Shops, Services, Tapas

A list of useful links for shops and services that we have used close to the Garden Flat.

Try Caprabo which is 5 minutes from the flat. If you want a larger supermarket with more choice of goodies, wines, jamon, and nibbles, then your best bet is to hop on a train (one stop) from Provença to Plaça de Catalunya and head to El Corte Inglés. There’s a supermarket on Basement 1.

But you’re also as well just to wander out of the flat and head up and down Enric Granados (the next street parallel to Calle Balmes away from Rambla de Catalunya). There’s a great wine shop, ham shop, greengrocers- lots of family run shops. There is also now a really handy corner shop that is open until midnight every day. It’s called Supermercado EUROSOL and is on the junction between Mallorca and Enric Granados. Turn left out of the flat, walk down Balmes and turn right onto Mallorca. Its at the end of the block. Great, if you happen to arrive a bit later. Or, just up Balmes (on Rossello) is a corner shop called Alimentació Catalunya that is also open late if you happen to run out of anything. (Eurosol has more choice + fruit and veg).

Por Sant
Come out of the flat and turn right, and just on the corner of Provença and Balmes is a “local” or coffee shop called Por Sant. The guy who renovated the flat, John, ate lunch here most days, so we know it well. It´s a convenient place to grab a coffee and croissant in the morning and the lunch time menu isn´t half bad either- good value too.

Best Nearby Tapas
You´ll be spoilt for choice if you like tapas. There are 2 great tapas restaurants within a short walk from the flat. Bodegueta Provença on Calle Provença or Cerveseria Catalana on Calle Mallorca. Or try Taller de Tapas which is a little further away (about the right distance to walk off the tapas). Head south on Rambla de Catalunya for about 3 blocks (or manzanas).

Hairdresser & Spa Barcelona
Essential Spa: offering hairdressing and spa treatments with Aveda products- a friendly spa/hairdressers. Ana and Daniel speak English, French and Spanish and they are 5 minutes walk from the flat. They offer traditional Thai massage, body and face treatments (massages and facials), pedicures, manicures etc.

Plus there is a hairdresser’s right next door on Balmes 102. We have tried the “bloke’s haircut” there and found it more than adequate (I might have overdone the army loook but that was my fault). I can’t vouch for the ladies cut, but they do offer the usual encyclopedia of choice.

Medical Centre: Sanitas (BUPA) Balmes 111
Literally opposite the flat on Carrer Balmes is the Sanitas Milenium Centre Mèdic. Hopefully you´ll have no need to visit, but it´s very handy if you do. Sanitas is the Spanish BUPA brand

Clinica Dental Barcelona
Again, we hope you don’t need to visit the dentist while you are away, but if you happpen to bite down hard on an olive while forgetting that there’s a stone inside, we go to an excellent dentist 5 minutes from the flat (reassuringly above the “Jimmy Choo” shoe shop, but fortunately Jimmy had nothing to do with their price list, which is very reasonable). The last time we went for a check up with the lovely Dra. Arroyo the bill was less than 50 euros. Although the website isn’t translated into Spanish, they speak English, Spanish and of course Catalan here. Emergency line open from 9am to midnight. Very efficient.
Paseo de Gracia 97, pral
08008 Barcelona
Telf / Fax 93 487 83 29

Holmes Place Health Club Balmes 44-46
Walk 2 and a half blocks down Carrer Balmes, and you´ll find a Holmes Place Health Club. Over 4000 m2 with fitness room, pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. We’ve never tried it personally, but we thought we’d mention it.

Palacio del Flamenco
OK- so Flamenco is more of an Andalucian thing, but this restaurant and show is just down the road, so if you have never seen Flamenco before, it´s worth a visit

Club Torres: Cultural Central of Wine
Wine tasting course from the Bodegas Miguel Torres. Aribau 1734. Tel: 932 008 763

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