a Taste of | Lunch at the Library

Laie Pau Claris is a nice place to escape the frenetic city life, right in the middle of it: it’s a library with a café – restaurant on the first floor, located in a typical Eixample building, only some 2-3 minutes away from Passeig de Gràcia.


the Space & the Mood


Even if right in the epicenter of Barcelona, Laie Pau Claris doesn’t seem to be on the radar of most of tourists. Tough it can get pretty crowded at lunch, people mainly come here to read, to work on their laptops, to write, or to give private lessons, so the place has got a calm, cozy atmosphere. The bookshop is on ground floor and the café – on the upper floor, in a kind of a mezzanine, between the pastry bar and the restaurant with dining area, a covered terrace and an interior patio.


The floors in ceramic tiles mosaic were a usual design in the end of the 19th century, when most of the buildings around were built. Each room of Laie has got its own pattern and a rich border to enclose it.


Tastes


The cuisine of Laie is based upon fresh products from the orchard in El Prat and vegetables from a small culture in Baix Llobregat, and includes some Catalan dishes (coques de recapte or suquet de peix) as well as Mediterranean ones, while the wines are mainly Catalan. Most prices are above average still the taste and the atmosphere make everything a lovely experience.


 

Pa amb xocolata, oli i sal
One of the best Catalan desserts, pa amb xocolata, oli i sal, or homemade chocolate on bread (a special bread or pan de coca), with extra virgin olive oil and Maldon sea salt, comes at Laie accompanied by olive oil ice cream and a bit of mint.

 


Laie is one of the lagest book chains in Barcelona, with several libraries across the city, including at the Design Museum, Picasso Museum, CCCB, la Pedrera of Antoni Gaudí, among may others.


 

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