During our latest visit to Barcelona we had the good fortune to be able to take a tour of the newly renovated Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, a Modernista’s dream. This complex was built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. We’re putting together more information about Sant Pau in particular and the Modernistas in general, but thought we would share these photos sooner rather than later.
This is a plan of the hospital complex and some models showing what the administration building and pavilions look like. On the plan, the darker images are what was actually built, the lighter images show the original plan. They had to scale down the plans because of lack of funding.
We began our tour in the tunnels that connect all of the buildings underground. Here is our very knowledgable guide and some photos of the underground tunnels that were used to transport patients between the buildings.
Here are some photos of the main administration building
Here are some photos of the pavilions. Each of these were used for one specific medical purpose, but all connected through the underground tunnels.
The architectural details were beautiful. Notice the repeated use of animals and plants. The architect believed that the patients would heal more quickly in an atmosphere of nature. This philosophy was extended to the open areas between the buildings that were planted with flowers, trees, and medicinal plants.Abirradero
In collaboration with Fermun Beers, Abirradero brew some fine craft beers. The food wasn't bad either. Traditional Barcelona tapas plus grilled meat.Absenta Bar
Known primarily for stocking 20 different types of absinthe and its 1960’s acid trip décor accompanied by period music, Absenta Bar serves some of the best patatas bravas in the city.Ale and Hop
Ale and Hop is a craft beer bar in the Born neighborhood deploying eight taps and two beer engines. The beer is fresh and quite decent. But expect a wait for food.Alimetaria 2018
If you have any interest in food, wine, and/or the restaurant/catering business you pretty much need to attend this biennial Barcelona event.Angel Jobal
The newish Angel Jobal location is far less crowded than Casa Perris at Plaça Comercial 2, but closer to the city center than La Graneria del Poble Nou. If you are pressed for time or if you do not like the combination of a crowded space and very busy wait staff then that should be the tie breaker concerning which one of the three to visit.Balius Bar
Nicely appointed bar in Poblenou with great cocktails, particularly gin based, and Pilsner Urquel on tap.Bar Joan
We have eaten multiple times at this little bar tucked away in the corner of the Santa Caterina market and loved it. Their three course set menu is serious VFM and includes a glass of wine or cava and coffee with desert for 10 to 15 euros. All of the dishes are sourced from Santa Caterina 's bounty.Bar Tomás de Sarrià
Considered the best bravas in this spiral arm of the galaxy, they are the unprotected sex version of this preparation. The spuds are fried to a greasy splendor and then topped with an aioli boasting an off-the-scale ratio of garlic-to-oil.Barcelona Maritime Museum
The Barcelona Maritime Museum, located on the southern edge of the barri gotic (old town) and at the end of La Ramblas, is housed in the former shipyards of Drassane where merchant ships were built from the 13th until 18th Century. The museum has an extensive collection of ships and boats as well as a large exhibition about the construction of medieval sailing ships.Barna Brew
If you're on a craft beer crawl of Barcelona, don't fail to stop by Barna Brew. It was some of the best beer we had in Barcelona. Their eight taps are all brewed in house.BlackLab Brewhouse
Black Lab is a tad overhyped as 'the premier brewhouse' in Barcelona, but it does pour some decent beer. Our recommendation is that you go for the beer, but eat elsewhere in nearby Barceloneta.Bodega Fermín
Bodega Fermín is a great bar on Barceloneta’s main square with killer craft beer, vermouth, cocktails, and wine. The heart of Bodega Fermín are ten curated taps featuring multiple IPAs from around Catalonia, Spain, and the rest of the known universe.Bodega La Peninsular
Bodega La Peninsular is one of the better fish restaurants in Barceloneta. It is always crowded and noisy, but the kitchen pumps out consistent renditions of classic Catalan fare. Their dishes and specials are all above average.Bodega Sepulveda
A solid Barcelona restaurant where the meat offerings are a tour de force of old-school Catalan cuisine. Don't plan to eat dinner there before 10PM, though, or you'll be eating alone.Café Cometa
Cometa is a nice bar in the left Eixample near the fabulously restored mercat San Antoni. Team Mago drank a Garage IPA as well as a gluten free Belgian blond ale, both choked real good on a hot afternoon.Cal Pep
Cal Pep is one of our favorite all time restaurants in the world. Cal Pep's website lists some 70 tapas, but what actually gets cooked on any given day depends on the pickings at the nearby Santa Caterina market. Not to worry, the expediter, and sometimes even Pep himself, will have plenty of very good suggestions for you.Can Loes Menjar Casola
Can Loes Menjar Casola is a nice local restaurant near the the gloriously restored Modernista style San Antoni market. The menu del dia is the diner's only option, but it has multiple choices per course include bread, drink and dessert. This was good food for serious VFM.Can Majó
This is a great old school fish restaurant. The extensive menu contains many traditional Catalan tapas and main courses, but your best approach is to accept the staff's invitation to view the fish and shellfish holdings, all of which have been swimming mere hours before and follow their suggestions concerning appies and mains.Can Sole
There are many better seafood places in Barceloneta as well as Barcelona, and few of them will set you back as much as a meal at Can Sole. If you do go, stick to the basics like fried appetizers, fish stew (the fact that it is called 'bouillabaisse' on the menu instead of zarzuela speaks volumes), and paella.Carlos and Matilda
Carlos and Matilda is a nice bar in the Barri Gòtic run by UK and Commonwealth expats serving excellent drinks and food in the best serving section of Barcelona's Roman city wall.Casa Batlló
Team Mago's favorite modernista house in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi is Casa Batlló, a single (very rich) family residence that was built in 1877 but renovated from 1904-6 by Gaudi at the behest of its new owner, the textile magnate Josep Batlló.Casa Delfin
The menu at Casa Delfin reads like a greatest hits of tapas album with a few surprise excursions such as an extensive fried eggs section (try them with baby squid, young fava beans, and fries). The suquet de pescado (fisherman's stew) is especially good.Casa Perris
Casa Perris is a wonderful bulk goods store in El Born famous in particular for its spices. And if you are looking for authentic paella rice this is the place as well.Castell de Montjuïc
If you're interested in the history of the Spanish Civil War, Castell de Montjuïc is a must stop on your visit in Barcelona. We highly recommend the English guided tour that starts at 11AM weekdays (check their website for details).Cementiri De Poblenou
The Cemetery de Poblenou dates to 1775 when the city authorities decided that the practice at the time of interring the dead in churchyards inside the city was unsanitary and contributed to periodic outbreaks of deadly communicable diseases. Thus Cementiri De Poblenou became he first burial ground built outside Barcelona's defensive walls. Today it is chock full of interesting architecture, statues, and history.Cervecería Catalana
MagoGuide’s take on Cervecería Catalana is that despite the familial connection, you should go to nearby Ciudad Condal if you are interested in food. If you are more interested in beer, then Cervecería Catalana is the place to go.
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Ciudad Condal is good VFM given its location on La Ramblas di Catalunya. There is no extra charge for eating outside, which is very pleasant on a nice day. The wine pours are generous and significantly cheaper than a lot of nearby establishments (ditto beer), and tapas prices seemed in line with most other traditional places in far less frequented parts of the city.Cova Fumada
Cova Fumata in the Barceloneta square is a real deal VFM establishment, but you have got to earn it. Don't fail to try the bombas and the fried artichokes.Craft Barcelona
Craft Barcelona has twelve taps nestled in the tourist hell of the Bari Goteiq. Beer is good and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is mediocre at best.Cuines Santa Caterina
The Cuines Santa Caterina is a great bar attached to a very trendy (and spendy) modern restaurant located in the Santa Caterina market. Our recommendation is to stick with the bar.
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De Cruz Morales is a serious beef restaurant/butcher shopÂ collocated in the Mercat Ninot. The pièce de résistance at De Cruz Morales is a porterhouse cut to accommodate the number of diners at table. Some seriously good food.
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El Bitxo is a small tapas bar near the Palau de la Música Catalana that specializes in smoked fish dishes. We especially enjoyed the coffee marinated belly salmon and the smoked loin of tuna with miso.El Ninot Cuina
El Ninot Cuina may not be the best restaurant in the Ninot market, but it is quite good and by far the largest and nicest in terms of appointments. The food was creative and delicious. We highly recommend the fried eggs with sautéed baby squid.El Vaso de Oro
Once you're seated and start to order, great tapas comes your way. There is also several types of excellent beers to choose from.Escribà
Escribà is our favorite place to order seafood paella in Barcelona. All of their dishes are delicious as are their desserts. Go early and be prepared to wait.Fira de Abril de Catalunya
Every year Barcelona hosts a large festival dedicated to the food and culture of Andalusia. We were not impressed. Skip unless you are really bored, or missing your favorite semi-ethnic food theme park back in 'Murica.Homo Sibaris
Homo Sibaris is a nice place with outside seating, but the craft beer we tasted just didn't measure up to those available in other parts of Barcelona.Imprfcto
Located on the border of the Left Eixample and Poble Sec, Imprfcto is not, strictly speaking, a craft beer bar. It is, however, a great bar with some very good beer and food. Tell Max Giovanni sent you.Jai Ca
A large old school Barceloneta establishment that offers VFM in the form of large portions of classic Catalan and Spanish tapas and raciones.Kælderkold
Kælderkold is a minimalist craft beer bar just off the evil Ramblas. When we first walked into Kælderkold Patti remarked, this place looks familiar. A quick conversation with the server confirmed that, Kælderkold is indeed the smaller but older sibling of Olgod. Although we had some tasty beers here, there is better craft beer to be had in Barcelona.Kokedama Sushi
Kokedama is a squidgy (capacity is 12 and no outside seating) Japanese restaurant in Barceloneta with a fairly extensive menu of nigiri, sashimi, ramen, and tempura. There are two menus del dia as well as a la carte options. Service is friendly and the wait staff speak English.La Barra de Carles Abellan
Celebrity chef Carles Abellan’s high-end tapas bar is nestled in the middle of Barceloneta’s most touristy area. Go early, sit at the bar/chefs counter, and try as many of the Abellan's Spanish and Asian themed dishes as you can. Then wash it all down with some seriously good wine.La Bodegueta del Poble Sec
La Bodegueta del Poble Sec is the doyenne of the checkered red and white table cloth establishments in the Poble Sec neighborhood. You go there for the grilled meat.La Bombeta
La Bombeta: You know this Barceloneta joint is old school as soon as you walk in and the tapas and larger dishes do not disappoint. La Bombeta is popular, thus crowded, and they do not take credit cards.La Botifarreria de Santa Maria
Just across the street from the Basilica of St. Mary of the Sea standsÂ La Botifarreria de Santa Maria, a legendary charcuterie shop that carries sausages, hams, fresh pork, cheeses, and so much more. A great place to stop for picnic supplies.La Fresca
La Fresca is a friendly place in the heart of Barceloneta that serves some pretty good food and, in general, is not very crowded. Stop off for a bite on your way to the beach.La Graneria del Poble Nou
La Graneria is one of a trio of spice and bulk food shops that TeamMago frequents in Barcelona. You can find the usual suspects here in terms of saffron, paprika, and other exotic spices.La Guingueta del Escribà
Although La Guingueta del Escribà has some pretty good food, it doesn’t compare to the dishes served at its mother restaurant, Escribà, sitting right above it on the beach. If you want quick, decent food sitting on the beach, though, it’s not bad.La Malandrina
La Malandrina,is an Argentian-Uruguayan steak place in Barceloneta that is noisy, packed, cheap, and overwhelmingly male. The menu features BEEF in several cuts, mostly good.La Medusa 73
La Medusa 73 is easily the most popular restaurant in the Ninot market, and there is plenty of competition. With friendly, proactive, and English-speaking staff as well as killer tapas, you shouldn’t miss eating at this popular spot.La Modelo
The La Modelo prison along with Montjuïc Castle are the two most gruesome historical sites in Barcelona. If you are interested the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath today in Catalonia, however, it is a must visit.La Roseta
This is a great little breakfast and lunch place in Barceloneta. There are some four generations of women named Rosa involved in owning and running the place.La Sardana Dance
First, a band sets up on the steps of the church to provide the music for the dance. Then, people of all ages and skill form a circle and perform these elaborate steps in unison. What you're seeing is the traditional Catalan dance... La Sardana.La Tomaquera
The food at La Tomaquera is decent but not as good as La Bodequeta, but if you want an authentic Barcelona experience right out of the middle of the 20th century (at the very latest) this is the place.La Torna
La Torna, one of the bars in the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, has upped their game since MagoGuide ate here last. The menu showed more imagination and all of the dishes we ordered were good.Lambicus
Lambicus is a bar and bottle shop combo located in the L'Esquerra de L'Eixample that specializes in all things Belgian. In general, their taps do not flow with the most interesting Belgian or Belgian-style beers, so you might want to stick with their extensive bottle holdings for known quantities.Lolita Taperia
The celebrity chef hybrid Lolita Taperia is one of MagoGuide’s favorite tapas bars in Barcelona. Get seats at the outside bar area for a great view of the kitchen. The line cook when we were there was intense and very good.Los Pescadores
Los Pescadors is a multigenerational restaurant in Barceloneta that is older than old school, but with a recently renovated menu del dia that provides great VFM on weekdays.Menjars Casolans Montego
Menjars Casolans Montego is another great restaurant embedded in a Barcelona market, this time the Mercat de Sants. Menjars specializes in prepared food to consume on premises or take away (great for picnics and other urban foraging expeditions).Mirilla
Mirilla is a touristy hole-in-the-wall where you can go and get some tapas. The staff is nice with very good English, but they push food which is dumbed up stuff for one time sales to tourists.Mosquito
Multiple visits by Team Mago have confirmed that Mosquito, a Japanese owned restaurant in the Born neighborhood, is the place to go in Barcelona for pan-Asian food.Neapolitan Authentic Pizza
Neapolitan Authentic Pizza in the Barri Gòtic district of Barcelona was a good idea, but the reality is just OK pizza for a good price.Number 30 Barceloneta
Food is the focus at Number 30 Barceloneta. Its young chef modernizes traditional dishes with lighter prep and Asian notes. We had many favorite dishes, but don’t fail to get the vanilla ice cream brownie layered between sheets of white chocolate.Ølgod
A visit to Ølgod is rewarded by a great selection of well-chosen Danish and Catalan craft beer. With 30 taps to choose from and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, it’s worth a stop even in this marginal Barcelona neighborhood.Paco Meralgo
Part of a local mini-chain of eateries, Alta Taberna Paco Meralgo serves great traditional tapas and racciones at very decent prices. It is also the kind of place that rewards repeat visits, so be sure to check the specials board.Rebelot Cocktail and Food
Rebelot is a Slowfood restaurant sleeper smack in the middle of Barceloneta fanatical about farm-and-boat-to-table dining. Rebelot makes for a very nice change of pace from the traditional tapas restaurants of Barcelona, especially early or late on week nights.Rekons
Rekons is an Argentinian empanada emporium in the Eixample serving up delicious meat and vegetarian versions. A most pleasant afternoon is to stroll over, gather up your piping hot empanada of choice, then sit outside and enjoy the street theater.Restaurant La Campana
La Campana is an old school Catalan restaurant right behind Mercat Hosta Francs with a very reasonable weekday menu for 12.50 euros. The restaurant has a very pretty dining space, but the more expensive and extensive a la carte menu will reward serious gourmands.Restaurant la Parra
Restaurant la Parra (the pergola) is an old school Catalan eatery in the rapidly gentrifying Sants neighborhood near the newly renovated market of the same name. The center piece is an enormous charcoal grill manned by an Argentinan ex pat who must have asbestos hands.Rumbanroll
Rumbanroll is a nice take away place in Barceloneta. Offerings lean Mediterranean, especially the vegetarian/vegan dishes, but they also do fairly exotic fare for Barcelona such as bagels and Asian noodles.Santa Caterina Archaeological Site
While you are shopping at Santa Caterina Market be sure to take a few minutes to view the archaeological remains uncovered in the seven year restoration of Barcelona's first covered food market.Santa Marta Bar
Santa Marta is one of our favorite bars on the Barceloneta beach. It's a great place to have breakfast or just hang out and watch the beautiful people.Segons Mercat
The tapas and plates at Segons Mercat are definitely a cut above a typical touristic eatery and they use a lot of foie gras and truffles. What's not to like? Well, there is that credit card thing.Spanish Civil War Tour
If you want a very enjoyable walking tour emersion of Barcelona's saga from 1936 to 1939, then Nick Lloyd is your man. His tour lasts about four hours, and it hits most of the major buttons of that heady and dangerous time from the initial failed putsch through the devastating air raids by Axis aircraft to the lure of the conflict for writers like Orwell and Hemingway.
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Taberna Blas Tonight is a great little tapas bar specializing in at least 20 varieties of pintxos, each costing only 1 Euro. However, when settling up at Blai Tonight, hit the head before you lay out your bread. Tapas 24
Tapas 24 ain’t cheap, but it is a very reasonable way to sample Adellan’s creative take on small bites.Udon Born
Very little was right for us at Udon, a chain Japanese restaurant in Barcelona. If you want some non-Spanish fare while you're in Barcelona, then go to Mosquito for Asian fusion or Kokedama Sushi in Barceloneta.Vacatada
Vacatada is basically an Argentinian steak house transported from the pampas to Catalonia. Be prepared to eat meat.Vinoteca de la Barceloneta
The best wine shop in Barceloneta, and one of the better ones in Barcelona as a whole. It has an extensive stock of Catalan wines as well as bottles from all over Spain and beyond.