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1 City 5 Ways: Catalan Foodie

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Dinner // Comerç 24
Just down from where Picasso finished his blue period is Carles Abellan’s “luxury tapas” concept, bringing energy and molecular gastronomy techniques to Catalonian small plates.
Afternoon // Fundació Joan Miró

Burn off your lunch by climbing the steep hill to check out either the “anti-art” of Catalan genius Miró at the Fundació Joan Miró or the stately courtyards of the Castell de Montjuic.

Photo courtesy of Pere Pratdesaba, Fundacio Joan Miro

Where to Stay // Hotel Neri
Somehow the Neri’s design alchemists have transformed the ponderous weight of an 18th-century palace in the midst of the Barri Gòtic into something contemporary and supercool.
Morning // Mercat de la Boqueria

There are incredible tapas bars (El Quim, Pinotxo) to be found in Barcelona’s bustling historic central market, but pace yourself as you wander around and peruse the best meat and produce Catalunya has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet Images / Alamy

Lunch // Cal Pep
This is the most famous tapas restaurant in Barcelona. Sit at the bar and let them bring you whatever’s fresh off the boat or their own favorites.

Astounding tapas, sure, but Catalonia is the breeding ground for the most important global culinary trend of the last 25 years: molecular gastronomy.

In this slideshow:
Hotel Neri

Mercat de la Boqueria

Cal Pep

Funcació Joan Miró

Comerç 24

Text by Steve Marsh

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