Cafe Arabe - CLOSED, Barcelona
I found Café Arabe (also known as maqha 9arabiyya, Arabic for Arabic Coffee House) by pure chance. I was staying in Gràcia and was wondering around the area near Plaça del Sol with a horrible headache. There are literally billions of Arab restaurants in this area, and I thought that arab coffee might help ease the pain. I went into a few restaurants asking if they made arab coffee, and they all said no, but at the fifth establishment they misunderstood what I wanted and thought I was asking for the restaurant Café Árabe. I got directions and after about 5 minutes or so I was inside the establishment, which looked like something out of a movie about French administered Lebanon. The interior of the building is done in dark woods with low tables and couches, while the outside garden has similar low tables and chairs, but they are more widely spaced out. The staff is friendly and accomodating, and the coffee is very good - served in the traditional small pot with little glasses. They also serve alcoholic drinks and sweets. Best of all, there is none of that blaring Gypsy Kings and pseudo-Arabic house crap that is standard at so many Middle Eastern-inspired restaurants. Instead, they have a huge screen TV with satellite music channels beamed in from Lebanon - the crowning touch in making sure it all feels authentic.
Dress Code: This is café, so there is no real dress code (other than, say, that you must be dressed). If you're going at night, remember that this is in Gràcia, so dressing up might mean looking like a hippie, or it might be being in the bizarre wardrobe of fashionista-anarchistics.