A small pedestrian plaça not so busy and in the middle of the city’s downtown – it does exist in Barcelona. And La Candela owns the only few tables on it, thankfully serving good food as well. If you’re visiting and it’s just too cold, don’t worry: the inside is cozy, delicious and recently renovated as well.
They open early to take advantage of the morning sun, serving basic coffee, croissants and small sandwiches. At midday, you can have a full lunch for less than € 15 – the menu changes every day and you can see it on a table outside the restaurant. At night there’s no established menu but rather some menu options that change seasonally. They kindly offer to serve half rations – and if you’ve had a lot of starters, it might be a good idea.
The service – rarely extraordinary, improves day by day – might be because spring is coming. Some of the waiters make good efforts to translate the menu for non-Spanish speakers. At midday and at night you will be asked to eat either lunch or dinner to stay at your terrace table. If you can deal with that, both the cooking and the plaça are worth the visit. Careful with pickpockets in this small plaça, though… you can be taken away by the place and not notice them. Enjoy the sun, the music on the streets and the great menú. It might be a good place for a romantic dinner… with a Barcelona touch.