- Local Food
Few dining establishments in Barcelona can boast nearly a hundred years of history without losing its essence.
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Can Codina was founded in 1931, this bar has lived through a Republic, a Civil War, a dictatorship, and modern-day democracy, serving over the many decades as an iconic establishment in the neighborhood of Gràcia, hosting prominent politicians, union leaders, FC Barcelona legends, artists, and pioneers of Catalan Rumba like El Pescadilla, Peret, and Gato Pérez.
Aesthetically, the bar has maintained the same layout and décor that Mr. Codina instituted back in 1931. Since then, three generations have managed the bar, making only minimal necessary changes. In recent years, the last Codina decided to sell the business to a new proprietor who was eager to preserve its essence and original spirit. Thankfully, ownership was transferred to a neighborhood resident and frequent customer committed to honoring the place’s storied past. Thus, the new management has adapted the space to meet modern-day requirements, while maintaining the layout and aesthetic feel, with its marble tables, granite bar, and wooden bar stools. Of the original bar that opened in 1931, all that’s been lost are a few barrels of wine and an antique wooden gate, suitably replaced by a metal louvre. Everything else – and we mean everything – remains on-site, giving customers a chance to travel through time while enjoying a drink in a special part of Barcelona that time itself can’t fade.
Aside from its rich history, the Can Codina of today has also retained its excellent cuisine, with small plates, traditional vermouths, wines and beers, and a succulent menu of tapas crafted with local ingredients purchased just steps away at the neighborhood markets. While some dishes come with a modern touch, Can Codina also offers traditional house favorites, with knife-and-fork breakfasts like Cap-i-pota (head and leg of pork) or pigs’ feet, as well as patatas bravas, broiled croquettes, and chicken wings. History, flavor, and craft beer, all in one extraordinary place. If you find yourself nearby, don’t miss this opportunity to dine while taking a journey through time. It’s a culinary experience to really treasure.