Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city. Being, creative, forward-thinking and well located by the sea, Barcelona has become an international hotspot.
It is all about the fresh food here the design details are impressive. The owners have sourced and recycled furniture from local flea markets. Open and airy, the cafe features large windows; ideal for taking in the street scenery.
Passeig de Sant Joan, 82, 08009 Barcelona, +34932656503, send email, view website
Located in the heart of the Sarria area is Bar Tomas. They serve the best patatas bravas. Absolutely scrumptious. Other great dishes include tapas such as croquetas, ensaladilla rusa etc. Bar Tomas is the kind of place that gets jam-packed on weekends just for their lunch or tapas. The crowd is mixed, but mostly young people and local families.
Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49, 08017 Barcelona, +34932031077
If exploring the Paralel area and the Raval this is the ideal place for breakfast or brunch. It also serves excellent coffee with fresh, pure milk. The cafe gets its name from a small town in New South Wales Australia by the way and has inspired the owners to be ‘in two places at the same time.’ One can sit with the laptop and savour the atmosphere. It’s simply decorated though very smart. It can be very crowded on weekends.
Carrer del Parlament, 39, 08015 Barcelona, +34931873607, send email, view website
Big Fish serves real food in a real setting. This bohemian restaurant does not belong to a chain and therefore offers delectable food served in an elegant atmosphere. Their menu changes frequently. Reservations are recommended for dinner, because it is a small restaurant with a limit of only ten tables. It is well located in the Borne area, close to a lot of good bars. Big Dish is a good option for those planning to have drinks after dinner. It is also suitable for lunch after exploring and shopping around the Borne area.
Carrer Comercial, 9, 08003 Barcelona, +34932681728, send email, view website
This is not a fancy eatery but an unpretentious one. Can Marti offers impressive views and delicious basic food. From barbecued meats to fresh-cut French fries. Some people might say that it’s difficult to find but it’s worth taking the time to locate it. Can Marti is nestled on a hill of the Tibidabo Mountain, where magnificent views of the city and surrounding trees can be seen. There are simple tables indoors and outdoors; as such it’s a straight forward dining experience.
Passatge de la Font del Mont, 4, 08017 Barcelona, +34934069195, view website
After its opening in 1970, Flash Flash has become a legend; dubbed as the most famous omelette restaurant in Barcelona. One can enjoy tasty burgers and omelettes, served by waiters with an elbow tie. Pictures of Karen Laiz (she was married with the owner and photographer Leopoldo Pomés) hand on the walls. Flash Flash’s kitchens are open from 1am to 1pm nonstop.
Carrer de la Granada del Penedès, 25, 08006 Barcelona, +34932370990, send email, view website
Bar Mut is all about tapas and excellent wines. It’s a cool place for lunch or dinner. However, there are only a few tables. Prices can run a bit high but it’s all due to the refined quality. This exclusive restaurant is located not far from Paseo de Gracia.
Calle Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, +34932174338, send email, view website
When Boca Grande opened, it was known as the ‘place to be’. It’s another great venture by Lazaro Rosa-Violan. The restaurant is downstairs and has a varied menu that includes fresh seafood, good jamon and tapas. It’s suitable for lunch and dinner. The bar is upstairs with a cool terrace, great cocktails and occasionally they bring in a live DJ. Boca Grande is a good spot for pre-drinks or after-drinks on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Passatge de la Concepció, 12, 08008 Barcelona, +34934675149, send email, view website
A lovely restaurant at Born area. Recommended for brunch at the weekend. Simple but well-crafted, their attention to detail is implemented in a down-to-earth way. Fresh juices are a speciality as is their wholesome, authentic food. They offer a seasonal menu that changes regularly. There are a few tables outside from which to savour a glass wine on the street. A good option is to dine here either before or after a walk in the neighbouring Parc de la Ciutadella.
Carrer del Comerç, 1, 08003 Barcelona, +34935116661, send email, view website
An amazing Italian restaurant close to tatre Grec with a relaxed atmosphere, it is open every day. Located in a beautiful street at the bottom of Montjuich mountain, Xemei was founded by twin brothers (from Venice) and the sense of family is strong here. They source the best burrata, while their wine list is good. They pride themselves on eating for pleasure, enhanced by the cosy ambiance and upscale wooden furniture.
Paseo de la Exposicion, 85, 08004 Barcelona, +34935535140, send email, view website
This is the best Japanese restaurant in town. The location couldn’t be better – at the top of Paseo de Gracia street. Meanwhile the great ambiance is a combination of its unexpected decoration, good lighting and comfort. The food is the best thing, of course, as are the cocktails and service. It’s advisable to make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
Passeig de Gracia, 119, 08008 Barcelona, +34932387822, view website
Serving typical Spanish food, the menu here is dominated by paellas and tapas though their own specialities are superlative. Not far from the W Hotel, the restaurant is directly in front of the sea. As a result, the interior is beach-themed with a relaxed, laid back mood. Not surprising, given its quality of food and location, it gets very busy at weekends.
Paseo Mare Nostrum, 19 -21, 08039 Barcelona, +34933123585, send email, view website
Off the beaten track, this is a small gem of a resturant that serves delicious local food. Simply yet carefully prepared, the ingredients are sourced from local markets and the menu changes every other week. Inside the decor is a mix of minimal Nordic and Mediterranean influences with white, clean lines predominating. It may sound stark but the staff make it a priority to welcome guests as if in a home setting.
Plaça de Narcís Oller, 3, 08006 Barcelona, +34931857649, send email, view website
A classic Italian restaurant, and old time favourite in Barcelona. Its success is due to itspleasing feel and interior design; it actually feels like an indoor garden. Serving excellent pasta, Mediterranean flavours and good cocktails, a fun evening is an inevitable result.
Carrer La Granada del Penedès, 28, 08006 Barcelona, +34932187536, send email, view website
With Gothic surroundings this makes for a beautiful, romantic setting. Located in the Gotico area, its intimate atmosphere is complemented by the great tapas menu. Serving small dishes, sangria and with reasonable prices it’s a favourite. It also has an open terrace for al fresco dining all year round. It is ideal for lunch or dinner when in the area.
Rambla del Raval, 26, 08001 Barcelona, +34931662347, send email, view website
Serving the ideal combination of tapas, wine and French cheese, this is a popular restaurant with the local neighbourhood. An authentic, well curated menu is complemented by the superb location and inexpensive prices. It has large, feature windows that make for an enjoyable dining experience on a sunny day.
Carrer de Lluís el Piadós, 2, 08003 Barcelona, +34932691335, send email, view website
Creative and cosy, La Candela combines an easy going terrace in a super location with food that is well made at reasonable prices. It’s a gem located in a quiet square and therefore very popular with locals. Although it is very small, the outdoor terrace is a great addition. This place has real soul.
Plaça de Sant Pere, 12, 08003 Barcelona, +34933106242, send email, view website
A high end steak restaurant, Casa Paloma features a parrilla where one can eat while watching the live cooking stations in full view. Quality meat and good tartar are the focus of the menu matched by the impeccable service of the staff. The pleasant, artsy design also creates an hospitable atmosphere. It’s a cross section of diners here from Barcelona society, office workers to tourists. The location means that is is always busy and is a good starting point for an evening on the town. There are many bars and clubs within the vicinity.
Carrer de Casanova, 209, 08021 Barcelona, +34932008296, send email, view website
Combining elegance and sophistication with an inviting atmosphere, Cheri is probably one of the most tranquil spots in downtown Barcelona. The venue owes much to its terrace and also its Art Deco design. Meanwhile the menu is more brasserie in ethos with Catalan specialities served with attention to detail. Overall it’s not too pricey for the quality of food on offer. It belongs to a chain of restaurants, though this one particularly is well curated. At lunch time there is a business crowd. It gets busier for dinner and drinks in the evening.
Carrer Enric Granados, 122, 08008 Barcelona, +34934160057, send email, view website
It combines a concept store, cafe and flower shop, designed by Jaime Beriestain. As such it is unique in the city and is well curated. Beriestain is already a renowned inteiror designer and for cool hunters, this cafe showcases his overall outlook and philosophy. The location couldn’t be better in the Paseo de Gracia area while it offers breakfast, brunch and dinner. Eating here feels as being in Beriestain’s home – albeit a very sophisticated one. As he is originally from Chile some Chilean cuisine pops up in the menu too.
Carrer de Pau Claris, 167, 08037 Barcelona, +34935150782, send email, view website
Located in the main boulevard of the Raval area, Suculent is in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Barcleona but also one of its most vibrant. The restaurant describes itself as ‘the house of home-cooked meals’ and one can find modern interpretations of classic dishes. An unexpected tapas menu also delights as does its modern decor. This is a really good option for lunch, to explore the area and walk to the MACBA, Museum of Modern Art.
Rambla del Raval, 43, 08001 Barcelona, +34934436579, send email, view website
ELSA Y FRED
Elsa y Fred is a Barcelona institution especially for a weekend brunch, though it’s a good all rounder. The location is good – close to the centre – while the menu is a testament to their tapas expertise. The tapas bar concept is reinvented here and the interior is a cosy mix of French brasserie and New York spirit. The regular clientele return because of the tastes and inexpensive price point.
Carrer del Rec Comtal, 11, 08003 Barcelona, +34935016611, send email, view website
Only 10 minutes are needed in a taxi ride in Las Ramblas to reach Martinez on the Montjuich mountain. The panoramic view of the city is magnificent from this vantage point and it’s worth booking a table overlooking this- there are only a few tables available. As for the food, they serve the best paella in town.
Martínez · Carretera de Miramar, 38 · 08038 Barcelona, +34931066052, send email, view website
This iconic restaurant serves quality dishes all day long. Dishes and tapas that reflect Catalonia’s gastronomic heritage. The full menu is available all day. This restaurant occupies a big loft that was once a billiard club.
Carrer de Muntaner, 213, 08036 Barcelona, +34934306022, send email, view website
RESTAURANT 7 PORTES
This emblematic restaurant offers a wide tour through the traditional cuisine. 180 years of history give support to an adult, natural, generous updated cuisine. It is a cuisine based on the products of the country done with market and seasonal products. Home -made desserts and a wide selection of wines contribute to the experience. Booking is recommended.
Passeig Isabel II, 14, 08003 Barcelona, +34933193033, send email, view website
Hotel Neri is a boutique hotel with 22 rooms. It was built inside a refurbished 18th century palace. The hotel exudes charm and every aspect of it is well done. It has a romantic restaurant and peaceful areas like the library and rooftop terrace, which have great views of the old town.
Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, 08002 Barcelona, +34933040655, send email, view website
Hotel Alma brings sophistication in a loft-like environment. The smart and spacious rooms feature leather armchairs, a flat-screen TV, free wi-fi and other luxury amenities. The hotel attracts a very fashionable and alternative crowd. Surprisingly, the rooms are reasonably priced. Hotel Alma also has a spa which has an indoor pool, sauna and hammam. There is also a gym and a lovely restaurant with a terrace. It is perfectly located in Padeo de Gracia, a walkable distance to Gaudí’s La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Diagonal Metro Station. Outside guests are welcome to have coffee or drinks in the garden.
Carrer de Mallorca, 271, 08008 Barcelona, +34932957900, send email, view website
The Grand Central Hotel is a superior accommodation in the old town of Barcelona; its rooms are modern and clean and have about everything one would need. They have a Michelin-star awarded restaurant called Avalon, situated in the roof, where there are unrivaled views of Barcelona. The glow of the moon and glimmer of the blue infinity pool, will complement the dining experience. After dinner, one can stay outside out and absorb the unique nighttime atmosphere and city skyline. Barcelona is notorious for being a nocturnal city but they serve breakfast there too.
Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona, +34932957900, send email, view website
Margot House is a place that has what a nomad needs to feel at home. Life runs calmly here and the essential becomes exceptional. This boutique hotel has 9 rooms with functional decoration. Its services include a delicious breakfast sourced with local products, a 24h cafe and a rental service of Brompton bikes. Rooms with view over the Paseo de Gracia are recommended.
Paseo de Gracia 46, 08007 Barcelona, +34932720076, send email, view website
Primero Primera is a family-owned boutique hotel with 30 spacious bedrooms. With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, it offers all the peace and comfort of a private home. Ever since it was built in 1955, the owner’s family has lived on the first floor (the Primer Piso) with their eight children. In 2011, it was renovated, preserving the ample spaces and fine materials of the original building.
Primero Primera is a hotel where people can find exclusivity, quality and friendly service. This quiet neighborhood is also close to the commercial area on Mandri street and in the Sarriá district.
Carrer del Dr. Carulla, 25, 08017 Barcelona, +34934175600, send email, view website
The Cotton House Hotel stands imposingly on the site of the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation, an emblematic 19th-century building in the neoclassical style which is a landmark in the city. Built on the orders of a family of the Catalan bourgeoisie when the textile industry was at its height, it was sold in the middle of the 20th Century to the Cotton Producers Guild which established its headquarters there with the aim of housing the highest possible number of cotton-producing bodies and services: the idea was to create a genuine Cotton House Hotel.
Finally, at the initiative of a group of hotel promoters in Barcelona, the building commenced an intense refurbishment process which culminated in January 2015 to give the beautiful Cotton House Hotel. The refurbishment project has taken great care to maintain and recover all the original elements of the building. Acclaimed interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned with the project. The famous spiral staircase built in 1957 is not supported on the floor below, but is suspended from the metal frame of the upper floor. The hotel is perfectly located in the Eixample area. Cocktails are recommended at the rooftop pool terrace with a view of Sagrada Família.
Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 670, 08010 Barcelona, +34934505045, send email, view website
History, art, and pure sensual delights come together at The Serras on Barcelona’s celebrated Gothic quarter. Here, breezes blow off the Mediterranean into large rooms with balconies that offer a front row seat to this trendy Barcelona neighborhood. This hotel occupies a space which was once the first studio of Pablo Picasso. It has 30 well-crafted rooms. Serras hotel has a roof terrace overlooking the harbour, with an infinity swimming pool and popular DJ sessions.
Passeig de Colom, 9, 08002 Barcelona, +34931691868, send email, view website
SUITE A BCN
Suite BCN offers two appartments with large bedrooms, living room, and relax areas. Suite 202’s second living area provides with a fireplace and multicolored stained glass windows that bathe the space in colorful pools of light. The location in Eixample district is very convenient.
Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 82, 08009 Barcelona, +34932419459, send email, view website
Santa Eulalia opened in 1843 and has reinvented itself in a magnificent way through the years. Being a fashion trendsetter in Barcelona, Santa Eulalia has always remained true to its values, offering high quality contemporary products. The new store has been designed by William Sofield and it includes a pop-up space and cafe. Scott Schuman is a regular customer. He has visited, loved and recognized Santa Eulalia’s good work. It’s the kind of store where one can find something to treasure forever – even if it’s just a panama hat. Find Santa Eulalia in Paseo de Gracia, where it is also near good restaurants.
Passeig de Gràcia, 93, 08008 Barcelona, +34932150674, send email, view website
This interior design shop, from designer Toni Espuch, has the most spectacular and singular pieces with a lot of character and history. Azul Tierra occupies 1,300 square meters of exhibition through different environments decorated down to the last detail. A stroll through Azul Tierra is like a journey through different countries, cultures and aesthetic that Toni Espuch known thanks to its multiple trips merges perfectly. Therefore, he says that it is “a huge warehouse of feelings”. Sometimes one may think the items came straight from a fairytale palace. Azul Tierra offers furniture, textiles, lighting, accessories, tableware, glassware… and even scents for the space.
Carrer de Còrsega, 276-282, 08008 Barcelona, +34932178356, send email, view website
This fashion and accessories boutique for men is located at the limits of the central Eixample and the luxury commercial area of Passeig de Gràcia. Its owner Pep Esteva, former Director at Prada chose the location in Carrer Rosselló 281bis at the crossing with Roger de Llúria and Diagonal in the ground floor of a building dated 1942 and signed by Duran I Reynals just opposite the Casa de Les Punxes, a landmark art nouveau building from the famous architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch. The team at The Outpost is constantly sourcing new and nice well-crafted concepts.
Carrer Rosselló, 281 BIS, 08037 Barcelona, +34934577137, send email, view website
LES GENS QUE J’AIME
Woody Allen would like this hidden treasure in central downtown. Les Gens Que J’aime is located in Valencia Street; its entrance is a small door that leads downstairs to a quiet candlelit place. It’s a calm venue where jazz music and good cocktails reign supreme. There is a fortune teller in the corner of this bar most of the days. This enigmatic hotspot has been running for over a hundred years, so it’s well worth visiting Les Gens Que J’aime in Carrer de València.
Carrer de València, 286, 08007 Barcelona, +34932156879, view website
Probably the nicest getaway bar in town, it’s located in a residential district on the hillside of Tibidabo mountain. Recommended for an afternoon cocktail, to watch the sunset and see how the city transforms itself at night. It’s an ideal location to catch up with friends or for a pre-evening drink. If it happens to be full, Mirabe next door is a good cance too.
Plaça del Doctor Andreu, s/n, 08035 Barcelona, +34934188559, send email, view website
A great gym and so different from many others with easy, fun concepts combining the best of techniques created by Magali Dalix. They have daily access for nomads visiting Barcelona. They propose intensive trainingt to get results for those who don’t have much time.
Carrer Bori i Fontestà, 5, 08021 Barcelona, +34672185101, send email, view website
This is a real oasis in the center of Barcelona and a fantastic yoga studio in the city. It’s centrally located but difficult to find. When in Santalo Street one has to cross the building to find a separate house in the courtyard. Then walk to the back and climb to the top floor to find the yoga studio.
Carrer Aribau, 226, 08021 Barcelona, +34646226748, send email, view website
The Barcelona Pavilion is designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It’s a very important building in the history of modern architecture combining a simple form and spectacular use of extravagant materials that emphasize beauty and proportion. No stay in Barcelona is complete without visiting this small, yet impressive building.
Avenida Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7, 08038 Barcelona, +934234016, send email, view website
Discover Barcelona driving a scooter is always a good idea. Via Vespa offers beautiful, automatic Italian Vespas in its rental shop is in the city center. Barcelona is the second European city with the largest number of motorcycles.
Carrer de la Princesa, 56, 08003 Barcelona, +34933196754, send email, view website
The AIRE Group was born 15 years ago in Seville. It was the result of the dream of a group of investors and friends who decided to recuperate the ancient Greek and Roman bath tradition and revive this concept in restored historic buildings. Today one can find iconic AIRE baths in Barcelona and New York.
AIRE creates spaces and experiences to relax the body and mind according to ancient traditions of water with temperature contrasts as elements of relaxation and health. In Barcelona, it occupiesa former meat storage area of El Born Market where century old wells that had supplied the city with water were found. Under the brick vaults the Baths were situated in a careful process of the building restoration.
Passeig de Picasso, 22, 08003 Barcelona, +34932955743, send email, view website
Coworking is new option for nomads seeking the ideal workspace. It offers an interesting alternative to working from home or renting an office, with the associated costs that can come with it. Felisa Cowork is a welcoming and professional space in a great location. Additionally, they offer professional consultancy, in the areas of tax law, labour and accountancy. This space is very well located and is well equipped with technology and adapted to meet partenrs and suppliers. It has also few conference rooms.
Carrer del Rosselló, 295, 08037 Barcelona, +34935390588, send email, view website
Betahaus Barcelona is a coworking space that spreads across 2000 sqmts divided in 6 floors and 5 terraces. They have facilities to work, meet, discuss and even build prototypes in their maker area. It’s not located in downtown but in a neighborhood where the influence of local people is rich. Daily passes include free coffee and tea and unlimited printing.