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