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COFFEE.

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, 08002

8am-6pm Monday-Saturday & 10am-6pm Sunday

Known for its great coffee but also has a very interesting Japanese inspired breakfast menu.

 Image by https://theportmanteaupress.com/casa-bonay/

Image by https://theportmanteaupress.com/casa-bonay/

EAT.

Gudad Condal Restaurant

Ramble de Catalunya 18

8am-1.30am Monday-Friday, 9am-1.30am Saturday-Sunday

Great for snacks, particularly pedron peppers.

Bar de Pla

Carrer de Montcada, 2, El Born, 08003

12pm-Late Monday to Saturday

An incredible tapas bar that in all honestly we didn't actually manage to try out - It was recommended to us by a friend and we tried and failed to go there a couple of times but it was always so busy that we couldn't get in.  Also recently named in Conde Naste Traveller's 16 Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona so we thought it was still worth a mention. 

 Image by Conde Nast Traveler

Image by Conde Nast Traveler

Euskal Etxea Tabernacle

Placenta de Montcada 1, Gothic Quarter

10am-12am Daily

Very tasty pintxos.

Cerveceria Catalana

Career de Mallorca 236, 08008

8am-1.30am Monday to Friday, 9am-1.30am Saturday-Sunday

This restaurant is a lot of fun and has great atmosphere. Best to go early as it seemed to be an extremely popular spot. 

Arume Restaurant

Carrer d'En Botella, 11-13, 08001

7pm-11.30pm Daily & 1pm-3.30pm Friday-Sunday

 Image by https://www.arumerestaurant.com/en/

Image by https://www.arumerestaurant.com/en/

Petite Pau

22, Carrer de l'Espanya Industrial, 08014

8pm-11.30pm Tuesday-Saturday

Small restaurant with a few tables (seats 16 people). Not fancy but a very intimate atmosphere and personal service. Owned by two brothers who are really into their food.

STAY.

We stayed in an area called Drenta de l'Eixample which is essentially the city centre.  You can get some great Airbnbs that are walking distance to La Rambla and other great shopping areas and restaurants, yet still really quiet in the evenings.

 Image by http://www.rosesandrolltops.co.uk/2017/10/travel-barcelona-soho-house.html of Soho House Barcelona (which is not where we stayed but certainly where we would like to). 

Image by http://www.rosesandrolltops.co.uk/2017/10/travel-barcelona-soho-house.html of Soho House Barcelona (which is not where we stayed but certainly where we would like to). 

DO.

Market Boqueria

La Rambla, 91, 08001

A huge colourful food market right on one of the most central Barcelona streets - La Rambla. 

Fat Bike Tour - Barcelona City Bike Tour

https://www.fattiretours.com/barcelona/tours/barcelona-city-bike-tour

A fantastic way to get the overall layout of the city.  The tour takes in some key sights including La Sagrada Familia and Parc de la Ciutadella

La Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013

http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/

La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudi (construction has been in progress for over 135 years and it's still years away from completion).  La Sagrada Familia  is an absolute must see. Definitely buy tickets online before you go.  We went late afternoon and it wasn't too busy. 

Font màgica de Montjuïc

Very touristy but I loved it - The "Magic Fountain" is a free water, lights, music display that is on after dark throughout the year in the Plaça d'Espanya (see here for the timetable which changes depending on the time of year you visit). Aside from the magic fountain, Plaça d'Espanya is home to a number of other attractions including the German Pavillion, MNAC and Arenas de Barcelona which is an old bullring that has been turned into a shopping centre. 

a couple of notes:

  • Barcelona is an easy city to navigate on foot but if you do need to get somewhere a little further away the metro is a great option.
  • For some more recommendations check out We The People's Barcelona Guide.