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Can Culleretes – a Gothic Quarter favorite

Just off the Ramblas in the Gothic Quarter, this family-run restaurant founded in 1786 displays tradition in both decor and culinary offerings. 
 

As Barcelona’s oldest restaurant (listed in the Guinness Book of Records), generations of the Manubens and Agut families have kept this unpretentious spot at the forefront of the city’s dining options for over two centuries. 

We got lost a few times trying to find Can Culleretes, hidden in the tiny winding streets of Barri Gotic.  I found this to be more of a blessing than a curse, since getting lost is the only way you can find yourself in this magical city.  

The families run the restaurant with knowledge and efficiency.  When we visited, our waitress had me convinced she should win the ultimate prize for hand-gestures-communication, that and/or mind-reading (she understood exactly what we wanted despite our extremely limited Spanish).

Wooden beams overhead and bright paintings of sea and landscapes on the walls surround a jumble of tables. 


Catalans eat their bread toasted and rubbed with tomatoes and garlic, which I love.  But the red sauce that accompanies the baguette at Culleretes is something else entirely.  Fresh and creamy at the same time, I was so determined to discover the recipe, I considered hiring a Spanish-speaking culinary spy.





The seafood is the best here, they taste like they were fished out of the Mediterranean that morning, and I’m actually quite convinced they were.  The meaty traditional dishes are delicious too, if you’d like to be sent straight into siesta after the meal.  



 
We had a lot of memorable meals in Barcelona, but Can Culleretes was my favorite, structured in historic architecture, served with the freshest dishes and managed with both modern functionality and Catalan hospitality, it’s the best food in Gothic Quarters.


For more beautiful things and places from Barcelona, you can go check these out:


Travel journal Barcelona part 1
Las Ramblas & Street Performers
La Boqueria market
Side Alleys of Barcelona
Gaudi’s Casa Battlo