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Barcelona without tasting menus?

chloehk | | Mar 30, 2011 12:12 AM

Hello Spain and Portugal CHers,

My sweetheart and I are making a brief trip to Barcelona May 2-10 (rendezvousing with a friend in Madrid for 1.5 days in between).

We'll be staying in Gracia near the Fontana Metro to get a feeling for the neighborhood and whether we might want to live in Barcelona at some point. When we get back from Madrid we'll be staying in l'Eixample since we have an early morning flight back to Hong Kong.

Wondering if you can suggest some restaurants that are delicious everyday places we might frequent if we lived there. We'd also like to go for a nicer dinner, but again something you might do on a free weekend, not a once-in-a-lifestyle meal.

Here's our approx itinerary:

Mon, 2 May -- 8pm arrive BCN, check into Aparthotel Silver in Gracia, drinks nearby?
Tues, 3 May -- explore Gracia, lunch?, dinner/tapas?
Weds, 4 May -- museums/sightseeing TBD, 7pm The Barcelona Taste tour in Barrio Goti
Thurs, 5 May -- museums/sightseeing TBD, nicer dinner?
Fri, 6 May -- 1pm train to Madrid
Sat, 7 May -- Madrid
Sun, 8 May -- 6:38pm arrive Barcelona, check into Hotel Praktik Rambla near Passeig de Gracia, tapas nearby?
Mon, 9 May -- museums/sightseeing TBD, nicer dinner?
Tues, 10 May -- 7:15a flight to HKG (ugh!)

Here are some restaurants that appeal to me on paper:

Paco Meralgo
Café de l'Acadèmia (lunch)
Via Veneto
Cal Pepe
La Vinya del Senyor

Also hope to visit Mercat de St Antoni and curious about where to shop for groceries in Gracia.

Any thoughts/suggestions very much appreciated!