Born in the USA, made in Barcelona
It's Hard Rock, so you know what you're getting. Giant American portions of burgers and fries, salads and free refills on soft drinks, desserts that are dangerous for diabetics, and a bunch of video screens blaring mostly rock music the whole time. Head there this July 4, and you'll find the staff dressed up as characters from popular US tv shows of recent times, special decorations and lots of surprises, all throughout the day (from 11.30am).
This small chain seeks to replicate the concept of the typical American diner, to the point that the furniture and fixtures were imported from the States. What makes Bernie's different from the others like it is the size of their menu. Sure, they make excellent burgers from premium-quality beef, and tailored to each customer, but they do more than burgers. They also offer other typically American dishes, and they have a great grill for steaks, ribs and fillets, as well as house specialities. Burgers (with fries, of course), homemade sauces, and shakes and desserts that would have driven Elvis wild. Plus, the kitchen stays open late.
Since the fashion for cupcakes and American pastries started, many bakeries and cafes serving this pastel-coloured treats have opened up. Cup & Cake is among the finest, not only because their products taste so good, but also because the cafés themselves and the cakes they make are so gorgeous.
Association to promote cultural exchange between Catalonia and the United States. Its main activity is teaching English language and American culture, provided by highly qualified teachers and an education system based on classroom interaction between teacher and student.
Aimed at Americans living in Barcelona as well as locals who are big fans of products from the States, especially those for eating and drinking that you can't get in local supermarkets, Taste of America has more than 2,000 products to help you with those cravings you just can't satisfy elsewhere. They also put on workshops and organise occasional special events. As well as the Balmes shop, you'll also find them in the Eixample at Aragó, 231.
This quirky, original restaurant that bears a resemblance to a New York eatery combines American dishes like barbecue pork rib burgers with a touch of the Mediterranean, with creations such as the tuna with wasabi mayonnaise. Have a slice of cheesecake for breakfast á la 'Sex and the City', or drop in for lunch or dinner.
This small chain, which seeks to replicate the concept of the typical American diner, makes excellent burgers (using premium quality beef) that are made to order according to the customer’s specific tastes. They all come with French fries, naturally, and you can also order shakes and fabulous desserts.
This American clothing chain specialises in all the fashion basics. They pride themselves on not having relocated their factories and continue making their shirts and accessories in the United States. That does come with a price, of course: the pieces cost a lot more than in local places such as Zara and Bershka.
With its decor that evokes the American diners in ‘Grease’, Peggy Sue's is a high-quality franchise: its burgers might not be huge, but they are certainly tasty, similar to American patties. Hamburgers play only a small part in a menu that is based on 1950s America.
It's not a sushi takeaway but rather a mini chain of international gourmet products that now also offers sushi to go. It's a good-quality fresh product that is replenished daily. And don't forget to fill your basket with some tastes from back home before you go: they carry a variety of British and American products as well.