BARCELONA! Yes! This wast he first time I visited this wonderful city actually. What an amazing city. Especially the good food and beautiful streets left their mark. Apart from the Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous shopping street – well actually it’s is more than just a shopping street – (see upper picture). Now let me tell you my favourite places around town. Last but not least, I would like to thank Anouk for sharing some tips!
One of the tips Anouk, who lived in Barcelona for a year, gave me is to sit around at Macba, Barcelona’s museum for contemporary art in the weekend. The square in front of the museum is usually filled with skaters, where you find yourself in this cosy atmosphere. We wanted to visit the museum too but it had already closed when we arrived (so check the timetable before heading there!).
A must-do when in Barcelona is hiring a scooter! Well at least that’s what my boyfriend and I love to do when discovering a city. By scooter we went to Camp Nou, Sagrada Familia and Barceloneta. Of course you can go by metro too, but when not stay at ground size and have a look around. We were in Barcelona for three days and decided to hire a scooter for a day. Also we picked the best rental shop of Barcelona! BSC scooters is definitely the place to be. Super friendly staff, great service, fair prices and brand new scooters. In the shop you find, apart from scooters, some nice caps too.
Inevitable to visit when in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia. Of course! As we did not have to much time that day, we did not visit the inside of the church, but next time I will, as some friends of mine told me that the inside is beautiful. I must admit that I thought the church would have been bigger. Apparently I’m the only one who thinks so ;)
BREAKFAST AT BRUNCH AND CAKE
I had been recommended to go to Brunch and Cake by at least 6 people, so we went there. I have to be honest: the waffle with the egg was not the best. Wrong choice I guess, because the dishes of the other clients looked ah-mazing. Ours did too as you see in the picture above, but we both did not like the taste. Sad coincidence I think.. Oh and try to avoid Sunday mornings, because it is soooo busy that you might have to wait a few minutes for a table.
FLAX & KALE
We did not make it to Flax & Kale because of the lack in time, but a lot of people recommended this place and when passing this place I looked super cool. Flax & Kale is flexitarian restaurant, which means that they serve vegetarian food with a small amount of animal protein.
La Boqueria is a food market next to the Ramblas. It is filled with tourists, but has an cosy maybe a bit crowdy atmosphere. You have these different food spots where you can find dishes going from paella to fresh fruit to delicious ham. Definitely worth having a look over there at lunch time. Tip: the paella spot in the right corner is really nice and the paella tasted really good.
When looking for a nice place to eat tapas, we bumped into Bar Nolla, a real tapas bar specialized in fish tapas. You’re surrounded by locals and the place has a beautiful interior. We ordered different tapas which were all very yummie, but make sure you try the meatball with a fish taste. Sounds weird, but it tastes good! A standard tapas dish that I order when in Spain is Octopus Galician style (see upper picture), which is a little little spicy and soooo delicious!
Xativa Arrosseria was actually a restaurant that my boyfriend found. Only locals. Very calm. Do not go there for a nice interior, but for great paella! Oh and as a little appetizer the bruscettas are ah-mazing.
We found this place when strolling around in the Gracia district. You find the coolest t-shirts with unique prints at Typographia and for a very moderate price. Oh and the Gracia district is very nice to just chill and get away from the crowdy vibe in the city centre.
As my boyfriend is a huge fan of football, we decided to go visit the Camp Nou football club. It is located 15minutes from the city centre. Pretty impressive! To see the inside and outside of the stadium, you have to pay.. TIP! Make sure you take your student pass with you if you have one, because you will have to pay less ;) It is a nice and unique experience. Also it was worth the 18 euros we paid for a two hour trip in and around the stadium.
Fan of cocktails? Not afraid of trying something new? Go to Beirut, located in the ……… district. The bar is very very cool and the interior is absolutely crazy. The bartender made us some delicious and fascinating cocktails, so I would definitely recommend this place for a drink!
Nice (tapas) bar next to Macba. We noticed this place because of its one table with old chairs right outside the bar. Perfect to hang out and start your evening! Do note that you are not able to get a coffee after 11 PM ;)
Some more shots I took when discovering the city of Barcelona! Hope you like the spots :)