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Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats, Barcelona

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Historic Site
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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  • Well, we had a very good experience. The place is amazing, the food was delicious (little portions yeah, but still). The waiter who served us was really kind and helpful. The prices are above average, but not too much. All in all: totally worth it. (We tried a few tapas and a Catalan wine)
  • Iconic meeting point in the centre, visited by figures like Pablo Picasso. Take a coffee, wait for your friend to come glazing at decor of the place and its visitors. It's more about the ambience than the particular food or drinks quality.
  • I had been in 4gatos, several times. Every time for showing the place to a traveler, and not because of the food or tea or wine or any other thing. Yesterday, we were passing the neighborhood and I suggested my guests to drink a cup of tea at the 4gatos. We went there, a waitress set a table for us and left us with menus. We waited for 5-10 minutes, raised hands, called them, but none of the waiter/waitresses cared. The we decided to move out because of this disgusting behaviour and attitude. Indeed, the cafe was almost empty, most of the tables were free, so there is no excuse about being busy. This is just about the attitude, toxic and smelly attitude of the management.* About the cafe, the art works are totally "FAKE". don't be deceived. The tea is just a low quality tea-bag but with 2.5euros price, we can conveniently say "FAKE" tea. and the smiles and hospitality are also "FAKE". So congrats 4gatos, you are now totally homogeneous in your fake-ness. I strongly recommend to possible visitors to avoid this fake place, go and drink "real" wine, "real" tea (i.e. Tea shop products), and "real" local cafes. For arts, well go and see "real" art works at museums. AVOID these people, and spare your money.
  • This place has a lot of history so if you are looking for that then you got it. If your looking for friendly service...good luck. The managers should re-train their staff to be more welcoming and lovely. It's an experience to be here. So they should make it so. But I'd still go for a small bite and leave.
  • Very dissapointed. From the moment we arrived for lunch we were treated as an inconvenience from the two (the male and female) front of house staff. We had a booking and were given a table next to a very large coach- group,despite the fact that it was quiet for lunch and the tables on the other side remained empty for the lunch service. The wine was corked, with no apology or replacement,just removed the offending glass.. On leaving there was a problem with the toilet and we were barked at , to wait and come back in 5 minutes ! They need to train their staff to be welcoming. Lunch is good value but I will not be revisiting. We ate out for a week in beautiful Barcelona and this was our only bad experience.