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Nov 10, 2009 12:53 PM

Dress Protocol for Barcelona

First, thanks to all of you that have created a fantastic resource on food in Barcelona (with special shout out to PBSF). My upcoming trip will be much better because of your collective input.

I have tried to read the majority of threads, and have looked elsewhere online, for guidance on dress code at (what I perceive as) higher-end restaurants in Barcelona. Maybe I missed it so feel free to just link to a prior discussion. Specifically, can anyone give me an idea for appropriate attire at Cinc Sentits, Comerc24, and El Celler de Can Roca? For men - dressy casual, business casual or jacket and tie? For women - whatever guidance my wife will find useful?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. People in Barcelona dress very well but usually not very formal. Unless you are already packing jacket/suit and tie for other occasions, I would not bother with them. I rarely see a suit and tie in any restaurant in Barcelona unless they are on business. A sports jacket is good in the evening if you enjoy wearing it, otherwise, just dress nice and casual; even a nice pair of jeans if they look good will do. Do wear nice shoes as they are a dead giveaway. No different for Can Roca during lunch but for the evening, maybe a little dressier (sports jacket/suit and tie will not be out of place). Have a great trip; can't go wrong with your three choices of Cinc Sentits, Comerc24 and especially Can Roca if you are looking for modern Catalan food.

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    1. The only advice I have for your wife is that high-heels are not necessary to feel dressed up in Barcelona. I hate wearing heels but I brought them when I went and I noticed that almost no women were wearing them. Flats will be fine, if she has the same aversion to heels as I do. Other than that, any dress/skirt whatever that works a semi-fancy place in the US will fly in Barcelona - even dressy jeans and a nice top, I'd say.

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      1. re: ineemeeny

        Low heels or flat pumps are extremely elegant. Exhibits A and B: Audrey Hepburn and FLOTUS.
        Barcelona locals have great fashion flair. There seems to be two ways of dressing: (1) wowey-chic, (2) classic-chic. And all in a casual way, as others have mentioned.
        Just please please (1) no shorts, and (2) no mineral water bottle in pocket everywhere you go. Dear travellers, there's no drought in Europe. Please put away your mineral water bottle please please.

        1. re: ineemeeny

          Parigi, I am totally guilty of carrying a water bottle around with me when I was in Barcelona. But for some reason, I found myself extremely thirsty ALL THE TIME! Something about traveling left us really dehydrated. It was so strange! But we tried being discreet about it. Don't know if we succeeded... :)