Last week I came back from one of my favorite cities: Barcelona. On my Instagram feed you could already see a few things, but today it’s time for all my Barcelona tips, hotspots and nice places to eat on the blog. My city trip consisted mainly of strolling through neighborhoods, eating some foods and enjoying the beach. From our apartment in the Poble sec I was able to walk to the districts of Montjuïc and Plaça Espanya, Barcelonet L’Eixample, Raval, Gràcia and El Born. Once i took the metro and a bus but otherwise I did almost everything on foot.
Poble Sec is slowly an up-and-coming corner of town with a great food scene. The areas is residential, but only 15-20 minutes walk from the city center. It’s quiet and feels safe, but there is also a lot of fun to be found. This concerns popular bars, several restaurants and many cafes which also has some beautiful façades of buildings, theater and even a club. A good choice if you want to be central but outside the hordes of tourists. There are 2 metro stations, very suitable Paral.lel and called Poble Sec, on the same line and about two stops from Las Ramblas.
Want to get into the local rhythm of Barca? My tip for getting away from the major crowds and see some beautiful parts of the authentic city is strolling down on El Born. This is a charming neighbourhood to walk around in, so much beauty to absorb! I could walk for days here and never get bored. There are great little hidden shops to discover (like for example homedesign store Oggetto) and plenty of beautiful paths that I would have loved to explore more.
While in the El Born area, do not miss out coming to Arcano. They have tasty dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients, all cooked in a charcoal oven, which adds a special touch to the food. Their house-made sangria recipe is a delight. If you want to try something you have never had, sangria with cava is the way to go.
Another favourite culinary spot in Barca is Cuines Santa Caterina. Under the roof of one of the most exclusive markets of Barcelona, the Mercat de Santa Caterina, you’ll find this restaurant, an innovative concept that collects various cuisines from all over the world. Here you can sample tasty Spanish snacks, Italian pasta, Indian curry or Japanese sushi. Yummy!
Tip for a good lunch while staying in Poble Sec: Mika Milan.
On my last day in Barcelona, i just relaxed and enjoyed some drinks on the rooftop of the Majestic hotel, which i would recommend if you want to slow down after a day shopping on Passeig de Gràcia. You can go up there, sit back on the terrace, have a cocktail, listen to some good tunes and watch 360 degree view of the city. Enjoy!