Carrer Bonavista is becoming quite the darling. Technically in Gracia but the smallest of nudges from Eixample. The newest addition to the pretty street is Bar But, decked out in that particular aesthetic that makes it hip. The live plants, things like lavender, planted straight into the recess in the middle of the communal (of course) table. Squirrel cage filament lightbulbs (vintage? very possibly). Light wood on the walls – I forget now but it may have been Rubberwood which would make sense with its billing of environmentally friendly. This is juxtaposed against the textured exposed walls whose jagged edges have been tamed with ample coats of white paint. There is free wifi.
I assume that with such aesthetics it will be a temple to coffee but I see the Lavazza logo on all the cups.
“Lavazza?” I ask the server.
“It’s the best.” Is the reply.
As if there is such a thing, since of course it is a matter of preference and I personally prefer the specially sourced and self-roasted beans a few minutes away at Onna coffee.
I wait for him to take a picture of some food that has just come out of the kitchen before putting in my order for a cafe con leche (€1.60) and a small bacon sandwich with kimchi mayonnaise (€4.50). It’s really small and the kimchi is so shy, I don’t even detect its presence. That doesn’t stop it from being delicious.
I’m not sending you here for the coffee or the food particularly – although both are fine – but for a lovely aesthetic that makes you feel like you are living between the thick covers of Kinfolk magazine. Which is quite a nice place to be living. For an hour.
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