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Javier Salas

Barcelona: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Don’t bother braving the white-hot dinner scene at Bar Velódromo (breakfast for two $35), a 1933 landmark reopened last year with local superstar Carles Abellán. Instead, come in the morning to admire the restored Art Deco interiors and ponder whether to have the eggs from the famed Calaf town in a lush tortilla or served estrellados (sizzled and broken up over french fries). Either way, the buttery croissants from pastry whiz Oriol Balaguer are a must. Next, feed your jamón addiction at the new branch of the venerated Ibérico ham specialist Jamonísimo (snacks for two $50) just up the road. Lunch is at another Carles Abellán outpost: the equally assured Bravo 24 (lunch for two $190). At his new-wave asador inside the Ricardo Bofill–designed W, steaks from 10 kinds of pedigreed cows (we loved the domestic Rubia Gallega) are grilled to uncanny perfection over freshly made oak coal. Walk off your meatfest while nibbling on plump pistachios and Marcona almonds roasted at the 1850’s shop Casa Gispert, and on your rounds of the city don’t forget to pick up some decadent bonbons—with hints of curry or tomato or violet marshmallow—from Willy Wonka–like pâtissier Carles Mampel of Bubó (bonbons for two $12), also in El Born. Even at the airport, Barcelona doesn’t disappoint. The gratinéed macaroni timbale at


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