Time out in busy Barcelona….
Summer in Europe, generally means lots of people, but it seems like most of them were in Barcelona! The weather was great, and it had been a while since we had been sight seeing places/things other than those associated with antiques. Luckily we had friends who knew where to go and we made a few discoveries of our own too.
After deciding to walk away from the queue at the Picasso Museum we found the recently opened Musee Europeu d’Art Moderne – housing a collection of mostly figurative painting & sculpture. Only opened for one month this beautiful 18thC palace, with original forged iron railings, window grilles, majestic french doors & stone staircases won the FAD Decorative Arts Prize for the restoration of the building, where possible the original paintwork, stucco, stencilling & decoration of the ceilings & walls was retained. Really worth a visit!
Another tasty little discovery was a very rustic, old world cafe serving the best empanadas outside of Buenos Aires
Passeig del Born 26
& if you need a cafe con leche (just like a flat white, but spanish) in the morning try this antique hole in the wall cafe, where the old time locals pull up a stool- its been here since 1909, needless to say the coffee was great.
Mesón del Café
C/ Libreteria, 16, 08002 Barcelona
& for dinner we found after we tired of tapas the restaurant attached to Santa Cantarin Market is great, a modern space, mixed menu & teen/kid friendly.
Santa Caterina Market – Carrer d’En Giralt El Pellisser, 2, Barcelona