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L’Arc sits at the foot of the steps that lead to the imposing cathedral, and has for 50 years provided a first-row seat to the city's most iconic structure. It is especially popular among students, artists and tourists, and is thus always lively. Try the ratafia, a drink made from 80 herbs, best served on ice.
Cafes in Girona are all about outdoor seating on pleasant plazas or narrow alleys under the shade of trees and stone arches. Coffee, pastries, and ice cream are all on offer, alongside local wine and plenty of tapas, of course. Cafes here are also gathering places and lively centres of urban life at any time of day or night.