After a rather filling lunch at Restaurant Etapes, we continued our journey and made our way back to La Rambla.
There we passed by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a renowned opera house which was opened in 1847. Cafe de L’Òpera was located right across the opera house, with outdoor seats for customers to enjoy the pretty sight of Liceu. The café caught our attention, and we thought about coming back for a visit in the evening when we’re hungry.
We made our way south to Port Vell. Before arriving at the port, we stopped by Mirador de Colón to capture a few photos before the sun set. The Christopher Columbus Monument was built at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to America.
After a short walk we arrived at Port Vell, an old harbour which is part of the port of Barcelona. The central area of the port houses Maremàgnum (a shopping mall containing shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants), IMAX Port Vell and Europe’s largest aquarium.
Port Vell is a very peaceful and relaxing area to sit around to enjoy the scenic view of the sea. We spent some time taking photos on Rambla de Mar, a wooden pedestrian bridge connecting La Rambla to Port Vell. If you’re interested in reading more about the ports in Barcelona, check out their website here.
From Port Vell, we continued our way to the east to the beach area. Here we saw the W Barcelona Hotel, a five star hotel looking out to the sea. The 100 meter tall hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Barcelona.
We strolled along Barceloneta beach until it was dark. The beach was voted as the best urban beach in the world and the third best beach in the world, according to the documentary film produced by Discovery Channel. The weather was nice and chilly at night, we had a very relaxing walk along the beach until it was time for dinner.
We returned to La Rambla and dined in Cafe de L’Òpera. The café was recommended by Lonely Planet and it has been operating since 1929, even during the Spanish civil war. The café is decorated with a number of old photos and paintings, which kept us occupied until food arrives.
Since we are in Spain, we decided to try their sangria. The café serves two types of sangria, sangria with wine and sangria cava (sangria with champagne). We had one each so to try both out. Sangria cava can be seen on the left while sangria with wine has a darker colour. They were priced at €4.50 and €4.00 each. It was our first time trying out sangria cava and we loved it! It was sweeter and fruitier in taste than the normal sangria. The sangria cava is definitely something worth checking out!
Since we were not terribly hungry, we decided to go for their tapas. Our chicken drumstick, priced at €2.20, was served shortly after we placed our order. The chicken was good, tender and juicy accompanied by flavourful sauce, which was tasty when eaten with white bread. However, we were expecting the serving to be slightly bigger.
Being a big fan of deep-fried cheese, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to order it whenever we spot one on the menu. Priced at €2.10, the deep-fried cheese was served hot, and it was delicious, although not the best that we’ve had.
Still craving for more food, we ordered churros (fritters) with thick Spanish chocolate which was recommended by the staff. The churros and the Spanish chocolate were priced at €1.30 and €2.10 respectively. Both churros and the Spanish chocolate were served piping hot, and they were absolutely delicious! The Spanish chocolate was very silky, thick, rich and not too sweet while the churros were soft and dense. They complemented each other very well. A must-order if you happen to visit this café!
Service was good and prompt. However the tapas were rather average. We would recommend that you visit this café for their décor and churros and Spanish chocolate. Do visit their website for more information about their history and menu.
La Rambla 74
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