Opened in 1897, this place was inspired by the French “Le Chat Noir” in Paris, where Pere Romeu had worked. Supported by his friends Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol, the Catalans had their version of an artistic meeting place designed by no other architect than Puig i Cadafalch in Montsió Street.
During years, it had been the meeting place for the artists and masterminds living in this city and has been visited by people from all over the world.
Did you know? Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition in the 4 Gats!
I strongly recommend you to go and see also the paintings of Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol in the MNAC. You will be able to see the original painting of Ramon Casas on the bicycle with Pere Romeu, of which a copy can be seen in the 4 Gats.
So what about the food?
There is an area which is more for snacks and tapas. I must say, there are better and cheaper places for tapas, but if you want to get a feel for the place, it is definitely worth it going for some food. The restaurant area in the back is for a more special occasion and the menu is relatively expensive, understandable for such a historic and popular place. I found the waiters very friendly.
c/Montsió, 3 Metro Plaza Catalunya (L1 Red Line and L3 Green Line). Walk down along Portal de l’Angel and the second street to your left is calle Montsió