Spanish Chef Albert Adria in his “Hood”


Albert Adria
Albert Adria

On the rare occasions when  acclaimed Chef Albert Adria of El Bulli fame is not sprinting between his own five restaurants and bars on or near the Avinguda del Paral·lel 164 in Barcelona every day, he can be found hanging out at a few of his favorite places in in his neighborhood. No surprise he doesn’t list a gym among his favorites. Adria’s nightly rounds from Tickets Bar to Bodega 1900 across the street, to Pakta, his Nikkei restaurant two blocks down, or his two Mexican restaurants Nino Viejo or Hoja Santa a few blocks in the other direction every evening keeps him in fighting form. On that route he also checks on his Enigma restaurant, currently under construction and slated to open next Spring. Adria recently moved his office and Taller on the same premises to manage his rapidly expanding restaurant empire. Adria’s BCN50 group manages all these operations, which until last year also included 41 Degrees Experience which, like Tickets, was singled out for a Michelin star.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he recently along with his brother Ferran Adria and Cirque du Soleil opened his very creative and first of its kind mixed media entertainment experience on the island of Ibiza a favorite hangout for partying, well-heeled jet setters. When asked about his preferences for places to eat, shop, or just generally “hang” in his neighborhood he generously shared some of them. The best pastry chef in the world did not hesitate to recommend three patisseries where he satisfies his sweet craving: La Pastisseria, Patisserie Escribà and Oriol Balaguer named for the chef whose creations are artistic and delicious according to Adria.

Dos Pallilos, Chef Albert Raurich’s Michelin-starred eatery draws in Adria not only to eat but catch up with the chef who has a long association with the Adria’s from his El Bulli days. Incidentally the Ferran Adria’s office and workshop is not far from the restaurant a few blocks off the famed Ramblas of Barcelona.

Albert’s two favorite markets that he tends to visit in the morning are the La Boqueria on the Ramblas and Santa Caterina, where you can find just about any produce, seafood, or meats as well as some interesting stalls for a quick bite. Under the colored roof of the Santa Caterina, there is every possibility of running into Albert Adria making a quick trip to shop at this quieter market recently renovated in 2005. As a chef other then products his knives are very important and in old town he shared his favorite knife shop Cuchillería Ganiveteria Roca where you might spot other well-known Barcelona chefs who head there.

Seafood aficionados will enjoy Rías de Galicia Adria’s suggestion for the   best seafood experience in Barcelona according to him. Run by the Iglesias family, who are also partners with Ferran and Albert Adria in several projects, it is by any measure the best Galician restaurant in the city. These days two bars Chef Adria likes to hang out at when he gets away from his own are La Canota and Bar Bas for the fun atmosphere. If the chef whose own bars are the coolest places in the city heads there then they are probably good options to deal with the disappointment of not getting into Tickets, Bodega, or Nino Viejo. Finally his love of sushi often takes him to Shunka. This is a man who prior to opening his Nikkei-Peruvian restaurant Pakta was testing his mettle at rolling sushi for months before his perfectionist tendencies were satisfied.

Favorite places to eat in Barcelona:

Dos Palillos

Carrer d’Elisabets, 9, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 04 05 13

Suculent Casa de Menjars

Rambla del Raval, 43, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

+34 934 43 65 79


Favorite markets:

Mercado de La Boqueria

Les Rambles, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 18 25 84



Mercado de Santa Caterina

Av. de Francesc Cambó, 16, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 19 57 40


Knife shop:

Cuchillería Ganiveteria Roca

Plaça del Pi 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 02 12 41


Favorite Pastry shops:

La Pastisseria

Carrer Aragó, 228, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

+34 934 51 84 01


Patisserie Escribà

Les Rambles, 83, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 01 60 27


Oriol Balaguer

C/ Fusina, 5, Barcelona

+34 933 48 52 67


Tapas bar:

Braseria Cañota

Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 25 91 71


Restaurante BarBas

Rambla de Catalunya, 7, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

+34 933 42 75 16


Seafood restaurant:

Rías de Galicia

Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 24 81 52


Sushi bar:

Restaurante Shunka

Calle Sagristans, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

+34 934 12 49 91

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