BARCELONA

Escaped London for the last of the summer weather: a weekend in Barcelona with the gals.

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Do:

  • La Sagrada Familia is incredible and worth visiting to get your Gaudi fill. Pre-book your visit online to avoid waiting in any queues on the day. Audioguide was definitely worth getting.
  • Barceloneta beach, walk along the beachfront boardwalk at sunset and then grab a drink at one of the the local chiringuitos (basically an open shack built on sand)
  • Park Güell – for more Gaudi installations and a great view back over the city
  • Palo Alto Market happens every Saturday and Sunday a few blocks back from the beach, selling local food, design wares and vintage goods. Worth a stroll through.
  • Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It’s €5 to walk through the impressively minimalist marble building.
  • The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, (or La Boqueria) is a large, open air market which attracts tourists and locals alike. Pretty touristy, however locals do actually come here to purchase their weekly produce, and it’s the best spot to sample as much Spanish cuisine as your stomach desires. So schedule in an hour to admire the stalls and snack on a whole lot of tapas.

Eat/  drink

  • For breakfast/brunch – Federal Café in Saint Antoni. Great coffee, copious options involving eggs and avocado
  • La Esquina for lunch – thoughtfully prepared & delicious
  • Golfo de Bizkaia for pintxo (like tapas – individually-served snacks held together by a toothpick and are self-service at select bars and restaurants around the city. Once you’ve had your fill take your plate up to the register and you’ll be charged by how many toothpicks are left on your plate (generally €2 a pop).
  • Black Remedy for brunch – they do a flat white and avocado on toast just like home.
  • For local Catalonian cuisine and a fun night out, head to Barcelona institution El Nacional, which is basically a huge (but extremely chic) warehouse that is home to 4 separate restaurants and, a bar. For food, pick of the bunch is La Taperia, where rather than ordering directly from the menu,  waiters swan around yelling out the names of the dishes they have on offer. You then call them over, and voila, dinner is served.
  • Green Spot – a restaurant that excels at vegetarian food, rather than just making limp vegetarian alternatives. Not to mention the interiors are perfectly slick with plenty of greenery.
  • Wer-Haus for great coffee, delicious brunch and cooler than thou interiors
  • Passeig de Gràcia it’s easily one of the slickest concept store come cafe in Barcelona.
  • Nomad Coffee
  • Satan’s Coffee Corner
  • Syra Coffee
  • Numeronueve – famous cocktail bar
  • Sensi – for a modern take on authentic Spanish tapas, authentic, fresh. The restaurant has three spots within one minutes’ walk of each other, which means you can just head to Carrer Ample and pick whichever is the least busy
  • Picnic for the freshest offering of tapas, burgers, salads and killer cocktails

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