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Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats, Barcelona

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Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats rose to fame during Catalonia's modernist period as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, including Pablo Picasso and Tamon Casac I Carbo. The cafe originally opened in 1897 as a bar, hostel, and cabaret, and quickly attracted the attention of prominent painters. The cafe maintains its historic flair through renovations, which have preserved its status as a popular tourist attraction. Sip on coffee as you discuss the work of Catalonia's most influential artists, who sat in the very same spot. Add Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats to your Barcelona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Barcelona trip generator.
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  • After almost 1 year in Barcelona this one wins my prize for best tourist trap! Food is incredibly mediocre and the staff quite robotic and rude. They clearly owe their survival to Picasso's legacy and...  more »
  • I enjoyed a lunch from the daily special menu (menú del día) for €19 at this historic restaurant. I arrived early (1:00pm) to get a good table, but the dining room soon filled with large tour groups t...  more »
  • When in Barcelona, you must go once to Els Quatre Gats for churros and hot chocolate. It is known for the artists who used to meet there, and has sketches of theirs on the walls. But the best part is ...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places to bring people. It's a bit pricey but you pay for the experience and the history as well as good quality food. Even their tapas are really good, though it's best to order some of their nice dishes as well. Their desserts are also fantastic and rich with flavor. It's nice to be able to bring people to a place where Picasso frequented as they are often learning about his art and history while in the city and it's a nice cornerstone to the cultural experience. Live music contributes to the ambient feeling of traveling back in time, but it also makes the place in general quite noisy and difficult to hear your eating companions. If you come with just one other person, you might be lucky enough to sit upstairs in the small tables that border the room. In my opinion this is the best seating in the house.
  • The ambience is enchanting. Located in the historical side of Barcelona, in an historical building... inside, perfectly in line: the restructuring hasn't covered the charm of these aged walls, which could tell lots of stories about the people that came, ate and went. Music. Live music. A piano, a guitar and a princess singing. Lovely. And of course the food. Which was excellent. So, why only 3 stars? This is of course my personal experience and based on my personal taste... but I found the food not really "typical". As it happens, even in Italy, you have better chances to find "typical" food in small / anonymous "trattorie" rather than in famous restaurants. The more the cooking gets sophisticated, the less characteristic of the place. And than the music. Lovely as I said. If you go there with the one you love and look each other in your eyes drinking an excellent wine, then that's your place! But if ever you want to talk... well, you better go somewhere else. I was there with some colleagues (10) and I managed to talk with the two next to me only. Too loud. Sometimes disturbing. Of course, if you want to talk! Otherwise...
  • Incredible atmosphere. Super charming space. Food so so. Great live music. Very nice wine list. A fun filled lively spot I wouldn't miss under any circumstances.
  • Lovely building retaining a superb interior and fittings. It has a fascinating history. Good place to stop for refreshments while walking round old Barcelona. Dropped a star as service rather abrupt.
  • There is almost nothing to eat, 20 total dishes with little variety. The food is done very bad, we almost do not eat anything from the second course. The burgers of Macdonald are better than there... Finally, the waiter asked me for more fee because he thought I was a tourist. I lived in Barcelona and I can assure there are thousands of restaurants better than that.

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