TRAVEL GUIDE: BARCELONA
Another whirlwind trip in the books! I feel very grateful I got to visit Barcelona for the first time last week on a quick work trip with Allie! This city was packed full of art, color and amazing food and excited to share all my favorite spots with you!
WHERE TO STAY
We were graciously hosted by Le Meridien Barcelona and LOVED the location of this hotel. You’re right in the heart of the city by the renowned Las Ramblas. Most of the restaurants and spots we visited were a quick walk away which was amazing for our short stay!
Our suite was so spacious and stunning with a private balcony, perfect for an afternoon siesta! The hotel has an amazing restaurant and bar (get the sangria and croquettes!) so you truly have everything you need at this modern hotel.
WHERE TO EAT
Our first night we dined at this cozy tapas bar and I think it may be a top five meals I’ve ever had. We sat at the bar in front of all the fresh seafood and tried so many unique and fresh dishes, along with an amazing bottle of wine. Make sure to make a reservation for the bar seating!
For a fancier night, make sure to head to Estimar. Tucked in a hidden alley, this Michelin star restaurant is known for their incredible seafood as well and everything was done to perfection. Favorite dish was the caviar toast and clams!
A classic Barcelona spot, we had the best last meal here before heading back to the US. It gets super busy but we were able to squeeze in at the bar for some tapas and cocktails (the squid sandwich was unreal!) and it was the perfect place to end our trip.
My friends recommended this tiny tapas bar and it was such a delight as our first meal in Barcelona! The grilled octopus was insane and of course, had to kick off with tomato and bread too!
Cotton House Hotel is all about the vibes and their huge restaurant and bar was the perfect place to cool down and have a delicious meal. Such a gorgeous space (and delicious food!), sit out in the garden if not too hot!
Another spot with amazing decor and design was Bar Galan. We went for lunch and had the entire restaurant to ourselves as most skip lunch in Spain so was perfect for photo taking! My favorite was their famous tortilla filled with cheese and truffle!
I was in major need of coffee once we landed and this chic shop was a few blocks away. Amazing iced latte!
This coffee shop and healthy food spot was the perfect place to rest for a bit in the afternoon. We had some of their desserts but all of their dishes looked amazing (plus the design was so cool!).
WHAT TO DO
Visit The Gaudi Buildings
Seeing Gaudi’s stunning and unique buildings throughout Barcelona were one of my favorite parts of our visit. From Casa Batllo to La Sagrada Familia, there is a masterpiece in every part of the city. My favorite though was visiting Park Guell, truly nothing quite like it!
Visit Mercado de La Boqueria
Only a five minute walk from our hotel was the huge Mercado de La Boqueria. This was one of the most beautiful food markets I’ve ever seen with every food stand you could think of. From the butchers to fresh juices and fruit, I could’ve spent hours there walking around (and eating!).
With the dollar and Euro being almost equal, there’s no better time to shop in Europe! The shopping in Barcelona was amazing and I picked up my first Celine bag as a celebration of a successful work year!