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Tastemakers' Guide to Barcelona

The entrepreneur, Helena Garriga.

Photo: Bill Phelps

In Barcelona, a capital of Mediterranean culture, cool, and incredible food, we asked nine plugged-in locals to tell us about their favorite restaurants, galleries, shops, and more. Read the article

Hotels (2)

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    Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

    Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola oversaw the conversion of this midcentury bank building (at the main intersection of Barcelona’s elegant Eixampl

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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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Restaurants (8)

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    Bar Mut

    This L'Eixample tavern is known for its Gallic seafood tapas. Situated on the crossroads of Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, the restaurant packs in c

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    Via Veneto

    A fine-dining institution since 1967, Via Veneto uses fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean coast in its authentic Catalan cuisine. Helmed by th

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    Xemei

    This small restaurant near Montjuc transports diners to Venice with its authentic Italian fare. The menu includes homemade pastas, seafood, includi

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    Dos Cielos

    Barcelona-born twin chefs Javier and Sergio Torres recently opened Dos Cielos to instant critical raves for their inventive riffs on Catalan food.

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    Tapioles 53

    Do the prefix dinenr of eclectic cuisine served around the communal table at the arty yet homey spot.

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    Suquet de l’Almirall

    Known for its waterfront view, this Barceloneta port restaurant brings in ingredients fresh from the fish market, located a mere 100 meters away. H

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    Cal Pep

    Pied piper Pep Manubens has been pulling off culinary magic in this slender slot of a restaurant for the last quarter century. The formula is simpl

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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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Activities (35)

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    Mercat de la Boqueria

    One of Spain’s oldest and largest markets, the Mercat de la Boqueria is located just off La Rambla in a cavernous, iron-framed hall. Originating as

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    Galeria Ras

    The unique space at Ras, constructed from concrete and cast iron, serves a three-fold purpose: it is part exhibition space, part bookstore, and par

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    Casas International

    Located on the Ramblas, Casas Internacional is one of Barcelona’s most popular vendors of designer footwear. The store’s inventory is mostly Italia

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    Iguapop Gallery

    This venue is closed.

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    Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona

    The Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona is one of the city’s most prominent exhibition centers. Located in the Raval district, the CCCB organi

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    Corte Ingles

    For one-stop shopping, Corte Ingles sells everything from maternity wear to marcona almonds. Located on the main square of Plaza Catalunya, this S

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    En Línea Barcelona

    Founded by Javier Serra in 1987, En Línea Barcelona is one of the city’s most prestigious furniture and interior design stores. The store sells ite

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    Els Quatre Gats

    Since 1897, Els Quatre Gats (“The Four Cats”) has served many purposes: pub, café, hostel, cabaret, and restaurant. Located on the ground floor of

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    Pavellon Mies van der Rohe

    Originally designed and built by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition, the Pabellon Mies van der Rohe is

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    MyDrap

    The stand is full of cotton napkins of all colors and sizes.

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    Forn Roura

    Pick up spinach-and-pine-nut coca (Catalan pizza) at this old-fashioned bakery.

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    Galvany Market

    This famed farmers’ and fishmongers’ market in the Sant Gervasi district offers shoppers everything from fresh asparagus and eggs to filet mignon a

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    Complementos Carmina Rotger

    With more than 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Carmina Rotger is Barcelona’s top authority on accessories, and her shop is a go-to

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    Eden Lun

    Founded in 1999 by the husband and wife design duo Xavi Gali and Cris Roca, this Barcelona boutique stocks fur, silk, cashmere, and leather pieces.

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    Parc del Fòrum

    Picnic around the saltwater swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean.

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