Did you know that the weather in Barcelona in September and October is surprisingly pleasant and cool?
Just picture, all the tourists are gone… and finally you can have the city all to yourself (well almost). In case you find yourself in Barcelona, here are some of Prestigious’ favorite hot spots to check out.
New Restaurant Openings
SOFIA Be So Gastronomic Restaurant
Chef Carles Tejedor of El Nacional, the Academy, and others is the mastermind behind the timeless Be So, which specializes in haute versions of hotel-dining-room classics like steak tartare and oysters. The restaurant’s wine presentation is unique: Pick a favorite scent from one of seven small perfume bottles, and the sommelier will recommend a handful different wines to match.
SOFIA Be So • Plaça de Pius XII, 4 • 08028 Barcelona, Spain • +34 935 08 10 20
RICE! by Sanchez Romera
Neurologist and Chef, Sánchez Romera recently opened Rice!, a colorful restaurant based around the staple grain. Multi-textured rice varieties are the star of unique dishes like black rice with curry prawns, cuttlefish, and kombu velouté, and the Barcelona roll, a six maki roll made with different rices and filled with an array of vegetables and seafood.
RICE! by Sanchez Romera • Carrer de Muntaner, 182 • 08036 Barcelona, Spain • +34 931 42 67 09
The instant hit restaurant from Madrid, Fismuler, has finally opened a branch in Barcelona. Their menu balances modernist dishes with simpler ones, with an emphasis on quality throughout. The three chefs behind Fismuler shared a kitchen at El Bulli 15 years ago, which explains their more technical-driven dishes, like gilthead carpaccio with almonds and razor clams with kimchi and fried kale. Stop by on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to experience some live music that keeps diners in their seats long after the last course is served.
Fismuler • Carrer del Rec Comtal, 17 • 08003 Barcelona, Spain • +34 935 14 00 50
The Most Secretive Restaurant
The most secretive restaurant in Barcelona, Enigma is the latest venture from celebrity chef brothers of the legendary elBulli, Ferran and Albert Adrià. Described as a culinary amusement park, guests arrive at Enigma’s address, where the door can only be unlocked by a secret code that is sent to you after your reservation is confirmed. If you’re lucky to snag one of 28 seats for that evening, your 40 course adventure may end up being one of the most extraordinary culinary experiences of your life.
Check out Condé Nast Traveler’s review of Enigma.
Enigma • Carrer de Sepúlveda, 38-40 • 08015 Barcelona, Spain • +34 616 696 322
New Bars to Check Out
Tuxedo Social Club
Tuxedo Social Club, Barcelona’s newest speakeasy, is so hidden that it only provides the latitude and longitude coordinates for its location. Behind a roller door, then behind a bookcase, you’ll be asked for your membership card—you can join on the spot, free of charge—and led into a tiny, yet open and inviting, room. This is a classic bar in every way, complete with a cute pocket-size menu that boasts a number of recognizable and vintage cocktails.
Tuxedo Social Club • Carrer de Gombau, 12 • 08003 Barcelona, Spain • +34 671 61 97 62
Hidden behind a fridge door inside a pastrami shop, is the beautiful speak easy bar Paradiso. Giacomo Giannotti’s cocktail menu is packed with seasonal delights with ingredients sourced from the Santa Caterina market.
Paradiso • Carrer de Rera Palau, 4 • 08003 Barcelona, Spain • +34 933 60 72 22
Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar
Hemingway is a new addition to the Barcelona cocktail scene by Luca Izzo. Kick back and try something new from their creative cocktail menu or order a classic Negroni.
Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar • Carrer de Muntaner, 114 • 08036 Barcelona, Spain • +34 931 29 67 93
La Mercè the annual festival of Barcelona is the city’s biggest party of the year. This year, La Mercè runs from September 21st to 24th. The festival will feature lots of music, dance, circus and street arts and end with traditional fireworks and music display. Check out the city’s guide to see the schedule of events.
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