Top spots in Passeig de Sant Joan
Secrets del Mediterrani
This gourmet food and wine store stocks one of Barcelona’s best selections of high-end wine, oils, vinegars, tinned fish and Iberian jamón, making it the ideal stop-off for all your Spanish must-haves. Take a seat at one of the tables at the back or on the sunny terrace and enjoy an impressive menu of authentic Spanish delicacies. Top choices include the Iberian ham and cheese platter, the tuna with almonds, and cheese and truffle pastries.
Passeig de Sant Joan, 28
Betlem may look like a simple old-school tapas bar but don’t be fooled. Behind the unassuming facade you will discover a menu of high-end tapas made from some of the finest, market-fresh produce on offer in Barcelona. The grilled octopus melts in your mouth while the Spanish omelet with black sausage and mushrooms is to die for.
Carrer de Girona, 70
It wasn’t until the opening of this uber-hip locale in 2015 that Barcelona foodies really started paying attention to Passeig de Sant Joan. This café/restaurant/purveyor of high-end tinned goods is one of the most popular spots in town with its affordable prix-fixe lunch menu, high-quality produce and creative design based on white and blue tiles that give it a homey yet trendy feel. Make sure to order the famous chicken croquettes and mouthwatering duck with rice.
Passeig de Sant Joan, 80
One of the few places that opened before the neighborhood became trendy, Bar Centro maintains its popularity with locals and visitors alike. The winning concept of a lively locale serving craft beer and a huge selection of burgers – with creative garnishes ranging from Roquefort to Asian-style pulled pork – works equally well for the regulars who’ve been coming here for years and the growing hipster following.
Carrer de Casp, 55
Aged only 29 and 28 respectively, Teo Rubio and Oriol Casals have already amassed impressive resumes at some of Barcelona’s top restaurants. The brand-new Teòric “Gastronomic Taverna” specializes in creative tasting menus made of seasonal, local, organic Catalan produce and was deservedly one of Barcelona’s most anticipated openings at the end of last year. It is Rubio and Casals’ first joint project.
Carrer de Bailèn, 117
Firebug is most known for its weekend brunch, which includes favorites such as Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine and the mouthwatering Tunisian-inspired Shakshuka. But Firebug is more than just a brunch spot; it also serves an eclectic, highly affordable evening menu. We recommend the “drunken” prawns with garlic and white wine and the braised octopus with mashed potato that literally melts in your mouth.
Passeig de Sant Joan, 23
The first sign that there was something in the air came with the 2012 opening of this charming café, with its vintage leather sofas and high ceilings. Brunch became an instant success, indicating to the reluctant masses that the street might actually have potential. Today, Granja Petitbó continues to serve breakfast, lunch and coffee seven days a week to its adoring fans.
Passeig de Sant Joan, 82
Yök Casa + Cultura
This stylish eco-hotel consists of three immaculately-renovated luxury apartments that each sleeps four to eight people. The apartments, which were eco-renovated by Luxembourgish eco-designer Petz Scholtus and co-founder Mari Marañís in 2014, are all housed in a Modernist building dating back to 1900. A stay here may include taking part in a natural wine tasting session or Catalan breakfast on the rooftop that provides one of the most breathtaking views Barcelona has to offer.
Carrer de Trafalgar, 39, 8º2º
This cozy new Scandi-style café serves breakfast, lunch and coffee five days a week, as well as an increasingly popular brunch on Saturday mornings. Don’t miss Sally Sucrå’s vast array of sweets, including pastries, smoothies and milkshakes. The brunch menu also includes an excellent selection of egg dishes and warm croissants.
Carrer de Bailèn, 83
Hotels don’t get much trendier than Casa Bonay, which is housed in a building from 1869 that has been renovated from top to bottom, while all the original elements, such as the hydraulic tiled floors, ceilings and sliding doors, have been meticulously conserved. Casa Bonay also has an impressive food and beverage offering that includes the eye-catching Libertine bar, Satan’s Coffee Corner coffee bar, Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey restaurant and barbeques served on the smoking-hot rooftop terrace.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700
Barcelonians can’t get enough of Café Búho (which literally translates as “Owl Café”). This cozy eatery makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door with its warm décor, great music, outstanding service and a French-inspired menu with Argentinian influences that keeps us coming back for more. The pulled pork burger is an absolute must!
Passeig de Sant Joan, 84
Elephant Crocodile Monkey
A trendsetting boutique hotel needs a restaurant that makes people sit up and take notice and that’s exactly what the achingly cool Casa Bonay has in Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey. The menu has clear Asian influences, fused with the finest local ingredients. Who can resist a plate of Tonkatsu of Iberian pork with tartare sauce?
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700
Text: Isabelle Kliger