Chocolate con churros on this week's social programme

The street art shutter (complete with dripping chocolate!) at one of Barcelona's most famous cafés: come along, Wednesday | Photo: Tom Walton

Tuesday give you Barcelona's architecture, Wednesday an opportunity to top up those Christmas calories, Thursday the chance to walk them all off… We have it all on our social programme this week 😉 !

  • Tuesday 9th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to the Manzana de la Discordia, the block on Passeig de Gracia with three of Barcelona's best examples of Modernista architecture — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
  • Wednesday 10th | One of Barcelona's great traditions (OK, that would possibly be other parts of Spain, too 😉 !): chocolate con churros for afternoon tea, for which we'll be heading over into the Barrio Gótico to one of our favourite granjas (cafés) on the Carrer Petrixol (now that is the Barcelona tradition!). Also traditionally consumed when you come out of the disco at about five in the morning. Price approx. €7 (disco not included!) . Yummy (16.00)!
  • Thursday 11th | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], which takes us from the wonderful Catalan History museum, across the old port past the Maremagnum shopping and leisure centre to the statue of Columbus and the bottom of the Ramblas (16.00).
  • Friday 12th | Join us on the terrace/in the bar this evening for our first Friday Club of 2018. Friday Club is every week, apart from the holidays, and is a great way to get yourself some extra practice for your Spanish (19.00-21.00)!

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also this week | In the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, we have the second leg of the Barça vs Celta tie, with the score 1-1 after the first leg (Thursday, kick-off 21.30).

Picnic: brunch en Barcelona

Somewhere in Barcelona for brunch? This one is about 10 minutes walk from IH…

  • Nombre: Picnic.
  • Comerç 1 [mapa], Metro Jaume I, Barceloneta (L4).
  • Me gusta: Platos difíciles de encontrar en otros restaurantes, como los huevos Benedict y los tomates verdes fritos [receta].
  • Cuándo: Los fines de semana al mediodía.
  • Para: Su brunch.
  • En la web: Facebook | TimeOut | TripAdvisor
  • Nos lo recomienda: Xavi.

See also Barcelona's best brunches (TimeOut)

¿Galletas? ¡Demasié Café!

Fancy a biscuit… ? This one is just up the road from IH Barcelona…

  • Nombre: Demasié Café.
  • Dónde: Roger de Llúria 8 [mapa], Metro Urquinaona (L1 y L4)
  • Me gusta: Las galletas, por supuesto.
  • Cuándo: A media mañana o a media tarde.
  • Para: Tomar un café y probar sus galletas, pasteles, chocolates…
  • Nos lo recomienda: Xavi
  • Website | Demasié on Facebook

If you're doing an intensive Spanish course with us, it's so dangerously close as to be tempting to sneak out on your mid-morning break!

De tapas por Barcelona

Si las tapas no son originarias de Barcelona, eso no quiere decir que la ciudad no sea un buen lugar para tapear.

Prueba de ello es el pequeño evento gastronómico "De tapes per Barcelona" (documento .pdf) en el que durante unas semanas (del 2 al 20 de octubre) diferentes bares de la ciudad ofrecen una tapa especialidad de la casa y un quinto (un botellín de cerveza pequeño) al precio de 2.40 euros.

Este año, 77 establecimientos ofrecen 77 tapas distintas. ¡Y no son unas tapas cualesquiera!