DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A GAUDI RESTAURANT IN BARCELONA? (ACTUALLY TWO)
Barcelona keeps a few modernist restaurants from the early 1900’s. The city was experiencing a golden period in those times, and the Art Nouveau architecture, locally called “Modernisme”, flourished. During daytime, you are likely to explore the Gaudi sites and other modernist buildings in the Eixample district. Actually our Eixample Tour includes some of this modernist restaurants and cafés!
So in the evenings, why not continuing to enjoy that old-fashioned and decadent atmosphere of by dinning in one of our marvelous art nouveau venues? The Brooks were total Modernism fans, and they asked me for some recommendations. Do you want to know where I sent them? Today, I’ll share with you my favorite ones.
Here our favorite modernist restaurants for an unforgettable dinner in Barcelona:
El Cafè de la Pedrera
The mezzanine of Casa Mila (also called La Pedrera) has been transformed into a bistrot offering elaborated Catalan cuisine – the second Gaudi restaurant in town! The food choices are limited, but the quality is nice, plus you get the unique opportunity to dine under the twisted ceilings designed by Gaudi and his assistant Jujol.
Make sure to check out if there is any event going on or a package available: you might get to visit La Pedrera by Night before dinner, or dine enjoying some live music, depending on the day.
If you are planning a romantic evening to charm your sweet heart (and you don’t mind spending some good money to do that…), this restaurant is what you are looking for! The entrance hall of the building could perfectly rival with the wildest Gaudi, but with a magical touch of elegance. They also feature a fun coctkail bar to continue your special evening after dinner.
Els Quatre Gats
The famous Chat Noir café in Paris inspired a Barcelona bohemian guy to open a venue in town where the local artists could gather up. It was too bohemian for Gaudi’s taste, but it was frequented by other personalities of the time, including a very young Picasso, who used to hang up there, exhibited some of his drawings (you can see copies hanging in the walls), and even designed the cover of the restaurant menu.
Despite being closed for over 70 years, it reopened a few decades ago preserving the old original decoration. The food is just correct, but you go there for the ambiance! And at night they have live piano music.
If you are looking instead for an informal tapas night, then you better head to this bar not far from Plaça Catalunya, famous for their beautiful ham and cold cuts, and the great bread of their sandwiches. It’s currently run by the Alfonso García, 3rd generation of “Alfonso” in the family (Alfonso Jr Jr?).
Hotel Fonda Espanya
The modernist master Domenech i Muntaner was commissioned this hotel around the corner from La Rambla. The neighborhood might not be very appealing, but the decoration inside makes you forget about the exterior. Dine surrounded by mermaids and savor the delicacies conceived by the prestigious chef Martin Berasategui.
AND BONUS! What's the other Gaudi restaurant in Barcelona?
China Crown (former Casa Calvet)
When the classy and traditional Casa Calvet restaurant closed, locals cried its loss. It was a beautiful opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous interiors designed by Gaudi for the offices of the textile business of the Calvet family. But it took a short while until the venue was reopened with an interesting proposal: a high end Imperial Chinese restaurant that has respected Gaudi’s designed while combining them with tasteful Oriental decoration.
Which of this modernist restaurants sounds like the dream evening plan for you?
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