5 places to go for a lovely brunch in Barcelona
1) Brunch & Cake
Brunch here is such a pleasure, that it’s worth queuing in the street on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Try several variations on eggs Benedict, turkey bagels or a pulled chicken cronut. Too heavy? Try the ‘super food salads’. Also the cakes are tempting. There are three branches of Brunch & Cake in Eixample now, but the original one on Carrer Enric Granados remains the best.
Interior-wise, Marmalade certainly is a strange place. The middle part of the restaurant looks like it’s trying to be hip, but the corridors on the side look classy and old-fashioned, with lots of dark wood panelling. It’s grand and cosy at the same time. This is the place to overcome a hangover, thanks to the amazing brunch options and a selection of great cocktails. A guilty pleasure, really.
Brunch can be so much more than eggs Benedict and other hearty dishes to diminish your hangover. Here are some more exotic possibilities: a Cuban sandwich with slow-cooked pork belly, ham, cheese, mustard and (homemade!) pickles; or tacos with crispy fried fish, smoked carñitas, tender beef, rotisserie chicken or truffled mushrooms. And how about coconut French toast with fresh strawberries and ice cream to round off your meal?
4) Bing Bing Café
Bingsu is a Korean dessert, consisting of a base of shaved ice followed by all kinds of toppings: fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, chocolate, matcha tea powder, ice cream... Bing Bing Café is the first place in Spain to offer Bingsu, plus bagels and really good salads. The cakes are inspired by Asian cuisine as well.
Raval somehow manages to keep its authentic atmosphere while attracting lots of new hip businesses. Trópico is a good example: it serves tropical delicacies like plantain patacones with hogao sauce, watercress, cheese and avocado, or wild sea bass ceviche marinated in leche de tigre with yellow chili, sweet potato and corn. Whether you want it beefy or vegetarian, Trópico is likely to surprise you.
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