Spend your morning visiting el Parc de Ciutadella and if you come in September, it’s also the place where a lot of free events are held as part of the Le Merce festival that has up to 500 events throughout Barcelona. Then head to Borne, there are great shops that are small boutiques and most are all Spanish – you won’t see the big chains here, and Borne has great atmospheric, old streets.

From Borne you can walk to the beach – Barceloneta and through the old port. Head to el Moll de la fusta and walk Passeig de Borbó until you find the beach, it’s a very nice walk. You can have a Paella at Kaiku restaurant or at Xiringuito Escriba – these two are my favourite paella places and are in my top 5 places to eat listed below.


Then take the underground or taxi and go to Gracia. It is a nice neighbourhood, tourists don’t usually go here and is great to visit. Everything happens at Carrer Verdi and around it, so easy, easy…


If you want to stay closer to the area, walk towards plaza Catalunya, the streets around The Cathedral are great. Even though Las Ramblas is a very famous street, it is not worth it.. just cross it and go to El Raval neighbourhood. Take Joaquin Costa street, it is nice. Walk until you get to Macba museum which is Barcelona’s contemporary art museum. Raval has a great night life, a bit more underground than Gracia, and much less Chic than Borne.

Before dinner you can take the old tram: Tramvia Blau at the beginning of Avinguda Tibidabo, and have a drink at Mirablau bar. You will have a great view of Barcelona.


You can have dinner at: Bar del pla, my top favourite, best tapas place in Barcelona. Book in advance! Or if you can’t get in here try
Restaurant 58. Go early – they don’t take reservations.



BAR del Pla The best place for Tapas in Barcelona – €30.00


But for the ultimate experience – Tickets – co- owned by Ferran Adrià’s who owned the infamous El Bulli ranked for a number of years as the no 1 restaurant in the world. This tapas bar is affordable and is of course difficult to get a table – often needing to book a few months in advance. But you can always try your luck by just showing up for last minute cancellations.

For Catalan cuisine, Senyor perellada, is a brilliant restaurant on a budget. Don’t be fooled by the exterior that makes it look like an expensive restaurant.

Xiringuito escribà or Kaiku restaurant – my 2 top favourites to have the infamous Spanish dish, paella. Please don’t eat this dish anywhere near Las Rambla! Around €40

L ‘Eggs – a 3 star Michelin chef with his other restaurants. The hero of all this restaurant is all about eggs hence the name. This one is great at a relatively affordable price at €60 for two, and really showcases Spain’s inventiveness with our cuisine.


The city has so many side streets and alleys so walk as much as you can and visit la Sagrada Familia, the inside is just breathtaking.


Tip – Buy your tickets online as the queue can take over 2 hrs to buy a ticket on the day.

Visit any Gaudi building. Unique only to Barcelona. The food market – La Boqueria – is on Las Ramblas and is the only thing worth visiting here. It is very touristy but has a great atmosphere. Hunt out where you just see locals sitting at the small bars.


Visit Palau de al Música, have berenar (tea & cake) in Carrer Petritxol a street that dates back to the 15th century (ask for a Suís & melindros, which is hot chocolate + cream and a little spongy stuff. Raima is a nice paper and writing stuff shop (awful website but shop is great), close to Palau de la Música, and nearby is the hotel Ohla, go there and have a cocktail, the guy is the best in Europe.

Stay in Borne – whilst it has been an area under the radar for some time it is becoming a little more touristy but is a brilliant location where you have boutiques, great restaurants and a very creative vibe. I’ve never stayed in an hotel in my own city, but friends have and recommend Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona

Barcelona is fairly compact so you can walk to a lot of places and is the best way to see a city, but we also have a good metro service that runs till late in the weekends

Pickpockets are common at touristic spots – also in the metro – so just be aware.

Don’t eat in a restaurant if they have pictures in the menu, never! Toros and Sangria is not our culture, you will find it in Seville. Having drinks or eating in any terrace or restaurant at Las Ramblas, you will eat food for tourists at tourist prices

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