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Your Guide to Barcelona – Where to eat, stay and shop

Monday, June 1, 2015
Your Guide to Barcelona – Where to eat, stay and shopLike0


5 days in Barcelona in June is never enough but you can do so much! Barcelona is all about exploring the city and the beaches so pack lots of swimwear. Besides enjoying the beautiful beaches, the history, art, bohemian quarters, you will be doing A LOT of walking so make sure you have packed comfortable shoes, specifically sneakers. Your guide to the perfect summer in Barcelona, where to dine, where to stay, things to do and where to shop! Also, a guide on your nightlife in Barcelona.

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Guide to Barcelona – Where to eat, stay and shop

 

Where to stay in Barcelona

W Barcelona, Hotel Claris, The Majestic Hotel, Hotel Omm, Hotel Alma, Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona Hotel and Hotel Arts Barcelona

 

5 Things to do while in Barcelona

  • Gaudi is one of the best architects in the world so when you are in Barcelona, it is a must to check out his amazing work, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batillo, Park Guel, Casa Milla
  • Gothic Quarter this area still has all the medieval buildings so when you walk around you feel as if you are walking in the 19th Make sure you visit the Gothic Church & the Picasso Museum while you are there. The museum has different chambers and you experience Pablo Picasso’s evolution as an artist; from a really a talented painter to a remarkable abstract painter.
  • Gracía It’s the bohemian/artistic area where most locals chill. The many squares have people just hanging around, playing instruments, drinking, eating, etc. Lots of small art galleries and unique shops. Great restaurants in the area as well to check out
  • El Born District (Passeig De Born) Spent most of my time hanging out here. It is a hip area in Barcelona with people hanging out day and night due to the vibrant café culture. If you want to feel like you are around the locals then I recommend El Born. It is a different experience in the day and at night. It has a lot of culture and some of the best trendy boutiques can be found there. It’s close to both the beach and the city centre of Barcelona; it’s very picturesque and a cultural part of the city.
  • Mount Tibidabo Getting on top of this mountain gives you the best view of Barcelona. It is great to check out if you want an adventure, fresh air, and beautiful scenery.
  • Las Ramblas is the ultimate tourist destination, located in the heart of the city centre with vibrant streets and promenade. It’s busy both during the day and night but I suggest being careful with your bags and pockets in this area especially at night; avoid the southern end of Las Ramblas in the evening. One of the most popular destinations in Las Ramblas is La Boqueria Food Market. It’s a super cool market to check out especially for the various types of olive oil, tapenade, etc. but it gets super busy.

 

Best places for Shopping in Barcelona

  • El Born District  An absolute favorite place and I actually found super cool boutiques on my last day in Barcelona and I went on a shopping spree. I highly recommend Almond Clothing – super cute boutique with amazing prices and clothes. Another favorite was Limited Edition – a sneaker boutique that carries limited edition sneakers (Heads up to all my fellow sneakerheads).
  • Passeig de Gracia has all your designer brands from Chanel, LV, Valentino, Prada, Dior, etc. Also check out Santa Eulalia, which is a high-end department store that is a very pretty building from the inside.
  • Las Ramblas carries all the commercial brands: Sephora, Mango, Zara, Nike, etc. with various other Spanish brands.
  • La Manual Alparagatera Spain is home of espadrilles and this is famous shop that I was told to check out but didn’t get a chance to. It is the first shop that made fashion espadrilles before sandals were considered a type of footwear. It is a very popular store especially amongst celebrities who wear their espadrilles. They even do customization.

 

Best Places to eat in Barcelona

The best part of Barcelona was the delicious food. Being a major foodie, I made sure to do my research and get recommendations from fellow food lovers for the hidden gems in Barcelona or restaurants that are an absolute MUST! So here you go, I will make it easy for you and recommend the best for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Where to have breakfast in Barcelona

 

  • Milk Run by an Irish couple with many years of experience in the trade, Milk has cemented itself as one of the premium cocktail bars in Barcelona complimented by a diverse and creative menu.
  • Brunch & Cake The greatest ingredients, ambiance and wonderful corner with good food!
  • Picnic Located in a peculiar corner close to Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Picnic welcomes you on its terrace or inside with the choice of normal or high tables with bar stools. Here you can try a Spanish style brunch with innovative tapas.
  • Granja M. Viader This much‑loved Catalan creamery, located in a 1931 edifice occupying the site of 19th‑century granja (farmhouse) and dairy, is a mecca for lovers of rich, milky drinks

Best places to Lunch in Barcelona

  • Botafumeiro the most classic restaurant in Barcelona with really good seafood! I love the area this is located in so make sure you wear comfortable shoes so you can walk off all the delicious food and enjoy the architecture in Gracía.
  • Alba Paris small place, really good food – make sure to order the meat on stone dish.
  • Tickets Ferran Adria’s restaurant it’s hard to find a reservation but it’s a must!
  • Pez Vela Great place for lunch by the beach (located below the W Barcelona). Make sure to try their Paella, Clams, Mussels, and Oysters
  • El Asador el Aranda Attention to all lamb lovers! This wasn’t my choice as I don’t like lamb but my friends couldn’t get enough. It’s in a beautiful area (Mount Tibidabo) located in an old house, very old place but very popular and well known for the lamb. FYI – all they have is lamb!
  • TLAXCAL One of the best Mexican food in Barcelona located in El Born district. Mexican food in Spain sounds odd but this is too good to not try especially the ceviche & tacos
  • 7Portes  The paella is amazing and I recommend keeping this for the last day of your trip. You will be full after leaving this place but great to have lunch there and then get ready to go to the airport!
  • Can Majó I didn’t get a chance to go but it’s highly recommended by friends whom I trust their taste when it comes to food. It’s on the beach but must book in advance!

 

Places to Dine in Barcelona

  • Bar Mut This one is a must for a night out for tapas and drinks! It’s a cute little place with small tapas and great wine! Ask the waiter about the “secret bar” upstairs and if you get an invite then you must go!
  • Koi Shunka The best sushi in town, it’s a must!
  • Boca Grande Save this one for the weekend! Funky place with a lot of character. Book in the restaurant (I went without a booking but it needs advance booking on the weekends). The amazing part of this restaurant is the bathroom (it’s a unisex) and on the weekends, you will find a DJ playing in the there. It is quite the experience. Recommended dish: Seabass cooked in salt.
  • Café Emma Really cool French bistro with good oysters and meat.
  • 9 Reinas  Argentinean steakhouse that is great for steak lovers!

 

Nightlife in Barcelona : bars, lounges, and clubs

  • Copelia  Nice bar that is located in El Born
  • La Bolsa  This means “Stock Exchange” in Spanish. They have a ticket that is similar to a stock exchange ticket that changes with each drink ordered.
  • Mediterraneo A great place for live music & drinks
  • Eclipse Lounge in W Barcelona is amazing with great atmosphere and view
  • Bankers Bar at Mandarin If you love jazz music then check it out on a Wednesday
  • Sutton Club  Considered one of the fanciest clubs in town
  • Opium This is for the party animals that want to party till 6AM, it’s extremely touristy. Start at CDLC for dinner & drinks and then head to Opium

 

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