virgin. Among the most eye-catching pieces is a reconstructed Romanesque doorway with four arches, taken from a 13th-century country church in the Aragonese province of Huesca.

The top two floors hold a mind-boggling array of knick-knacks, from toy soldiers and cribs to scissors and 19th-century playing cards, and from early still cameras to pipes and fine ceramics. A room that once served as Marès’ study and library is now crammed with sculptures. The shady courtyard houses a pleasant summer cafe (Cafè de l’Estiu).

CosmoCaixa

Price – adult/child €4/free

Kids (and kids at heart) are fascinated by displays here and this science museum remains one of the city’s most popular attractions. The single greatest highlight is the recreation over 1 sq km of flooded Amazon rainforest (Bosc Inundat). More than 100 species of Amazon flora and fauna (including anacondas, colourful poisonous frogs, and caimans) prosper in this unique, living diorama in which you can even experience a tropical downpour.

In another original section, the Mur Geològic, seven great chunks of rock (90 metric tons in all) have been assembled to create a Geological Wall.

Museu Marítim

Price – adult/child €7/3.50, 3-8pm Sun free

These mighty Gothic shipyards shelter the Museu Marítim, a remarkable relic from Barcelona’s days as the seat of a seafaring empire. Highlights include a full-sized replica (made in the 1970s) of Don Juan of Austria’s 16th-century flagship, fishing vessels, antique navigation charts and dioramas of the Barcelona waterfront.

The pleasant museum cafe offers courtyard seating and a decent menú del día (set-price menu) at lunchtime. Also in the courtyard, you can have a look at a swollen replica of the Ictíneo, one of the world’s first submarines. It was invented and built in 1858 by Catalan polymath Narcis Monturiol.


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Churches

La Sagrada Família

Price – adult/concession/under 11yr €15/13/free

Open the same times as the church, the Museu Gaudí, below ground level, includes interesting material on Gaudí’s life and other works, as well as models and photos of La Sagrada Família. You can see a good example of his plumb-line models that showed him the stresses and strains he could get away with in construction. A side hall towards the eastern end of the museum leads to a viewing point above the simple crypt in which the genius is buried. The crypt, where Masses are now held, can also be visited from the Carrer de Mallorca side of the church.

Although essentially a building site, the completed sections and museum may be explored at leisure. Guided tours (50 minutes, €9) are offered. Alternatively, pick up an audio tour (€7), for which you need ID. Enter from Carrer de Sardenya and Carrer de la Marina. Once inside, €14 (which includes the audio tour) will get you into lifts that rise up inside the towers in the Nativity and Passion facades. These two facades, each with four sky-scraping towers, are the sides of the church. The main Glory Facade, on which work is under way, closes off the southeast end on Carrer de Mallorca.

La Catedral

Price- admission free, ‘donation entrance’ €7, choir €3, roof €3

Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, laced with gargoyles and the stone intricacies you would expect of northern European Gothic, sets it quite apart from other churches in Barcelona. The facade was actually added in 1870, although the rest of the building was built between 1298 and 1460. The other facades are sparse in decoration, and the octagonal, flat-roofed towers are a clear reminder that, even here, Catalan Gothic architectural principles prevailed.

The interior is a broad, soaring space divided into a central nave and two aisles by lines of elegant, slim pillars. The cathedral was one of the few churches in Barcelona spared by the anarchists in the civil war, so its ornamentation, never overly lavish, is intact. The faithful frequently notice the absence of holy water in the church’s fonts. This is not because of a scarcity of holy water, but a preventive measure taken in the face of fear over the 2009–10 swine flu (H1N1) epidemic.

Palau de Dalmases

Price – adult/under 10yr €25/15 incl 1 drink

You can sip wine or cocktails (both rather expensive) inside the baroque courtyard and theatrical interior of the originally medieval Palau de Dalmases at No 20, while listening to baroque music or operatic snippets.

Palau Moja

After extensive renovation, Palau Moja – a neoclassical building dating from the second half of the 18th century, and that until recently housed the Generalitat’s bookshop – has reopened as a centre for Catalan heritage. A well-stocked information centre doubles as a ticket office for various attractions, and a large gift shop is filled with tasteful souvenirs, from pretty Modernista fridge magnets to hand-stitched leather bags.

A cafe runs alongside, with windows looking out to La Rambla, and showcases dishes from the region, along with local wines, olive oil and charcuterie.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Price – adult/concession €7/5.60

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is both a pioneering Modernista building (completed in 1885) and the major collection of leading 20th-century Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. A man known for his esoteric work, Tàpies died in February 2012, aged 88; he left behind a powerful range of paintings and a foundation intended to promote contemporary artists.

The building, designed by Domènech i Montaner for the publishing house Editorial Montaner i Simón (run by a cousin of the architect), combines a brick-covered iron frame with Islamic-inspired decoration. Tàpies crowned it with the meanderings of his own mind, a work called Núvol i cadira (Cloud and Chair) that spirals above the building like a storm.


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Beaches

Platjes

A series of pleasant beaches stretches northeast from the Port Olímpic marina. They are largely artificial, but this doesn’t stop an estimated seven million bathers from piling in every year!

The southernmost beach, Platja de la Nova Icària, is the busiest. Behind it, across the Avinguda del Litoral highway, is the Plaça dels Campions, site of the rusting three-tiered platform used to honour medallists in the sailing events of the 1992 games. Much of the athletes’ housing-turned-apartments are in the blocks immediately behind Carrer de Salvador Espriu.

The next beach is Platja de Bogatell. Just in from the beach is the Cementiri del Poblenou, created in 1773. It was positioned outside the then city limits for health reasons. Its central monument commemorates the victims of a yellow-fever epidemic that swept across Barcelona in 1821. The cemetery is full of bombastic family memorials, but an altogether disquieting touch is the sculpture El Petó de la Mort (the Kiss of Death), in which a winged skeleton kisses a young kneeling lifeless body. There’s a good skateboard area with half-pipes at the north end of the beach.

Platja de la Mar Bella (with its brief nudist strip and sailing school) and Platja de la Nova Mar Bella follow, leading into the new residential and commercial waterfront strip, the Front Marítim, part of the Diagonal Mar project in the Fòrum district. It is fronted by the last of these artificial beaches to be created, Platja del Llevant.

Platja de l’Eixample

Price – €1.55

In a hidden garden inside a typical Eixample block is an old water tower and an urban ‘beach’, the Platja de l’Eixample. In reality, this is a knee-height swimming pool, perfect for little ones, and surrounded by sand.

Platja de la Barceloneta

This beach, just east of its namesake neighbourhood, has obvious appeal, with Mediterranean delights, plus ample eating and drinking options inland from the beach when you need a bit of refreshment.

Platja de Sant Miquel

Taking its name from the 18th-century church in nearby Barceloneta, this stretch of sand fills with sunseekers when warm days arrive. Owing to the beach’s proximity to the old city, the crowds are thicker here than at beaches further out.


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Gardens

Jardins del Laberint d’Horta

Price – adult/student €2.23/1.42, free Wed & Sun

These 18th-century gardens take their name from the central maze; other paths take you past a pleasant artificial lake, waterfalls, a neoclassical pavilion and a false cemetery. The last is inspired by 19th-century romanticism, characterised by an obsession with a swooning, anaemic (some might say silly) vision of death.

To reach the gardens, take the right exit upstairs at Mundet Metro station; on emerging, turn right and then left along the main road (with football fields on your left), then the first left uphill to the gardens (about five minutes).

Jardins de Joan Maragall

Near the Estadi Olímpic, make a detour to explore the lovely but little visited Jardins de Joan Maragall. Lush lawns, ornamental fountains, photogenic sculptures and a neo-classical palace (the Spanish royal family’s residence in Barcelona) set these gardens apart from the other green spaces on Montjuïc. The catch: the grounds are only open on weekends.

Jardí Botànic

Price- adult/child €3.50/free, after 3pm Sun free

This botanical garden is dedicated to Mediterranean flora and has a collection of some 40,000 plants and 1500 species that thrive in areas with a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean, such as the Eastern Mediterranean, Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands), North Africa, Australia, California, Chile and South Africa.

Jardins de Mossèn Cinto de Verdaguer

Near the Estació Parc Montjuïc funicular/Telefèric station are the ornamental Jardins de Mossèn Cinto de Verdaguer. These sloping, verdant gardens are home to various kinds of bulbs and aquatic plants. Many of the former (some 80,000) have to be replanted each year. They include tulips, narcissus, crocus, varieties of dahlia and more. The aquatic plants include lotus and water lilies.


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Restaurants

Tickets

Having gained fame at his brother Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant, Albert Adrià now boasts his own empire of fine dining establishments along the revitalized Avinguda del Paral·lel. Tickets is the crown jewel. With a menu of classic tapas remixed with modern, often molecular techniques, the theme of Tickets is Barcelona’s golden era of theater, glamour, and cabaret. Every day at midnight, online booking opens for the date exactly two months in the future. You can also call Tuesday­ to Friday 4 to ­6 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to ­12 p.m. and 4 to ­6 p.m. to get a same­-day table if there have been cancellations. [$$$$]

O Meu Lar

A Galician restaurant from 1989 with a family feel, O Meu Lar specializes in hefty chuletónes (grilled T­-Bone steaks) from Galician cows, classic seafood dishes from the region, including the famous dish of polbo á feira (festival-­style boiled octopus), and other quintessential tapas. Try a plate of Galician pimientos de Padrón (blistered green peppers with sea salt) with your monster steak. [$$]

Morro Fi

Barcelona’s obsession with vermouth is proof that trends move in circles. What was first popular around 1900 has reemerged in the past decade as the city’s most popular aperitivo once more. Bittersweet and served on ice with a garnish of olive and orange, vermut negre will pleasantly surprise you, and Morro Fi is the perfect place to give it a try. The petite vermouth bar serves small bites like cured and pickled anchovies, hard cheeses, marinated mussels, and thick-­cut, house-­made potato chips (best when doused in red “aperitivo sauce”). [$]

Bar Ramón

A busy, neighborhood bar with a kitsch 1950s rock and roll theme, Bar Ramón has been a local go­-to since 1939. Famous for signature dishes like seared foie gras with beef filet on toast, as well as classic tapas like croquettes and gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Bar Ramón is a place where you can eat very well on the cheap. Reservations are recommended, but can only be made by phone or in person. [$$]

Bar Cañete

Cozy up to the bar surrounding the open kitchen at this classic restaurant and local favorite. Its extensive offering of both Catalan and Spanish cuisine ranges from the traditional tapa Tortilla de Camarones of Cádiz (a fried shrimp fritter) to sautéed veal sweetbreads with artichoke hearts. Note that there are two entrances: one for Bar Cañete is on the right, and another for the pricier Cañete Mantel (“tablecloth”) is on the left. Stick with Bar Cañete for the best experience. [$$$]

La Confitería

Previously a dive bar, this beautiful, Modernist candy shop from 1912 has recently been restored to its former glory and reinvented as a gastropub. Dishes like tender braised beef cheek and succulent duck confit are served alongside very professional, hip interpretations of vintage cocktails in keeping with Barcelona’s recent obsession with retro mixology. $$

Els Sortidors del Parlament

Found on the restaurant-­rich street of Carrer del Parlament, this classic­-meets-­modern bodega (a term that defines a place that is a wine shop that also sells food and wine for on-site enjoyment) stands out in the Sant Antoni neighborhood. Enjoy a glass of wine from the shop’s old barrels, from which the business also sells wine “a granel” (by the liter), vermouth, and various craft beers; snack on tapas and Catalan dishes; or just browse the gourmet shop. There is a little something wonderful here for everyone. $$

Vila Viniteca’s La Teca

Founded in 1932, Vila Viniteca is the definitive spot for wine shopping in Barcelona. Across the street sits La Teca, a companion gourmet shop featuring a cheese cave of more than 350 artisan varieties, a wall of Spanish jamón, rows of conservas (canned seafood), a wine and cheese bar, and a cellar from the 15th century that hosts group wine tastings upon request. Sit and order a cheese plate and glass of wine in the bar area, or buy some snacks to go and head to the Parc de la Ciutadella, just a ten minute walk away. $$

Xiringuito Escribà

The Escribà family’s holdings date back to 1906 with the founding of the original Escribà bakery, followed by the opening of the beautiful Escribà pastry shop on Les Rambles in 1986. In 1992 Joan Escribà opened Xiringuito Escribà, which has its upscale dining area above Bogatell beach; nestled in the sand below is the casual, sun­-drenched “cabana.” Both serve classic and modern tapas, salads, seafood, paella, and cocktails. During the day, the cabana is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and sea breezes. In the evening the enclosed restaurant is recommended. Still, you can always head down to the sand after dinner for a drink. $$

Can Solé

Originally a shop selling sundries and soaps at the turn of the 20th century, Can Solé was converted into a restaurant in 1903 and has been satisfying lovers of local seafood and rice ever since. Enjoy a classic seafood paella or the Catalan favorite, Arròs Caldós (Brothy Rice), with your choice of shrimp, sea urchin, mussels, lobster, or more. $$$

ElDiset

This wine bar at the heart of bohemian neighborhood El Born is perfect for a date night or an evening with friends. A list of some 20 Catalan wines by the glass and a varied offering of torrades (open-­faced sandwiches) on deliciously crisp bread make for a perfect chic-­yet ­casual meal. Try the torrada of black sausage, cured cheese, sundried tomatoes, and tangy orange vinaigrette, with a glass of full­-bodied red from local region Priorat. Often very busy, ElDiset’s energy level begins to rise around 9 p.m. and carries well into the evening. $$

Zona d’Ombra

A softly ­lit wine bar and bottle shop in the old medieval Jewish quarter of Barcelona, Zona d’Ombra boasts an impressive selection of local wines by the glass and a basic menu of cured meats, cheeses, and other snacks. For around the price of one glass, you can choose a flight of three wines (small pours) and sample the surprising variety of Catalan whites, rosés, and reds. Less of a restaurant and more of a quiet place for the enjoyment of unique wines, Zona d’Ombra is a great pre-dinner stop, and on Sunday afternoons it often hosts live acoustic music. $

Bar Mut

Bar Mut is famous for good reason: This small restaurant delivers a refined gastronomic experience. The menu of top­ quality tapas and Catalan cuisine includes the likes of sirloin with foie gras, wood oven­-roasted scallops, braised oxtail, steak tartare, and grilled prawns. The seafood is absolutely pristine, and the service is professional and practiced. It’s a great option for a special “splurge” meal that’s not overly formal. Also, ask your waiter to be put on the list for post-dinner drinks at Mutis, the establishment’s semi-secret cocktail bar upstairs. $$$

Mercat de Sant Josep, aka La Boqueria

Barcelona Mercat de Sant Josep (known as La Boqueria) is arguably one of the world’s most famous fresh markets. Among the vendors’ stalls you can find numerous lunch counters, but El Quim de la Boqueria and Bar Pinotxo are considered the best. At either bar, stake out a stool whose occupant appears to be wrapping up their meal and wait patiently behind them. Everything available is great, so go with seasonal recommendations — do expect higher prices than you’d find outside the market, though. These dishes are superb, and you’ll pay a premium for the unique experience of dining at these busy lunch counters with ingredients sourced just steps away. $$

Baluard Barceloneta

This organic bakery near the beach is always bustling. It champions the slow fermentation process, selling pastries, sandwiches, and artisan bread from a natural yeast “mother,” or starter. The bread is baked fresh throughout the day in wood-­fired ovens, but get there early for the best selection. There is no seating here, so you must take your bread and pastries to go. The sandwiches in particular are an easy snack for the nearby Barceloneta beach. $

Bar La Plata

This small corner bar just one block from the old port of Barcelona has been serving the same four dishes since 1945. Though the salted anchovies, fried sausage, and tomato salad are all delicious, the floured and fried boquerones (anchovies) are the true star. Now run by the grandson of the original founder, Bar La Plata sells over 40 kg of these little fish per week. The place is nearly always busy and has few tables, so do as the crowds do and eat standing up at the bar or even in the street if no seats are available. $

Espai Sucre

Part of a local pastry school of the same name, Espai Sucre (Sugar Space) is a bit like a dessert laboratory. The dessert­-only restaurant offers a five-­course progressive tasting menu, beginning with apple vinegar sorbet with calvados, anise, and celery and ending with caramel sponge cake with black olive and coffee ice cream and orange, followed by petit fours and coffee. The eatery offers full wine pairings, and an “all chocolate” tasting is also available. $$

Conesa Entrepans

This busy sandwich shop in Plaça Sant Jaume, across from the City Hall, has been serving locals and politicians since 1951. Many sandwiches contain some variety of botifarra (sausages), and the bread is pressed similarly to an Italian panini. Of all the many “Frankfurts” (sausage-­centric sandwich bars) in Barcelona, Conesa is the most famous, serving a simple but consistent product on demand for those looking for an easy hunger fix in the city center. The service is fast and the quality of the ingredients is top, and, in keeping with the times, gluten­-free bread is now available.