Foodie pitstops - Barcelona

While the weather here is getting greyer, windier and more colder. It makes me think about our last year's autumn holiday to Barcelona, where weather was perfect- not cold and not too hot. Combine that with some nice architecture, good friends and food, and there you have a perfect holiday. Anyway if you are searching inspiration for your next holiday or are already on the way to Barcelona, then here is a short list of the places we loved and explored during our trip to Barcelona (all tried and tested :)).

Hoja Santa- Albert Adria's Mexican restaurant with Michelin star. Definitely worth the visit and you should trust yourself into their hands with tasting menu. You will experience some interesting tastes and desserts. (If you are in search of more casual Mexican experience then visit sister restaurant Nino Viejo) -Bookings are advisable).

Ciudad Condal- is the place where get your calmari or morning snack and it is pretty much open every time, has good space and is always busy. Though in the evenings you will experience some more que. 

• Want to know more about chocolate, visit Museu de la Xocolata, as Spanish were the ones, who introduced chocolate to Europe,. Therefore it seems utmost appropriate to visit chocolate museum in Barcelona. Nice chocolate statues, historical artefacts and history behind chocolate. You learn how easter egg was born, admire some chocolate serving porcelan that I have never actually seen before, and learn that Aztecs used cocoa beans as a currency-  rabbit 10 beans, slave 100 and prostitute 10 beans. Also you can eat your museum tickets afterwards ;). 

• In Hofmann Patisseria go for a raspberry croissant, grab a cup of coffee and relax on the small park close by enjoying views of El Born district.

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Mercat Santa Caterina more modern market than famous Boqueria market (which we also briefly visited), but also much less crowded and mainly visited by locals. So be ready for using your Spanish and body language. Things to buy would be some cured hams, Sobrasada Mallorca (it is sort of meat paste with some tomato, sold in box or in sausage forms) and white anchovies

Mercat Santa Caterina

Mercat Santa Caterina

 

• On your way to La Sagrada Familia or coming from there visit Xurreria el Trebol for regular and chocolate covered churros. Also close by is Praktik Bakery that we unfortunately did not visit due lack of space in our stomachs, but based on the que and smell, it will be our need to visit next time in BCN list. 

These are the famous Churros. You can choose regular, chocolate or with cream

These are the famous Churros. You can choose regular, chocolate or with cream

 

Oli Sal - Oil shop, where they sell also selection of salts. It is well curated oil collection, shop itself looks like an art gallery and you would like to take all of the oils back at home. Luckily most of them offer also a miniature versions, which is great foodie souvenir back to home to your friends and family (just a hint ;)).

Oli Sal

Oli Sal

 

Pastisseria Ideal - est. 1926. and still owned by the same family and old family recipes are still in use. Try their mini cremant, but they also have a admirable selection of other pastries. 

L'Anxoveta- is a little cozy tapas bar in Gracia neighbourhood, which we visited during our Gracia neighbourhood tour. Excellent good tapas. Try their La Bomba.

Patisseria Principe- Syrian pastry that pleasantly surprised me, as expectations were for sticky and all too sweet cakes. But they were light with balanced sweetness and with some really good pistachios (note I usually don't like nuts in my desserts). 

So be happy and don't worry with Happy Pills ;)

So be happy and don't worry with Happy Pills ;)