An initiative by

An initiative by

23 Nov 2011
Yuval Golan

Oh Barca- Ay Caramba!

I took a few days off and was sent instead of my home to Rome since I’m homeless at the moment.

Barcelona definitely is one of the most beautiful and live cities in Europe (except for Sundays).

I couchsurfed at Marco’s house, one of my best friends from university.

I arrived to Barcelona with memories from my last visit, 4 years ago craving to eat in 2 specific places that everyone must eat when in Barcelona:

1. Tapas Bar- La Cerveceria Catalana.

2. Sandwich place- La Xampanyeria

La Cerveceria Catalana located next to the famous Rambla serves one of the top tapas I’ve ever had and for “the last supper” including Sangria and beers you wont pay more than 30 euro per person even if you “eat like a pork”. I went there with my Friend Marco and his Lovely girl friend Karolinne (I’m sorry in advance as we were starving and this were the only tapas I was quick enough to take pictures of):

The morning after I have decided to go the a “secret” local place called la Xiampanyeria located next to the Barcelonetta metro station. Their moto is: “Our food is so crappy that is why the price is so low, our wine is horrible and this is why we almost give it for free”. This description of the motto is the opposite of the food and wine quality. It’s so opposite that if you look carefully you can see that I went there for two lunches (check out the ridiculous prices):



La Xampanyeria is definately the right place to socialise as everyone is happy, drunk and hungry.

La Cerveceria Catalana

236 Malloca Barcelona (next to Rambla)

+34-932160368, you can call but you can’t reserve a table

Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Carreer de la reina christiana 7 (next to Barcelonetta metro station)

+34-938941333, no reason to call

Thank you Felix & Marco for having me over, every person can only wish for a friend like you, Marco.



  • Gavinda Jayasinghe
    23 Nov 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Yuval, man if only all restaurants and eateries were as generous with their overall attitude towards providing more bang for one’s buck! Certainly seems to be oozing quality even with the decent to ridiculous prices. :-)

    I had a question Yuval, what is wrong with Barcelona on Sunday? Is it too silent?

    • 23 Nov 2011 at 7:26 pm

      Hey Gavinda,

      Prices are funny, food is amazing but barca is dead on the weekends- i guess they party hard during the week and get tiered sometimes…


  • 23 Nov 2011 at 4:46 pm

    For dinner tonight I’d like numbers 17, 21 and 22, plus the company of you three friendly folk!

    Truly mouthwatering: I’ve noted the address!

    Gracias, Yuval!

    • 23 Nov 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Hey Holger,

      Haha- how did you know exactly what I ordered? ;-)

      Hope to meet you somewhere soon…


  • Ami
    23 Nov 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Barca-Barca-Barcaaaaaaaaaaa! <3

  • 23 Nov 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hey Ami,


    Have Fun


  • Marco
    23 Nov 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Great article Yuval!

    I was awesome to have you here in Barcelona! First friend who came to visit. Well, I live here since September and I have to say that I love this city and the people I’ve met here. On sundays it seems that everything is closed but for the rest of the week Barca is the place! Hope you are having fun anywhere in the world you are.



    • 24 Nov 2011 at 9:41 am

      Hey Marco,

      Thanks for your comment and thanks for hosting me!

      Barcelona is such a great place, have to come visit again!


  • Val
    24 Nov 2011 at 7:19 am

    I also have friends in Barcelona, immediately need to visit them too!!!!!

  • 24 Nov 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hey Val,

    Let’s go then!

    See you there at 17:00? ;-)


  • Merche
    24 Nov 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Yuval! My message from Barcelona. Absolutely true that everything seems closed on Sunday! It’s the perfect day to stroll and enjoy the great pleasure of doing nothing in the city… unless Barça plays… of course! Too much activity on Saturdays and Mondays!!! Come back soon!! :)

  • 24 Nov 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Merche,

    I love Barca and can’t wait to come back and explore the rest of spain as well!

    Will do and will let u know!


  • Daniel
    24 Nov 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Mmmmm these are my fav’ places, incl le sept portes, i always pass by these 3 when in barca.

    And Born is great neighbourhood to find nice apartment/suite to rent.

    Your pictures bring back fond memories of my stays there, thanks Yuval.

    • 26 Nov 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Hey Daniel,

      I’m happy to have made you happy.

      These places were so great that I went to visit them both twice!!! ;-)


  • Susanne Metzger
    25 Nov 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Yuval, the pictures look great, I’m sure that the food is as excellent as the pictures look like. It’s always great if you can come back to a place and it still looks the same as last time and you again enjoy it.

    Memories are a lovely thing and together with the commemoration of mouthwatering food it will stay forever.

    • 26 Nov 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Hey Susanne,

      You are so right, I love trying new places and places but sometimes I love just going back to places that served me great food & service.

      These places are just perfect!


  • 26 Nov 2011 at 3:33 am

    Great article Yuval!

    Next time you pass by Barcelona try to grab some seafood tapas at the central market in la Rambla. Marco knows it!

  • 26 Nov 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Buona Sera Sig. Marianelli,

    Thanks for the comment and welcome to the blog.

    Your brother is my one special boy and I was happy to show him these magnificent places.

    I will go with Marco next time there- thanks!!!

    When are you coming to Barca?


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