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Sarrià, a little town in Barcelona

January 17, 2015

Placed at the food of Collserola mountain range, Sarrià was a independent town years ago. In 1921 was added to Barcelona and now is included in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, the uptown of the city. In the district, there are residential areas and cold enclosures with big flats, but the Vila de Sarrià, with small streets, some passages, emblematic shops and old houses, gives the area a more human appareance (meaning more popular).

The main axis is Major de Sarrià, a street plenty of small shops and family business, now luckily pedestrian (years ago was impossible to take a walk in the street, with cars and buses).

Inside the old town, some gastronomic options very interesting.

In Major de Sarrià:

The star of the street is Bar Tomàs (Major de Sarrià,49). A emblematic bar famous by the patatas bravas they offer. The bravas are really tasty and, during a long time, were considered the best of Barcelona. (Nowadays, there are voices claiming other bravas in the city: https://notonlyeating.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/the-best-bravas-madrid-barcelona/). People from everywhere keep coming to this place just to taste the potatoes.

Panino Silvestre (Major de Sarrià 92): specialized in “italian” sandwiches, warm outside and cold inside. Some products come from Milan.

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El Canalla/El Villano (Major de Sarria 95): Divided in 2 levels, below the Canalla Bar, small place to taste platillos and tapas. Above, El Villano, a place for dinners and good views. Quality products and prepared cookers. They have a terrace in Major de Sarria Square, a good place in summer and better if you have kids.

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Colmado Cactus (Major de Sarrià 110): tradition in capital letters. Old grocery that looks like it was years ago.

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More tradition: Antiga Casa Rafael (Major de Sarrià 77) and Casa Joana (Major de Sarrià 59). Traditional Catalan cooking  and good menu. And El Vell Sarrià (Major de Sarrià 93), rice specialist.

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About bakeries and pastry shops:  Forn de la Vila (Plaça de la Vila 9) , some “forns” or bakeries in Major de Sarrià and the most well-known: Foix de Sarrià (Major de Sarrià 57 and Plaça de Sarrià, 12-13), one of the pastry shop most important in Barcelona.

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Bar Treze (Major de Sarrià 115), to have a gintonic in a cool atmosphere.

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Tomo II (Major de Sarrià 75), to taste an artisan ice-cream.

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About restaurants:

Vivanda (Major de Sarrià 134) with a garden inside, and Tram-Tram (Major de Sarrià 134), fancy restaurant.

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El Quinto Pino (Passeig de la Bonanova, 98). Good food and perfecto to go during the summer, because of its small garden.

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El Clandestino (Jaume Piquet St.,1), small good restaurant that can sorprise you. Here you go a photo of the “Bacalao” (cod). Soon a post about it!

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La Burg (Passeig Sant Joan Bosco 55), quality burger and charming place.

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And that is just a selection. You (and we!) can discover new places in Sarrià town!.

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