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Barcelona: Abac

Barcelona’s gourmands have long been crazy for the brilliant revisionist Catalán cooking of chef Xavier Pellicer. After 10 years at his original El Born address, the maestro moved his restaurant north to the leafy residential Sant Gervasi barrio, adding a chic 15-room hotel housed in the 19th-century mansion of a flamboyant socialite intellectual, and a striking new glassy pavilion by Catalán architect Antoni de Moragas. After a long day on the town, you’ll be grateful for the hotel’s relaxed vibe, its soothing garden, and its diminutive spa. The minimalist blond-wood guest rooms are outfitted with Treca de Paris beds, and spacious snow-white bathrooms are stocked with Hermès toiletries. At the sleek, light-filled restaurant, Pellicer’s perfectionist compositions—amazingly sweet Maresme peas accessorized with truffles and bacalao; a signature bamboo-steamed foie gras in a gingered chicken consommé—are framed by Versace plates. T+L Tip Save room for the most exciting cheese cart in Barcelona. Doubles from $286; dinner for two $266.


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