Barcelona is the most loved European city, as voted for by visitors. It’s only a two hour flight away, which means that after a short flight you’ll arrive in a city that consists of an amazing mixture of architecture, imagination, tradition, style and nightlife. Barcelona’s eccentricity means that the city is home to a wealth of quirky museums that are devoted to shoes, perfume, sewers, funeral carriages and much more. The city has been given a new lease of life as its grimy facades have been buffed up, the streets renamed and the churches have been restored. Its nightlife is now amazing, the restaurants and bars have been reviewed and the whole city had a lively atmosphere that visitors adore, as it is chic and sophisticated.
Barcelona has a large selection of restaurants, but the top three restaurants who’s food you absolutely must try are Comerc 24, Mam i Teca and Moo!
Comerc 24 is located in the El Born area of the city and is very creative in all things related food. If you like Catalan Cuisine, you’ll love this restaurant as it is run by a very talented chef.
Mam I Teca serves all the usual tapas and each are rigoriously sourced and accompanied by amazing daily specials such as organic botifarra, pork confit, asparagus and shrimp.
Moo’s excellent inventive cooking is overseen by the renowned Catalen chef Joan Roca and each meal is designed as a half portion. However it’s much better to experience the full range of food, from sea bass with lemongrass to exquisite suckling pig with a sharp puree.
Barcelona provides a large selection of bars, but some of the best include La Fianna, El Xampanyet and Aurora. If you’re looking for somewhere to have a few drinks with your meal than La Fianna is the best place to go, as it also serves delicious meals. El Xampanyet and Aurora are perfect if you’re searching for somewhere to have a few drinks.
Barcelona has an excellent selection of shops, with something to suit everything. Department-store bargain-hunters should note that the winter sales officially start on or around 10 January and their summer equivalents on or around 5 July, so those are the best times for you to go! The big department stores (such as El Corte Ingles) and shopping complexes (such as El Triangle) have long opening hours, six days a week.
The best shopping areas in central Barcelona are Passeig de Gracia and the streets to its southwest, including the Bulevard Rosa arcade just north of Carrer d'Arago, and Barri Gotic streets such as Carrer de la Portaferrissa, Carrer de la Boqueria, Carrer del Call, Carrer de la Llibreteria and Carrer de Ferran, and around Placa de Sant Josep Oriol.
When in Barcelona…
Make sure to visit the street of La Ramblas for all your shopping needs, the Museu Picasso to see amazing works of art, the Sagrada Familia church and La Boqueria market. Don’t forget to visit La Fianna for some amazing food and drink too!