Flash Flash


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May 11, 2018

This place is pretty unique. From the second you enter, Flash Flash stands apart from any other bar in Barcelona. The decor features black and white stylized ...

Opened in 1970 and left relatively unchanged ever since, Flash Flash has a quirky, retro feel. The pop art exterior is unmissable adorned with life sized black and white sized images of a Twiggy-type model (the wife of one of the owners, apparently), and round, pod like windows looking into the spacious interior. Inside, the white walls heavily feature the same model in a variety of 60s style poses, camera aloft, making the venue feel part Blow Up, part Austin Powers. The monochrome décor is cool and striking mod style with a touch of Stanley Kubrick thrown in: think white leather stools, banquettes and white wooden chairs. Food-wise, this is a tortilleria, specialising in well-made, fluffy Spanish omelettes and it has a huge variety on offer. If tortillas aren’t your thing, the bunless burgers are also recommended and there are other nibbles available. The cocktails are delicious, and the waiters are friendly and many speak reasonable or good English, so even the most linguistically challenged tourist should be able to order what they are after. It gets busy at lunchtimes and evenings and they don’t take reservations, so you may need to queue at popular times (the best time to be sure of a seat is the afternoon, when it tends to be quiet). The also sell a range of merchandise, so you can literally go there, do that and get the t-shirt, should you wish. A longstanding Barcelona institution, Flash Flash attracts a mix of curious tourists and regulars, drawn by the one-off atmosphere and the quality food.