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Barcelona Hot Spots

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Barcelona is Europe at its most dynamic and compelling, full of boundary-pushing food, art, and style, but grounded in centuries of culture. Where to begin? Here, our all-in-one guide to Catalonia’s seaside capital.

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Destinations: Spain · Barcelona · La Rambla · El Raval · Barceloneta

Inspired by: Barcelona Insider’s Guide — by George Semler, Published Mar. 2008

Hotels (7)

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    Market Hotel

    The Market Hotel is conveniently located at the border of L'Eixample and El Raval. Set in an early-20th-century town house with four-poster beds an

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    Hotel Neri

    An intimate 18th-century palace that blends old-world romance with funky Catalan chic in medieval Barri Gotic, the neighborhood where Picasso lived

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    Casa Fuster

    The hotel is the last Art Nouveau hotel still in operation in Barcelona. The 96 plush guestrooms are done up in shades of café con leche in this 19

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    Hotel Omm

    With its clean lines and unpretentious look, Juli Capella’s Hotel Omm projects an incandescent warmth. The interiors, created by Sandra Tarruella a

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    Hotel Arts

    Stay in this tower of blue glass and steel that rises 44 stories in Port Olímpic (the Olympic Port) with stunning views of the city, water, and Fra

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    Hotel Claris

    The highlight here is not the service (if you check out during prime time, you may learn a few Catalan obscenities from the harried staff)—rather,

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    Hotel Banys Orientals

    Hotel Banys Orientals Location is this hip boutique hotel's trump card—you're right on the edge of El Born, Barcelona's trendiest neighborhood, and

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Restaurants (14)

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    La Báscula

    Part industrial-looking art gallery, part cooperatively run, vegetarian-friendly café (try the house-made spinach ravioli), La Báscula has one of t

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    Il Giardinetto

    A favorite haunt of the literary set, this retro 1970's-era restaurant and bar - note the fantasy-forest décor - prides itself on classic (and gene

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    Bomba Bar Cova Fumada

    The past lives on at this historic haunt where actual fishermen order up salt-cod croquettes at a tatty old marble counter. Twenty dollars buys gri

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    speakeasy Dry Martini

    Known for its namesake drink - arguably the best in Europe - L'Eixample's Dry Martini has all the trappings of a classic film-noir set: emerald... More
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    Me

    The quiet dining room in L’Eixample experiments with a cuisine at the intersection of Vietnam, New Orleans, and Catalonia. The result: lamb carpacc

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    Gresca

    This meringue-white L’Eixample storefront belongs to Rafa Peña, the 32-year-old current leader of Spain’s bistronomic movement. Reservations are in

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    Cacao Sampaka, Barcelona

    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 qualif

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    La Mifanera

    El Bulli–trained chef Roger Martínez takes rice on a global adventure at his Eixample spot. Can’t choose between the classic Catalán rabbit rice an

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    Can Majó

    With tables at the edge of the beach and views out into the Mediterranean, this popular, family-run seafood and rice specialist dating from the lat

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    Espai Sucre

    Pastry pioneer Jordi Butrón keeps his cool gray, 30-seat, minimalist atelier packed with fans of his all-dessert three- and five-course tasting men

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    Tapaç 24

    Just off Passeig de Gracia, the city’s Art Nouveau shopping street, Tapaç 24 is great for a breakfast of bocadillos (sandwiches) and cafe con leche

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    Pinotxo

    A Barcelona institution, Bar Pinotxo is located inside the Mercat de la Boqueria. This small tapas bar is owned and operated by Juanito Bayen. The

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    Alkimia

    Chef and alchemist Jordi Vilà runs the kitchen at this Michelin one-starred restaurant in the Sagrada Familia district of Barcelona. At Alkimia, wh

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    Moo

    The ever-creative Roca brothers have made the Zen-like restaurant in the Hotel Omm a local favorite for haute Catalan cuisine (think, slow-cooked b

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Activities (20)

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    Mon Key Club

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    Biciclot Marítim

    Enjoy a different perspective of Barcelona from the saddle of a five-speed bike with the help of Biciclot Marítim, a nonprofit bike co-operative fo

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    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    Considered the finest example of Catalan Modernist architecture, this 600-year-old former hospital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The result

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    Belvedere, Barcelona

    To ease out of a long workday, stylish Barcelonians stop by this polished Eixample town house for Bloody Marys and tumblers of whiskey. In summer,

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    Spanish Journeys

    Take a culinary tour of Barcelona, which offers cooking programs and custom itineraries, with excursions to the nearby Penedès wine region.

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    Moska

    Owner Maka Abraham travels the world collecting jewelry from near (chunky cuffs and earrings designed by Barcelona silversmiths) and far (antique g

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    Lupo

    From slouchy, oversize carryalls to soft leather purses in the store's signature abanico (fan) shape, bags from Lupo are a Barcelona staple.

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    Jamboree

    The legendary jazz club has hosted everyone from Ella and Chet to budding greats such as the Charlie Hunter trio. After the headliners, the intimat

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    Estro

    This unassuming shop stocks exquisite Italian leather goods: buttery-soft black flats from Pompeii and bags from the Sicilian line Bid Hand Made.

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    Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

    Ask a sophisticated Barcelona native where he'll be this weekend, and the answer is often the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).

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    Casa Batlló

    Join the Gaudi gawkers in front of the architect's surreal Casa Batlló.

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    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 t

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    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

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    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

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    Almacén Marab

    Argentine designer Marabís tiny atelier is filled with her handmade patchwork animals; the playful dolls, which have been displayed at the Museu d'

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    The style of grazing indigenous to Barcelona revolves around "bares de producto," ingredient-laden counters inspired by the kioskos (dining stalls) of the city's buoyant Boqueria market.

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    Check out the famed Prado Museum's expanded gallery space; eat and drink among art-world insiders; and do a self-guided Goya tour .

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    Barcelona's latest crop of eateries is embracing a simple, ingredient-based cuisine—and that ingredient is often seafood.

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    At the western edge of the great, dry meseta of Castilla y Léon, Spain's Bierzo region produces a special wine grape, Mencia, found nowhere else in the world.

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    Spain, Haro, Rioja

    In Spain’s Basque country, a venerable Rioja wine estate is banking on a superstar architect to raise its profile with a fresh take on the luxury hotel. Whatever your sympathies, or antipathies, th

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  • Shopping in Barcelona, Spain

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    From the high-end boutiques of Passeig de Gracia to hidden shops in the Barri Gòtic, here is an exhaustive guide to getting your shopping fix in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Be forewarned, how

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