Stop in for a café con leche and chocolate con churros at Els Cuatre Gats.
Els Cuatre Gats, Catalan for The Four Cats, is the perfect sightseeing (and churros) break in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. Tucked into the antiquated infrastructure of this maze-like neighborhood of Barcelona, the restaurant and café is a subtle gem. Established in 1897, the space was originally a hostel that was inspired by the Parisian cabarets. The uniqueness of the architecture and environment drew the likes of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Gaudi, among all varieties of artistic types. The bar closed in 1903 due to financial challenges, but reopened in its original form in 1989. The space still stands today, although now exclusively as a restaurant, serving up typical Catalonian dishes.
Throughout the modernist period, the café became a famous meeting place for many artists. Modernism occurred at the turn of 20th century, when arts and literature movement explored the cultural identity of Catalan and its relationship with Barcelona. Often compared to the Art Nouveau movement in France, modernism was mainly led by artists including: Gaudi, Casas, Nonell, Mir, Camarasa…and many more.
If you’re looking for a more economical way to enjoy Els Cuatre Gats, I recommend stopping in for a café con leche, coffee with milk, and chocolate con churros, chocolate with churros. You’ll still be able to enjoy the hanging artwork and cozy setting of this long standing Barcelona institution.
Els Cuatre Gats is located on: Carrer Montsio 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain