Europe 2006


8/10/2006 02:27:00 PM

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of my favourite cities in the world. It just has so much to offer – stunning architecture, history, buzzing nightlife, great weather, amazing shopping (especially in July, when the sales are on), and for a food-lover, a plethora of opportunities to indulge.

View of Barcelona from Parc Guell

View of Barcelona from Montjuic

As you might expect, there are many crap, overpriced restaurants aimed directly at tourists (particularly on Las Ramblas), but if you shop wisely, it’s easy to eat very well.

La Fonda, or “How to eat cheaply without resorting to tinned ravioli”

La Fonda is just off the Plaça Reale, which itself is just off Las Ramblas. They have a 3-courses for €15 (or thereabouts) deal, which is fantastic value. There are always queues, so just line up. It’s worth the wait.

La Fonda: Water and olives and wine

La Fonda: Paella

Broad Beans and jamon at BBrB, Passeig de Gracia

Chickpeas and Squid, some Restaurant in the Gothic Quarter

Tapas Selection, Basque Restaurant on Las Ramblas

This is a plate of “tapas” which we were forced to order at a touristy “Basque” restaurant on Las Ramblas. (Yes, it’s one of those “tourist-trap” restaurants I was warning you about). The only reason we went in was so we could watch the soccer match.

Ming-a-ding-ding! It is random food (possibly spooned out of enormous vats) spread onto cheap plastic white baguette. I have no idea what half that stuff is. I don’t even want to know. Their sangria was pretty disgusting too, and ridiculously overpriced. Never again!

Cafe de L'Opera, Las Ramblas

Now, Café de L’Opera is a perfect example of a popular and touristy place that still produces great food and drink.

Bon Bon – a shot of espresso, layered with condensed milk. It’s fabulous, and makes a great pick-me-up after a hard day of shopping or sightseeing.

Churros & Hot Chocolate – deep fried batter, sugar and thick, rich hot chocolate. Need I say more?

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  1. I'm very jealous of your travels< i Miss being in Europe & cant wait to go back some day. Spain also was one of my absolute favourites for all of the reasons you mention. I also spent some time in a villa in Xavier - on the coast about an hour from Alicante - which was sensational!



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