El Bosc de les Fades: Barcelona’s enchanted forest bar

Just a little off las Ramblas, next to the Museo de la Cera, there is a very small, short and obscure alley with only one sign, a Shakespearian, tavern-like wooden one, on which is carved: El Bosc de les Fades.  From the outside, with its windows filled with paper butterflies and grasshoppers, it looks like an arts and craft shop. But once you open those heavy wooden doors, you are transported into an enchanted-like forest with the view and sound of a small waterfall and an open room which looks like a rich families camping tent. Its rather dark, chunky trees are everywhere, the ceiling is filled with fairy lights and leaves from the trees.

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The first mission is to find a spot. Obviously, everyone wants one next to the cascade so be patient if you go during rush-hour. Once you’ve chose either a table or a wooden counter around a trunk head towards the bar. The counter is all wooden, used candles burn, their homemade tapas are exposed (and waow do they look good) and you can view all their beers and wines.

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FOOD & BEVERAGES

Whether you’re looking for a place to have breakfast, lunch, tea-time, dinner or just a drink el Bosc de les Fades has what you need: a variety of wines, beers, coffees and teas, tapas, tortillas, sandwiches, pastries etc.

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Whether you’re looking for a place to have breakfast, lunch, tea-time, dinner or just a drink el Bosc de les Fades has what you need: a variety of wines, beers, coffees and teas, tapas, tortillas, sandwiches, pastries etc.

With my parents, we went for the aperitif. We tasted their homemade empanadas de atún y de carne (a type of hard puff pastry filled with tuna or meat). They were delicious! The pastry was crispy on the outside but not greasy and the meat inside was tender and very tasty. To accompany them, we had a copa de Cava which complemented the tapas perfectly.

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DO NOT MISS OUT

  1. Every 45mins the big lights turns off, the fairy lights dim and lightning and thunder goes on for about 10minutes. It’s a unique experience!
  2. Go visit the toilets; they’re stunning!
  3. Walk around the place and discover more rooms

Addresse: Pje de la Banca, 5, 08002 Barcelona, España

Web: http://www.museocerabcn.com/es/bosc.html

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La Cova Fumada: The Local’s Tapas

Barcelona is full of tourists and many tapas restaurants: where to go for an authentic tapas experience?
La Cova Fumada is your place if you want a true Catalan, local and tapas ambiance.
Bienvenida

Bienvenida a la Cova Fumada

LOCATION & DESCRIPTION
It isn’t located in the touristy part of Barcelona but in a little street:
Carrer del Baluart, 56 (+34 932 21 40 61).
La Cova Fumada is a very small bar with several seats and the locals fill it up every day within seconds! It is such an unknown place that I was asked by two locals how I found out about this place.. Like if I had walked in on a secret sect meeting!
Because there’s only one room, which includes the bar, dining area and tiny kitchen, you can observe the whole family working at different positions: grandma and two boys are in the kitchen, father is behind the bar and mother and girls are running around waiting on people.
The Bar
The Kitchen
HOURS
Because it gets so busy the hours are very tight, especially if you want to go for dinner:
Monday – Wednesday: 9-15h30
Thursday – Friday: 9-15h30 and 18h-20h30
Saturday: 9-13h30
I would advise you get there maybe 10minutes before it actually opens for dinners and several minutes before lunch rush-hour times or else you’ll have to fight your way to the very small counter.
FOOD & DRINKS
The food is extremely tasty! (and that’s a lot coming from me: Miss Picky) However do be aware that, in true spanish tradition, there is a lot of olive oil!
They don’t have an impressive amount of varieties like the typical touristy restaurants do but I can guarantee you that the several tapas they have are exquisite.
The Menu
Their signature tapas is la Bomba: a type of lightly fried patato filled with their aioli (type of garlicy-mayonaise) and a type of spicy sauce in the middle.
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Their fried artichokes and octopus are impressive as well! I hadn’t eaten such a fresh and tasty (whole!) octopus for a very long time.
To accompany your food, order the Sangria which they make in front of you!
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PRICE
You’re probably thinking: such a unique place must cost a fortune?! But it’s not any more expensive (if not less!) than the other tapas restaurants. Bear in mind that the locals go here and these aren’t the richest people.
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I took my French, picky, used-to-good-food parents there and they fell in love with the place!

CALLING ALL FRUIT AND JUICE LOVERS

Does a shot of ginger, apple and carrot juice sound tasty and intriguing to you?

For all you “juice-freaks” out there I have found the perfect place to go to in Barcelona! This juice bar is very small, even my room is bigger, but that’s what makes it special and unique.

 

Love at first sight

It is impossible to walk past it and not be a little intrigued: it’s located in the middle of a little street near metro stop Jaume I in between the tourist and arts & craft shops and the fruits’ bright and various colours, orange and green “bungalow-style” walls grasp your attention.

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Give me more

Once it has caught your attention, it will “tease” you. The very friendly fruit-barista summons you over to try a shot of their four “juices of the day” and the tastes are… amazing: fresh, tasty, sweet, sour, spicy …

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Giving in

Yup, once you’ve had a taste of those bad-boys you can’t get enough! Even if you don’t fancy having a whole glass of their “juices of the day”, you can always make up your own! Also their fruit-baristas “know their sh*t”: I wanted grapefruit but didn’t know what to mix with so the barista told me she’d concoct something; it was exquisite: grapefruit, mango and apple!

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So if you’re walking around Jaume I or just want a nice juice, you know where to go! (sorry i don’t actually have an address!)

Shaz Guestlist – ADIOS paying for Clubs: Hola FREE ENTRANCES!

Planning a or, for you party animals out there, several nights out in Barcelona can be quite expensive for two reasons:

1. You can end up paying a scary amount for drinks

2. CLUB ENTRANCES are quite steep (between 10-15€ depending on the night and club)

Most tourists don’t have enough time to discover the wonders of SHAZ GUESTLIST and end up paying quite a bit when you could actually show up with 0€ and still have a nice clubbing night! (ouuuuh)

All you need to do is either:

– add Shaz Guest or Shaz Erasmus to your friends

– like the Barcelona Night Life facebook page 

– go to the Barcelona Night Life web page

 

In addition to providing free entrances and offers, you also receive daily updates of what’s on and the best places to go to. And if you’re lucky, you may be in Barcelona in time to enjoy one of Shaz’s famous Valencia, Alicante or Sevilla Trips!

There are SEVERAL CONDITIONS:

– you need to get to the clubs before 2am (the hour can vary depending on the night and the club)

– you need to dress smart : no flip flops or beachwear guys…

So what have we learnt today?

You can party and access the best clubs for FREE in Barcelona

For unique (and cheap!) pre-drinks check out  the Bars category of this blog!

Best burgers in Barcelona: New Ryans Irish Pub

After having discovered Ryans Irish Pubs: the best places to go for pre-drinks or a delicious cocktail (for only 3€!) I have now tasted their most recent inauguration: food!

On Monday Febuary 25th, the chain opened its first pub/restaurant offering its usual drinks menu (see previous post) and for the first time FOOD!

The new place is located on Carrer Ample 24 (only 4 doors away from another of their pubs). The smell of new wood, light-coloured-wood furniture and white walls on the ground floor will transport you to a chalet in Switzerland after skiing. Go up to the first level if you prefer sitting at a table rather than on stools at the bar.

First Floor

Their menu is classic yet original. Yes they offer the usual “pub food”: burgers, sandwiches (both served with chips) and platters to share however their ingredients are unique and perfectly reflect the international spirit felt in Ryans Irish Pubs: you can get a Houston Burger (beef burger and homemade chili con carne), Mexico, Paris or Barcelona (butifara with roasted red peppers) Sandwich for example. Those who are vegetarians: FEAR NOT! Their Humus with pitta bread is delicious !

The NEW Menu

Not only is this menu original but the food is homemade and fresh too! The buns for the burgers are delicious: white light bread with just enough savour that it doesn’t spoil the fresh meat and vegetables’ taste.

Homemade Burgers (left: Houston right: Berlin) Homemade Humus with Pita Bread

The best part? On Fridays you can enjoy a special deal: 5€ for a burger/sandwich + a drink.

With this new location you can now spend a good-value night out in Barcelona you’ll never remember yet won’t forget with a nice dinner and pre-drinks at Ryan’s Bar !

What are you waiting for ?