Hospitalet de Llobregat takes its name from a small ancient hospital. Back in the 12th century, the hospital also acted as a hostel, hosting night travellers to prevent them from being locked out from the walls of Barcelona. Over time, the hospitable city has witnessed the rise and urban transformation of Ciutat Comtal, perpetually telling old and new stories with its own touch of charm. Interested in knowing what attractions and dining options it has to offer? Read on to find out.
1. Centre Cultural Metropolità Tecla Sala
Once a textile warehouse in the early 20th century, this historic culture powerhouse is now a favourite of locals and visitors. An architectural marvel of its own, the culture centre consists of a library, an art museum and a sunlit open-air green space. Dedicated to the creation and dissemination of contemporary art, the art museum hosts some of the most avant-garde displays and installations in Barcelona.
2. Casa de la Música Popular
One of the most popular music houses that you can discover throughout Barcelona is located right in Hospitalet del Llobregat. With music as its backbone, it combines cultural infrastructures with a pioneering management model, creating a fabulous venue for both artists and the general public. Casa de la Música Popular has played a prominent role in promoting music education as well as popularizing modern Catalan music in Catalonia.
3. La Rosa Púrpura
Relaxed vibe, excellent food served with remarkable services and reasonable price, La Rosa Púrpura ticked all the boxes. The restaurant was opened in 1986 by Mrs. Ana Maria Holgado, who specializes in home cooking, market eatery and healthy diet. The tastefully cooked codfish and platillos are highly recommended, and their popular puddings are equally finger-licking.
4. El Celler del Museu
El Celler del Museu is one of the best places to enjoy creative homemade cuisine, serving traditional Catalan dishes with a tinge of creativity. Try out their grilled specialties, made with the best local ingredients from the Baix Llobregat Agrarian Park, and top the meal with their crunchy hazelnut dessert with spectacular balsamic ice cream. When the weather gets warmer, you’re welcome to enjoy a pleasant outdoor dining experience on the farmhouse’s terrace.
5. Debut | Restaurant L´Hospitalet Centre
Excellent for guests who want to have a taste of local flavors, both food and ambience. Nestled in one of the oldest wineries in Hospitalet, Debut | Restaurant L´Hospitalet Centre offers refined dishes with great service. Don’t miss the duck cannelloni and the gírgolas with cream and foie. To top it all off, pay attention to the daily specialties that are not on the menu to have more pleasant surprises. Booking a table in advance is recommended to secure a spot.
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