One of the nicest areas of central Barcelona for outdoor eating come summer is the zone around Sant Pere Mitja and specifically on Plaça Sant Pere, a lovely, leafy, quiet square. A year or so ago I looked long and hard for an apartment in this part of the city, having fallen in love with its sweet plazas and ancient architecture. I didn’t decide to live in this area, but every once in a while I do pop over for a drink and a tapa at La Candela.
La Candela’s main draw is its outdoor terrace seating. This is where you want to be for your early evening glass of wine or beer. Order up some appetizers to go with your drink and enjoy a very Barcelona moment. You might have to order food if you sit outside and La Candela is busy, because they have limited seating. There are also a few tables indoors and a couple stools at the bar. It’s not a big place.
If you do get hungry there is plenty to sample at La Candela, which serves up some unique twists on the typical Spanish tapa. For example, we had the ‘fried potato skins’ the last time I was there, which sounds like French fries. No sir! They were indeed skins, but cut in a strange way and served with a sweet ketchup and a sour sort of cream sauce that I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling before. Really good, and probably a calorie-killer, but I wasn’t counting.
La Candela is on my list of top 10 spots in Barcelona for inexpensive drinking and eating out of doors. Plaça Sant Pere also happens to be one of my preferred squares in Barcelona, which is saying something because this city is packed with squares and plazas. Give it a try and fall in love with this awesome little place!
Post and Photos by Regina Winkle-Bryan. See more at: http://www.thespainscoop.com/