EAT, DRINK & EXPLORE - BY ALEJANDRA WELSH PEÑA
They stay out LATE in Spain, so you better have a jam-packed itinerary of restaurants, activities, and bars for the whole day and most of the night. Our local insider, model Alejandra Welsh Peña has revealed us her top 10 spots …we’re pretty sure they will keep you busy for a whole weekend in town!
EL NIÑO VIEJO
tapas - Michelin star - cocktails - €€
Go for either the Michelin-starred restaurant, or the separate taquería for killer tacos and an amazing coctelería without the hefty price tag.
tapas - local - dinner - €€
Head over to this traditional bustling tapería, for a chirpy atmosphere of clinking plates, cheeky waiters and cheerful Catalans. No reservations and not usually visited by tourists.
FLAX AND KALE
brunch - organic - outdoor seating - €€
A fantastically healthy brunch option with a beautiful garden terrace on the roof. Feels very California, from the acai bowls to the avocado toast!
restaurant - Japanese - draught beer - €
Locals adopted dim sum, delicious, bite-sized comfort foods, and spun it into “Asian tapas,” with favorites such as dumplings, fried duck, and specialty beers!
cocktails - hidden gem - hotel bar - €€€
A hidden courtyard in the middle of The Gothic Quarter. Impossible to find it will transport you into another world with great DJs and cocktails from Thursday to Saturday.
cocktails - live music - jazz music - €€
A super hip cuisine, drinks, and art space with live jazz and Latin beats to enjoy before a night out, or stay later and watch the tempo kick into high gear!
LIBERTINE AT CASA BONAY
cocktails - bohemian - hotel bar - €€
Enjoy Barcelona's bohemian dancing rhythms over great cocktails and music with a young, fashionable crowd. They stay out dancing, drinking, and dining here until 3AM!
date night - fun night out - live music - €€
Bring a bottle of wine, some cushions and enjoy live music, food trucks and a great movie put on by the Montjuïc Castle with the stars shining above you.
SAN CUGAT MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
outdoorsy - nature - view - €€
Take the trail to enjoy a lunch on the other side of Barcelona before cycling back to the city. Hire shops will be able to provide you with bikes routes.
PISCINA MUNICIPAL DE MONTJUÏC
stunning pool - family friendly - hidden gem - €
If you fancy taking a dip, check out this Olympic diving pool with stunning views of the city. Only open during the summer, but there’s other public swim areas atop this mountain in the off-season!