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Barcelona is a wonderland for foodies. There are 39 markets in the city where you can dine. And if you want to try something different instead of going to a regular restaurant, you can eat in all of these markets. The Boqueria, Santa Caterina, Mercat del Ninot, Mercat de la Llibertat and Mercat de Felipe II are some of these food markets where you can sit and eat. Even some of the stalls inside these markets have tasting areas. These markets are so many that Barcelona is officially known as the city with the most food markets in the world. Whether you need to recharge your batteries or enjoy a drink with friends, these markets make it very easy for you to do so. Some bakeries in Barcelona are so impressive, they deserve a visit just to take a look. Forn Sarret and Forn Roura are two bakeries that have gained historic value, and both are worth visiting. If you want something sweet but already ate, there are many pastry shops in Barcelona that will fit the bill. Some of the best pastry shops include Forn Elias (in Sant Andreu), which has won awards for their Pa de Sant Jordi and Pa de Pagès Català (both of which have the Protected Geographical Indication designation). There are many historical and iconic pastry shops throughout Barcelona, including Escriba (1906), Mauri (1929), Pallars and Foix de Sarrià. These bakeries make handmade traditional Catalan desserts, like tortell, torrons, bunyols, neules, de quaresma, panellets and coca de sant Joan. Brunch has become fashionable in recent years, and many hotels in Barcelona have nice outdoor seating areas, such as the Majestic, Monument or Barcelo Raval. However, in Barcelona and all of Catalonia, meals that look like breakfasts have been around for a long time. They are called esmorzars de forquilla (fork breakfasts) because you need a knife and fork to eat them. If you want to cool down on a hot day, or warm up if you are feeling cold, Barcelona is the perfect city. Theres a wide variety of spots to chill out year round, both hot and cold weather. In fact, weekend meals are especially popular, featuring butifarra sausage with beans, Capipota stew, pigs feet, and meatballs with cuttlefish. Head to Can Vilaró, L’Artesana del Poblenou, L’Anímic, or Quim de la Boqueria to find these special dishes! Have you ever tried orxata? Orxata, made with tiger nuts, water, and sugar, is a very popular drink to cool down with in Barcelona when its hot. There are several establishments in the city that have been making this item for more than a hundred years, including Sirvent (opened in 1920 in Barri de Sant Antoni), el Tio Che (opened in Poblenou in 1912), La Valenciana (l’Eixample in 1910), and Turrones La Campana (Ciutat Vella, founded in 1890). In these places, you can order ice creams, slushies, and even ask to mix all of them together for a cubano glass- a scoop of chocolate ice cream included. And what about winter? Ciutat Vella is the old city of Barcelona, and has many pastry shops and cafés. If you take a walk there, you can get warm in one of the tasting areas in Mauri, Colmena, or Escribà. Or, you can order a sui?(melted chocolate with cream) at Dulcinea or La Pallaresa (also known as the granja cafés), two shops next to each other.


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