Els Quatre Gats
May 11, 2018
Most famous as being a hangout of the young Picasso way back in the day (his first commission was, apparently, to design the menu) this well-known Barcelona bar and restaurant still has a bohemian, artsy appeal even though its eclectic charm and colourful history has, somewhat inevitably, made it a bit of a tourist destination and watered down its authenticity a tad. But despite all that, it’s worth making it part of your visit to the city, as Els Quatre Gats genuinely is a thing of beauty. Its interior is a gorgeously eclectic mishmash: warm yellow walls adorned with masses of quirky art and lots of stylish, if slightly cluttered, decorative touches. Pull up one of the dark wood chairs at a marble topped table and simply look around there’s lots to take in (and, admittedly, usually plenty of time to do so, since the service is notoriously slow and often less than friendly). There are also occasional live music acts to entertain, as the venue is proud of its artistic heritage (Salvador Dali was also once a regular presumably he ordered lobster) and it likes to still patronise the creative industries. The menu is, alas, less inspired than the man who once designed it, and the prices are clearly geared towards the tourist pocket: there is far better and cheaper food to be had in the city. Realistically, though, no one is coming here for an amazing culinary experience, so if you just want to goggle, come in, order coffee (and perhaps one of the somewhat sinful desserts) and take in the surroundings.