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Aula Canela Fina

By Brian Gallagher 25.01.13

A new gastronomic space in Barcelona inspired by the owners’ passion and love for all things food related; its preparation, provenance, its cultural significance and above all else the way that it can be shared and enjoyed. Cookery classes, corporate events, gastronomic themed tours or simply a private dining venue the idea is to convert this space into a gastronomic cultural reference for Barcelona. Nuria Bellés Marti and Anna Paloma Marti are the driving forces behind this initiative that was originally founded in May of 2012, making a strong contribution to the renaissance of this area of Barcelona.

Canela Fina’s speciality is market cuisine, unpretentious local dishes; stews, fricando, albondigas and other staples of spanish cuisine like croquettes. Demonstration cooking by award winning chefs and competitions such as the heaths for Bocuse d’Or Lyon 2013 are accommodated as well as organised tours including a guided visit to a selection of traditional local Catalan micro-breweries and another featuring the city’s small scale vermouth producers which are later sampled combined with aperitivo back at Canela Fina. The focus is on the hidden gastronomic traditions and customs of Barcelona that are not easily found without a guide, up to 12 or 14 people can be accommodated and the prices for the organised activities range from between 65 and 125 Euros.

  • All sorts of culinary activities undertaken at Canela Fina

    © Canela Fina

  • The space was previously used as a neighbourhood Theatre


    Located within a typical ground floor space of the La Ribera neighbourhood (just around the corner from the emblematic Palau de la Música) measuring 140 m2 that reflects the area’s rich history; it was once used as a theatre and previously accommodated a shoe factory making ‘espardenyes’ with traces of its past still visible on the walls. The 4m tall ceilings are articulated by exposed timber beams, stripped back walls and a small open garden space at the rear where a large dining table is located. The interior design project by Arxe Atelier reveals the layers of history that have accumulated over time, each contributing to the overall ambience, recycled wood has been used to frame the kitchen and other furniture, an impacting but at the same time comfortable and efficient interior. The semi-industrial kitchen installation features German manufacturer equipment Dietrich, featuring a 5 ring gas hob, industrial strength extraction and temperature controlled storage for up to 25 bottles of wine. There is a sound system and video projector available allowing presentations for up to 40 / 50 people.

  • The architectural project was designed by Atelier Arxe