The complete guide of Barcelona written by locals
I share with you a complete guide of Barcelona with local tips when you go for a weekend or holidays; hotels, restaurants, terraces, vermut, bars, etc
The places do not imply any ranking so just browse around and feel free to pick the ones that inspire you the most.
– Kibuka Barcelona – Sushi Bar restaurant at Villa de Gracia http://www.kibuka.com/
After trying of my best sushi places in Bcn go and have a Kakigori japanese ice cream at Plaça de la Villa de Gràcia, 3.
TAPAS AND PINXOS
– Ciutat Condal, Rambla de Catalunya, 18. (City center). All kind of tapas, a referent in Barcelona, they have a very nice terrace in the middle of Rambla Catalunya, but inside is also very cool. Well worth the up to 45 minute wait for the table. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1059712-Reviews-Ciudad_Condal-Barcelona_Catalonia.html
– La Cerveceria Catalana, C/Mallorca 236. (City center). It’s a classic, same owner and menu as Ciudad Condal. Long lines to get in but extremely recommended. Loads of tapas and very affordable prices! http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d782944-Reviews-Cerveceria_Catalana-Barcelona_Catalonia.html
– Tickets. Avda Paral·lel 164. (Poble Sec). Bulli’s brothers preparing their own version of traditional tapas in a very sophisticated way. “Haute Cuisine” tapas and hard to get a table so work your contacts. http://www.ticketsbar.es/web/en/
– Sagardi. C/Argenteria, 62. (Born). Try the “pintxos”, typical snacks from Bascue country. Get a plate, serve yourself from the bar and pay in the end. Eat in their small terrace or in the bar. Do not forget to order a glass of Basque white wine “Txakolí”. http://www.sagardi.com/?l=en_en
– Cal Pep. Plaça de les Olles, 8. (Born) Little, nosy and messy. Try to get a place in the bar or inside and let them to recommend their tapas of the day. It’s a referent in the city and almost impossible to get a table. http://www.calpep.com/
– La Esquinica. C/Fabra i Puig 296. (Horta). Noisy and messy restaurant in Horta, little suburb in the north of the city. Long lines always but very worth to wait to get in! Try the “choricitos” and the “pimientos del Padrón” you won’t regret it. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d877654-Reviews-La_Esquinica-Barcelona_Catalonia.html
– Tapas tour in Barceloneta:
Recommended to start around 19h, get a couple or more tapas in each bar and a couple of wine glasses or beers…, eat in the bar. Speak with the waiters and the locals and have fun!
1. El Vaso de oro . C/Balboa, 6. (long beer glass and foie tapa, spicy tuna mousse)
2. Bar l’ Electricitat. C/Sant carles, 15. (Spanish omlette, bread with tomatoe and Txaka tapas).
3. Jaica. C/Ginebra, 13. (anchovies, fried squids, croquettes and bravas potatoes).
4. La Bombeta. C/Maquinista 3. (meat and potato “bombs” , aubergine cookies and pimientos del Padrón).
– Federal cafe – Superb food and drinks served by attentive friendly staff in a unique and cosy atmosphere. www.federalcafe.es/barcelona
EAT BY THE BEACH
– Chiringuito Escribà, Avda Litoral, 42 Barcelona (Bogatell beach).If you want to eat a paella or Fideuà by the beach this is the best place. Good food and beautiful sea views at good prices. http://www.xiringuitoescriba.
– Pez Vela, Pasg. Mare Nostrum 19-21. (Hotel Vela, Barceloneta). Menu based on salads and paellas. Fresh space fully opened to the beach. http://grupotragaluz.com/en/
– Surf House Barcelona. Your beach cafe and the new summer place to be in Barceloneta. Love its brunch and summer juices. http://www.surfhousebarcelona.com/en
– Santa Marta, Grau I Torras, 59 (Barceloneta). The “hipster” terrace is in front of the beach. Perfect place for a beer and some snacks like nachos and hamburgers . Be patient if they take a bit longer to serve you, enjoy the views. http://www.tripadvisor.es/
– MammaRosa restaurant, Psg Mare Nostrum 19-21. Would you like to eat great italian food by the beach? They have very good Pizza and pasta; dinner or lunch you can choose, it’s perfect for both! http://www.mamarosabeach.com/
– Restaurant Barceloneta, C/De L’Escar 22. (Barceloneta). Expensive and traditional restaurant. Harbor views. Tapas, fish, rice and fideuà. No swimming wear or flip flops accepted. Beautiful restaurant and great food for a special occasion. http://www.
– Hotel Pulitzer Terrace, C/Bergara, 8 (City centre). Terrace in the top floor of the hotel. Cocktails, live music and very cool ambiance for a perfect evening. http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/en
–Salt Beach Club (opened from april-october). Psg Mare Nostrum 19-21 (Hotel W, Barceloneta). Creative Cocktails, Californian Style cuisine and DJ’s, making the place the perfect spot to spend a beach day. http://www.saltbeachclub.com/
– Grand Hotel Central Barcelona .Via Laietana, 30 (City center). Amazing spectacular terrace on the top. Great views and cocktails. Perfect after 7pm; start your evening here and you won’t regret it! http://www.grandhotelcentral.
– Restaurant Martinez . Ctra de Miramar, 38 (Montjuic). Up on the Montjuic mountain you will find this delicatessen restaurant with a beautiful terrace with and city views. Tapas, fish and rice dishes. It works for lunch or dinner but also if you want to have a special aperitive with oysters and jamón.
– Al Aire Barcelona. Psg de Gràcia, 73. (City center).On the top of this classic hotel you will find a design terrace. Cocktails, lounge style and beautiful city views. Perfect to start the night! http://www.condesdebarcelona.
– La caseta del migdia. Mirador del Migdia s/n (Montjuic). It’s a bit far from the center but extremely worth it! City and sea views from the top of the hill. Perfect place for catching the sunset! Drinks, snacks, barbecue style meat, and panckakes. http://www.lacaseta.org/veng.
– El Terrat del Do Hotel -On the top floor of the Hotel DO: Plaça Reial, El Terrat del DO offers the opportunity to enjoy the best local food, surrounded by the Gothic roofs of Ciutat Vella, Barcelona’s Old City, and with privileged views. Open in the summer months from June to mid October.
– Praktik hotels, design boutique hotels of affordable luxury located in the heart of Barcelona. Check out my experience at Praktik Rambla at: http://lipstickvoice.com/praktik-hotel-rambla-barcelona/
– Hotel Chic and Basic group – In the Born district, Plaça Catalunya or beside Las Ramblas you will find the best chic&basic to fit in with your plans. www.chicandbasic.com
– Hotel Yurbban, Trafalgar, 30. Charming, modern, centric with an amazing good reviews on Tripadvisor! The hotel roof top pool is stunning http://yurbban.com/
– Hotel Om – A classic trendspot that has been around for a while. Great location for shopping and best place to stay in the winter when you can relax in their wonderful lounge next to the fireplace. www.hotelomm.es
– Hotel W – You get what you pay for. A little bit more expensive but amazing, best views, best location on the beach, best hotel pool with occasional pool parties and best rooftop bar ( Eclipse). Even if you don´t stay here its worth passing by to check it out. www.w-barcelona.com
– Bed and Beach Barcelona, Less than 5 minutes walking to the beach, it is located in a fully renovated 1902 building in the Olympic Port area. Free bike service for the guests! www.bedandbeachbarcelona.com
DRINKS & COCKTAILS
– Numero nueve in Borne. Where everybody goes now! A place to have fun, meet people and enjoy with the tourists and locals! Check all their events and details on their Facebook page: https: www.facebook.com/numeronueve –
PLACES TO VISIT & ATTRACTIONS
– Picasso museum (El Born) www.museupicasso.bcn.cat
– Santa Maria del Mar cathedral (El Born)
– Gaudí architecture: Sagrada familia, Casa Batlló, la Pedrera and Park Güell
– La Rambla del Raval (Raval) & Macba ( Art Contemporany Museum) square and surroundings (Raval)
– Las Ramblas and Plaça Real. Walk down Las Ramblas and end at the Colombus monument then walk along Barcelona’s harbor.
–Olymphic harbor and Barceloneta’s beach. During summer enjoy the beaches and xiringuitos in la Mar bella and San Sebastian beaches.
– Barcelona’s cathedral. (Gothic quarter)
–Plaça Sant Jaume, city hall and surroundings and do not forget the beautiful Plaça Felip Neri where Vicky Cristina Barcelona was filmed. (Gothic quarter)
– Villa de Gracia, have a coffe at Plaça del Sol. (Gracia)
– Camp Nou – FC Barcelona football match. Get all your tickets to see Barça at Easyfootball! https://www.facebook.com/easyfootballandevents
– Sitges town – only 30 minutes from Barcelona. A part from walking around the old town and the sea do a visit in casa Bacardi, learn more about Bacardi ron and how to make your own Mojito. Or also have a swim at the hidden bay of Cala Morisca.
– Costa Brava (Begur and Calella de Palafrugell are my favourite villages).
Hotels: Les hamaques, Mal contenta, Hotel Vintage Cap Sa Sal.
– Wine tasting at Vilafranca del Penedés – Different options at www.catalunya.com/what-to-do/enotourism/more-wine-tourism-experiences
– Cava tasting at Sant Sadurní d’Anoia – Caves pep Ventura & Caves Torelló.
– Calçotada at Ca N’ayxelá
– Montserrat Mountains
– La Roca Village Outlet. They have their own direct shuttle bus from Plaça Catalunya. 20 min away from the city. www.larocavillage.com
And that’s all! To be honest it took to me almost 1 week to gather and select all the info. There is a looong list of wonderful places to go but I have tried to be more specific and give you a little bit of everything to feel all the possible vibes that the city offers. Doing this I realized how much I love this city and how much I miss it, I can get enough of Barcelona… !
Finally I want to thank you to all my beautiful friends who live in Barcelona to keep me posted with the last and trendy spots of the city. In specially to Paty Aguayo and Anna Corella ♥
Thanks with Love