I’m back in Belgium and I’m ready for some blogging. This time I’m here to stay!! With my entirely renewed blog, that now has a feature that allows you to choose your MRS. ESPERANZA language. Still, I left part of my heart in Barcelona, so last week I went back to visit my favorite places, and my favorite foodspots. Today I’ll be writing about some amazing brunch spots, restaurants and cute bars where you can get the necessary sugarboost.
Thé place to go brunch, close to Placa Universitat, is Brunch&Cake. Daily opened until 22:00, lovely atmosphere and mostly, delicious and cheap food. They are famous for the original presentation of their dishes (think: cheesecake in a flowerpot), but the taste can certainly not be forgotten. Take a look at their (o so pretty) website and discover more about the Brunch&Cake family in Barcelona: www.cupcakesbarcelona.com
Close to the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella and the Arc de Triomf, you can find Picnic. A hidden treasure, with the most appetizing eggs benedict on a muffin. YUM! If you like it sweet, you should certainly try the homemade pink lemonade. And after you’ve finished stuffing yourself with all of that delicious food, you could just take a walk in the sun by the cascade in the park! Oh, life is beautiful..
Because as you know, Barcelona is full of amazing tapas restaurants. And according to me, Casa Lolea is one of the best. Lovely interior, friendly personnel, but mostly, very tasty small dishes. Only the risotto with truffle will make it worth your while. Plus, their homemade sangrias are incredible. Close to the Palau de la Música, that’s beautifully illuminated at night. Don’t forget to make your reservation (www.casalolea.com), and be welcomed with your own personal signboard at the table. It’s in the details.
Belgian people love Italian food. Therefore, I give you one of the rare Italian restaurants in Barcelona, that actually serves delicious food. Vicino is an amazing restaurant at the Port Vell, in Barceloneta. Their rolled up pizza with parmesan and rocket salad is indescribably good, certainly in combination with a glass of Montepulciano, or for those amongst us who don’t drink: a refreshing lemonade. TIP: as a dessert, take the tiramisu or the panna cotta with red fruits!! Finger-licking good. More info: www.vicino.es
According to the people in Barcelona, MakaMaka is thé place to be for burgers. At night they switch on their cosy lighting and create a cool, yet romantic atmosphere. The Hot Mamma burger is hot, and o so good. And their parmesan and garlic fries are your pick if you’re a garlic lover (but then again, who isn’t?). After your adventure at MakaMaka, certainly take a walk by the sea and enjoy the Barcelona nightlife. Their website enlists all of their burgers with pictures (be prepared: hunger attack after watching those pictures): www.makamaka.es
Not only cute to watch, but also yummy in your tummy! We tried the wildberry yoghurt and chose chocolate and oreo toppings. Too good to be true. You just pick a taste of ice-cream (vanilla, chocolate, yoghurt, cheesecake, wildberry yoghurt or mango) and two toppings. Then, they make you a nice package and give your ice-cream meringue eyes (EYEScream). So lovely! Wanna know more? www.eyescreamandfriends.com
Are you more into a healthy snack, or a quick breakfast? Then you should certainly pass by Press&Reset with their healthy, yet tasty detox juices. Thé trend of 2015 we just can’t seem to get tired off. Cute bottles, and it’s located close to the sea, where you can drink your juice whilst getting your natural vitamin D (oh, how I love sunny Barcelona). Mjom! You can find more about the store and the juices on their website: www.pressandreset.com
To end with a bang, I present to you: Chök. Their chocolate kitchen is just heaven on earth for every person alive (bring your man!). Donuts, kronuts, cupcakes, macarons,… If you can think of it, they have it! In addition, all these goodies are nicely presented in the store and they wrap it up in the most beautiful packaging. Another plus: you can sneak a peak in their chocolate atelier, where they are busy creating some new (probably heavenly) chocolate desserts. I love it! Take a look on their website for some more info: www.chokbarcelona.com
That’s all! A short, but hopefully interesting list you can use for your future trip(s) to Barcelona!