15 places that
Etnia Barcelona loves
Etnia Barcelona has been promoting the name of the city throughout its 15 years of existence. Now it’s time for us to pay our respects to the places that have accompanied us along the way; Places that make us feel proud of our heritage and our birthplace – Barcelona.
Perfect classic cocktails,
exquisite service and a bohemian after-work atmosphere until the early hours.
Behind the kitchen doors is hidden a select secret restaurant.
Calle Aribau, 162–166, 08036, Barcelona
Xemei in Venetian means twins. Max and Stefano are the 2 Venetian twins who run this exquisite Italian kitchen. Cool, cosmopolitan people who appreciate natural cooking.
The pasta with clams and mussels and the fact that Max is crazier than Stefano!
Paseo de la Exposicion, 85
A bar-restaurant in the Born neighbourhood on Calle del Museo Picasso, next to the church Santa Maria del Mar. It’s old and authentic, ideal for having a beer or an excellent wine in amongst the crowd. Sample the exquisite cold meats and anchovies!
This is the 3rd generation of owners.
When we go out as a team we love to come here before going to dinner.
Calle Montcada, 22,
Tel. 933 197 003
Bar Brutal. Natural wines which do not give you a hangover combined with top quality tapas selected by the Colombo brothers. Its neon light inspired us and we decided to copy it. An affluent, bohemian atmosphere with pop-Mediterranean decoration? Kitsch? Ask them.
Natural wines that do not give you a hangover.
They are very friendly.
Calle Princesa, 14
Do you think 50 people can fit into 12m2? Well, yes they can, because we have tried it. It is in the Poble Sec neighbourhood and everyone who goes there has to stand, but with Barna’s finest “montadito” (small open sandwich) in their hand. Delicious bread and high-class preserves.
The “montadito” with brie, salmon and honey. Ideal to visit before attending a concert in Montjuic or El Grec. 3 “montaditos”, a gin and then we’re off.
Calle Poeta Cabanyes, 25,
Quim de la Boqueria
Quim is a genius and wears our sunglasses both here as well as in Hong Kong where he has another restaurant. The premises occupy one of the stalls in La Boqueria Market and 10 chefs in a very small space brings to mind the Marx Brothers cabin scene.
Only food at the bar – you can quickly see if there is room or not.
Mercado de La Boqueria,
Les Rambles, 91
Two brothers, Adolfo and Carlos, combine fresh local produce with the most tradi-tional and purest cooking in the city. Meats, fish and the finest seasonal vegetables.
The best peas in Maresme and the best partners for a Sabina concert.
Calle Sant Gervasi
de Cassoles, 103 08022, Barcelona
Marc, a man more tanned than leather and used to our dinners as a team, runs a space in the open-air on the Montjuic mountain, with one of the best outside views of the city over the industrial port. Barbecued meat on plastic plates.
Only in the summer, for sunbathing at midday or feeling the sea breeze at night. You choose.
The purest snack
Mirador del Migdia, s/n,
Miguel, from the Basque Country, offers the best T-bone steak in the city and the freshest fish from the Mediterranean. A tavern atmosphere totally focused on fresh produce.
The cod omelette and the fact that Miguel comes out with menus in English as quickly as he does in Spanish. Genius.
The purest snack
Calle Mozart, 22
Jose wears a hat and has the restaurant with the best views of the city, halfway up the Montjuic mountain. The finest paellas, rice dishes and seafood. An unforgettable terrace and snack bar with table football and an exciting atmosphere.
We once put a rock band there.
Ctra. de Miramar, 38,
The highest-quality tapas, super-fresh seafood, and a lively place where you can be at the bar and see the produce close up. Sometimes they make spectacular rice-tapa dishes than run out easily.
Carme is their number 1 customer and also the Etnia Barcelona controller.
Calle Muntaner, 171,
If you want to escape from the city and you have a car, visit Castelldefels. You can eat the best “fideua” (baked fish with noodles) and then take a walk by the beach. A classic fishing village atmosphere and a vintage dessert trolley.
We took Steve McCurry there to eat San Sebastian style fish.
Paseo Marítimo, 197,
Excellent Japanese food combined with a Mediterranean feel in a bar made of one single piece of wood. Perfection and entertainment in one of the city’s most spectacular Japanese locations.
Try to book a space in the bar and you’ll experience a live cuisine show, vocation, tradition and perfection are the stars of the show.
Calle Copons, 7
Passadís del Pep
Hidden away, you will find it after going down a long passage. And what’s there is life’s pleasures turned into cuisine form, in an exclusive and intimate atmosphere. Located in the Born neighbourhood, just a few feet away from the Santa Maria church.
The secret is the restaurant! One of the city’s best tucked away at the end of a passage.
Pla de Palau, 2
A Tapas bar using produce fresh from the market, it has a bohemian style and decoration that are reminiscent of the bars of olden times. The owner Quim’s style really comes through in all his establishments, which are ideal for relaxing and dining or just a quick drink!
You can eat your food from on top of a piano or go to Mutis, the secret place he has upstairs.
Calle Pau Claris 192