Foodie Tip – Barcelona

The Best Cava and Tapas Bar

La Xampanyeria

You will find this small hole in the wall bar hidden in a quiet street, Carrer de la Reina Cristina, close to Port Vell (as well as the El Born district and the Gothic Quarter, Barri Gòtic)

The place is easy to miss as there isn’t even a visible sign promoting it. Sometimes there’s a line in front of it or even a doorman helping in keeping everything civil.

La Xampanyeria in Barcelona

La Xampanyeria (or Can Paixano) was founded back in 1969. In my opinion it is a must-visit during your stay. If you crave a tasty Cava (the Spanish but much cheaper version of Champagne) and hearty tapas at the counter or just about any spot where you can find space, then this is your place!

Check out the Can Paixano website for more information.

Tip: Get a bottle of Cava instead of some glasses. The bottle is quite cheap (approximately 15 Euros) and will come with two tapas of your choice already included in the price!

Can Paixano

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For those who don’t speak the Catalan language (probably most) we have prepared this small cheat sheet. Don’t think of asking for a menu, there isn’t one. The only way to figure out what you can order is the big board. Again, Catalan only.

This will help a lot when ordering. Enjoy!

  • Banderilla – Pickle
  • Botifarra – A sausage similar to Bratwurst
  • Bacó – A kind of bacon
  • Calents – Hot
  • Carxofa – Artichoke
  • D‘Ovella – Lamp
  • Entrepants – Sandwich
  • Foie Gras – Goose liver
  • Guindilla – Spicy pepper
  • Llongonissa – A pork sausage (peperoni/salami)
  • Lomo – Pork loin
  • Morcilla – Blood sausage
  • Panceta – A salt cured cold cut
  • Pechuga – Chicken breast
  • Pernil – A slow-roasted marinated pork leg or pork shoulder
  • Salsitxa – A sausage
  • Seito en vinagre – Sardins in vinegar
  • Sobrassada – Air dried sausage spread Streichwurst
  • Ternera – Veal
  • Xistorra – A fast-cure sausage similar to chorizo
  • York – Ham

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Best of – Paris

Our favourite things to do on a trip to Paris

Paris is always worth a visit. We asked our local Instant Tours Paris host Dominique about his favourite things to do in the French metropole. And he delivered! 

Coffee

He recommends trying a traditional French Bakery. His top tips are either Poilane or Eric Kayser. For a French staple, the croissant he recommends a visit at la Maison d’Isabelle. They have the very the best croissants in the city.

Lunch

For launch head over to the cutest little place, Place du Marché Sainte Catherine in the Marais area. Grab a quick bite and continue exploring Paris afterwards!

Quiche

Quiche – Photo by ella.o on Foter.com / CC BY

Dinner

A restaurant that’s simple in its appearance but nonetheless has great and typical French cuisine is Le Pavé

Drinks

Fancy a tasty and refreshing alcoholic beverage. Head over to La Perla Bar for the very best mojitos and caipirinhas. Given from a man who’s been travelling Brazil each year I’d trust his recommendation on this. Get a bang for your buch and come at their happy hour (not on weekends).

Capirinha

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Hot Days

A fantastic but at times very busy rooftop bar is on top of the Holiday Inn hotel close to Notre Dame featuring a fabulous view on the famed but under construction cathedral.

Paris From Above

Rainy Days

Now this is a true insider. The Smithsonian magazine called it “one of the most rewarding and inventive [museums] in Paris”. Visit the dedicated to hunt and nature Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in 62 Rue des Archives Paris 3e. Closed on Mondays.

Paris - Top Insider Tips For Coffee, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks & More

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Editor’s note: This entry is not sponsored by any of the places above and reflects solely the authors opinion