If munching at markets isn’t on the menu, and a more formal sit-down affair is in order, I have some great suggestions. For a lunch of the finest seafood tapas in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, seek out a seat at La Pescaderia
where you simply must try the salmon tartar, octopus carpaccio, and the classic patatas bravas. On weekends you’ll get the extra treat of a lively ambiance with music and groups of friends out for the night. For a more subdued affair settle down for coffee at L'orangerie café where the crepes are delicious, and the appetizers are perfect for single dining. With fresh-squeezed orange-juice on tap and power outlets for your laptop, this is a great spot to catch up on some work or update your travel diary. Frida
, a cool and casual eatery, is amazing simply because of the thoroughly local layout, with a space that is completely integrated with the surrounding plaza that feels like part of the neighborhood. If you visit in summer be sure to get a table outside where you are very likely to catch some of the neighborhood inhabitants lounging outside their homes, catching up with neighbors while you graze on Spanish specialties like gazpacho.
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