The space in front of MACBA is one of Barcelona’s most lively locales, abuzz with a constant humming of young people in conversation, punctuated by the clatter of skateboards on concrete.
Slightly removed from the main source of the action, there are three pleasant little cafés, the most colorful of which is surely Pla dels Angels. Its interior was designed by the Catalan poet, Joan Brossa, and is accordingly full of character, employing an innovative use of color and form throughout.
The menu is largely Mediterranean, prepared on the spot with fresh ingredients. A particular highlight among the main courses is the carpaccio solomillo de cerdo con salsa de jamón y plátano, a creative pork sirloin with an unsuspecting yet interesting garnish. The prices are surprisingly reasonable—the lunch menu, including salad and wine, costs only €6.