Published: February, 2018
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Barcelona, Spain

A seriously authentic hole on the wall frequented by local fishermen. Breakfast (think beer and the freshest sardines you can imagine) or lunch. Don’t tell anyone else about it though.
— Susan Moody
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult, City
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Ideal length of trip: 4-5 DAYS

to & from

Nonstop flights to BCN from the USA originate from: NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta–and Oakland just launched a direct service on Norwegian Air. Once you’re there, taxis are easy to hail.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat and Drink

** Disclaimer- Cal Pep was quietly bought by myself, my husband and our dear friends– with the intention of maintaining what Pep had created over the last 30 years.

  • La Xocolateria by Oriol Balaguer. Winner of "The Best Croissant in Spain". Coffee/ Breakfast.
  • Paco Meralgo. For Lunch/Dinner. Simple decor but incredible tapas.
  • Bodega 1900. By the Adriá Brothers of El Bullí fame- It's serious vermouth time.
  • Marea Alta. Lunch/dinner. Great views of the city and delicious seafood.
  • Gallito. Underneath The W Hotel, right by the beach. Take a dip in the ocean (or if the surfs up, rent a board), towel off and let your hair wind-dry as you sip one of their amazing G&Ts on the terrace.
  • Pinotxo. In the Boquería market. No reservations. Breakfast or lunch and be ready to eat something that you don't know what it is. So fun.
  • La Cova Fumada. A seriously authentic hole on the wall frequented by local fishermen. Breakfast (think beer and the freshest sardines you can imagine) or lunch. Don't tell anyone else about it though.
  • Cal Pep. ** Thomas Keller's "favorite restaurant in Europe". If you eat at the bar, sip some cava while you wait in the (chatty) line. Or you can reserve for parties of 4 or more in the back room.
  • Bar Mut. Chaotic and fun- get ressie for either of the two dinner seatings. Don't hesitate to dine at the piano.
  • Boca Chica. Great cocktails. You might even see a Barça player or two!

What to Do

To whet your appetite- take a second to see this video.

inside scoop

  • Cuqui Mila. Her grandfather commissioned Gaudi to do La Pedrera! Contact her at
  • The Spanish Queen loves the delicate dresses by Cortana (Carrer de Provença, 290). Make sure you pop into a Uterqüe (high end jewelry/clothes from Zara's parent company). Lydia Delgado has adorable clothes. Bimba and Lola- love. For house-related products, my friend Jaime Berenstein's store (and cafe) are cute.
  • Catalans pamper themselves, so you should too. For high end: a massage at Bliss in the The W Hotel (they serve champagne) or in the Mandarin. A bit more economical and very cool: The Pink Peony.
  • The FC Barcelona Museum is the most visited museum in Barcelona. Like-- more than Picasso. It's worth it to just feel the sheer global magnitude of the Blaugrana.
  • Jamón - You can never have too much!

skip it

  • The double decker sight-seeing bus.
  • Too much on Las Ramblas.

What to Pack

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