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This unique spot has been open for more than 50 years and acts as a magnet for all sorts of locals: shop assistants, pedestrians on the Ramblas, business executives, civil servants and politicians all wait patiently for their turn at the bar. There is no menu and the owners, Juanito and his family, simply announce what is on offer and take an order. These are just a few of the specials you might get to try, Artichoke Omelette, Stew, Grilled Norway Lobsters, Lentils, a wide array of rice dishes and clams à la Marinera. The restaurant even has its own cava (Spanish sparkling wine), called "Pinotxo."
Ever indulged in some tasty pastries and chocolates, only to feel guilty later? Well, one way to counter that emotion is eating gorgeous bites at Caelum. This charming cafe is famous for the baked goodies and confectioneries made by nuns from all over the country using traditional recipes. And it ain't just cookies, but yummy tarts, fudges, candies, cakes and loads of chocolates. You can feel good about the fact that your money is being put to good use and not going into some corrupt corporate giant's kitty. So indulge away in dessert bliss!
Brunch & Cake is an outlet from the popular city bakery called Cup & Cake only here they sell more salads than they do at C&C. Nevertheless, this cafe has Scandinavian decor with wooden and white colors spread throughout and their brunch menu varies between brioche, bagels, pancakes, pizza and more. For dessert, the kitchen offers cupcakes of course, and they even have a patio where you can take them and eat. It's definitely one of the most popular places in the Eixample neighborhood. Don't forget to try a Torrija (bread soaked in honey and milk) before you leave, and you will surely return.
Zona d'Ombra is a charming wine bar located close to the city center. A perfect spot for a romantic evening with your special someone, this bar has an intimate interior oozing a rustic charm. Yellow lights cast a warm glow over the place, creating a beautiful ambiance for your wine bliss. The place takes pride in the extensive wine selection that promises something for eclectic palates. Whether you are an aficionado or a beginner with the nuaces of wine, this is one place you should not miss. There's tapas to complete your fare, and patrons can always rely on the knowledgeable staff for suggestions over wine pairings. If yoy like something you tried, Zona d'Ombra also allows you to buy wines.
Hänsel is known for their baked goods, desserts and artisan breads. Everyone loves this place for their Madeleines, cured meats and fresh fruit juice that is offered every day. Stay for breakfast or lunch while you sip on a nice, bubbly glass of Cava. The place is not too big, but the modern ambiance and aromas that leave the oven make it one of the best cafes in the Eixample neighborhood.
Amongst the three locations, the one at Rambla de Catalunya is a favorite amongst the locals. This cafe and bakery is known for their delicious quick bites such as quiches, salads, rolls, etc, and bakery items. It would be a worthwhile visit to satisfy your hunger while discovering the city.
Recreating the laid-back vibe of its Australian town namesake, Federal is your friendly neighborhood cafe. Spread over three levels, sit by its windows for lovely street views or pick a table on its alluring rooftop to soak in the city's essence. The wooden furnishings, minimal decor and botanical accents convey a warm and at-home atmosphere. The menu features continental food like burgers and cupcakes, among other scrumptious breakfast specialties. Indulge in a drink from their exquisite wine selection or a beautifully blended coffee in the company of lively banter and high spirits that justify its reputation as a social hub.
This busy, bustling little brew pub is full of personality and has been open since 1960, serving customers house beer and tastiest tapas. Food specialties include Chistorra (spicy red sausage), Chicharrones (homemade pork rinds), Morcilla (black sausage), fried squid and Montaditos (like canapés). There is no menu and no fancy wine; just house red, white and rosé, but the main draw is the selection of brews. It is packed all day long but it's worth squeezing in.
Central Cafe is for all you coffee lovers where freshly brewed cup awaits you in a cool and informal atmosphere. Serving artisan sandwiches, salads, bagels, wraps and more, they also have a special coffee and tea menu. Being a kid friendly cafe, it won't be surprising if you see a motley crowd making the place even more vibrant.