You’re in the very centre of the city, stood on the great square framed by the Generalitat (autonomous government H.Q.) and the Ajuntament (City Hall). You’re hungry but you don’t have time for a sit-down restaurant meal or even a café-bar snack.
If you stand in the centre of Plaça Sant Jaume facing the Ajuntament and look to the right of the square you’ll see a newsagents, and then just a couple of metres beyond, sort of on the cusp of the curve of the passageway that leads into Plaça Sant Miquel, you’ll see the entrance to the tiny takeaway grill, Frankfurt.
Here they’ll serve you a very reasonably priced hamburger, butifarra (Catalan sausage), sobrassada (Mallorcan pressed pork) chicken fillet, frankfurter, or bratwurst sandwich, with or without grilled cheese, onion, pepper and tomato and with or without ketchup, mustard or salsa verde, in a ciabatta type bun.
They’ll serve you a cold beer or soft drink too. Excellent value when you’re on the run.
Take your sandwich and your beer and sit yourself on a bench just a few metres away in Plaça Sant Miquel near the new sculpture celebrating Catalunya’s castellers-human castle builders. Cheap, cheerful and quick. Hope it’s not raining when you try it.