★★★★ : €€€€
C/Ferran, 23
Metro Liceu L3 : Jaume I L4
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10am - 2.30am, Fri/Sat: 10am - 3am, Sun: Noon - 2am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 618 81 25 90
What is there left to say about this Barcelona institution? Residents will no doubt already be well aware of this famous café's charms and those that are not should really pay a visit, if only to be able to say that they've been. While I can't help but find Schilling a teensy bit overrated, it's definitely a good place for tourists to head to as it boasts a pretty much unbeatable location (if central equals good, that is) and it's one of the premier people-watching spots in town, due mainly to the diverse crowds that spill back and forth between the Ramblas and Plaza San Jaume. Next door to Starbucks and a short stagger from Plaza Reial, Schilling is a classy and thoroughly continental antidote to the more mainstream pleasures of its neighbours. Refreshingly spacious (for a Catalan bar), the ceilings are high, the seats are comfy and the lighting is elegant. During the day, Schilling is a bustling café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, then as the sun goes down, it morphs into a lively cocktail bar welcoming a mixed crowd of young and old, straight and gay, tourists and locals. It's not my favourite downtown hangout, but it's certainly a very convenient place to meet people and a classic bar that every self-respecting drinker should tick off their list.

Update 2018 - It's still a classic location off the Ramblas to stop for food & drink whilst watching the tourists walk by.

1 comment:

otraBarcelona said...

Nice inside and nice outside. Here you have a picture I took in 2003 from the bar in front of Schilling.

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