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When in Barcelona | Culture, people, things to do and memorable brands
When in Barcelona
Cultural Currents

A passion for food lies at the very heart of Spanish culture and this is no more evident than on the streets of Barcelona. Meals can stretch out for hours at a time across the city – especially over the weekend. Much of the traditional food draws on the city’s Catalan heritage – the region still exerts a powerful influence on Barcelona’s identity. Dishes such as coques (a small kind of pizza), allioli (a thick garlic mayonnaise) and mongetes amb botifarra (beans and pork sausage) embody the essence of Barcelona and the surrounding region. The world-famous paella even has its own regional recipe, fiercely defended by locals.

Barcelona locals love a bargain and are shrewd food shoppers. This market-born attitude shapes their view of products and services where sales and promotions heavily influence decision making. Nowhere in Barcelona is this more apparent than the iconic Mercat de la Boqueria (market) just off Las Ramblas, the city’s main street. You’ll always find locals jostling against one another in search of a bargain for the evening meal.

 
 
 
 

A passion for food lies at the very heart of Spanish culture and this is no more evident than on the streets of Barcelona. Meals can stretch out for hours at a time across the city – especially over the weekend. Much of the traditional food draws on the city’s Catalan heritage – the region still exerts a powerful influence on Barcelona’s identity. Dishes such as coques (a small kind of pizza), allioli (a thick garlic mayonnaise) and mongetes amb botifarra (beans and pork sausage) embody the essence of Barcelona and the surrounding region. The world-famous paella even has its own regional recipe, fiercely defended by locals.

Barcelona locals love a bargain and are shrewd food shoppers. This market-born attitude shapes their view of products and services where sales and promotions heavily influence decision making. Nowhere in Barcelona is this more apparent than the iconic Mercat de la Boqueria (market) just off Las Ramblas, the city’s main street. You’ll always find locals jostling against one another in search of a bargain for the evening meal.

an interesting thing to do

Take the city cable car Transbordador Aeri del Port to Montjuic Hill. Here you’ll have a great lookout over the city, from sea to mountains, taking in Gaudi’s famous Basílica Sagrada Família which opened in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2026. The hillside destination is also home to the Museum of Modern Art (honouring Joan Miro), the Castell de Montjuïc (the old military fortress) and the swimming pools of the 1992 Olympic Games.


Take the city cable car Transbordador Aeri del Port to Montjuic Hill. Here you’ll have a great lookout over the city, from sea to mountains, taking in Gaudi’s famous Basílica Sagrada Família which opened in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2026. The hillside destination is also home to the Museum of Modern Art (honouring Joan Miro), the Castell de Montjuïc (the old military fortress) and the swimming pools of the 1992 Olympic Games.

One local brand

Desigual was founded in Barcelona during the eighties and quickly became a global clothing brand. Its designs are well known for their strong colours and the combining of different types of fabric in a single outfit. This is a brand full of confidence and passion (like Spaniards themselves). Conservative dressers need not apply.

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With thanks to Desmond Kiernan for his unique, cultural insights.