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7 Portes

A golden oldie

7 Portes

One of the city’s oldest and most famous restaurants, Set Portes, was founded in 1839 as a café by Josep Cuyas when the Porxos d’En Xifré was new—and of its exciting features was the first indoor running water in Barcelona. Plaques record the various celebrities who have dined here over the decades, including Einstein, Che Guevara, Lou Reed and Picasso, who lived with his family in an apartment here when he was 14 and newly arrived in Barcelona.

The food is excellent: cannelloni stuffed with artichokes, monkfish soup, paella in various styles, and lovely seafood and desserts. And unusually, the kitchen stays open all afternoon and evening so you can pop in whenever you feel peckish.

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Passeig d'Isabel II 14

metro: Barceloneta

+34 93 319 30 33

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Tamorlan, Creative Commons License