May 11, 2018
Since opening in May 2008, the 1950s style Marmalade (big sister of the famous Milk Bar & Bistro) has rapidly established itself as one of Barcelona’s coolest spots. Housed in what was once a cafe in El Raval, the space has been stylishly revamped to create a chic, retro space think tiled floors, bare bricks, copper clad walls and lush drapes. There are leather couches and stools to relax on, and should you feel restless, there’s also a hand carved billiards table, if you’re in need of entertainment. Cocktails are top notch and many of them aren’t that expensive, starting at around 5 Euros a pop. All the classics are represented on the menu, some with a smart twist we’d opt for the Naked Lunch Martini, the vodka-based Boozy Rouge Beri or the La Diva del Chocolate. Teetotallers worry not, as they can also mix you up a tasty booze-free treat go for the sweet Honey Ryder or the refreshing Forest Fizz. There’s a decent selection of bottled beers (they do serve draft, but not a huge selection). The restaurant area is to die for, and the menu has plenty to tempt you, including a range of quality beef burgers (with the buns provided by a local artisanal baker, no less). They also do brunch Thursdays through weekends, which gets bonus points for having plenty of vegetarian options opt to eat on the terrace, a great spot on a sunny day. Friendly service, great drinks and good food in a gorgeous setting combine to make Marmalade a great place to begin your night in what is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most exciting cities.