A bustling Bohemian boozer in Gracia
Unusual for Barcelona, the much-loved La Cigale bar in Gracia is set over two floors. The first is reminiscent of a Parisian cafe thanks to its cute round tables, lively atmosphere and curious decoration – such as vintage toy cars, religious icons and TV screening French animations.
The upstairs is more spacious and filled with a delightfully shambolic mix of heaving bookshelves, antique portraits, kitsch art, mis-matched furniture and sewing machines, whilst Bohemian groups of friends plan their cultural revolutions in the shadows of the private alcove by the stairs.
La Cigale doesn’t trade on its charisma alone however. Burgers the size of a football are among the great offerings on the food menu, whilst fresh fruit daiquiris, bottled artesan beers and a regular fixture of concerts, exhibitions and events keep the punters coming back.
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