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.
- More about your oliver guide: Susan Moody
- 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
- The W is just cool. Better location than the Hotel Arts and has a slew of great restaurants and beach clubs right there.
- The Mercer
- The Wittmore
- Soho House
- The Mandarin
- The One Barcelona
- The Cotton House
- To rent an apartment and live like a local, check out: Black and White Home and Mur Muri.
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. https://vimeo.com/98123388
- Fun strolls: Las Ramblas de Catalunya, Parc de la Ciutadella, the beach in from of the W Hotel.
- Stop in the Boquería market on Las Ramblas.
- Picasso Museum
- Miró Museum
- Get your Gaudi fix: Sagrada Família (maybe from the outside), Parc Guell and La Pedrera (from the inside).
- Cuqui Mila. Her grandfather commissioned Gaudi to do La Pedrera! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!
- The double decker sight-seeing bus.
- Too much on Las Ramblas.