“Bar-hopping is the best way to get to know a city”, Carles Armengol

On the occasion of the interview of the podcast Salir por Barcelona, our colleague Cristina Baigorri has interviewed a Barcelonian who can make you an incredible list of what to visit and where to eat and drink in the city.

Bar-hopping is the best way to get to know a city Carles Armengol

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Carles Armengol grew up running around the tables of “Collado”, the restaurant run by his parents in a business located on the border between Hospitalet de Llobregat and Barcelona.

He was interested in observing the behavior and contradictions of the people who passed by the bar; a skill he now applies in the cafeteria of the +Bernat bookstore, which is the scene of the conversation (Barcelona-Eixample izq).

As a psychologist, he has advised multinationals of all kinds on how to sell more products and services. But when, that day in July, he saw that Collado’s door was closing, he knew he had to write “Collado. La maldición de una casa de comidas” (Ed. Colectivo Bruxista); a text in which he pays tribute to the saga to which he belongs and which ran the family business for 80 years..

Bar-hopping is the best way to get to know a city Carles ArmengolAmong other things, he told Cristina how the family business has had several people who have left memories in him, in his family and how they lived the stage of the city that danced to the rhythm of the Olympic hymn, the hard years that followed, the impact of the brick crisis and the arrival of new models of leisure and consumption.

I have a google map that I can’t finish it.“Carles said when he listed some of the unknown places that the city has to offer while citing the ones he likes to go to most for their traditional cuisine and their traditional atmosphere, although he does not deny that recently observed a significant “homogenization” in the foodservice sector.. For this reason, he added that “when I discover a bar that has been around forever, I feel like an adventurer; a bar of lattes and black pudding sandwiches”.

Among many other things, he told us that the neighborhoods of Horta and Guinardó are parts of the city that still offer unknown corners, and that his favorite celebration is the Diada de Sant Jordi because you can mingle with the people in the street and soak up the party atmosphere that takes place in the city every April 23rd.

The sofrito for meatballs with cuttlefish, the Olympics, the limits of Avda. Diagonal, her first adult friend and the number of franchises in the city, have been some of the topics that Carles Armengol and Cristina Baigorri have been discussing in the interview of the podcast Salir Por Barcelona that you can already listen to, and subscribe to, on Spotify, Ivoox or our YouTube channel.


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