Before I start this post, a quick sorry for the serious lack of posts! I’ve recently started a new job and have been travelling in India (you’ll hear about it on here soon enough!) so haven’t had the opportunity to write on here for a while. But – I’m back…
Last weekend (August Bank Holiday) myself and two friends spent the weekend in beautiful Barcelona, and it’s safe to say we had an incredible time. Of course we visited lots of the main tourist attractions such as the beach, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and the Gothic Quarter (where our Airbnb was) but we also made sure to leave lots of time for brunching! Three days in Barcelona meant three different brunch options.
One of my favourite brunch joints of the weekend was Picnic in Born-Ribera. We popped by here on a sunny Sunday and tried some extremely tasty dishes. We started off with a selection of juices, coffees and an ever-important Bloody Mary to quench our thirst.
We then ordered a plate of quinoa hash browns, scrambled egg and crispy bacon. I then had the tomates verdes fritos or, in English, the fried green tomatoes with feta cheese and fresh corn salsa. This was definitely my favourite dish of the day – I particularly liked the addition of the spring onion to give it an extra bite. My two friends then ordered a stack of pancakes with maple syrup, crème fraiche and strawberries, and eggs benedict on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce, bacon and spinach. Nothing was left on the table – we ended up having to waddle away.
The service here was excellent and there’s plenty of seating outside to enjoy brunch alfresco. When I return to Barcelona, I’ll definitely be coming back here to try out more of the dishes on the menu. There was so much to choose from!
The following day we also paid a visit to hipster-go-to Brunch & Cake. Known for being extremely busy with very long queues, we were hesitant about visiting, but once we got there, there were absolutely no regrets. We only had to queue for about five minutes before we were escorted to our table indoors. There is seating outside but these seats were in demand so you have to queue longer for them.
We then ordered a selection of dishes from the vast brunch menu: banana bread, pancake with fruit and seeds, and a chipotle chicken sandwich with plenty of guac. We had absolutely no idea how enormous the dishes would be – the photos really don’t do them justice. Plus, as well as being beautifully plated and decorated, they all went down an absolute treat. Seriously, I haven’t had such a good wheat-free pancake in a very long time. I’ll be flying back to Barcelona to re-indulge in a Brunch & Cake pancake alone.
Finally, the third and final brunch spot of our weekend was Milk. It was a mere three minute walk from our Airbnb so served as the perfect go-to brunch spot. I ended up ordering the chorizo hash with potatoes, spinach and manchego cheese, and it was fantastic. It was an absolutely enormous bowl and was the right level of spice. Also on the table was the huevos rancheros and English muffin with mozzarella, poached eggs and sundried tomato. I also had a fantastic latte here – both thumbs up for a cracking caffeine kick!
So, as you can tell from the above, Barcelona is a wonderful place to come and enjoy some seriously epic brunching. We found it was the best way to try some unique dishes and also fill us up for the rest of the sightseeing day ahead. In the evenings we ended up eating lots of tapas and paella which, I admit, was seriously delicious, but brunch will always hold a strong place in my heart. Te quiero Barcelona.