Food and drink
This is a place that highlights the classics from crisp fried croquettes to small cazuelas (earthenware bowls) of steamed mussels in wine. Let your eyes and nose be your guide and choose whatever looks good laid out in the glass counters, or from what your neighbours are having. Menus are available in English.
Obviously a plate full of gossamer thin slices of pata negra jamón (Iberian cured ham) is a no-brainer. Then perhaps some of those devilish little green Padrón peppers (the ones that are sometimes hot, something not), some wedges of Manchego cheese paired with a glass of house Rioja … need I go on?
A little bit rough and ready, La Bóveda is everything that’s great about this most convivial of Spanish habits: the sharing of plates, the exchanging of gossip, the noise, the clatter, the general bonhomie all shoehorned into an old fashioned, tiled bar with barrels on the wall. People have moved country for less.
Having lived in Spain for many years the service is exactly as I’d expect. They get the job done, no more, no less. If you fancy an exchange of pleasantries strike up conversation with the person next to you.
On one of the oldest streets around Sa Llotja (the old stock exchange) the neighbourhood is brimming with atmosphere (mainly of the eating and drinking variety).
It’s tapas folks, so that’s anywhere from 1.60 euros for a plate of pa amb oli (bread and garlicky mayo) to 15 euros for the finest acorn fed parts of the black footed pig.
Tables to book
Tables? No self-respecting Spaniard bothers with tables. Elbow yourself some space at the bar then listen and learn my friends. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with saying: I’ll have what he/she’s having.
Taberna La Bóveda (www.tabernadelaboveda.com) offers more of the same in slightly more upmarket surrounds with a terrace.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching