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My insider tips for a City break or weekend in Barcelona
16 October 2013 @ 18:00

Well known as a cosmopolitan city with its own beach, it´s a great destination for lovers of architecture too. The choice of restaurants and shops is vast. The city is also an important cruise ship destination. It became more popular as a tourist destination after the Olympics in 1992.

If you are lucky enough to head to Barcelona on a business trip or city break, here a few tips for you. I lived in Barcelona for over 7 years and continue to visit the city a few times each year. The mild climate and vibrant atmosphere of the city make it one of my preferred places to spend a weekend.

Restaurants: If you want somewhere with a view, check out Agua o Bestiari which are both practically on beach. (Metro Vila Olympica- yellow line)

If you want to taste typical Catalan food. Then head to El Mussol. (The name is the Catalan word for Owl) They have several restaurants around the city. Good quality food and good price vs. quality.

For more contemporary dining choices head to one of my favourites for originality Semproniana in the Eixample district or try El Pla for its offering of local market food, this is not far from Jaume I metro stop.

For drinks or snacks you can´t beat the emblematic Cervecería Moritz. This Barcelona beer factory smells wonderfully of cereals are you approach it. It has a funky shop on site too, selling everything under the sun with their yellow retro label on it. They have different areas for food, drinks, tapas, shop. You can even tour the factory if you have enough free time.

Another must see although quite touristy is the Bosc de les fades on a side street just off the Ramblas. Please be extra careful around Ramblas area and Plaza Catalunya unfortunately pick pockets are rife in this area. They easily spot people with a map, chunky camera or shiny iphone.

Somewhere glamourous to have tea or coffee is the Café Vienes. This is located in the Hotel Casa Fuster. I adore this place. Sumptuous red velvets chairs in a modernist building in Barcelona´s Gracia neighbourhood


If you have time for Shopping at the top of Avenida Diagonal the Corte Ingles Diagonal is one of Spain’s best. They have an excellent range of designer brands and cosmetics. Also on Avenida Diagonal is L´illa shopping centre. In the basement they have a high end food market and some noodle bars & eateries for casual dining. If you prefer alternative or independent boutiques, then best to head over to the area around Paseo el Born.


A very handy beauty contact to have in Barcelona is Masajes a 1000 on Calle Mallorca. They are open 8am til 11pm for waxing, massages, pedicures, hairdressing etc.  The benefit is that they are open every day of the year, as well as being reasonably priced. You don´t need an appointment!

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Patricia said:
22 October 2013 @ 12:35

A shame you didn't cover the many things to do in Barca insted of just eating, drinking and beauty. You can do that anywhere!

piccavey said:
22 October 2013 @ 12:42

I wanted to avoid the information about Tourist spots in the city, Ramblas, Gaudi, The beach etc as this can be found in any guide book.
I lived in Barcelona for so long, when I return my experience is more like a local rather than a tourist.. this is the information I share on this post.

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