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Barcelona Travel Guide

As many of you know, I am back living in Barcelona and I now know the city like the back of my hand and have curated quite a list of things to see, do, eat, and drink. I have kept the descriptions short and sweet for you to keep a little pocket guide to take with you on your trip, I hope you find it useful!

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Last updated July 15th 2024

Getting around

  • Metro - we get around everywhere using the metro - only around one euro per journey (buy the Tcasual/T10 ticket) - use google maps to work out which line to get on and use the machine at the metro station to buy - also works for bus, tram and train.

  • Aerobus - catch the aerobus from straight outside the terminal - only 10€ return journey and drops you off straight at catalunya square 

  • FREENOW - best taxi app - ban on uber in Barcelona

Things to do/Things to see

  • Sagrada Familia - do the tour - personally think going a couple of hours before sunset is the best time - quieter and the restored side looks stunning

  • Sercotel Rosellon Hotel - rooftop terrace for incredible views - book two weeks in advance at 12pm 

  • Hotel Colon - gothic quarter rooftop bar - amazing view of the cathedral - no bookings 

  • Tope - another great rooftop at The Hoxton, particularly for sunset - they also serve tacos

  • Montserrat - full day - get the train from Placa España - incredible views and you can do a few different hikes or just get the train - wouldn’t recommend when it’s super hot 

  • Free walking tour - a great way to see all of the sights and get bearings on the city

  • La Boqueria market - on La Rambla

  • Arc de Triomphe and Ciutadella Park - can hire rowing boats 

  • Alta Alella - wine tasting for only 22 euros! - 30 min taxi ride away - absolutely amazing

  • Cathedral and Gothic Quarter

  • Tibidabo - a bit further out but amazing views

  • Barceloneta beach - do at sunrise as well - paddleboarding

  • Bunkers - for sunset - I believe this is currently closed for sunrise and sunset but open during the day

  • Palo Alto Market - first weekend of every month - street food  

  • Parc Güell

  • Castelldefels beach - bit further out but a lot quieter - get R2 train to Castelldefels Playa stop

  • El Born area - for cute, small bars and good drinks

Restaurants & Bars

Tapas (more traditional style) - 

  • Tapeo - amazing tapas - squid stuffed with vegetables was my fave 

  • Peix Vela - incredible seafood, paella and view of the beach - get the clams, crispy seabass and lobster croquetas

  • El Xampanyet - amazing Southern-style tapas bar - get there early, always a queue - great atmosphere

  • Gats -really nice restaurant with a lovely terrace just off La Rambla for drinks or a bite to eat

  • Cuitat Comtal - really good tapas at a great price point - get the honey cod and “angry eggs” (cabraeos) - a very touristy spot but you can't go wrong - expect a queue, no reservations

  • Bodega La Puntual - great classics and atmosphere

  • Terrassa Martinez - Stunning restaurant near Montjuic, great Sunday spot

  • Paco Meralgo - another great tapas spot 

Tapas and Natural Wine Bars (a little fancier/more intimate) - 

  • La Pepita- get the marinated duck and aubergine fritters

  • Bar Brutal/Can Cisa - love this spot - amazing wines and tapas in the born area

  • Bandini's - stunning food and natural wine

  • Berbena - try and get the chef's table! Seasonal small plates with a twist and a great wine menu.

  • Brugarol or Brugarol X - incredible!!! - tapas with a Japanese twist 

  • Contracorrent Bar - family-owned natural wine bar and Italian/Catalan style tapas - highly recommend

  • Maleducat - perfect for a nice occasion - seasonal dishes with a Catalan twist 

  • Suru - Catalan/Asian small plates and amazing wine!!

  • Soma - Italian/Spanish tapas 

Breakfast & Brunch -

  • Hardware Societe - a lovely brunch spot - pork belly and eggs are gorgeous

  • Funky Eatery - Great selection of dishes and a cute deli next door

  • SAVTA - really good sandwich spot, they also have a location in born

  • Obrador del Croissant French - super small spot selling authentic french pastries and bread - doesn't get much better 

Other Restaurants - 

  • Spicy - Asian fusion - get the prawns and sake mushrooms!!

  • Benzina - really good Italian - one word, carbonara

  • El National - soooo worth a visit!! - a hidden gem - you can sit at the bar and grab a drink & snack or book one of the restaurants.

  • Costa Pacifico - incredible Mexican/Latin American - prawn mole tacos 

  • Silan - a gorgeous Middle Eastern - one of my favourite spots

  • Shoronpo - Ramen - amazing quality dishes - gets busy so book in advance

  • Bacaro - Italian 

  • Malaysian Street Delights - Malaysian is one of my favourite cuisines and this place is amazing - standouts are butter duck, beef rendang, roti canai and char kuay tow (basically everything lol)

  • Bar Torpedo - amazing burgers and sandwiches

  • LABALABUSTA - another great Middle Eastern - lovely atmosphere and open kitchen

  • Boa-Bao - Asian fusion 

Bars - 

(also refer to natural wine bars above as you can go to most of those for just drinks)​​

Have a great time and message me to let me know if you visited any of my recommendations!

Getting Around
Things to do
Restaurants & Bars
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