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An open letter to two esteemed members who are making their first trip to this, one of my three favorite cities, later this summer. Veterans might wish to skip the "obvious" section:   Obvious thin

On many trips to Barcelona, I stayed in an apartment rented out by its owner. I found it in the columns of a newspaper or magazine, and it was great value (they since sold it) - but it's worth lookin

Agree re the cava - it was awful.   The tapas was good though, and the atmosphere fun.   In terms of cost, a couple of poker players shouted our bill.

OK. I've figured out what a nice accompaniment to Barcelona (and my first experience at EB) would be. There are trains of roughly 4.5-6 hours from Barcelona to either (1) Montpellier, a good place to drive to Michel Bras, or (2) Toulouse, which is within 1.5 hours of Michel Trama (a three-star I have never visited). :lol: Obviously, Jardin des Sens would be a possibility in Montpellier, for those who like the restaurant (myself excluded).

 

In Barcelona, I'm targeting Casa Calvet -- a restaurant inside a Gaudi-designed building, with Gaudi-designed interiors! :o

 

What are the relative merits of the following:

 

Alkimia

Hisup

Comerc 24

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It's stale advice, but I had a lovely meal at Gaig a while back.

 

Two good wine shops: a branch of the Madrid/Paris Lavinia, big, fancy, and grand; and also Vinoteca Vila, run by local hero Quim Vila.

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I've written about Comerc 24 elsewhere and I personally think it a very good restaurant. Lunch at Ca L'Isdre and dinner at Comerc 24 were at completely different ends of the scale when it came to style of cuisine (and restaurant interiors) but both more than made up for my disappointing meal at EB

 

Incientally, Wilfred, its on Comerc, number 24 :)

I had trouble finding it as well, the road numbers seem to reset themselves halfway up the street

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Wilfrid -- If you haven't yet completed your latest trip to Barcelona, I'd suggest booking Alkimia. It's not far from the sagrada Familia, and Jordi Vila is cooking well. For 40 euros, one gets either (1) a chef's tasting menu "surprise", or (2) a choice from the menu of 2 appetizers, 1 fish dish, 1 main course and 2 desserts, with cheese being a possible substitution for one of the desserts). Nice dishes included: Anchovies with a fresh tomato, onions al dente, recuit (spanish cheese ice cream salad; sauteed ceps with fatty pork neck meat. Dining room team assistance was appropriate; white minimalist decor; short, but appropriate, wine list.

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Sorry I haven't posted this sooner - but this is a massive THANK YOU to Wilf for the 1st post.

 

We didn't buy a guidebook for our trip, we just took the free maps the hotel offered and kept Wilfs post. :D

 

It was the most handy thing to have touring Barcelona.

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