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La Ramblas and Spanish Food

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An August 2007 trip to Barcelona by MichaelJM

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Quote: Barcelona is a place to wander around and enjoy, but additionally there's a real culture of eating that needs to be experienced.

La Ramblas and Spanish Food

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Overview

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona is a paradise for those of you who enjoy “a nibble or two”. There’s a real eating culture that encourages you to sit back and enjoy. Wherever we went there was casualness to the eating experience with no rush and no demands. Take as little or as much as you want off the menu, mix and match and share a meal if you fancy. We ate out every day and enjoyed breakfasts, early morning coffee and cakes, lunches, afternoon snacks and of course evening meals (I’ll write about three recommended restaurants separately). What is worth knowing is that the Spanish love to eat out and they appear in family groups well into the evening.You can't beat a late breakfast in one of the street ...Read More

Thai Gardens

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Restaurant

Thai Gardens Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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My youngest son and his wife had spotted this Thai restaurant in one of the local guide books and as we all fancied a taste of the orient we decided to head off towards it. The book had described the Thai Gardens as being able “to transport one to the ancient Kingdom of Siam” with a wide range of “century-old recipes based on a choice selection of ingredients and spices”. It went on to claim that there was “spectacular décor and exotic orchids imported direct from Thailand. Well we would see! I, however, had some concerns because we hadn’t booked and it was a Saturday night. However, it was a bit off the beaten track so I convinced myself that we’d be alright. Once off the main roa...Read More

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La Taxidermista

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Restaurant

Placa Reial Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This central restaurant overlooks the popular Placa Reial and is famous for the history that is attached to the place, as well, of course, for its great food. Back in 1859 this was known as the Gran Café Espanyol and it was regularly used by the playwright, poet and orator Angel Guimera as a forum for his literary gatherings. When it ceased to be a café it became the museum of natural sciences with a taxidermy workshop and was frequented by the great Salividor Dali and his contemporaries. I read somewhere that when Dali went there he ordered 200,000 ants, a tiger, a lion and a rhinoceros, but thI’m not sure whether or not they were ever delivered! I guess it’s the link with Dali that creates...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2008

Rita Rouge

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Restaurant

Rita Rouge Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Rita Rouge Restaurant was recommended to us by the receptionist at the hotel and he obligingly had telephoned them to secure a firm booking for us. It was a decent walk from the hotel and along the packed boulevard of La Rambla. We meandered around a network of alleyways, pausing to admire the samrt graffiti work of local artists, before reaching the road that Rita Rouge is on. The restaurant is actually in the heart of La Rambla but still feels far enough off the main tourist route to have retained its local appeal and an attitude that suggests that they are not pandering for the tourist market.The décor is a bit of a throw back to an earlier decade and the reproduction stylised from th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2008

Rita Rouge
c/ Carme 33
Barcelona, Spain 08001
+34 (3) 934813686

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "la Ramblas"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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La Rambla, a 1.2 km tree-lined thoroughfare, means intermittent water flow and the name originate from the Arabic word RAMBLA translated as “sandy river bed”. This e Romantic sounding La Rambla is the “legendary Raval District” which well into the 1980’s was an extremely depressed uncared for part of town. I might more precisely describe it as Barcelona’s slum and it became notorious as the City’s red light district, Chinatown – an area to avoid if you wanted to escape town with your reputation intact and your wallet secure. Yes, the area was reputed as an area of pick-pockets and naire-do-wells. But there’s been a transformation (although it still carries its reputation for an area where t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2008

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain