Ideas for a rainy day
Time Out gives you ideas for turning a grey day into one bright with good food, entertainment and culture
Don't let a bit of the wet stuff keep you from getting out and enjoying Barcelona. We've come up with some ways you can still get the most out of the city without fighting with your umbrella. Warm up in cafés, duck in to a bar for a cocktail, visit a gallery, and dance to live music throughout the night.
You've done the Picasso, the Miró and the MACBA. After these and other giants of contemporary art, what's left in Barcelona's museum bag? Off the beaten track, down cobbled side streets and even smack bang in the middle of touristy areas, you'll find plenty of weird and wonderful little-known gems - all well worth an hour of your time. (read more)
- Rated as: 5/5
Every few years, a horror movie comes along that promises to revitalise the genre, sometimes for the better (‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Ringu’), sometimes not (‘Scream’, ‘Hostel’). From the pen of ‘Buffy’ creator Joss Whedon and ‘Cloverfield’ scribe Drew Goddard, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ doesn’t so much set out to reinvigorate horror as pick it apart, analyse it, laugh at it and then blow it to smithereens just for kicks. It’s the funniest horror film since ‘Evil Dead 2’, the smartest since ‘New Nightmare’ and surely one of the most breathlessly entertaining, original movies of the year. (read more)
Remember shopping for books with wooden floors creaking under your feet, the smell of the pages, hot off the presses or crumpled and cobwebbed? Remember vinyl records that you treated gingerly so as NOT to scratch them? Whether you're feeling nostalgic for a time you remember or just wonder what your parents have been going on about, these are the spots that will take you back, and where you're sure to discover some treasures from the past, and even the present. (read more)
Take a look back at 50 years of fashion to learn about the implementation and consolidation of design and the creating of a line of clothing, which boosted and opened new perspectives on the textile industry of Catalonia.
- Rated as: 4/5
For Woody Allen fans, watching his recent films has been like prising your eyes open after an earthquake. Will everything be just as it once was? Or will it look like ‘Cassandra’s Dream’, his 2007 low, starring Colin Farrell as a London mechanic? For now we can breathe a sigh of relief. ‘Blue Jasmine’ is Allen’s strongest film overall since ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, but you have to dig deep in the New Yorker’s back catalogue to find a single performance (read more)
Get out of the cold and wrap yourself in warmth. Barcelona is full of tiny oases of calm where you can seek refuge from city stress, and rainy days. Leave your worries behind and give yourself over to pleasure in these spas where you can treat yourself without breaking the bank. (read more)
Pintxos may be property of the Basque Country and Navarra, but Barcelona has its share of long bars full of these tapas on bread, from the classics to the most creative.
No one notices you're soaked with rain when you're sweating on the dance floor – get out and boogie with DJs playing non-stop dance tracks, in venues with live music, whether it's in huge clubs with five different rooms and vibes, a small spot where your best survival technique on the dance floor is a smile, indie, rock, pop or retro music, these spots will keep you going, maybe even until the rain stops.
We show you where to sample this seasonal delicacy In Catalonia, autumn means wild mushrooms. Market stalls display a dazzling variety of edible fungi of all shapes, sizes and colours. This is our pick of restaurants whose chefs bring out all the rich, complex flavours of these seasonal delicacies, as well as the markets that sell them so you can try your hand at your own recipes.
Tucked away in a corner behind Plaça de Sant Jaume you'll find a seemingly everday bar called El Paraigua (The Umbrella). But venture downstairs and you'll see it's anything but everyday, with plush sofas, ample space to stand and have a little dance, and a small stage for live music. Mind your step, though, if you dare to order one of their dangerous cocktails, such as a gimlet with tequila or a whisky sour with absinthe.
- Pas de l'Ensenyança, 2, Ciutat Vella, 08002
- Rated as: 3/5
- Price band: 1/4
- Critics choice
On the spot that was a dairy in the early 20th century now stands this café with a Nordic feel and impressive design, where you can indulge yourself in breakfast, lunch and midday snacks including home-made cakes, sandwiches made with care and quality, and lots of different scrambled egg dishes. Their set lunch menu is definitely worth getting to know, and Saturday and Sunday mornings they do a more than decent brunch.
- Passeig de Sant Joan, 82
- Rated as: 3/5
- Price band: 1/4
This small but scrappy restaurant has a very good range of tapas, and tantalising pies and quiches. It's an ideal place for a nice lunch, cakes and desserts, and they also have a nighttime menu, which boasts that all their meat, eggs and tofu are certified organic. The cocktails aren't bad either, and are set at ridiculously affordable prices.
- Marquès del Campo Sagrado, 27, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
Filmoteca de Catalunya
The government-funded Filmoteca is a little dry for some tastes, offering comprehensive seasons of cinema's more recondite auteurs alongside better-known classics. Overlapping cycles last two or three weeks, with each film screened at least twice at different times. Books of 10 and 50 tickets bring down the price per film to a negligible amount. The 'Filmo' also runs an excellent library of film-related books, videos and magazines.
- Plaça Salvador Seguí, 1, El Raval, 08001
- Price band: 2/4
- Critics choice
This classic restaurant serves quality dishes from early morning until the wee hours. With Jordi Vilà (one of the city's masters in the kitchen) as their executive chef, they produce an endless succession of dishes and tapas that will teach you better than any other way about Catalonia’s gastronomic heritage. The full menu is available all day, so if you fancy some Iberian ham or 'capipota' at 7am, or a croissant for a midnight snack, just say the word.
- Muntaner, 213, Eixample Esquerre, 08036