Difficult to resist the idea of welcoming the good weather in one of these open-air spaces where you can eat and drink wonderfully
Good news! The good weather is here, and what better idea than letting yourself be caressed by the sun’s rays that have not yet fried our skin and by the breeze that has not frozen our soul. Where? How? Well, eating and drinking in one of these Barcelona terraces.
Terraza de Vivi, the rooftop bar with pool at the Kimpton Vividora Hotel (Duc, 15, in Barcelona’s Gòtic), serves cocktails and tapas and dishes to share made with fresh, local ingredients, such as acorn-fed Iberian ham croquettes and the ‘tagliata’ of low loin with chimichurri, pecorino cheese and arugula. As the hotel is ‘pet friendly’, on Wednesdays it hosts the ‘afterwork’ Hot Dog Babies, so that anyone who has a pet can enjoy the terrace with them. In addition, for the afternoon of June 28, the hotel is preparing a party to celebrate LGTBIQ + Pride Day to the rhythm of music played by Magali Dalix and her partner, Claudia León.
The Hotel Mirlo, which opened in September 2021 on Avenida del Tibidabo, 32, has a restaurant with a terrace in the hotel garden that is not just any garden: it is a space declared protected by the City Council thanks to the diversity of the plants and trees it houses. El Niu del Mirlo offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from a menu designed and advised by the chef Ismael Alonso and executed with elegance and skill by José Manuel Zafra, who has worked in different luxury hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona and in top restaurants such as Calima, by Dani García, Aponiente, by Ángel León, and La Terraza del Casino, by Paco Roncero. On the terrace, with a beautiful designer pergola with details that simulate blackbird nests, you can enjoy a very careful seasonal cuisine, in which the spinach cream croquettes with pine nuts stand out, the rice dishes (the mellow ribs and little squid), Donostiarra-style turbot, ‘steak tartare’… As a curiosity, the hotel occupies the Macaya Tower. There, the protagonist of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’, by Carlos Ruíz Zafón, ends the plot of the novel, in which the writer had renamed the building Palacete Aldaya.
True to its 1930s New York style, the ‘rooftop’ of the Hotel Vincci Mae (Diagonal, 596) has inaugurated a cycle of live jazz musical evenings called ‘Sunset & Jazz’ which will take place on June 15 and 6 of July. There will be three shows of 30 minutes, at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On the ninth floor of this establishment, while watching the Collserola mountain range, Tibidabo and the sunset, you can drink cava and try the dishes prepared for the occasion (oysters, scallops, tuna and avocado ‘tartare’ , knife-cut acorn-fed Iberian ham…) or those that come out of its West restaurant, with direct access to the terrace, with the occasional Asian wink.
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From the beginning of June to the end of September, the outer space of Truthful Bar (Avenida de Francesc Cambó, 14), the hotel’s market cuisine restaurant, will host the terrace of the Joy Bar, the venue in the Sant Antoni neighborhood that will have a luxury location in El Born for the first time. For a few months, next to the Santa Caterina market they will serve emblematic dishes from the Tomàs Abellan restaurant. From 12:00 to 11:00 p.m., you can order cherry tomato salad with basil marinade and fresh basil, classic Russian salad with ugly bread, omelette with black truffle and confit onion, bikini with fresh mozzarella, Iberian ham and black truffle. All the dishes from Bar Alegria can also be eaten inside Bar Veraz, where the menus from both venues will be available.
The ‘rooftop’ of the Hotel Wittimore (Riudarenes, 7), which used to be reserved for guests of the establishment, opens from June 1 to non-guests who wish to perch on an authentic Gòtic rooftop. The space is very Mediterranean, as the furniture in the space, in a coral color in conjunction with white and yellow striped loungers, is combined with vegetation typical of the banks of Catalan rivers. You can go up there from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to eat fun and tasty dishes made by Alain Guiard, such as brioche pizza with ricotta and speck, lemon chicken fingers with sweet chili sauce, pillow sandwich pickled tuna, green olives and mayonnaise, the memory of a Dracula popsicle… To drink, signature cocktails such as the Inverted Martini or the Fancy Agua de Valencia, and mocktails such as cranberry juice, lime juice , orange oil, mint and soda, or green apple juice, lime juice and ‘ginger beer’. On Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. there will be music by the ‘djs’ BeGun, Jess Hologram or Irina Flake.
Patio, which has just opened the summer season, is the terrace of the Alexandra Barcelona Hotel (Mallorca, 251): a half-hidden corner, like a cute mezzanine in the Eixample with Mediterranean vegetation, a pool, a pergola, tables, chairs… you can eat there (dinners, from May 18). It is accessed through the Solomillo restaurant, with which it shares a menu (meat by weight and side dishes).
The Rooftop, the bar-restaurant with a swimming pool on the roof of the Hotel Sir Victor (Rosselló, 265), has reopened a few days ago. As you look over the neighboring Casa Milà and, nearby, the Sagrada Família, you can eat Mediterranean dishes with Greek touches, basically raw, marinated and charcoal-cooked dishes, based on fresh products from local suppliers. There is ‘hamachi’ marked on the grill and served in ajoblanco, green grapes and almonds; fresh and healthy salads such as Greek or Maroulosalata, grilled octopus with crispy potatoes, lemon, dried oregano and chili flakes; whole sea bass cooked on a charcoal grill and accompanied by slow-cooked vegetables and lemon; grilled loin served with crispy potato and herb butter… To drink, organic wines, all from biodynamic agriculture, and creative cocktails. And if you go after seven in the evening, there is a ‘dj’ playing soul, deep & organic house, R&B, melodic techno, afro tunes. All this good vibes will last until the end of October.
If you’re into ‘ssäms’ and ‘rolls’, you won’t find another terrace in Barcelona where you can eat them outdoors than the one in Sta. Fe (Santa Fe de Nou Mèxic, 18). In this corner of the upper area, next to Plaça de Sant Gregori Taumaturg, this pleasant corner, both during the day and at night, is equally suitable for a business lunch, a quick lunch at noon, a dinner with friends and family or a romantic evening. . In addition to ‘ssäms’ (a Korean snack consisting of a lettuce leaf on which all kinds of preparations are placed, such as octopus with ‘kimchi’ mayonnaise or tuna belly with ‘wasabi’ mayonnaise) and ‘rolls’ ( here with brioche bread stuffed with lobster with mustard or ‘teriyaki’ bacon), there are tapas with a ‘gourmet’ touch that are well prepared and have powerful flavors. To drink, exclusive champagnes and signature cocktails.
You will hardly find a more charming square in Barcelona than that of Prim. At number 1, it is The Fishermen, open since 1980. The feeling of being outside of Barcelona, rather than outside, very far from it because the setting is typical of a small town, is impressive. Three beautiful examples of bellasombra, a fountain, white houses around it… You can see that it is one of the oldest areas of Poblenou. And to eat, what do they have? Seafood cuisine dishes inspired by the recipes that were prepared in the fishing villages, without artifice but worked with local products of the highest quality.
You will find few terraces with better views of the port of Barcelona like this one. And a few that are more versatile, gastronomically speaking, since there you can have tapas and vermouth (pay attention to the patatas bravas), eat dishes from the menu (Mediterranean cuisine and grilled meat and fish based on good products) or drink a cocktail (from Friday to Sunday from 4:00 p.m. a ‘disc jockey’ plays). Located on top of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Plaza de Pau Vila, 3), it has views over the port of Barcelona, Montjuïc and Barceloneta.
This half-hidden corner of Gòtic (Carders, 35) has a special charm. And not only because of the atmosphere that is breathed in it (it looks like a souk, since it is a closed space with an interior part outdoors), but because of the project behind each plate and each drink that they serve you. It is a solidary, multicultural space, with an inclusive and community sense that arises from the joint initiative between the Mescladís Foundation and the Casal de Barri Pou de la Figuera: it is a project of social and labor inclusion since it teaches and gives work to young immigrants. The gastronomic offer is based on dishes and foods from various parts of the world, recipes often recreated and adapted from the proposals of the boys who work there, linked to the life stories of many families on different continents. They use local and sustainable products and count as suppliers to socially responsible companies such as yogurts and ice creams from La Fageda, vegetables and fruits from organic farming from La Kosturica and El Tros d’Ordal, products from the Xarxa de Consum Solidari, juices from organic farming from Cal Valls, wines from the cooperative L’Olivera or craft beers Las Clandestinas, 08 or Almogàvers.