Katarina Petrovic, A Style Journey
(Affiliate) My expectations before my Barcelona getaway with my boyfriend was approximately non – except that we were going to have a good and relaxing time, escaping all the stress at home.
I’m not sure if it was this – the lack of excitement and expectations – or the fact that the city simply is just made for the tranquil life, but Barcelona just jumped up on my top 10 big city list. Tranquil yet alive, modern yet with so much history. Not to mention the cultural scene; art, music and food on highest level!
Travel with us to Barcelona…
Left: Vincci Mae and right: Margot House
WHERE TO STAY
Since I’m not that found of living in the middle of ‘everything’, we always try hunting down the best hotels a bit out of the heart of the city, yet close enough it isn’t stress coming back for a quick break or change before dinner. So, we found Vincci Mae.
Book Vincci Mae HERE.
This super chic hotel is located in Avinguda Diagonal, close to the Passeig de Gràcia – and in general all the must-visit districts. With its newly and delicately decorated (large) rooms, the amazing breakfast and perfect location, this hotel ticks off all our demands. Not to mention the price, which makes it even better!
You should definitely NOT leave Barcelona without having breakfast or brunch at Caravelle. The whole spot is just super authentic; from the interior, to the serving and the food. Caravelle is even THE coffee-break spot thanks to it’s location and amazing Cappuccino ofc!
Left: Cecconi’s and right: Gats
After doing some pre-travel research (yes, we love having our restaurants all set, simply because there is nothing more annoying – and conflictual – than trying to find the perfect restaurant, in a new city, when hungry) I found out that there are actually few European cities that can rival Barcelona’s food scene at the moment.
In other words; a weekend getaway is far than enough to sum up all the food-spots you should know, but here are a few that passed the security check – and some we had on our list:
1. GATS: Chic and laid-back atmosphere, with great tapas and sharing plates. Do not forget the drinks – or a huge sangria!
2. CECCONI’S: This stylish and modern Italian spot is known for serving super tasty Northern Italy dishes – and not only in Barcelona. The baked gnocchi’s are musts! So is the risotto with mushrooms and taleggio.
3. EL NACIONAL: Probably one of the coolest and most well thought out concept restaurant I’ve been to so far. El Nacional consist of 4 food areas (restaurants) and 4 bars, all worth a visit – depending on your food-mood.
4. EL MERCADER: This one is the total opposite from the rest mentioned above; a home away from home restaurant, serving both classic and moderns dishes in the cozy environment. Sitting outside in the garden, drinking wine and eating plates that are all prepared according to the clean produce ethics, KM0 and Slow Food? Yes, please!
WE ALSO WANT TO TRY: La Balmesina, Bicnic, Final Felic La Dama, The Green Spot.
Left: Boca Grande and right: Cecconi’s
WHERE TO DRINK
For some pre-dinner glasses or a casual evening, both the garden at Mercander, Gats and Cecconi’s will do. If you’re really up for some good wine Can Cisa/Bar Brutal is your place!
If you’re up for a night-out round check out: Boca Grande, Paradiso and Creps al Born.
Soho House Barcelona
Either you need a shopping-break or a late night hangout-spot, the rooftops in Barcelona are made this and the tranquil life you should be seeking while there.
1. SOHO HOUSE BARCELONA
2. HOTEL DUQUESA DE CARDONA
3. LA ISABELA AT HODEL 1898
4. LA DOLCE VITAE AT MAJESTIC HOTEL
5. PULITZER TERRACE
Left: Celine and right: Santa Eulalia
WHERE TO SHOP
For everything from Zara and Mango to Celine and Gucci head over to Passeig De Gràcia; the main street for both high-street and high-end shopping. But if you’re looking for the treasures, the secret is to stroll around – especially in the areal around el Born and Las Ramblas – and discover the small, intime shops in the tiny streets.
FASHION: Santa Eulalia, Jean-Pierre Bua and La Manual Alpargatera.
VINTAGE: Le Swing Vintage and Le Blow.
BEAUTY: Les topettes.
INTERIOR: Noak Room and Brutus de Gaper.
FLEA MARKETS: Los Encants.
From the left: Park Güell, Parc Del Laberint D’Horta and Picasso Museum
WHAT TO SEE
Except Sagrada Família – which of course is a must-see – these should be on your list. As well as just our all time favorite thing to do when visiting a new city; walk around and get lost in the streets.
1. CASA BATLLÓ
2. PARK GÜELL
3. PICASSO MUSEUM
4. PARC DEL LABERINT D’HORTA
Fundacion Joan Miro.