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Barcelona Travel Guide

As many of you know, I have spent a year living in Barcelona and previous to that have visited this beautiful city countless times. This being said, 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 in order 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 June 14th 2023

Getting around

  • Metro - we get around everywhere using the metro - only 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

  • 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

Things to do/Things to see

Restaurants & Bars

  • 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

  • La Pepita- get the marinated duck and aubergine fritters

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

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

  • Benzina - little bit expensive but really good Italian 

  • 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.

  • Hardware Societe - the best brunch I've ever had - pork belly and eggs, or anything on the menu tbh

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

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

  • 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 

  • Acero - unreal burgers in born - only downside is not much seating but if you're around that area I'd recommend it for a lunch spot

  • Noru - Ramen - small menu but amazing quality dishes - not too heavy

  • Paco Meralgo - another great tapas spot 

  • Soma - Italian/Spanish tapas 

  • Cuitat Comtal - really good tapas - get the honey cod and “angry eggs” (cabraeos) - in quite a touristy area - expect a queue

  • Bobby’s Free - speakeasy (hidden bar)

  • Bacaro - Italian 

  • Pepa Bar - great natural wine bar - also do good small plates 

  • Silan - Middle Eastern - one of my favourite spots

  • Mayura - Indian - chicken wings are amazing 

  • Boa-Bao - Asian fusion 

  • Antic Teatre - cute courtyard drinks in the gothic quarter 

  • Negroni - good cocktails 

  • Bar Torpedo - really good burgers and sandwiches

  • LABALABUSTA - another great Middle Eastern - lovely atmosphere

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

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

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