Bar Schilling – Barcelona

c/Ferran 23
Barcelona (for what it’s worth)

Situated on c/Ferran which is a main road that runs between La Rambla and Laietana. Schilling is a bit of an institution in Barcelona – it’s an airy spot that’s open from 10am and offers breakfasts, lunches and dinners – although I’m not sure what the fuss is about.

It’s most popular at night when it fills up with Spaniards and locals quaffing wine and coffee, beer and cocktails and enjoying tapas whilst they chat ever-loudly over the top of quite intrusive and oft-unpalatable dance-type muzak.

Breakfasts consist of home made cake, croissants, baguettes (some of which are vegetarian – ie cheese only and no ham), hot chocolates, etc.

At other times they do a range of basic snacks with the following items available and suitable for the undiscerning vegetarian:

There are two vegetarian sandwiches both served on foccaccia bread and then filled with either char-grilled vegetables and a pesto salsa – which costs 4.50 euros. Or another option that also involves grilled vegetables with a pesto salsa but this time with the addition of warm goat cheese, which costs 5.50 euros.

If you are feeling more salady and/or would rather give the bread a wide berth rather than yourself a wide girth, then you could try the goat cheese salad which comes with lamb’s lettuce, cherry tomato and above all, goat cheese and retails at a very reasonable €5.50. There is another vegetarian salad of mozzarella and tomato for €5.50 which consists simply of just that.

For a snack or if you are sharing then you can try a portion of nachos that come served with spicy sauce; with guacamole and spicy sauce or or with cheddar cheese and guacamole. The different options cost between €2.50 (spicy sauce only) and €5.50 (cheese and guac.) Alternatively there is a hummus plate that is served with toasted pita bread and costs €4.10. There are also French fries for €3.50, if you should so wish.

They mostly play dreadful music here but it is gay-friendly (which could explain the first point), has some comfortable benches and free wi-fi. The tables at the back on the right have plug sockets for recharging your laptop.

Definitely a better spot for mornings rather than evenings for net surfing and working over a tea.


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