1Calle Lledo 1, 08002 Barcelona
This authentic Catalan bistro, complete with wooden beams, stone walls and a terrace, situated in the historic Plaça Sant Just, oozes tradition from the decor to the cuisine. The restaurant was opened in 1989 by the grandson of Agustí Agut who, in 1924, started the family tradition when he opened L’Agut restaurant on Carrer d’en Gignàs. Popular dishes include grilled Catalan sausage, raw marinated cod with romesco sauce and grilled squid, and the menú del día is a favourite among workers in the neighbourhood.
2Carrer dels Lledó 7, 08002 Barcelona
Situated adjacent to the five-star Hotel Mercer, this gastrobar has a trendy vibe and is run by award-winning German chef, Harry Wielding. The menu delivers unique dishes made using local Catalan products, such as requesón (cottage cheese) with anchovies, eggs and asparagus, octopus, squid and more, complemented by a broad selection of wines and cava. Le Bouchon offers direct access to the boutique hotel, which was once a medieval palace and embodies an air of historic grandeur—Roman walls lie within the building, and although it was given a contemporary makeover by renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo in 2012, it manages to maintain its antiquated charm.
3Baixada de Viladecols 2, 08002 Barcelona
La Clastendina is a hidden gem offering an intriguing place to relax and unwind or catch up with friends, and is popular amongst students as a quiet spot to study. The cosy cafe radiates Arabic and Asian influence, in its exotic array of aromatic teas, including Massala Chai, Moroccan Green and Jasmine, lassis made from natural fruit, and a selection of shishas. The menu also provides a variety of healthy juices, homemade cakes, sandwiches and paninis. The quirky ambience makes it the ideal backdrop for exhibitions by local artists, which change monthly.
4Baixada de Viladecols 3, 08002 Barcelona
Celebrating local fashion design, Ndorfina offers a range of clothing lines from exclusive brands handmade in the city. Inside the shop, exposed brick walls, large leather chairs and jewellery cabinets channel a vintage theme, in keeping with the street’s bohemian vibe. Since it opened over 10 years ago, the unique products, local work and personal shopping experience at Ndorfina have attracted an array of regular clients. It has also become popular amongst tourists in search of something different, and offers a selection of humorous postcards and souvenirs.
5Baixada de Viladecols 2c, 08002 Barcelona
A play on the word ‘sweet’, this new ice-cream parlour emanates creativity, from the decor to the experimental flavours, such as ‘violet’ and ‘mascarpone with figs’. The owners, Tracy from the US and Giovanni from Italy, felt it was important to “keep the spirit” of the building, which was once an old print shop—their graphic design backgrounds are clearly expressed in the bold artwork behind the counter and the retro seating area overlooking the Roman walls and square outside. The ice-cream is made using organic milk from Catalan farms, fairtrade ingredients and seasonal fruits with no preservatives, to create intense flavours and creamy textures.
6Carrer de Lledó 17, 08002 Barcelona
This eye-catching studio is bursting with vivid, colourful portrayals of Barcelona life and landmarks. Venture inside and you’ll be greeted by the jovial, passionate painter-in-residence, Juan Peralta, as he handmakes the frames for his paintings. Together with gallery owner Cesar Estrada, Peralta opened this workshop in June as a creative artisan space to accompany the BCN Painting Route Gallery, situated directly across the street. “This is what I’ve always dreamt of doing,” said Peralta. “I have to love every piece that goes up here, so when a customer buys one, they take a part of me with them. I don’t live off this work, I live for it.” His pieces range in styles and sizes, starting at €10.
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