The terrace under colonnades of this bar, café and restaurant is ideal for enjoying a vermouth on sunny days in winter or a cold beer on warm summer evenings. In fact, it’s always ideal. Even when it’s raining. You can sit down with a good book or a good friend, and take your pick from the dishes, sandwiches and tapas. The mushroom croquettes are memorable, and the staff as well. Far from noisy traffic, the square where Kasparo is located is a quiet corner where you’ll often find musicians, families (there’s also a kids’ play park) and friends taking their time to chat about life.
Escape the bustling centre of the Raval and head down C/Sant Pau towards Paral·lel. You’ll discover a beautiful surprise in the form of the small Sant Pau del Camp monastery, one of the best-preserved Romanic constructions in the city. Its name doesn’t come from the gardens that surround it (camp means ‘countryside’ in Catalan), although they are an excellent choice for a daytime stroll. Instead the name comes from the fact that, when it was built more than ten centuries ago, the monastery was outside the protection of the city’s walls. This meant it was officially located in the country, and it still retains a rural ambience.