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What's Doing in Poble SecTea and Cake at Tapioles 53
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What's Doing in Poble SecSarah's Famous BLT
A friend of mine recently bemoaned there’s nowhere to get a decent cup of coffee in the morning in Poble Sec, which isn’t strictly true, though it isn't always necessarily easy. In fact there’s a distinctly villagey vibe to the place these days; the trouble is it’s scattered north to south, east to west, and contrary to what you might expect, most of the action isn’t to be found on the pedestrianised main artery of C/Blai, but lurking in the side streets.
Bar Seco (Pg. de Montjuic 74, 93 329 6374, Mon 9am-5pm, Tue-Sun 9am-midnight) has been around a while now, and as well as serving up a Slow Food philosophy, organic cheeses and lots of veggie dishes, it’s a good place for a cup of free trade coffee of a morning, especially now that they’ve opened a sunny terrace just below the green and grassy slopes of Poble Sec. They’ve also got WiFi.
Around the corner, Sifo Xico (C/ Roser 82, Poble Sec, 663 762 035; see Related Content link) opens at 8am for early birds. It’s a more bistro-style really than café, but there’s something particularly snug about it when it rains and the jazzy grooves add to the atmosphere. So that’s two for all seasons.
Carmesí on C/Blai 28-32 may be at the spiritual heart of PoSe but its opening hours are as erratic as your average plumber's. Should you find it open, bright, beautiful floor tiles, a couple of battered sofas and all butter croissants make you want to sing. At a minimum, they make you want to linger. Unsurprisingly the yummy mummies of the barrio have made it their second home.
Best of all is that Sarah Stothart of Tapioles 53 (C/Tapioles 53, 93 329 2238, open Tue-Sat 11am-through to dinner) has started opening the clandestine restaurant as a café by day, with her own special blend of food-loving -magic—think cake stands piled high with homemade treats like “overnight” date bran muffins and rum-scented chocolate marble cake served with a proper pot of tea (€4.50). She’s also doing light lunches, soups, BLTs, a bowl of pasta for €5. Can’t say fairer than that, unless of course you’re a bunch of travelling New Yorkers in which case you’ll say, “It’s amazing.” TS