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Ask a sophisticated Barcelona native where he’ll be this weekend, and the answer is often the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Since it opened in 1994 inside a gorgeously rehabilitated 18th-century hospice in the Raval neighbor...
Café de la Princesa This 14th-century stone palace houses the minimalist dresses and suits of Barcelona designer Julie Sohn (think Jil Sander with an Asian twist), and narrowly cut men’s wear from Danish haberdashers Sand, as well as travel b...
Morning Cacao Sampaka Hot cocoa goes haute at this sleek shop and café part-owned by Ferran Adrià’s pastry-chef brother, Albert. Dark and dense, the liquid easily qualifies as an alternative energy source. The chocolate-smeared tostada might be ...
Camisería Pons This 100-year-old clothing store stocks a slew of Catalán designers for women and men (including Josep Abril’s impeccable linen shirts). Look for the reduced-price off-season racks in the back. 49 Gran de Gràcia; 34/93-217-7292. L...
Bar Raval Slide into a leather booth at this watering hole and you’ll be immersed in the chatty camaraderie of the professors, writers, artists, and theater types who live nearby in the streets surrounding the Museu d’Art Contemporani. 19 Doctor ...
With one foot in Europe and the other in Spain, Barcelona has always reveled in contradictions: fiercely Catalán-nationalist and defiantly cosmopolitan; stolidly bourgeois yet always rebellious; a city where seny (cool common sense) and rauxa (hed...
Haute Hospitality Hotel Hotel Arts Barcelona 19-21 Marina; 34/93-221-1000; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $625 Overview Housed in a glittering skyscraper—with views of the city, water, and Frank Gehry’s Fish sculpture—Hotel Arts has impeccable ...
See our slideshow of 37 Affordable European Restaurants. Those of you put off by the cost of eating in Europe, fear no more: after spending more days on the Continent than I did at home last year, I can assure you that finding affordable meals ha...
Edgy Spanish shoemaker Camper looked to the streets of Barcelona—literally—for the design of its men’s walking shoe, pictured here. The pattern on the fabric looks like the city’s sidewalks, and the soles pinpoint the Catalan capital on a map of...
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Two women are sitting under a palm tree at a café in Barcelona's Plaça Reial, nibbling listlessly at a shared boule of ice cream and waiting desperately for the Barri Gòtic to reopen for business. One (me) is checking the time every few minutes on...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...
Barcelona There's no tastier way to start the day than by prowling the bustling Boqueria market, with its riot of tomatoes, chanterelles, and boutique beans. And that's before you even zero in on the dining bars. While Pinotxo (466 Mercat de la ...
What do Paris, Venice, San Francisco, Rome, Florence, Vienna, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, New York, and Sydney have in common?They're made for love. Watch palazzi drift by from a gondola, try a tango in a steamy Argentinean dance hall, or view a bus...
Lower-priced hotels have long been the realm of Muzak-filled lobbies outfitted with worse-for-wear furniture and industrial carpeting. But the genre has entered a new era. A wine bar?A sleek lounge area?Free Wi-Fi?Walk into the recently opened Hya...