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Ok, we are only 2 weeks from our 5 nights in Barcelona, I have been searching on this board and others for months and have come up with a nice list of places to go.

For high end and modern
Cinc Sentits
Gelonch
Commerc 24 if CS not available.

Catalan
Fonda Gaig
Could use another recommendation in this category in Eixample area or close enough to walk.

Tapas- Wine Bars
Too many places to list but these are some of my choices
Paco Merlago
Monvinic
Tapac 24
Taverna del Clinic
Cerveseria Catalana
Euskal Etxea
Boqueria spots
Any suggestions for good lunch spot near Sagrada Familia?

I am missing a good place for the traditional seafood/ paella Sunday lunch near the harbor. Atmosphere and food. More interested in the rice dishes than seafood platters.

We are going to a concert at the Palau de la Musica. Any nearby suggestions for tapas before and/or after the concert?

Thanks Parigi, PBSF, Erica and any others in advance

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  1. "I am missing a good place for the traditional seafood/ paella Sunday lunch near the harbor. Atmosphere and food. More interested in the rice dishes than seafood platters."

    Set Portes. Try the Arroz Nero too.

    "We are going to a concert at the Palau de la Musica. Any nearby suggestions for tapas before and/or after the concert? "

    The Palau itself has a breathtakingly beautiful bar. I have had bubbly there but not tapas.
    Euskal Etxea is also a very short walk away.
    Near the Palau is also the very good Bilbao Berria, but I have always gone there during the day and am not sure if it is open late at night.
    Must watch the UN no-fly-zone vote. Will reply more later, sorriest.

    1. My favourite special lunch spot near the Sagrada Familia is ALKIMIA. There's also La Paradeta over there but not open all the time. Our very first meal in Barcelona last summer was at FONDA GAIG, where we ate the signature canelones with cream sauce. We thought they were really good, until we tasted the chicken canelones with almond cream sauce at ALKIMIA.
      http://www.alkimia.cat/

      For arroz near the beach, I like KAIKU. On Sundays, you must reserve ahead. Link to a previous discussion on Kaiku:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771697

      For not-tapas before and after the concert at the Palau, there's traditional Catalan in the form of Braseria El Glop. Open all day.
      http://www.braseriaelglop.com/

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      1. re: Aleta

        Aleta,
        Would you get as good an experience at Alkimia for lunch? The web site only shows an abbreviated lunch menu for 37.50 Euros. Do they offer a la carte or the Ionger menus? was thinking we could tour SF in the morning then do Alkimia for lunch then we have reservations at 41 Degrees for evening.

      2. I agree with Parigi that the bar/cafe in the Palau de Musica is beautiful. Roomy and airy; a great place for a late breakfast/lunch. I don't know what they serve before a performance. A good nearby place for tapas is El Bixto.
        An earlier post might be helpful in regarding to more traditional Catalan places, especially for inexpensive everyday food. Below is the link.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772419