When in Barcelona, do as the locals do and enjoy an extended meal experience! Catalans spend heaps of time at the meal table and are especially known for their hours-long lunches. As the popularity of the Sunday brunch tradition enters the region from other parts of the world, locals have started to embrace the laid-back breakfast/lunch meal, as well! Enjoy brunch at the following Barcelona hotspots.
The fusion menu
There are a few hidden places that offer the best of local-meets-internation cuisine. One such spot is Caravelle on Carrer Pintor Fortuny where everything is homemade. The British-American owner couple has created the perfect fusion dishes like toasted muesli, fruits, and berries, or opt for the Moroccan-style baked eggs and avocado. There are also the goodies for those who have a sweet tooth with fresh strawberries and ice cream.
The international blend Milk Bar & Bistro is the first brunch spot in Barcelona introduced by the Irish couple running it. The place offers the ¨Recovery Brunch¨ which comprises dishes like eggs, pancakes, and bananas, as well as a veggie tortilla with cheese. The sun-dried tomatoes with scallions and the arugula are also part of the veg brunch. Wash it all down with a vodka-laced Bloody Marys.
The healthy choice Flax & Kale in El Raval is yet another brunch spot with urban chic décor. The freshly made juices are a prime attraction. There are bagels made of whole grains, flax, and chia as well as grilled tempeh with tomatoes that grace the healthy menu. Eggs Benedict is served on homemade bread, and marinated salmon with fresh poached eggs is served alongside roasted fennel.
The sunny option Brunch & Cake in the Eixample neighborhood overlooks the sunny terrace making it a perfect locale to brunch out a sunny morning. There are healthy options like the quinoa salad or the porridge with fruits and yogurt. Sample the bagels with scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and bacon, and pour on the truffle syrup to top the lovely French toast.
The Italian flavor
Finally the Bicioci Bike Café on Carrer de Venus is an Italian-run place that serves toast and cream cheese, and smoked sardines with avocado. ¡Salut!
Barcelona is blessed with lovely beaches that thousands crowd during the summer months, but the temperate winters make the city even more beautiful. The clear blue skies combined with the soft sea breeze give the city a unique charm that is ideal for exploring the magnificent historical sites and the World Heritage Sites in peace. There are no crowds to jostle with, and you can truly enjoy the art and the architecture of the city streets. When visiting Barcelona in winter, journey outside of your vacation villa rental and take part in the following activities.
With the setting in of winter, Barcelona is getting ready for Christmas. The Fira de Santa Lucia is the most famous Christmas market in the city and is the ideal place to pick up gifts and the festive food. Other Christmas markets pop up around the city including near Sagrada Familia, Plaça Sant Jaume and in front of the Barcelona Cathedral.
One of the oldest sporting traditions in Barcelona takes place on the 25h of December when teams gather and swim 200 meters to reach the statue of Christopher Columbus at the port. The New Year celebration occurs with a gathering in Plaça Catalunya at midnight, and with every chime of the clock at midnight, locals eat one grape for good luck. January 6th is the Day of the Three Kings when parades and fireworks take place across the city.
Benefits to visiting during winter
Flights to Barcelona are much cheaper during the winter months, and with the temperature not being too harsh, you can enjoy the traditional tapas and the other cuisine on heated outdoor patios. Keep warm with a plate of churros and a cup of hot chocolate for dipping or sipping.