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  • Els Oblidats. Museu Marítim de Barcelona

  • 1881 by Sagardi

  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Gastronomy in cultural centres

Els Oblidats

Eat in a museum

The city's main museums have cafeteries and some even offer a complete dining experience. One highlight is the menu designed by the two-Michelin-star chef Fina Puigdevall at Òleum, the restaurant of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Av. Reina Maria Cristina), housed in the former throne room of the national palace and providing some magnificent views. The restaurant at the Museu d'Història de Catalunya (Palau de Mar),1881 por Sagardi, offers delightful views of the port and serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Make sure you order fish, as it is sent directly by the fishermen's association of Barcelona. You can also dine on seafood at the cafeteria-restaurant of the Museu Marítim, a striking example of the best Gothic architecture and the only civil construction of this style in the city. The restaurant at Fundació Miró (Parc de Montjuïc) is also recommended, with its own terrace and garden area and housed in an original avant-garde building designed by Josep Lluís Sert. Rounding out the list are eating areas located in unique spaces, such as the former Modernista factory Casaramona, designed by Puig i Cadafalch and now housing CaixaForum, or the cafeteria at the CosmoCaixa science museum, in a former Modernista warehouse and a perfect place to go with the family.

1902. Cafè Modernista

Eat in unique spaces

Other places where you can eat and drink like a real Barcelona local from the early 20th century is at the restaurant in La Pedrera, one of the "jewels in the crown" of Gaudí's legacy, or the 1902 Café Modernista, housed in the Sant Pau Modernist Site, designed by Domènech i Montaner. The Hofmann cafeteria in the recently inaugurated Casa Vicens, in the Gràcia neighbourhood, will also help you to regain your strength in a Gaudi space, and if like vermouth, your should head to the terrace bar at Casa de les Punxes.
Finally, Poble Espanyol on Montjuïc has two places offering Medite rranean cuisine: La Font de Prades and Bòria Arrosseria Restaurant.

4 Gats

In a modernista seting

Special mention should also be made of two restaurants located in striking Modernista spaces where you can enjoy excellent dishes: Els 4 Gats (Montsió, 3), in a building designed by Puig i Cadafalch that was a meeting place for cultural circles in Barcelona and where Woody Allen shot various scenes for his movie Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, and Casa Calvet (Casp, 48), in the building of the same name that Antoni Gaudí designed for the offices of a textile manufacturer.

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