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Els Quatre Gats

  • Montsió 3 Map It
  • Barri Gòtic
  • Spanish

Known for

  • Modernista architecture
  • Excellent pa de coca
  • Picasso's first exhibition was held here

Published 08/20/2018

Fodor's Review

This café was founded in 1897 by a quartet of Moderniste artists—the Bohemians of their day—whose work still graces the walls. The restaurant in back offers a range of traditional Catalan dishes, but the cooking is uninspired and overpriced. Stick to the front room gastrobar, which hasn't changed a lot since a promising young painter named Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition here in 1899; linger over a drink, order some of the offerings—pa de coca (thin country flatbreads with tomato and olive oil), cheese, cured ham, or pebrots de Padrón (fried green peppers). Keep a sharp eye on your valuables though, and you'll have successfully sampled an important bit of local cultural history. The building—Casa Martí (1896), by Moderniste master Josep Puig i Cadafalch with sculptural detail by Eusebi Arnau—is a treat in itself.

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Montsió 3, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003, Spain

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Published 08/20/2018


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