Known simply as La Xampanyeria (ie. the Champagne bar) by most of Barcelona, Can Paixano is a beloved institution in these parts. The homely fishermen's tavern in the seaside district of Barceloneta has been serving up its delicious Berenguer Ramon brands of Cava since 1969 and you sense neither the decor, nor half of the staff, has changed much since then. On top of its era-transcending charm, a glass of the sparkling stuff is absurdly cheap at between 95 cents and 1.40 euros, although you will be asked to invest in some bocadillos (sandwiches) or tapas, if you want to keep drinking. That's hardly a problem as the sandwiches are equally economically priced! No surprise then that between 7pm and 10.30pm (closing time), Can Paixano is rammed full of hungry and thirsty patrons, but if you can deal with the crowds it's well worth the experience. You could also try going earlier as it's open from 9am in the mornings. (Closed on Sundays).
Highly authentic but a bit too crowded for my tastes. Could hardly lift my glass of Cava without spilling it.
reviewed by Sam from United States on Apr.16.2015
OK, so this place is crazy crowded, but it's such a fun place to go and eat! I went here with some friends at lunchtime on a Sunday and it was packed. We had the rosť cava and some small sandwiches and tapas. Afterwards, we went to the small shop counter at the back and bought some bottles of cava to take home.
reviewed by Sarah from United States on Dec.01.2014
The Krakowski sandwich was better than any of the kielbasa I tasted in Krakow! Deeeelicious. Cava was nice too. Doorman is a grumpy sod.
reviewed by Rhodezinho from Brazil on Feb.29.2012