Barcelona is littered with cafes and there are a great many excellent options for a leisurely al fresco lunch or tapas, but one of our favorites is Bar Lobo, a contemporary, market-driven café situated just off Las Ramblas. Like Tragaluz, Bar Lobo is under the Groupo Tragaluz corporate umbrella, which should be a sufficient indicator of its quality and trendiness. The atmosphere hums at breakfast and at lunchtime, when locals and tourists flock for its traditional and non-traditional tapas (e.g., asparagus tempura). Some consider Bar Lobo’s patatas bravas to be the best in town.
The airy two-level restaurant is flooded with light and has a beautiful, clean design with whimsical touches. There are rustic wood tables and pots of herbs but also artwork from graffiti artists, books turned into lamps and oversized hanging Japanese lanterns. Like the food, it’s an interesting mixture of the traditional and the modern. Despite the frenzied mobs just around the corner on Las Ramblas, Bar Lobo is located on the traffic-less Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, and the terrace is quiet and peaceful. This is a restaurant that really has it all: prime location, character, atmosphere, great food, and affordability. It should be on anyone’s list who is visiting the city for the first time and looking for a casual but chic place for lunch or tapas.
Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 3
34 934 815 346 Sun-Wed, 9am-midnight; Thurs-Sat; 9am-2:30am
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