Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Els 4 Gats- A Favourite in Barcelona

"Els 4 Gats” (=the four cats) is a colloquial expression in Catalan, meaning ”just a few people".

But the four cats I want to talk about today is a fabulous artistic bohemian old bar/restaurants/café 
in the centre of Barcelona.


It opened in 1897! The bar was founded by the ”four cats”, Pere Romeu, Santiago Rusiñol, 
Ramon Casas and Miguel Utrillo.

At the end of the 19th century, Pere worked at the cabaret Le Chat Noir in Paris. He loved the environment of this place and wanted to create something similar in Barcelona: a great place with cheap food and piano music. On June 12, 1897 Els 4 Gats opened in Calle Montsió in Barcelona, in a modernist building designed by Puig I Cadafalch. 


One of the things keeping Els 4 Gats so special to this day I think, is that Picasso used to frequent the place, and word says he had his very first exhibition there. Gaudí was another regular.

It might be touristic, but I love it just as much. I love sitting there, enjoying the mosaiks, the paintings, the photos on the walls, listening to the cabaret-style piano music in the dining room at the back, while enjoying a glass of chilled white wine and a good conversation. 


Every time a friend come to Barcelona to visit, I take them there, and it’s usually a big hit!
We dreamily picture Picasso and Gaudí solving the problems of the world with all their eccentricity.


The service is not too good, I guess it’s just as many other places in Spain where there is a lot of customers- why bother to treat them well, they will keep coming anyway... And although I really dislike bad customer service, this place is so unique that I keep coming back time after time. In the end, I am not there for the service, but for the great atmosphere that envelop you as soon as you step inside.

Where to find it? 
On Calle Montsió, a little side street
off Portal de l'Angel in the centre of Barelona.


12 comments:

  1. Gjerne to ganger til dagen er jeg inne for å sjekke om det har kommet en ny post, og blir like glad hver gang det er noe nytt å lese. Du skriver utrolig bra, og det er så kjekt å kjenne seg igjen på de plassene du er på. Jeg har så lyst til å sette meg på første fly ned til deg!
    Jeg synes 4 gats hadde utrolig god mat i tillegg til den fantastiske atmosfæren. Var så hyggelig og avslappende med live pianomusikk. Var der ganske tidlig for middag men satt hele kvelden og bordene fylte seg etterhvert opp. Opplevde heldigvis ikke dårlig service!(den gang)
    Klem fra meg

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    1. Hei der! :) Så utrolig hyggelig å høre!! Made my day!
      Jeg har ikke spist på 4 Gats faktisk, har hørt maten ikke nødvendigvis er så bra (igjen det der med at det er alltid masse kunder der uansett, så de trenger ikke anstrenge seg sånn) men så fint å høre at du hadde en god matopplevelse der, i tillegg til atmosfæren! Det er et veldig spesielt sted! Klem tilbake

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  2. I have a feeling that, after reading your blog, I will have a list a mile long of places to visit when I go back! Have I mentioned that I'm really excited about that?! :)

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  3. Det er så herlig å finne slike perler som man MÅ tilbake til gang etter gang!

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  4. Really cool and plenty of character. I can see why you love this place so much.

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    1. Plenty of character indeed, Tina! It's a wonderful place to disconnect.

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  5. So beautiful and unique, I can see how the ambiance would make you want to stay and enjoy. I find wine helps my tolerance of bad customer service ;)

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    1. Good point! Good wine is handy in many occasions :)

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  6. This looks really cool! This is one of the reasons why I like European architecture and buildings.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep, it's quite fascinating. There is so much history in Spain, in architecture/buildings, and I love it!

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