The best brunch in Barcelona

Everyone loves a good brunch. Here are our top 3 in Barcelona. Enjoy!

Federal Cafe

Based on an informal Australian eatery, Federal cafe looks like it up sticks from Melbourne and landed in the Eixample in Barcelona.

Featuring exceedingly tasteful decor and plenty of natural light, this is a really relaxing weekend brunch joint.

With friendly service and a menu specialising in breakfasts such as juices and shakes, eggs, bacon and sausage, fruit and sandwiches. The coffee is amazing.

Parlament, 39
Sant Antoni
Barcelona
08015

http://www.federalcafe.es/barcelona/

Picnic

Picnic more than fills its modest space. It opened in 2010 and gave the premises a rigorous makeover creating a welcoming space with country-kitchen bar stools, exotic flower arrangements and lounge music. Food is influenced by the US deep south, with corn chowder, fried green tomatoes and the very tasty speciality that is little crab cakes with fennel salad and crème fraîche.

If you come at the weekend for brunch do get there early for any chance of a table.

Comerç, 1
Born-Ribera
Barcelona
0800

http://www.picnic-restaurant.com/

Norte

Norte is another firm favourite. Located in the Eixample Dreta this time, Norte was opened by three friends who graduated in an unusual combination of philosophy, journalism and art history.

The group have turned a corner bar into a superb miniature restaurant offering reworked and updated classic dishes from the Basque country and Galicia, served on small plates.

Breakfast and lunch are delicious here, with omelettes and scrambled eggs served with toast and a home-made jam that tastes like a family recipe. All the seasonal vegetables are organic. A great placr to come for families with children.

Diputació, 321
Eixample Dret
Barcelona
08009

http://www.norterestaurante.com/

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Cara a Cara

Cara a Cara (Face to Face) is a thought-provoking new exhibition at the Fundació Foto Colectania showcasing over 100 works by Spanish and Portuguese photographers, with works dating from the early 1950s right through to the present day.

The exhibition focuses on portraits, as its name suggests. It sets out to highlight work s that get up close and personal with the photographers’ subjects, works that highlight both the striking diversity and the touching similarities shared between all human beings.

Cara a Cara is an exhibition providing a fascinating insight into what it means to be human. The photos exhibited are an opportunity for reflection and contemplation on the subject of self.

Entry to Cara a Cara costs €3, although it is free on the first Saturday of every month. The exhibition runs from October the 6th to February the 13th, 2016.

Find out more information about Cara Cara here.

Fundació Foto Colectania Julián Romea 6, D2, 08006 Barcelona

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Las Casas Cerda

The Generalitat of Barcelona (local government) has declared las Casas Cerdà in Barcelona to be Bien cultural de interés nacional (BCIN) , which means that they are buildings of historical and cultural interest and as such are protected from damage or redevelopment.

Las Casas Cerdà are a set of three buildings at the intersection of Roger de Llúria and Consell de Cent in Barcelona’s Eixample, though originally there were four. Their name comes from the landowner and businessman who developed the site, Josep Cerdà Soler, rather than Ildefonso Cerdà who was responsible for the design of the Eixample.

The Cerdà houses were built in a chamfered form according to Ildefonso Cerda’s Plan in 1859. They are important as they are some of the very first major buildings that were made in the Eixample, and because they are more faithful to the Cerdà Plan than many subsequent developments.

If you are touring the Eixample to discover more about the history of Barcelona’s art nouveau and industrial past, be sure to visit these fascinating buildings.

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Madonna in Barcelona

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ will arrive in Barcelona this November for two nights only. Madonna will play at the beautiful art nouveau Palau Sant Jordi on the 25th and 26th of November.

Building on the success of Rebel Heart (2014), her thirteenth studio album, the tour promises performances of music from an album which has been rated as one of her best yet. As well as new material, Madonna will be performing classics from throughout her career.

This promises to be a show to remember and would be a great memory to add to your trip to Barcelona. If you are planning to be in Barcelona in late November be sure to get your ticket now!

Tickets are available here.

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MIRA Festival 2015

The MIRA festival is a unique festival of audiovisual experimentation, a unique sensory experience to be enjoyed through two weekends (from October the 30th to November the 7th) of exhibitions, installations, concerts, conferences, workshops and many other things that defy all attempts at categorisation!

Firstly, there’ll be audiovisual treats with performances from the the likes of Andy Stott, Rival Consoles, Lenticular Clouds and MFO.

During the weekend of the 30th and 31st of October, the Santa Mònica Arts Centre on Las Ramblas will offer a range of free activities and classes based on the subject of artistic vision, with a focus on new visual art trends, technologies and debates.

Throughout the festival workshops will be on offer for visitors. For example, the MIRA Immersive Camp 2015, a fully immersive insight into the most cutting edge and advanced digital video creation technique—Fulldome Workshop 360º. The workshop is led by international experts on the theoretical and technical aspects of dome-based audiovisual projection.

http://www.mirafestival.com/en/

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48H Open House Barcelona 2015

48H Open House Barcelona offers a rare chance to see inside some of the city’s most inspiring buildings that otherwise remain closed to the general public. The Open House initiative was begun in London in 1992, and was brought to Barcelona in 2010 initiative to engage the public as well as visitors with the city’s architectural heritage.

Over the course of 48hrs on the weekend of the 24th to the 25th of October, over 150 buildings of note will open their doors to the public. To engage the general public, the people behind the buildings, including the architects who designed them as well as their current occupants, will come together for a series of free activities and conferences.

48H Open House has spread to other architecturally rich cities around the world, including New York, Dublin, Galway and Tel Aviv.

More information here: http://www.48hopenhousebarcelona.org/

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Hidden Art Nouveau treasures in Barcelona

Barcelona is synonymous with art nouveau and Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia is no less than Spain’s most visited monument, which along with the Casa Battlo and the Pedrera make up Barcelona’s holy trinity of Gaudi art nouveau monuments.

These are excellent sites and must be visited, but it is also worth exploring some of the lesser-known art nouveau architecture that belongs to the city’s rich architectural heritage.

This is heritage that the city is working hard at renovating and opening to the public; the Casa Viçens de Gràcia is the latest in a series of restoration projects.

Being off the beaten track there are no long queues in the sun to enter these museums, just a chance to see some beautiful architecture at your own leisurely pace, or as part of a small tour group.

A good starting place to plan your visits would be Barcelona historical group the Ruta del Modernisme’s (www.rutadelmodernisme.com) detailed map of 115 places of historical interest in the city, of which at least 20 open their doors to the public.

Or, here are some of our own favourites:

LA TORRE BELLESGUARD

Overlooking Barcelona from upon high on Collserola, La Torre Bellesguard was built between 1900 and 1909, and opened to the public in 2013; it is more usually know as the Casa Figueres.

Originally designed by Gaudí for Jaume Figueras, a wealthy businessman and personal friend of the architect, the house was extensively renovated prior to its opening.

La Torre Bellesguard has a castle-like exterior inspired by a medieval fort which used to stand on the same spot, and whose ruins can still be seen in the grounds around the house.

During the summer you can enjoy a “Noche de Gaudí” (Gaudi night) at La Torre Bellesguard with live music, guided tour and a glass of cava.

Carrer de Bellesguard 16 www.bellesguardgaudi.com

CERCLE ARTÍSTIC DE SANT LLUC

The Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc was a meeting point for artists and intellectuals and boasts a stellar list of former members, including Gaudí himself.

Founded in 1893 at the peak of Barcelona’s golden age and the peak of art nouveau, the Cercle moved to its current home in Palau Mercader in 2009, a small 17th-century palace off Via Laietana.

The Palau Mercader was opened for public viewing in March 2014. It houses a small but significant collection of Modernista art. Every Wednesday morning there is a tour that includes breakfast in the lovely bar, where you can soak up the atmosphere and leaf through Modernista magazines from around the world.

CASA LLEÓ MORERA

The Casa Lleó Morera was opened to the public in 2014. Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this house forms part of the famous Manzana de la discordia on Pg. de Gràcia,

Take a guided tour of the house’s ornate first floor, home to some especially fine examples of Modernista sculpture, ceramics, mosaics and glassworks.

Pg. de Gràcia 35 www.casalleomorera.com

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Festival de Creació Contemporània Escena Poblenou

The Festival de Creació Contemporània Escena Poblenou is an exciting event that builds bridges between art, activism and society; at the same time acting as a place for performing arts professionals to meet, network and collaborate. The Festival uses unconventional spaces and unconventional methods to make the performing arts more accessible to the public.

There are lots of entertaining and thought provoking shows on offer. With the topic of immigration in the news globally, one un-missable piece is the work of Kamchatka, an artist collective whose work tackles the topic of immigration and integration.

Spanish artist Jaime Refoyo’s work deals with the essence of human nature and explores the boundaries between the natural movement of the body and the space that surrounds it.

Events take place at the Centre civic Can Felipa, Pallars 277, Poblenou, from the 22nd to the 25th of October.

http://www.escenapoblenou.com/blog/

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Miguel Poveda

Barcelona is not the first Spanish city you would instantly associate with Flamenco, but is the birth place of flamenco artist Miguel Poveda. Poveda, like many flamenco artists, started his flamenco career at a young age; at the age of 15 he began performing in the flamenco clubs of Catalunya.

In 1993 Poveda launched his professional career through a performance at the 33rd Festival Nacional del Cante de las Minas de La Unión in Murcia; a performance that earned him a number of awards, including the prestigious Lámpara Minera.

Building on this success, Poveda launched his by debut album, Viente del Este, in 1995; it was critically highly acclaimed.

His most recent release ‘Sonetos y poemas para la libertad’ was released earlier this year and consists of songs based on poems by classical authors and songwriters. Poveda is touring to promote the new release and will be appearing at the Teatre Coliseum for four nights from the 8th to the 11th of October.

For more information and tickets go to https://www.grupbalana.com/teatro.asp?ID=595

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Barcelona Gallery Weekend

Barcelona Gallery Weekend is an exciting new event for art lovers and a great introduction to the Barcelona art world. This weekend some 40 venues across the city, including 21 art galleries and several museums, will showcase work from an eclectic selection of artists.

Gallery Weekend showcases the work of well established and internationally known artists such as Matt Mullivan and Mladen Stilinovi with fresh up-and-coming local talent such as Perejaume and Antoni Llena.

A wide variety of artistic styles ranging from the classical to the avant-garde are on offer, with exhibitions including works from artists such as Joaquín Torres García and world famous Catalan artists such as Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. An interesting project called ‘Compositions’ is being run alongside the main program. Curated by Latitudes (Mariana Cánepa and Max Andrews), this examines some of the less known aspects of Barcelona through a series of temporary installations by local artists.

If you feel like a bit of gallery hopping there are four suggested routes for visiting a series of exhibitions in one go, without trekking all over town! There are two in the Eixample, one in Ciutat Vella and one in Montjuïc-l’Hospitalet.

Barcelona Gallery Weekend runs from the 1st to the 4th of October. See the event website http://www.barcelonagalleryweekend.com/ for full details.

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