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Best cybercafé in Gràcia

March 18th, 2010

For my money the best cybercafé in Gracià and one of the nicest in Barcelona is CiberVirreina. It is next to to Plaza Virreina on Carrer Asturias. Fast internet access from quality computers.  Webcams and headsets available.  All computers have a usb point.  Wifi is also available for your own laptop. I spend some time here. Nine on the morn, till one at night.


c/ Asturies 78,
Pl Virreina – Gracia

Tel: 93 368 5770

Nearest Metro:
Fontana L3, Joanic L4

Where to buy English books in Bareclona

March 16th, 2010

These days, Barcelona has a good selection of bookshops selling books in English.

Hibernian Bookshop – C. Montseny 17, Tel.  932 174 796. The city’s only second-hand English book shop

La Central Raval– C. Elisabets 6, Tel. 902 884 990. One of my favourite shops in Barcelona. In an old convent. Good selection of English and history books. See also La Central C. Mallorca 237, Tel. 902 884 990, 

Come in C. Balmes 129, bis, Tel. 93 453 12 04/93 453 18 06 Specialised English bookshop number 1

BCN books Roger de Llúria 118, Tel. 93 457 7692,  Specialised English bookshop number 2. Both good

Laie C. Pau Claris 85, Tel. 933 027 310, Lovely shop with English selection in modernist building

And special mention to Oryx. The best natural history bookshop anywhere in Europe with huge selection in English, Spanish and Catalan. Good selection of scopes, binoculars, feeders and other wildlife gear too. Great for browsing away on a rainy day. A personal favourite.

And another special mention to Altair, possibly the best travel bookshop in the world. Hundreds of titles in English. Another fave of mine.

See also FNAC shops ( and Casa del Libro www.casadellibro

La Piadina

February 16th, 2010

La Piadina serves excellent takeaway piadinas. They make a good change from pizzas and bocadiillos. Ugly is my favouirite.

Address: C de Santa Creu 3. Street is off Plz Virreina by the church.

Best Italian restaurant in Barcelona

February 16th, 2010

As far as I am concerned the best Italian restaurant in Barcelona is Bella Napoli in Carrer Magarit, Poble Sec. The place attracts large numbers of Italian ex-pats served by occassionally infuriating Marx-brother-style waiters who delight in playing tricks on the punters. Superb pizzas and antipasta. Booking at the weekend is advisable.

C/ Margarit 101
08011 Barcelona
Cómo llegar
93 442 50 56
* horas aproximadas

The best Japanese restaurant in Barcelona

January 30th, 2010

Koy Shunka in Barcelona is claimed to be one of the best Japanese restaurants outside of  Japan.

I must admit expectations were high upon entering as pretty much every Chef in Spain talks about this restaurant, but without a shadow of a doubt it surpassed what I expected!  With the kitchen being the center stage from the moment you walked in you could not help feel a part of the theatrics….All of the Chefs were laughing and interacting with all of the guests seated around the bar seating and the edges of the kitchen. More here

Oysters in Barcelona

January 30th, 2010

Gouthier is the only specialised oyster bar in Barcelona.

Address: Mañé i Flaquer, 8
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi (Barcelona)
93 205 99 69
Price: 30 to 40

Barcelona Chippie

April 26th, 2009

If fish and chips is your thing, then look no further than the chippie on Rambla del Raval, opposite Botero’s cat. “The only place in Barcelona where you will find a tasty authentic fish and chip supper or traditional English breakfast”. They aren’t bad at all.

Fish and chips Barcelona
Google Map here
Botero’s cat

Secondhand books in Barcelona

April 24th, 2009

Hibernian Books is the biggest -and as far as I know with the demise of Elephant Books- the only secondhand English Bookshop in Barcelona. They claim to stock 30,000 titles. They have a very small section of new books.

  • Address C/Monseny 17, Gràcia. Metro Fontana.
  • Opening times: Monday: 16:00 to 20:30, Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 to 20:30

Website here

Casa Juaco

April 11th, 2009

The best place to eat calçots in/near Barcelona is in my opinion Can Juaco.  Set in the heart of Collserola, this is a great place for roast meats, snails, roast aubergine and other traditional Catalan and Castillian-Burgos food.  In the evening you may be lucky to happen on boars on your drive up.

  • Address: Horta road to Cerdanyola. Tel; 93-428-4861

Khan Kaffrun

April 5th, 2009

I had an enjoyable dinner last night in Khan Kaffrun which specialises in authentic Syrian and Lebanese food with a hint of Greece thrown in. The restaurant is run by a very friendly Lebanese family, and is cheap, cheerful and very good quality, not an easy combination to find in Barcelona. Dishes include standard Arabic fare including humous, mutabal, labné, fatush (Lebanese salad), and cheese and meat arayes, and Greek mousaka. Highly recommended.

Price: 10-20 euros


Carrer del Torrent de Les Flors, 39, Gràcia. Metro Joanic

Tel.: 93 284 37 41

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