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This is a creative wanderlist project that will show you my Barcelona through 27 selected sites and sights, one for each letter of the alphabet. You won't miss a thing, and you'll discover the city through a local's eye.
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Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
For oceanfront dining, Agua is a good bet among the tangle of so-so restaurants lining the city’s beaches. The Mediterranean menu focuses on fresh, simply prepared seafood, and there’s also a quality selection of Spanish rice dishes,...
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Carrer de les Caputxes, 10, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
This place looks more like a jewelry place than a cake shop. When I finish my tours in the Born district, I can't hardly stop myself from heading there to reward me for a good job done (and when I'm with clients and we pass by, they NEED to see...
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Passeig de Gràcia, 132, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
This is one of my favorite hotels in town. I love their combination of modern and old: this trendy boutique hotel is inside a building by Domènech i Muntaner, one of the top architects of Barcelona modernism, but it has been decorated with a...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 162, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
I'm not too much on cocktails, but I am a curious person, so when I read in a local magazine that Dry Martini (which of course I had heard of because it's been around for over 30 years) was classed amongst the 25 best drink bars in the world and...
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26, Hotel W, Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
When I feel fancy, I put on my best cocktail outfit (strict dress code here!), and head to the W hotel, then take the elevator to their 26th floor, where Eclipse Bar is located. I love watching the sunset from here, it makes me feel there is no...
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Carrer de la Dagueria, 16, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This is one of the shops that always make my foodie tours (and where I also go when I need a snack). Katherine, the owner, serves those little cheese tastings that I love. For only three euro you get one goat, one sheep, and one cow cheese (served...
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Sombrerers, 23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
When I'm on a food tour with my clients, this shop is a MUST. I tell them it's been open for over 160 years, and then I take them to the very bottom of the shop to show them the wood oven where they still roast nuts today, but dates back from...
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Carrer de l'Argenteria, 37, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Sometimes my clients ask me where to find unique jewelry for special presents. This is the place where I take them. Rather than a jewelry, the dim atmosphere is almost like in a chapel, and that suits so well to the almost mystical designs that...
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C/ Cotoners, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Browse accessories designed and handcrafted in Barcelona at Iriarte Iriarte. Sleek yet sturdy leather bags with brass finishes make timeless investment pieces for any wardrobe. Iriarte Iriarte pieces have popped up in the pages of Spanish Vogue...
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Carrer de Requesens, 2, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
The first time I went it was years ago when I used to do lots of swing dancing. We'd attend every concert in town, hopping to find a spot where we could dance to jazz music. JazzSí is a club owned by a great musicians school in town, and it has a...
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Plaça del Mar, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
I used to read in local magazines that Kaiku was a place where local actors and artists hang out, and actually several times I've seen them here (although you won't really be able to tell unless you watch the Catalan TV...). But that's not why I...
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Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
This is one of my favorite gardens in Barcelona. I take the subway to Mundet, then I walk uphill living the buzz of the city behind me. On Wednesdays, the entrance is for free (the rest of the days you need to be a small fee to go in). The maze...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 249, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
This ultramodern space—part wine bar, part restaurant—has a daunting wine list with more than 3,000 labels, plus a rotating list of 50 that you can try by the glass before committing to a full bottle. Skip the iPad and put yourself...
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Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
If someone asks me what's my favorite hotel in the Old Town, there is no doubt: I like the Neri! First of all, for its location just around the corner from the Cathedral (although it is true that if you have a lot of luggage, you might rather find...
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Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Even if you don't typically go for the streamlined, minimalist look, the 91-room Omm is worth considering. Here, the clean aesthetic feels zen-like rather than spartan—perhaps it's the contrast between the dark corridors and the...
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08024 Barcelona, Spain
A pilgrimage to this enchanting park is a must for any Antoni Gaudí fan. Located atop Carmel Hill to the north of the city, the park was inspired by English landscape gardens, but its fantastical elements make sure you know it was...
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Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Forget Google Maps: You’ll quickly locate this venerable tapas bar in El Poble-Sec by the line out the door. With standing-room-only space for just 20 people, this sliver of a spot fills up fast—and stays that way until closing time....
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Rabla de las Flores, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Amble down La Rambla, stopping to admire fresh flowers, original artwork, and Barcelona souvenirs at your leisure. Watch living statues come to life when you drop a euro in their cups—most will pose with passersby, for a price, of course....
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Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
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Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
I was born in the district of Sarrià, a neighborhood where the rest of the Barcelonians don't really come unless it's for a good reason. And if there is a tapas bar that is worth travelling for, it's this one. Bar Tomàs is considered to have the...
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
The first time I ate there, I was invited by some friends for lunch. It might even have been my first time eating in the market: I was surprised that it could be such a cool experience! The best thing about Universal is that they have a day menu...
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Rising up dramatically at the end of the beach along the Barceloneta boardwalk, the Ricardo Bofill–designed W Hotel is uncompromisingly modern, complete with reflective glass façade, distinctive sail-like shape, and youthful, clubby...
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Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
It is hard to find a more authentic tapas bar in the Old Town than this one. Founded in 1929, now the 4th generation of the same family is starting to take over bringing a happy freshness to the always busy but still smiling staff. When I take...
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Plaça de Catalunya, 1-4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This café is a meeting point for locals. If we are meeting in Plaça Catalunya, there are two points of reference: either you meet in front of Corte Inglés, or you meet in front of the Zurich. It is great for people watching (but you'll be paying...
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Carrer de Salvador Espriu, 61, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Evenings in a foreign city can be boring unless you've planned your nightlife outings carefully... Going to the movies can be a great way to disconnect from so much sighseeing, give your brain a rest from so much foreign language babling and......