La Plata is situated in a seventeenth century building in the Gothic Quarter, near Port Vell. The neighborhood has rich cultural references in every direction. In 1896, Picasso got his first studio across the street at 4 Carrer de la Plata, which he shared with Manuel Pallarès. The interior of La Plata is small, decorated with beautiful Spanish tiles and furnished with a handful of wrought iron tables. In summer months the lively customers flood out into the pedestrian only Carrer de la Mercè.
La Plata has a simple menu of only four classic dishes, which have not changed since it was founded in 1945. These dishes are a simple salad of tomato, onion and Arbequina olives, botifarra (Catalan sausage), fresh anchovies and finally deep-fried sardines (pescaditos). Exceptional red, white or rosé wine from the Penedès region is served from straight from the barrel in small chupito glasses. Loyal customers include the likes of Ferran Adrià, chef of El Bulli and his brother Albert of Tickets Bar.
Address: Carrer de la Mercè, 28, 08002 Barcelona
Phone: 933 15 10 09
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM–3:30PM and 6:30–11PM. Closed on Sunday.