Food and drink
Though primarily a Catalan restaurant, Cafè de l’Acadèmia also serves some tasty pasta dishes (and a great risotto with duck foie gras and grapes). Recently I had a good lamb with poached pears dish, and their fish is always fresh and nicely cooked.
The dining room is cosy and bare-bricked, with soft jazz playing, and is where most of the Catalan clientele tend to gather. Tourists (and who can blame them?) head to the tables outside on the peaceful Plaça Sant Just.
The last couple of times I’ve been here, I’ve been overcharged, but given how charming the service is, I think it was probably a combination of coincidence and forgetfulness. Look out for it, though.
Follow C/Ciutat up from the Plaça Sant Jaume and you’ll see it on the left as you enter the little Plaça Sant Just.
You’ll pay about 30 euros a head, or there are lunchtime menús for 13.75-15.75 euros.
- People watching