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To reserve ahead or not? Barcelona


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To reserve ahead or not? Barcelona

SarahN | Aug 16, 2014 08:21 AM

Hi all -

Been stalking your conversations on travels to Barcelona for a bit now, and finally chiming in with a question/discussion topic: Reservations. Do we need em?

Obviously the answer is "yes" if you're going the Tickets, etc route, but that doesn't seem to be our case. We'll have five evenings in Barcelona total, capping off the end of 2.5 weeks in Southern France and Spain (we'll be in San Seb prior). Already booked The Aborigen tour for one night, and hoping to attend a FC Barcelona game another. That leaves us with three free nights for eating in the city.

I think we'll save one of those nights for just hopping around to various tapas bars (no reservations required). We tend to get burnt out on molecular gastronomy & the like, and appreciate hole in the wall comfort food after a few weeks of travel. I've marked places like Bodega Le Plama, Llamber, Suculent and a couple recos from Aborigens down. I'm also curious about Pakta, the Peruvian/Japanese place from the Tickets folks, and realize that would require reservations.

Back to everyone else: Do you find resos to be necessary in Barcelona? How far in advance? Where are they needed and when can we skip? I'd like to think we'll want to dine with the locals at 10pm -- how does that affect our needs?

Curious to hear what you all say. Thanks. S

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