The Martí's House, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, looks like a medieval house although it was built by the famous architect Puig I Cadafalch. This café-restaurant-tabern is better known as “Els 4 Gats” like the Pablo Picasso poster that is located at the basement floor announces. It is usually referred to as “The 4 Cats”, a common way to say that there “are only a few people”.
This cafe was the perfect place to meet, see a performance or concerts of a group of artists and intellectuals of the bohemian and modernist
Barcelona. Among them are Pere Romeu, Santiago Ramón Rusinol i Cases, Pablo Picasso and others.
It was in this cafe where Pablo Picasso made his first exposition.
The place was close in 1900 as result of the bankruptcy of the owner (the legend says that many frequent guest did not have the money to pay the food and the drink, and the owner didn’t ask for the payment). In the 1970s, a group of restaurateurs revived it and finally it reopened in 1989.