El Jardi terrace and tapas bar – Barcelona

C/Hospital, 56

El Raval



El Jardi gets a spot on this website because of its location. Just off c/Hospital there is an arch and that leads to a stunning square surrounded by ancient buildings and full of trees. There is a school here and during the day and during term time, the square is packed with young students.

The bar/restaurant is completely outdoors (although covered) and has heaters during the colder months (or month in Barcelona’s case).

The ‘walls’ are glass and you can sit happily with a coffee and croissant or tapas or green tea or whatever you want, exchanging platitudes with a local or just nose deep into a ripping novella.

They have a few vegetarian-friendly comestibles but what you are really here for is to sit outdoors in a lovely square and focus on what a fabulous life you are having. But if you do get hungry you can have pan con tomato (the Catalan speciality) or tortilla (Spanish omelette) or patatas bravas with allioli (potatoes with garlic mayo-like dressing). Pan con tomate is vegan (provided the bread is) as it’s moistened with olive oil, tomatos and garlic.

They also have changing daily menu items such as vegetable soup, provolone, and hummus with pita bread.

If you are vegetarian and eat cheese then you can have a selection of French and Spanish cheeses or a salad with warm goat cheese, apples, dried fruit, honey and greens.

During the summer they have live music here which incurs an additional cost of €3 per person. Although I can imagine very little more beautiful than sitting here on a balmy eve drinking green tea, surrounded by trees and candles whilst the beautiful sound of a flamenco guitar reaches inside me and tears out my soul.

Stunning little spot – a little difficult to find but worth the bother.


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