So much to do and so much to see of this old lady who they call Barcelona but then again in the end of each day there’s nothing like wandering around the alleys to find they open into an ancient courtyard with a fountain..
Búnker del Carmel
A hill to climb hoping that you will have the time to catch your breath if you make it to the top, simply believing that the view will reveal the city’s secrets to you. From here, you can see all of Barcelona, the mountains and the sea and if you choose the moment of the sunset you will assist in one of the most spectacular views.
do take the time to go behind the W hotel area, there are always a few steps to sit on and the sea laying infront of you to gaze upon..
The museum of modern art of Barcelona is situated just a ten minutes walk from la Rambla in the mesnerising plaza de los angels (angels square).This is definitely the gathering spot for all the young hipsters and skateboarders in town so do enjoy your time sitting in the square while admiring the former shstpening their acrobatic skills.The museum itself is a beautifil building which houses thousands of art pieces. Only a few minutes walk away you will find CCCB, a beautiful centre for cultural events and initiatives dedicated to culture in general, cinema and arts. Worth visiting their archives and the shop which has memorable treasures to bring back home with you!
Fundació Joan Miró
Being striked by the power of Joan Miro’s work is an once in a life time experience. Fundació Joan Miró contains an amazing collection to enjoy and then you will have the time fall in love with the views over the city of Barcelona and the lines of the building designed by Josep Lluís Sert. While you think that you have seen it all, I suggest you get lost in the area and you will for sure run into an interesting fence by Christo (Running Fence document about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project).
Parc de la Ciutadella
Simply a magical place with lakes, mesmerizing sounds coming from beautiful fountains, a fairy tale glass house and if you spend enough time here you will even see a big mamut..
If you are looking for a quirky hotel in La Rambla then Chic and Basic is definitely the one for you. The interiors are inspired by the 60’s era and all you see around are retro touches from the receptiondesk made out of vintage suitcases to the FIAT car in its lobby. Breakfast is to die for!
Praktik Rambla Hotel
If you are about collecting moments then this hotel will allow you to immerse into the spirit of Barcelona. Praktik Rambla is a design boutique hotel with modern interiors housed in the historic Casa Climent Arola building. Constructed in the beginning of the 19th century by the Spanish architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano the building will mesmerise you with its charm and haunting decorative details from the past such as the large scale doors and metal railings.
Cup&Cake is one of the best places in Barcelona with a very rich brunch menu, with very big portions, and delicious pastry.It is guaranteed you will feel at home and definitely the fact that you could toast yourself at your table adds to the that.The coffee is really good and you can not go wrong with the classic bagel and eggs!
There are three levels with a simple yet beautiful terrace on the top floor.The federal café is the perfect place for a brunch and as soon as you will enter this beautifully decorated spot the welcoming staff will make you feel special. Take your time to read the menu given that there are more options than in a regular cafe: gluten free, lactose free Last but not least it is worth noticing the flowers all around its interiors!
If you are looking for a nice place to have breakfast before heading to gaudi’s marvels or a short break with yummy pastries or homemade sandwich this could be a good option.This cafe litterally has seven tables so hopefully you will arrive at the right moment. Thumbs up for their chocolate muffin unfortunately the cappuccino is not one of the best in town.
One of the cuttest cafés in the Sant Antoni area, it makes you feel at home from the moment you go through its door. The colourful retro decor with many DIY items will captivate you imediately. The cappuccino is trully one of the best in town and the salads are really good too.
A brasserie located in Raval right next to Rambla Catalunya, Luzia is for sure one of the best in town! The menu is trully rich offering different options to satisfy different tastes. A separate sushi menu is also provided. The grilled salmon is simply delicious.
Vegetarians will be happy in this place given that there are several delicious options for them including salads and the vegetarian sandwiches.It worths a note that you can see the chef preparing the pizzas in front of your eyes!
“In 1908 “Kasato Maru”, a passenger boat, reached Brazil with the first Japanese immigrants. And they also brought with them the precious ingredients and recipes of a distant, exotic land which had been unknown until then.
Over one hundred years later the Japanese-Brazilian culinary tradition is famous all around the world with its own strong identity. Two peoples and two cultures that have been able to fuse flavours, ingredients, colours and textures, thereby creating very special gastronomy.”
One of the best fusion restaurants in town with a great ambiance and reasonable prices, Ikibana will be for sure a culinary experience to remember.
in the beautiful district of sant antoni just a few minutes walk from the metrp station peblo sec,You will find this restaurant with the beautiful big facade and interiors that remind you of an older era.infact the owner originaly from granada has created this restaurant as an omage to the women of her family who she describes as “beings of caracter”.
A chain of restaurants located in a few of the best spots in town like la Rambla and in the heart of Born district, in carrer Argenteria. Prices are affordable and you will find all kind of tapas here, keeping in mind that the patatas bravas are memorable and the same applies to cava Sangria!!
Just off the rambla catalunya in calle de carme, you will find this big cafe wich is litterally accessible to all budgets.It is perfect for breakfast and light lunch with freshly made sandwiches, boccadillos, croissants and pastries.
A retro styled cafe situated in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood, with very affordable prices and great coffee!! People working in Taranna café are very friendly and the atmosphere is like being at home. The menu contains homemade snacks, delicious cakes, sandwich and pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Camino store is a beautiful concept store a few minutes walk from the MACBA museum in Barcelona in Carrer d’Elisabets. The concept of the brand lies on traditional manufacturing,experienced craftsmanship,independent design concepts and most of all limited production series with locally sourced materials. Their shoes are of great quality but if there is one item that I would choose from their collection is their hats!!
Medwinds is beautiful store situated in C/ Elisabets, 7, just five minutes away from the MACBA museum. With the goal to be a showroom in which the collections of the brand is showcased and also sold on line. To keep things fresh not all that is available online is available in-shop – they rotate the collections of both clothes and accessories and showcase various items at different times. This brand is related to Camper. The items are designed in Barcelona and produced in Spain in a limited series, using natural materials, and where possible, artisanal methods or workshops.
Relax and Indulge
Aire de Barcelona
Aire De Barcelona is located in the Born neighborhood, and is a totally transformative spa experience. From the moment you step foot through the doors of Aire de Barcelona spa, you are soothed by the aroma of fresh cloves and cinnamon and it is evident that you’ve entered a world of serenity and leisure.During the weekdays, you can visit their thermal baths (they’re known for these!) for a very reasonable price or treat yourself to a massage treatment. They have several different treatments that are meant to address different issues so take a look at their site beforehand to see what is best for you. Definetely Barcelona’s Best Luxury Spa and Roman Baths!