The small town of El Prat near Barcelona has several hidden gems. The long sandy beach away from the maddening crowds of Barceloneta, the green open Llobregat delta for long walks and viewing of low flying planes coming into land at the nearby airport and most precious, the Modernist theatre and bar of the Centre Artesà.
Part of the social fabric of El Prat since this Modernist jewel was built in 1919, the café is the lively, beating heart of the building linked to the Artesà theatre which has stood empty for many years and is now under threat of demolition. The neighbourhood is fighting back hard on this and it’s evident that the venue is well loved, including by foreigners such as myself from the city.
There’s excellent quality and value food on offer here, much of which is made with ingredients from the smallholdings in the nearby delta. There’s a daily menu del día as well as a variety of tapas but as regular visitors, often with a bike, we most often refuel with one of their succulent 100% beef burgers stuffed between black beer bread.
The large terrace means it’s perfect to park a bike conveniently alongside whilst eating and if the venue is quiet they have been very amenable to us bringing them inside on colder days too. For a large group or celebration it’s a great location and has rooms to rent for private parties, and if you have friends who live down the coast it’s a good choice for a halfway meeting point.
The building has a long heritage and is close to the heart of many locals from the town. I really hope to be visiting Café Artesà for many more years to come and hopefully to experience a renovated and not demolished theatre at the same time too.
Café Artesà, C/ del Centre 33, El Prat de Llobregat
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