If you haven’t visited Barcelona before then you’ll almost certainly want to take a stroll along the Ramblas – but keep strolling if you can – do not succumb to the temptation to stop at one of the dozens of café-bar-restaurant terraces.
If you really do have to have a drink and a bite then there is only one café-bar-restaurant on the Ramblas you should consider stopping at – Café de l’Opera – you’ll likely pay one euro more per item than you would elsewhere in the city, but it’s HONEST. You get what you pay for at the the price they tell you. Simple.
Negotiating the other café-bar-restaurants on the Ramblas is not so straightforward – you’ll pay inflated prices, and you may end up paying a supplement for the table, or your seat, a supplement for stuff you never ordered, a supplement on the local tax they never mentioned (and doesn’t exist) and a supplement for the air you and the waiter breathes.
Trust me – the café-bar-restaurants on the Ramblas do not take prisoners – they go for the kill every time.
Avoid being scalped and chill your heels in the Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) surroundings of Café de l’Opera. It’s a good spot for people watching, scribbling notes, and reading the newspaper over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and churros, or a beer. And, a good spot for both morning coffee and a post-midnight nightcap. Extensive range of bottled beers, including cannabis beer, available.