Interior design and design have always been closely linked to the essence of Barcelona. Not only since the 80s, where in Barcelona there was a great boom of artists and studies that ended up reaffirming with the celebration of the Olympic games.

We’ll do this route through interior design in Barcelona through the bars, those public spaces that remain in the collective imagination and that after all are the ones that, when we look at the past, we all remember.

These lines are our thanks to the referents of interior design in Barcelona and a tribute to the environments and walls of these mythical premises, leaving aside their culinary wonders, which we do not touch or know how to value.

We will review in this first volume, the first five locations where we want to focus our attention. Everything begins more than 200 years ago.


1. Can Culleretes (1786)

Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, it is considered by the Guiness Book of Records the second oldest restaurant in Spain and the first in Catalonia. The walls of this place have relics in the form of photos and paintings hanging on the walls of its large premises.

Despite not having a clear and clear intention to be a reference in terms of interior design in restoration, its value lies in the appreciation of the old and the history that houses its chairs and decoration.

2. Bar Marsella (1820)

Bar Marsella is included in the list of the oldest bars in Barcelona. Its aesthetics attests to this, preserving practically in its entirety the style of the time. Due to the passage of time it could seem a decadent bar when crossing its doors, nevertheless Hemingway, Picasso, Gaudí or Dalí did not think that, because they were frequent clients.

His style is clearly Modernist and may well make us feel like a secret member of the era, belonging to some secret organization against the restoration of the moment in which it was inaugurated.

3. Les 7 portes (1836)

Located on Paseo Isabel II, it was a great cafe with seven doors for the public and an octave for the staff. Later, in 1929 it was renamed with the current name Restaurant de les 7 portes.

The place has a traditional decoration and style maintained to perfection, rooms with lots of natural lighting and a great historical load. During the last month of December the remodeling of the kitchen was completed, having combined the works with the normal activity of the restaurant.

4. Casa Almirall (1860)

Perhaps the most outstanding of this first set in terms of interior design in Barcelona, ​​its antiquity and perfect conservation help to appreciate it. The decoration of the place is centennial and clearly modernist style, making use of for example the combination of marble and wood, very typical of the interior decoration of the time.

The bar is divided into two different environments. In one the decoration and the architecture of the time are observed, while the second one is the result of the adaptations that were made in 1977.

5. Els 4 gats (1897)

Pere Romeu, a young Barcelonian who lived for a time in Paris and discovered Le Chat Noir, wanted to create a very close concept in Barcelona. From that will was born Els 4 gats. There they passed names like Santiago Rusiñol or Pablo Picasso, the latter was the one who designed the menu in the year 1900.

So Els 4 gats was an unusual place, starring artistic details that were combined with traditional objects. Little by little it became a place of pilgrimage for everyone who passed through Barcelona. Its interior design, possibly called only decoration at that time, was characteristic. In fact, this is a case where the food served was not the best of the place, but its main attraction was the character of a forum of literature and culture, always full of art and personalities.