When you haven't got time for a full meal, or you fancy a picnic or just a quick bite while you sit outside and watch the world go by, here are the spots with the best sandwiches in Barcelona.
This small sandwich chain, set up by the ex-manager of the Vienna bar, serves hot and cold sandwiches made using good ingredients and lots of imagination. The most successful variety is the New Yorker, a pastrami delicacy that includes spinach, mustard and fried onions. The coffee is very good, and the milk is fresh from the farm. There are two other bars in the chain, at Amigó, 63 and Via Augusta, 117.
The fashion entrepreneur Gonzalo Comellas has reinvented himself as a sandwich entrepreneur. Panino Silvestre is a result of his stays in Milan: They serve real Italian sandwiches, just as they should be; hot outside and cold inside. The sausages are shipped in directly from Milan. You can try delicacies such as the porchetta (roast pork barbecued with honey) and tasty piadinas.
A sandwich, a salad or a crepe for lunch or dinner. So far, nothing new. But for anyone who has never visited the Guixot, what awaits you is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ experience. The sandwiches here come in many different types and delicious combinations (try the Gòtic, which features chicken, avocado, eggplant, brie and mayonnaise). The same goes for the crepes and the salads. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is excellent.
Two Argentinian cooks run this cute little place where the delicious meat stands out, especially in the sandwiches. You can find gourmet Argentinian sandwiches such as the milanesa (breaded beef), and the reinvention of classics like the incredible entraña (tender beef, tomato, mixed greens, and spicy Argentinian chimichurri sauce). You can even eat a fillet steak sandwich!
If you walk down Carrer de la Perla and look into this snack bar, it is hard to imagine that behind all the bustle of tables, glasses of zurito and sandwiches lies a little haven of peace. The owners of Ikastola have set out chairs in the inside courtyard where you can have a quiet cigarette or drink before or after dinner. The opening hours are quite short, to avoid disturbing the neighbours, but if you do get a table, you’ll feel sorry for the other guests. It feels like at school – you’re having fun in the playground and they’re stuck inside.