Where to go for the best brunch in Barcelona

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Brunch is not precisely a common word in the spanish vocabulary, as it’s not a regular practice as in other parts of Europe or the United States. However, there are several spots in Barcelona that offer weekend or daily brunch as well as tasty breakfasts. If you’re looking for the perfect brunch in Barcelona, these are the places to go.

Federal Café

Recreating the atmosphere of Federal, a small town in New South Wales, Australia, Federal Café serves daily brunch from 9:00 to 16:00 focusing on organic products. Cozy, casual and well lighted, Federal has nice music, lots of magazines to read  and lots of space to hang out for hours. Eggs are the specialty, either scrambled, fried, poached or the lovely Eggs Valentine. Options for vegetarians. Terrace and wifi available.

Tonka

Just steps away from Federal Café, Tonka also focuses in local organic produce, with a brunch that includes eggs, meat and tofu sausages, potatoes, vegetable wok, fruit shakes, sandwiches from self made bread and self service buffet. The fresh baked cakes are as good as the friendly atmosphere. Terrace available.

Dostrece

This colorful restaurant, Dostrece serves a daily brunch catered to all preferences (including the new vegan brunch). There you can find a range of pancakes with seasonal fruits, omelettes, sandwiches, all kinds of eggs served with English bread. Join your brunch with a cocktail and end your hangover in a flash. Good music with great atmosphere. Facebook.

Milk

Milk is a restaurant run by an Irish couple with brunch served everyday from 9:00 to 16:30 and a special “Recovery brunch”. With plenty of options for everyone, including American styled breakfast, eggs florentine, breakfast burger, salads, omelettes and plenty of side orders. To drink, fruit juices, smoothies, teas and cocktails. Facebook.

Picnic

Fresh flowers, high chairs and bright interiors, Picnic also promotes organic produce and has an extensive brunch menu including strawberry pancakes, french toast, italian sausage with gruyere cheese, huevos rancheros or israeli cous-cous. Bellinis, mimosas, pink lemonade (with or without vodka) or the Chipotle Bloody Mary, clearly make a difference.

Photo Credit: Federal Café by Premshree Pillai in Flickr 

 

Ideas for St. Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

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Might not be the biggest thing in town, as Sant Jordi is kind of the equivalent of St. Valentine’s day In Barcelona, however many people, local and foreign, like to celebrate this day in a special way. Gift cards, chocolates, flowers and presents are exchanged, and given that this year February 14th lands on a Friday, it’s the perfect start for a romantic weekend in Barcelona.

How about starting the afternoon by getting pampered at the fancy Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa. You can book a private spa suite, especially designed to offer couples an intimate space that includes steam room, jacuzzi and two beds where you can indulge to the treatment of your choice. After enjoying the experience, spend a relaxing time with fruits and refreshments.

After having your batteries recharged, take a little stroll around the elegant Paseo de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most famous avenues. Although nothing compares to the experience of watching the sunset with magnificent views of Gaudi’s La Pedrera and la Sagrada Familia in any of the lounge bars overviewing Paseo de Gràcia. Chill out with a cocktail by the terrace of the Alaire Bar, located at the 8th floor of the Condes Barcelona Hotel.  Open from 5:30 pm to 2:00 am.

No Valentine’s Day is complete without a romantic dinner,  but that is not a problem in Barcelona. If you’re looking for breathtaking views, Visual at the Torre Catalunya Hotel, El Xalet in Montjuïc and Bravo at the W Hotel, are just the right choices. Strut along the Port Olimpic for a romantic walk along the shore, perfect place to enjoy the

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On the other hand if you want to find more intimate and cozy spots, you’ll find plenty by the narrow streets of the Old Town. Located by the Gothic Quarter, restaurants Sensi, La Lluna and Il Mercante de Venezia are just the right mix of romantic settings, excellent food and great value for money. If you find yourself exploring El Born District for enchanting options, don’t miss the chance to pay a visit to La Cua Curta, Sikkim or Llàntia, ideal choices for quiet dinners and charming atmosphere.