Saturday, 3 May 2014

Food: Artisa in Barcelona

Having downloaded the Trip Advisor app and the Barcelona city guide (highly recommend you do if you are travelling abroad), we found  a little place called Artisa minutes from where we stayed on La Rambla. And little it really is - there's a sign that says "Maximum 20 people"!

From the jars that hang from the ceiling to the various delightful flavours of ice cream on offer, this cafe offers cheap and cheerful paninis and crepes to smoothies and shakes it is a nice cafe to stop by, and if you're lucky, grab a seat in and enjoy the artisanal flavours of Catalan. 

I love how their smoothies and shakes are named after landmarks in Barcelona where you can choose to be healthy and opt for the Pedrera, a 100% organic apple juice and mango or if you're feeling a little bit naughty, you can opt for the Sagrada Familia where you can choose one of their delightful looking ice creams with skimmed milk shake

Their menu is simple and available in a number of European languages from Catalan, Spanish, Italian and English which made ordering a much easier process than other places we experienced. The place prides itself of using artisan and organic products and it is clearly evident not just by it written on the menu but also the taste. Fancy a panini? Choose from artisan bread, white bread with linum seeds, olive bread or Catalan "coca bread". Fancy a sweet or savoury crepe? Made with sarracin flour and organic eggs.

Table sizes are tiny and not very spaced out with high stools dotted around which I found was one of two gripes with this place. The other gripe sounds really silly - but was about their plates! I ordered their crepe and the plates do not have a smooth surface but one embossed with curved lines so found it harder than usual to cut my crepe! 
However, let that not put you off and walk straight by the cafe. The whole experience spent in here is an enjoyable one. It has a nice calm atmosphere similar to a Starbucks but without the overpowering caffeine smell and the dim lighting. And let's not forget the music. If you're expecting to hear Spanish or Catalan music, then you would be very much mistaken. All the tracks played are in English ranging from Leona Lewis to The Lighthouse Family. Plus according to its Trip Advisor ranking as of 3rd May 2014, it is currently ranked #68 out of 5633 restaurants based on 192 reviews. And it's been award the Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Worth a visit? A definite yes!

Address: C/Colom, 2 (Place Reial), 08002, Barcelona. Spain
Telephone: 00 34 931 863 623


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