I have been doing some research on this board for my upcoming trip to BCN in September. Thanks for all the great information. Alas, I have a few questions and will list my contemplated itinerary below:
Arrive on Thursday at Noon (from California). We are staying in Eixample near the PDG metro stop.
Lunch - Tapac 24 (I am assuming no reservations are accepted, am I right?)
After - stop by a place for churros and chocolate (any suggestions near Tapac24?);
After that - stop by Jamonismo (if open - I have seen some discussion about this on here)
Dinner - (undecided) - We are looking for a fun, lively place where there is a level of sophistication in the atmosphere as well as the food (it doesn't need to be too fancy but somewhere with good style and energy as well as food). I was originally thinking of Paco Merlago but feel it may be too similar to Tapac24. Is this true? I know the atmosphere may differ but what about the food? I am also considering Sauc. Is this a fun, lively place to start off the night with a great meal? We will be doing Can Roca for lunch the next day so we also don't want to fill up too heave, which makes me think Paco M might be a good choice.
Lunch - El Celler Can Roca (very excited for this one)
Dinner - Will we be too full? Maybe some tapas of not.
B-fast - La Boqueria - Bar Pinxto or Kiosk Universal
Walk to Barri Gotic then to Picasso Museum
Lunch - El Born Tapas/Pinxto crawl (EE, Sagardi, etc.)
Dessert - Bubo?
We plan to go to Barcelonetta to watch the sunset - then over to El born for a drink.
Dinner - Senyor Parellada? We are again looking for a fun and lively (nice/not too casual) place to start off the night. Since we will have done an MG meal and Tapas, I was thinking of a place with a little less modern fare. Have also considered Fonda Gaig but I am not clear on what the menu looks like and I have heard SP has a nice ambience and good food at a value.
With this plan, does anyone think I should add or switch anything? I feel like we may be missing out on some very good "bistronomique" options but places like Hisop and Alkimia seem a bit too MG and thus too similar to our Can Roca meal. Sauc seems modern without being too MG but I am unclear as to the dining environment. Since we are looking for a hip, trendy, lively place for the Saturday night dinner I am not sure Sauc would fit the bill based on what I know about it (very little).
Would love to hear some thoughts - thanks in advance!