Back to Barcelona for a brush with Picasso

Explore the streets, restaurants and food that inspired a master – on an experience that conjures an intimate portrait of the artist courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental hotel

Pablo Picasso was a passionate gourmet
Pablo Picasso was a passionate gourmet

Guests can trace the footsteps of Pablo Picasso with the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, which is offering them a Picasso’s Kitchen Barcelona Experience (from €2,500 for two, including two nights’ accommodation, activities and some meals) until Sunday September 30, taking in the streets, restaurants and food that influenced the artist’s oeuvre.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is hosting an exhibition entitled Picasso’s Kitchen
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is hosting an exhibition entitled Picasso’s Kitchen
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The experience includes a behind-the-scenes walking tour, which stops by the city’s La Ribera neighbourhood – a hub for artists – and its ancient Gothic Quarter, where guests will be guided to the Carrer d’Avinyó – the street that inspired Picasso’s oil painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The group will also tour the art school where the great painter honed his skills, before pausing at Els Quatre Gats, one of Picasso’s favourite cafés – and a famous meeting place of the artists of the Modernisme. Then there is more to explore at Picasso’s Kitchen, an exhibition at the Picasso Museum, which delves into the artist’s passion for food – and showcases everything from sea urchins to kitchen utensils.

A special salmorejo created in homage to Picasso by Blanc restaurant’s seven-Michelin-starred chef Carme Ruscalleda
A special salmorejo created in homage to Picasso by Blanc restaurant’s seven-Michelin-starred chef Carme Ruscalleda
Pigmentos Picassianos petits fours by chef Raül Balam of the hotel’s two Michelin-starred Moments restaurant
Pigmentos Picassianos petits fours by chef Raül Balam of the hotel’s two Michelin-starred Moments restaurant

The gastronomic theme continues back at the hotel, where lunch or dinner includes wine pairings and a special salmorejo created in homage to Picasso by Blanc restaurant’s seven-Michelin-starred chef Carme Ruscalleda. The soup of fresh tomatoes and bread is Ruscalleda’s take on a classic southern Spanish dish. Chef Raül Balam of the two-Michelin-starred Moments restaurant, meanwhile, will serve Pigmentos Picassianos – a selection of exquisite petits fours on both the à la carte and tasting menus.

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A special cocktail – the 1.623 KM Ruta Picassiana de Mougins a Málaga – will also be served at the Banker’s Bar. Its tongue-twister name recounts the distance between the place of Picasso’s birth and death and its bright azure colour is reflective of Picasso’s blue period.

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