Sharma Climbing + Caffeine cafe
Be a fly on the wall (literally) at bouldering. Then a little walk away is the caffeine kick you’ve been looking for.
START: Sharma Climbing Bcn, 206 Carrer Marroc, 08019, Barcelona.
FINISH: Caffeine, 98 Bilbao, 08005,
METRO: Besòs Mar.
THE WORKOUT: Friday 12pm bouldering freestyle. With 1400m2 of space and a total of 150 boulder problems this is the place to come for a serious climb. Not only that, its a great place to come to people watch, sip and drink good coffee at the bar, rope climb, work-out at the fitness studio or even come for a yoga class. For bouldering first-timers don’t worry about falling - there’s a big mat underneath to catch you IF you fall. Which you probably won’t. If you’re really not sure what you’re doing there or feel a bit nervous, we suggest learning the ropes (no pun intended) from the knowledgeable staff. For bouldering aficionados there’s an endurance wall and a moon wall which are both at an incline and full of chaotic holds to challenge your strength, endurance and sequence skills. Upstairs you’ll also find a full fitness area complete with treadmills, bikes, rowing machines, free weights and calisthenics areas to train in and help build power for your climbing moves. During the week there are also fitness, TRX and yoga classes. With so many walls and areas to climb and so much equipment to try out, hours will pass in an instant. Wake up the next day aching all over (especially weird places like forearms and fingers).
THE FOOD: Late lunch and coffee of course. But also tasty, healthy lunch food in an airy, light and modern setting. After bouldering, wander over to one of the best-kept locals secrets of the area. In typical Spanish style, the “Menu del dia” lunch menu (which typically consists of a small starter, main, dessert and drink for a bargain price) changes on the daily to offer fresh, tasty and healthy food. Expect light starters like broccoli sesame soup or mozzarella, avocado and mandarin salad, followed by main course such as the “Super bowl” with spinach, quinoa, lentils, sprouts, mango and cashew and basil vinaigrette or a homemade roasted tomato, courgette and feta quiche with side salad. Packed full of flavour alongside all those vitamins and micro-nutrients will satisfy all those veggie health cravings you might be having after days of patatas bravas and cava. Desserts are a bit naughtier but still keep it light; coconut chia and mango pudding or chocolate orange mousse. You need to feed those new bouldering muscles anyway.
THE PRICE: A drop-in pass is €14, (students pay €10). Five pass card is €65. Unlimited monthly membership €54 (minimum three months). Bouldering shoes rental €3. Introduction to bouldering course €70 (drop-in) or €50 for members. Caffeine: Flat white €3, Cortado €1.4 and Café solo €1. Menu del dia €10, one course and a drink €7.5. Cake or dessert €2.5, organic drink €2.
BEST FOR: An active Friday afternoon off-work and living like the locals do if you’re just visiting.