For the last few years in Barcelona, the Van Van Market has been the main driver of street food and of the best local food trucks, holding many successful festivals complete with food, music, and activities in the most iconic places in the city.
As a result of the good relationship with the food trucks and the eternal dialogue about why they can’t be in a fixed location came the birth of their new project: Van Van Var, located on a corner in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Poblenou, where each week you can find a different food truck to try.
Eureka and their incredible tacos, Warike and its authentic Peruvian street food, and Indígenas and their famous Brazilian tapiocas are some of the food trucks that have passed through and triumphed in their space — “We want to transport the environment that lives at a Van Van [Market] to a much more limited space where you can eat on foot, sitting or taking it wherever you want. Because of this, we’ll invite the food truck chefs that have taken part in our market, and they’ll rotate biweekly, weekly, or occasionally in our space,” they say.
Apart from the food trucks, Van Van Var has a fixed menu based on high-quality tapas from local and small artisan providers: Cantabrian anchovies with smoked butter from the guys at Rooftop Smokehouse, a cold cuts board from Cal Rovira, “lizard or rocket bombs” from the Vallecas market, or their fries and olives with homemade sauces.
So it’s worth it to be alert every Monday to see who’s going to occupy the kitchen at Van Van Var, so you can go eat that dish you’ve been thinking about all year that you used to only be able to get at festivals.
And to all this, add cold beer, good vibes, a fantastic terrace, and the service of Carles Armengol, their likable manager.
Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm to 10pm / Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm
Average price: 10 euros
Text: Alba Yáñez
Photos: Anel González