Els Quatre Gats ★★★

Cafe Els Quatre Gats restaurant, Barcelona
The dining room at Els 4 Gats. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

A great cafe and restaurant—that doubles as a classic of moderisme architeture—once favored by Picasso in Barcelona

The decor of Ela 4 Gats, BarcelonaThis 1897 Art Nouveau cafe/restaurant was desigend by Modernisme master architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch and long served the legendary gathering place of Barcelona’s bohemians and modernisme intellectuals, the place where frequent patron Picasso once displayed his works.

The set-price, three-course lunch menu (served 1–4pm only) is one of the city’s best values at €16 (the more gourmet version on Saturdays is €24), with an unusually broad selection of dishes based on whatever is most fresh at the market that day. A la carte prices, though, are creeping up, and service can be quite scatterbrained.

Some evenings, a live pianist pounds out standards; in August, there's live jazz on Tuesdays.

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Carrer Montsió 3 (between Av. Portal de l’Angel and Via Laietana)
[ Barri Gòtic ]

Tel. +34-933-024-140

Open daily

Metro: Catalunya (L1)
Bus: 16, 17, 24, 41, 42, 55, 67, 68, 141, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9, N11, N12, N13, N15


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
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