A five-star café
1.Three Marks Coffee
Carrer d’Ausiàs March, 151
This café has an industrial feel and boasts the best signature coffees in the city. The huge range of coffees, which they roast themselves, make it a fantastic place for tasting coffee from all over the world. They also sell coffee for you to brew yourself at home.
Seasonal, Mediterranean dishes
Carrer d’Ausiàs March, 157
This cute little restaurant has some interesting options on its menu. Seasonal dishes, Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine and a personalised service make Piratas a good choice for grabbing a bite to eat before or after the concert.
Pasta made in Barcelona
Carrer d’Alí Bei, 123
A few years ago Emanuele came here to Barcelona from Italy to open Il Birrino. A small restaurant where the pasta is prepared on the spot and where you can enjoy some spaghetti alle vongole accompanied by a fine selection of artisan beers.
Great value market-fresh cuisine
Carrer de Ribes, 39
Haute cuisine for the locals. Here you get to watch the El Puestu chefs prepare more modernised versions of tripe, Galician-style octopus, meatballs and spectacular patatas braves (fried potatoes with spicy sauce). And for dessert, a glass of Lloret; all accompanied by the music of Alaska, Raffaella Carrà and Camela in the background.
Sun and tapas all year
Carrer de la Marina, 124
The terrace of the Cabo, which is open all year round, is a great spot for soaking up the atmosphere of the neighbourhood. It offers a set lunch menu and a wide variety of tapas; a perfect place to enjoy a rice dish, patatas bravas or a burger.
Carrer de la Marina, 114
The reasonably-priced menu at this place is always a hit. Choose from a risotto, tartare or salad dish for starters and follow up with a meat or fish dish that will satisfy all tastes. Advance booking recommended!
The best Spanish omelette in Barcelona
Carrer d’Ausiàs March, 138
This place is a classic in Sant Martí. El Bierzo is a meeting point for ESMUC students and local neighbours alike. Their specialities include omelettes of the day, which may be potato or squash, which they serve as a snack or in a sandwich.
Sandwiches and cakes
Carrer de Tànger, 22
Decorated in an urban style, this bright little corner offers a great menu of delicious burgers. Also good for sandwiches and bagels, and the carrot and cheese cakes are not to be missed!
Carrer de Ribes, 46
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find a good variety of dishes and fantastic service at El Bar. Sandwiches, Russian salad and pizzas are some of their specialties, which you wash down with a beer or glass of wine before or after the concert.
The American of Poblenou
Carrer de Pamplona, 96
American-style tavern with music, fast food and imported beers. An ideal spot for a drink or snack before or after the concert.
Young people rule
Carrer de Sancho de Ávila, 22
In this large restaurant you will find original dishes and a multicultural atmosphere that brings together young people and local office workers. They offer a set menu from Monday to Friday and a good variety of tapas.
Cocktails and ambience
Carrer de Sicília, 101
If you fancy casual dining and some excellent cocktails, La Higuera is the place for you. And you might even bump into some of the OBC and Barcelona Symphony Band musicians, who often meet up here after the concerts.
Basque at its best
Carrer de la Diputació, 421
This restaurant has been around since 1977 and offers excellent quality Basque and Navarran cuisine. In addition to Gorría’s first-rate dishes, you can also enjoy a wide selection of wines and impeccable service.
All in one
Avinguda Diagonal, 208
There are over 30 eateries offering a wide range of cuisine in the Glòries shopping centre. From popular fast-food chains to world cuisine and cafeterias. Everything you could want is here!
For those who like to look after themselves
Carrer de Sancho de Ávila, 27
Healthy, balanced cuisine with fresh, seasonal ingredients. A good place for a fixed-menu lunch, with 5 starters and 5 mains to choose from and a wide variety of dishes for all tastes. And the desserts are all homemade.
Vermouth with soul
Carrer de la Marina, 183
In a renovated style, the Bodega Monumental still maintains the traditional culinary heritage passed down to the owners from their grandparents. Its decor reflects the bullfighting past that characterised the neighbourhood for decades, when bullfights were held in the former Monumental bullring. A unique place with soul. Ideal for enjoying a vermouth, having a snack, and taking a trip back in time.
At the heart of L’Auditori
Carrer de Lepant, 150
The L’Auditori café-restaurant is one of the musical centres of the Barcelona. The musicians of the Barcelona Symphony Band and the OBC pass through here, along with ESMUC teachers and students, and the artists and soloists who perform at L’Auditori. You can have breakfast, a reasonably-priced lunch, or just have a snack before the concert or during the break. It also offers a great selection of Spanish wines.
The best beers
18.La Bona Pinta
Carrer de la Diputació, 433
The ideal place for lovers of fine beers. A wide variety of national and international beers, both artisan and from small producers, to enjoy in a friendly atmosphere.
A fusion of cuisine and design
19.Design Museum café-restaurant
Disseny Hub Barcelona building
Plaça de les Glòries, 37-38
The perfect place for a snack, coffee or a beer. A quiet, bright space surrounded by design and creative projects where you can enjoy a wide variety of breakfast or lunch items.
A charming corner
Carrer de la Marina, 164
La Cantina is the latest addition to the neighbourhood. A modern restaurant that offers tapas and traditional Catalan dishes, with a daily menu full of quality products.
A burger, please
21.Stop & Mos
Mercat dels Encants
Carrer de Los Castillejos, 154
Right in the heart of the Els Encants market, this stall offers some pretty spectacular burgers and fries. Seeded bread, organic meat and first-class service guarantee an experience you won’t forget!