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Like Hemingway…I like to drink, I like to write, and, on occasion, I like to be a contrarian. I also like to understand the culture of the “other,” especially when it has such a deep history. So, that’s why I came to Pamplona. Still, my conscience...
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Madrid, Spain
This tavern-based tapas bar in Madrid was founded in 1906 and fiercely carries out the tapas tradition. It has had many famous patrons, including Andy Warhol, and has a great wine selection as well as beers to go along with the famous garlic...
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Calle Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
If you're in Madrid and in the mood for tapas, you might not know exactly where to go or what to taste. The Mercado San Miguel (metro Sol) takes away all that decision-making by providing you with a taste experience all under one roof. The old,...
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Plaza de San Miguel, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is one of the best places to go for a little of everything local, or tapas-style shopping. They are always busy. Whether you are looking for ham or oysters, fresh fruits or desserts, coffee or wine, they have it...
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Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's multi-level Mercado San Anton is a sight to be seen. Rows of gorgeous produce, local specialties, Italian deli favorites, briny seafood and locally-farmed meats line the perimeter of each floor, each stall more enticing than the one...
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Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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The family-run El Pescador is not only down-to-earth fun, but also a very good seafood restaurant, with great tapas and a smart choice of Albarino wines. Try a glass of Mercado San Miguel. —Alessia Antinori Jose Ortega y Gasset 75, 34/91-402-1290,...
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Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Eat dinner like a conquistador at Restaurante Sobrino de Botin. The combination of its central location off Plaza Mayor and its claim to be the "Oldest Restaurant in the World" makes it charming and fun for family and friends. Make sure to put in...
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Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Though toma means "Take it" in Spanish, this cafe offers more than takeaway service. With a very intimate lounge, Toma's staff are able to interact with customers while showing off their impressive coffee knowledge as well as English. Homemade...
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Santa Korda Kalea, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
At La Cuchara de San Telmo, on the corner of the plaza Valle Lersundi in San Sebastian, the specialties were hot pintxos, quickly prepared to order--from the menu or the specials board, or by pointing to what your neighbor was eating. This was one...
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Carrer del Bruc, 162, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
On any visit to Barcelona, a trip through the city's charming Gothic Quarter shouldn't be missed. You'll find everything there from historic buildings and fun shops to entertaining street performers and delicious restaurants like this one. I love...
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Calle Benjamín de Tudela, 23-25, bajos, 31008 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Wine is an essential component of San Fermín. Instead of lugging around a glass bottle, choose from five different handcrafted botas (wine skins) that hold up to three liters of your favorite vino, or order a custom-made 20-liter classic. ...
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Navarre, Spain
Imagine 100,000 acres of dry, clay desert landscape. Whoever said that Europe doesn’t have the great outdoors has never been to Las Bárdenas Reales Desert. Likened to Nevada or a Utah landscape, wind and water is acting architect, forming...
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Carrer d'Entença, 116 bis, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Browse a wide selection of regional wines--reds, rosés, whites, sweet and bubbly cavas made in Catalonia are up for grabs at prices ranging from very reasonable (under 10 euros) to expensive (more than 70 euros). They have an online store, but at...
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Carrer del Bruc, 84, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
They really think about low-budget travelers @ the Guest House Jardinets in Barcelona! When I came there this summer they gave me more than 30 different tips or excursions that you can do in Barcelona without admission costs…for free! They also...
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Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
An incubator for local talent, the gallery features work by Mikel Urmeneta of the comedic San Fermín–inspired Kukuxumusu graphic arts company through the end of May. 34/948-291-686. This appeared in the May/June 2012 issue.
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Carrer del Marquès de Dos Aigües, 6, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
The 26-room Palacio Marqués de Caro, which opened earlier this year, is built into a wall dating back to Muslim rule. Arabic vases, medieval archways, and neoclassical friezes add to the appeal, along with the adjacent restaurant, Arrop. ...
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Carrer de Dénia, 37, 46006 València, Valencia, Spain
The exhibition space Hat Gallery features all kinds of art. Recent shows include: a multimedia exposition on femicide in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; designs that one artist created for a local chocolate factory; and a collaboration presenting 40...
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20170 Usurbil, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Kalimotxo is a drink made of equal parts red wine and cola. When I first heard of the drink, I had to check the source - I thought someone was playing a trick on me. When I found out that people have been drinking kalimotxo in Spain for quite some...
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Watching flamenco artist Olga Pericet dance at Corral de la Morería in Madrid was an experience of extraordinary intensity. She was a rhapsody of exuberant motion; a piece of poetry that seemed to silence the room with the force of its emotion....
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Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
The oldest garden in the city, the Laberint d’Horta was once the property of the Marquise Desvalls. Explore lush green spaces in search of striking statuary and plant life, then find love—in the figure of Cupid at the center of the garden maze....
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Barcelona, Spain
Marta, a petite Barcelona native fluent in three languages, welcomes any and all into her home for the joyous culinary experience of paella. The Spanish dish often frightens many due to its overwhelming nature of ingredients, but Marta brings such...
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Calle Sta. Teresa, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Breakfasts in Madrid are taken quickly: a cup of coffee and a plate of churros before one dashes off: it is if everyone is late for that all important meeting. But when Madrileños seek a more relaxed start to the day, they head to Olivia Te Cuida,...
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Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria is known for its incredible selection of fresh fruit, amazing ham, and uber fresh seafood. Wandering around the market is a foodie's dream but make time for a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurant counters. My favorite meal of...
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Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
This summer, I spent a few days in Barcelona. Of course, any trip of mine is always highlighted by the many restaurants I visit. In Barcelona, I ate at these 6 outstanding tapas bars, each offering a different vibe and a different attitude. Bar...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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Calle Mañueta, 8, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
The churros here supposedly get their crispy exterior from being cooked over an ax-cut beech-wood fire. You can sample the results when the 140-year-old shop is open: only two Saturdays in June, every day during the San Fermín festival in July,...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 23, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Some of the best tapas I had in Barcelona where at a place called La Flauta. This restaurant has been around for years and came highly recommended by a local guide. Not only did I love the food and plan a work lunch there, but I also went back on...
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Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I once heard that eating tapas while standing builds character. Going into a tiny dark tapas bar in Madrid and ordering parts of a pig that aren't normally consumed does too. Toni, owner and cook at Casa Toni in Madrid, sautées this...
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Known for their Andalusian-style trout and asparagus, La Trucha tapas keep the locals coming back for more. The food is excellent (their omelet is absolutely amazing) and the place is always crowded with both locals and tourists, a good sign!
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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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C/ Cava de San Miguel, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Tasty mushrooms from the Meson de Champiñones, a cave bar, under the Plaza Mayor.
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Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Renowned chef Paco Roncero re-interprets everyday Spanish food without crossing the line into pretentiousness at Estado Puro; here, flavor matters more than presentation and dishes are perfectly portioned. Patatas bravas, fried potatoes spiked...
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Carretera Es Canar, Km 0,7, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Illes Balears, Spain
Fatigued and stomachs rumbling, we stalked the side porch of the house, trying to see if anyone was there. It says restaurant, we grumbled, knowing full-well that at this point we would eagerly knock on the door of someone's home, just to gain...
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Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
The immense Gothic Cathedral of Seville was built on the site of an ancient Muslim mosque. It was completed in the early 16th century and was designated a Roman Catholic cathedral. Since 1987, this cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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Carrer Bonastruc de Porta, 4, 17001 Girona, Spain
Costa Brava has no shortage of great eats, but I kept returning to Txalaka because it not only offered a reasonable 3-course lunch (for 11 euros) but also a sprawling offering of tapas at night, at 1 eur 60 each. With cheerful staff who took great...
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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain

I was in Valencia for literally five hours before having to hop on an Iberia flight to Paris ... So I made the best of getting to know the city. Heres a picture from a fresh food market that seemed to have been inside of an old train station ......

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Rúa das Hortas, 1, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
The menu changes regularly at the Michelin-starred modern Spanish restaurant in Santiago de Compostela run by chefs Marcelo Tejedor and Ivan Dominguez. Pimientos de Padron have made an appearance in the form of a simple toast topping as well as...
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Gran Vía Kalea, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Incredible gastronomic experience that stretched over my weekend in San Sebastian. Great food and even better company. Pool your euros together and weave through the pintxo bars with a few hungry friends.
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08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Jamon Iberico is a true jewel of culinary Spain. Not only is this ham delicately raised on a steady diet of acorns but is also crafted from exclusively pigs with black hoofs, pata negra. After spending the day in Sitges, a city 40 minutes outside...
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Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain
One of the best things you can do in Madrid is go on a guided tapas crawl. If you don’t know much about Spain and/or don’t speak Spanish it’s best to have someone that knows what’s going on with you. Here are a few high notes from the crawl. My...
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Plaza de la Trinidad, Granada, Spain
Granada is one of the few cities in Spain that you can expect to get a free tapa with your drink. When I lived in Seville I never thought twice about picking the most appetizing tapa and paying for the little delicious dish. However in Granada I...
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Calle Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, 11, 11688 Zahara, Cádiz, Spain
While on a road-trip through Andalusia, we spent a day exploring the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The twisting mountain roads took our breath away at regular intervals. The region is famous for its Peublos Blancos (or white villages). One was...
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Plaça del Roser, 1, 17531 Gombrèn, Girona, Spain
Michelin-star chef, and virtually self-taught man, Francesc Rovira's cafe and restaurant in sleepy Gombrèn is not centrally located for gastronomy enthusiasts to find. Far from Barcelona, but not too far to drive for a day, nestled in the Pyrenees...
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Plaça dels Valls, 6-9, 17811 Santa Pau, Girona, Spain
Just off the main square of Santa Pau, which dates to the early fourteenth century, under cover of a deep sapphire sky -- we ducked under a stone arch to walk into Cal Sastre. Immediately I noticed the salmon walls, multitude of awards and faded,...
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Plaza del Castillo, 44, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Tortilla Espanola is made with slow cooked potatoes, onions and eggs and it's the breakfast omelette of Spain. Most of the time it's served room temperature, sometimes with vegetables or cheese and ham. And of course bread, because everything in...
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Granada, Spain
Crispy stacks of churros and a cafe con leche in the Spanish morning sun. Welcome to Granada.
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Calle Oriente, 23, 17538 Alp, Girona, Spain
In the town of Alps in the valley of La Cerdanya, Casa Patxi serves traditional Catalan food - family style. The friendly woman who owns the restaurant, and her son, will welcome you as if you are her own. Each course will be served with love and...
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Jaizkibel Plaza, 14, 20160 Lasarte-Oria, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Dear Pinchos, How I love you, and your bite-sized frame. I love the variety of shapes and sizes you so easily fall into, and I love your distinct flavors. From gratin spider crab to knuckle pork in juice to grilled liver gras with Porto wine...
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Paseo de la Bahia, 11500, Cádiz, Spain
4 easy steps to a perfect Saturday afternoon: Step 1. Order a Sangria Step 2. Order a pizza or pasta while drinking the Sangria Step 3. Eat your meal, drink your Sangria and watch people enjoy this little bay. Step 4. Go enjoy the sand and water....
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Rúa Santa Isabel, 15130 Corcubión b. La Coruna, A Coruña, Spain
I love dining in Spain. In my opinion, Spanish cuisine is characterized by the less is more approach (unless you're talking about paella, I guess). Case in point; roasted peppers, licked with olive oil and dashed with salt. Paired with fresh...
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Carrer de l'Albereda, 7, 17004 Girona, Spain
A deconstructed Spanish tortilla. A fried aubergine. A selection of cured meats that would please any palate. Olives whose essence fill up the whole room. And not to forget the wine pairings. That is the kind of experience you'll have at Divinum,...
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Pou des Lleó, Spain
When we asked at our hotel for a restaurant recommendation, we were given directions to the restaurant at Pou des Lleo. "That's where they serve the famous paella," we were told. Pou des Lleo turned out to be a tiny cove at the end of a completely...
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Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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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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Rúa do Franco, 37, 15702 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Instead of perusing a menu at this well-lighted spot in Santiago de Compostela, point at what you want from the long bar where the tapas are laid out for the day. Offerings include fresh razor clams, stuffed squid, and glistening sheets of marbled...
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28012 Madrid, Spain
For local, authentic dining paired with a tour of the city's hidden gems take a cooking workshop from Rafaela. While just a tourist in Spain, I had no idea how much of a local I would feel like after touring and dining with her. The evening began...
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17185 Vilobí d'Onyar, Girona, Spain
While Salvador Dalí died in 1989, his legacy and influence is as much a part of Costa Brava as its rugged coast, fresh seafood and sparkling Cava. Dali’s surrealist vision continues in the studio of artist Quim Hereu. Hereu is on a 10-year mission...
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Girona, Spain
By now, most people are familiar with tapas style eating thanks to the global promulgation of Spanish restaurants. But many people probably aren’t (yet) familiar with tapas’ tasty cousin, the pintxo. Pinxtos, or pinchos depending where in the...
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Placencia, Belize
On a sandy street, in a building with Victorian trim, near the Purple Monkey Bar and across from a tour company, there’s an unassuming storefront that guards what some people told me is the best gelato in the world. Tutti Frutti Gelateria serves...
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Carrer Balandau, 24-26, 17534 Ribes de Freser, Girona, Spain
Within Hotel Caçadors, lies a restaurant with a chef renown for inventive Gin & Tonic creation. But the restaurant does not merely delight with drinks. The gastronomy features local ingredients and seafood so fresh it surprises (given the distance...
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Pl. Major, 28, 17468 Orfes, Girona, Spain
I took one bite and about fell off my chair. This was the creamiest, most flavorful onion dish I had ever tried. I found myself taking smaller and smaller bites so that I could somehow make it last longer. In a tiny little town barely found on the...
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Calle Pelay Correa, 32, 41010 Sevilla, Spain
The atmosphere is special because it is located in a building typical of Seville, inside a courtyard of a building. Surrounded by azulejos and colored tiles. I recommend eating in the courtyard as we did. They serve the sausages with the "picos"...
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Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 12, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
"Aquí, Se Guisa" is the motto at Borda Berri, one of the Old Town's best pintxo bars. The star of every pintxo is a braised critter: beef, octopus, rabbit, you name it. There's no pintxos on the bar at this spot, but don't let that keep you from...
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Arrandegi Kalea, 11, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
In Spain, the word tortilla refers to a thin omelet, and in San Sebastián the Best Tortilla is a title that everyone loves to argue about. It is indisputable that one of the city's most delicious is that of Bar Nestor. It's a masterpiece that is...
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Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 20, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
It's well-known around town that Casa Urola uses some of the best raw materials: fish, vegetables, ham, you name it. In its quiet, elegant dining room, you will find quintessential Basque locals (and the occasional well-informed tourist). The...
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Calle Pescaderia, 10, 20003 Donostia, Bizkaia, Spain
Expect creative riffs on the classic pintxo at this ultra-modern spot. Everything from the colors to the flavor combinations are unique and draw in crowds from the street. Not everyone is a fan of their style—for instance, the old guard who remain...
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Plaza Nueva, 8, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Find a chair at the bar and order some pintxos, the small-plate appetizers that are traditional bar food in the Basque Country. Pair your selections with a cold beer or a glass of Txakoli, a traditional Basque white wine. For formal sit-down fare,...
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C/ Francisco Cossi Ochoa, s/n, 11500 El Puerto de Sta María, Cádiz, Spain
Chef Angel Leon is known as the "chef del mar", chef of the sea, and is gaining fast reputation for his innovation and sustainable fish practices. He's also a pioneer in plankton; serving regular folks like you and I, and teaching us that there...
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Plaça Major, 30, 08500 Vic, Barcelona, Spain
Sit down to a drink or a light meal in or around Vic's Plaça Mayor. For a light snack, split an order of torrades (toasted rustic bread piled with local specialties) with a friend. One of my personal favorites is a torrada smeared with tomato and...
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Plaça de la Llibertat, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain
Caracoles in Spanish, caragols in Catalan, snails are a summer treat either in tapa or paella. These were hanging in a little grocery shop near the municipal market in Ciutadella in Menorca.
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Calle Primavera, 23, 18008 Granada, Spain
You may know Granada for the spectacular Alhambra palace, but chances are you didn’t know about the Granada province LAW that every bar, cafe or restaurant is required to give customers a FREE Tapa with purchase of beverage. This is The Best part...
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Passeig de Neptú, 34, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia claims to be the birthplace of paella, so where better to try this richly indulgent meat-and-rice dish? Paella can include a variety of meats, beans, and vegetables—along with saffron—the spice that delivers its distinctive golden-yellow...
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Kolon Pasealekua, 15, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Bar Hidalgo 56 is probably one of my top three pintxo bars in the entire city. With a bar stacked full of equally delicious pintxos, a menu of hot pintxos that is incredibly varied and delicious, and an attention to product that you simply don't...
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Zubieta Kalea, 56, 20007 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Simple, skilled treatment of raw product is the hallmark of the cuisine at Narru. With a chef once named in the Wall Street Journal as a top young chef to watch in Europe, the food here is quite simply delicious. Stars are the tomato salad, the...
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Landare, 20159 Zizurkil, Guipúzcoa, Spain
Vegetarianism and veganism are still regarded as slightly crazy around these parts, but there are a handful of places that cater to the meat-free. Landare is the one with the most varied, generous helpings. It's best to reserve, as this restaurant...
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Minasoroeta Kalea, 1, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Mouthwatering beef cheek. Exquisite bacalao with a parsley foam. Cheese ice cream. Using Basque products, Alameda crafts delicious, modern dishes that please unequivocally. This one-star restaurant is a great spot to grab a nice dinner or lunch in...
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Calle Ruedo Doña Elvira, 16, 29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
My friends and I took a day trip to Ronda, a small city about 60 miles outside of Sevilla. It is known for its breathtaking views and bridges on a gorge. After exploring the town, we grew hungry and stumbled across this small bar. It was full of...
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28005, Calle de Toledo, 21, 28005 Madrid, Spain
El Rastro is overwhelming. As one of the largest outdoor flea markets in Europe, you're going to need a break at some point. Enter El Capricho Extremeño, a Sunday afternoon institution in Madrid. The line will be long, but it's part of the...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 158, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
I can't resist their bread creations, and I never leave without buying a chocolate bread bun. Soooo god!
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Calle Teniente Castrillón, 5, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Try the duck magret at the taperia El Central. The duck is dressed in a plum sauce with a balsamic reduction and local sea salt. Absolutely divine.
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Rodil Zeharkalea, 79, 20013 San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, Spain
One of my favorite sit-down dining experiences in the city, Zelai Txiki has a couple things going for it. One is a gigantic terrace that overlooks the entire city. On a summer evening there are only a few places I would rather be. Call ahead to...
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San Pedro Kalea, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
There are delicacies and then there are delicacies that should probably be outlawed, or at least strictly rationed. These sweetbreads, fried until crispy and then topped with ham that is also fried until crispy, is probably one of those. Vinoteka...
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Carrer de l'Arquitecte Mora, 2, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
The rustic interior belies modern eats at Les Graelles, where you can choose from a mixture of Valencian and Spanish soups, stews, and meats, along with creative fusion fare like crunchy eggs with mushrooms, or angel-hair pasta paella. With a...
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Plaça de Cánovas del Castillo, 1, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor some of Valencia's best salads and tapas on the fly at this cozy eatery, or call ahead to reserve your favorite rice dish or paella. In the authentic tradition, some of the larger meals can literally take hours to prepare, so make...
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Carrer d'Aragó, 67, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
While the food isn't as exquisite or beautiful as in some of Barcelona's more expensive traditional restaurants, portion sizes are generous and the food is inexpensive and freshly prepared. The restaurant is closed on Saturdays, and weekday...
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Elkano, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Elkano is world-famous for its grilled seafood. From clams to tuna, this spot grills it all and sells it by the kilo. They specialize, like Kai Kaipe, in grilled fish. Locals who prefer Elkano, and even those who prefer Kai Kaipe, say that the...
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Miguel Imaz Kalea, 1, 20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Xarma restaurant lives and dies by their mission to take the best Basque produce and execute avant-garde techniques to create new, exciting plates. Chefs Aizpea and Xabi are regulars on the conference circuit and on lists of 'Best Young Basque...
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Plaça de l'Ajuntament, 3, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Arriving in Valencia after a long train ride from Madrid literally one day before the 2004 bombings, we experienced Valencia quietly. We stopped at the market for the most delicious avocados I've ever tasted, and threw together a makeshift dinner...
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Avda Bruselas, s/n, 38678 Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
While many people may think of dining in Tenerife as consisting of British pubs offering all-day breakfasts for 2 Euros, there are some spectacular restaurants as well. Torre del Mirador is in a spectacular location with a panoramic sea view; even...
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Nafarroa-Behera Kalea, 1, 20280 Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Sugarri Restaurant in Hondarribi is doing something that few restaurants in nearby San Sebastián are: serving updated twists on Basque cuisine that are equally delicious as their traditional counterparts, in portions that satisfy. Chef Bixente...
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Paseo Marítimo, s/n, 11500 El Puerto de Sta María, Cádiz, Spain
The photo says everything. Delicious! Crefoundie is another gem in a chest of gems that is Playa Muralla in Puerto Sherry. As always, the atmosphere will leave you speechless. See more in my other reviews. My personal favorites here are the Caesar...
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14850 Baena, Córdoba, Spain
Breakfasts are simple in Andalucia. A bread not unlike ciabatta rolls sliced in half and toasted. Repeatedly stab the toasted side with your fork, and heavily lace the bread with Spanish olive oil. Every table at the cafe has a bottle. Then finish...
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plaça Sant Marti, 2,, 25597 Espot, Lérida, Spain
Wonderful restaurant within the sleepy town of Espot. Menu of the day started with a local soup of egg, bread and garlic. It could right all wrongs it was so good.
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San Juan Plaza, 1, 48291 Atxondo, Bizkaia, Spain
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Have one meal in Basque Country? Heck, have one meal left on Earth? Asador Etxebarri is your spot. The one place I can recommend to everyone from chefs to foodies to clueless visiting parents that want a steak, this restaurant is worth the drive...
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Paseo Neptuno, 6, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
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Even if time was limited, you cannot go to Valencia without trying their traditional Paella! La Pepica is a restaurant right on the sea side with amazing views of the Mediterranean, friendly atmosphere, and a killer paella.

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Casco Viejo, Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
Casco Viejo is a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1997. Restorations are currently being done in the area to reestablish the glory at this historic site.
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Adiskidetasun Kalea, 2, 48001 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
The Begona is a traveler's delight. Centrally located close to mass transit, restaurants, bars, culture and the sheer beauty of Bilbao. We spent three nights in this clean, cozy pension where the staff were spot on with recommendations and...
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Funikularreko Plaza, s/n, 48007 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Make your way up Mount Artxanda the fast way—via funicular railway. Built to make the mountaintop accessible to locals, this little red train has been in operation since 1915, although it closed briefly after being bombed during the Spanish Civil...
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Sofia, Bulgaria
The remnants of communism can still be felt through the enormous plain-faced concrete buildings in this capitol city. But just one glimpse of this beautiful Russian Orthodox church takes you back to a time before the stoic buildings.
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Calle Mayor, 4 - Bajo, 01330 Bastida, Álava, Spain
As we motored through the Rioja Alavesa wine country in northern Spain, a golden landscape dotted with hilltop monasteries, sweeping vineyards, and walled towns with window boxes overflowing with red geraniums, I reflected on what we had absorbed...
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Japan, 〒150-0033 Tokyo, 渋谷区Sarugakucho, 17−5
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A short walk from Daikanyama Station is one of the metropolis's iconic bookstores, Tsutaya at T-Site. Designed by Klein Dytham Architecture, the Tsutaya bookstore is celebrated not only for the beauty of its three buildings but also for the...
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Climb the stairs to the top of the 17-meter-tall Guzmán tower in Caleruega to take in sweeping views from above of the village, its monastery and church. If you're there during the week and shops are open, pick up a box of cookies made by the...
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Camino de la Ampudia s/n, 09314 Pedrosa de Duero, Burgos, Burgos, Spain
Tour a modern Spanish wine-making operation at Pago de Los Capellane. Before you go, be sure to schedule a tasting of the winery's 5 types of wines, young red, crianza, reserva, and two parcel wines, Nogal and Picón. Tastings are hosted in a...
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Ametzola, 48012 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
Bilbao November
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Paseo Neptuno, 12, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Think expansive views of the Mediterranean, vast white sand, and a cool breeze. You'll also find artists creating sand sculptures and a wonderful place for children to play, in general. Rub shoulders with locals and enjoy the cultural flair.
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Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is one of Valencia's must-see spots and an ideal place to relax. Located just outside the city center, the buildings provide a modern contrast to Valencia's old, winding streets....
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Valencia, Spain
Of all the colors, sights and sounds during the Fallas festival.... I choose black and white. Go figure.
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Valencia, Spain
Valencia is famed for its ceramics — Lladró is based here, and has a factory in town — but one of the more charming sights is the tiled art you’ll find on many street corners in Old Town. Known as “azulejos,” these painted tile signs advertised...
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Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, València, Spain
Valencia’s most iconic attraction, the City of Arts and Sciences is located at one end of the Turia River Bed Gardens, drained in 1957 due to flooding and converted into a large public park and recreational area. The complex includes...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Its full name is “The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia,” but people will know what you mean if you just call it the Valencia Cathedral. Consecrated in the 13th century, the cathedral has what it claims to...
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Plaça del Carme, 6, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Located in the Plaza Carmen, in the Barrio del Carmen, the Asador del Carme offered a charming and satisfying outdoor dining experience. We chose a price fixe menu that began with salted peanuts, a chicken croquette appetizer, and a...
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Valencia, Spain
This Calatrava-designed complex is dedicated to science and cultural propagation. Aptly named “city”, it feels like visitors are transported to a separate destination, a futuristic complex comprising five units: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and...
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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Sip horchata de chufa, a sweet drink made from tiger nuts—edible roots harvested from the chufa sedge plant—while seated at an elegant marble-topped table at Horchatería Santa Catalina. Coffees, sandwiches, pastries, and artisan chocolates are...
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Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 27, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Watch as the chefs prepare and serve exquisite and unique versions of traditional Spanish and Valencian dishes in Quique DaCosta's diaphanous foodie haven on Joaquín Costa Street. The house cocktail, "Hola Mercatbar," is crisp but sweet, a...
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Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
The tavern's curving wood and glass doors only hint at the building's centurion history. Inside, creamy, tiled walls provide a contrasting background for mahogany-colored barrels advertising spirits like brandy, anise, and manzanilla for sale....
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Avenida del Professor López Piñero, 1, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Skip the guided tour and spring for concert tickets instead. An evening of classical music or opera offers the opportunity to fully appreciate this building's engineering, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Show up before the show...
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Carrer del Pintor López, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The Turia River bed gardens run for 9 km (about 6 miles) through the city of Valencia. The original river was diverted in 1957 due to flooding, and since then, the exposed riverbeds have been converted into wide, lush parks and gardens. The City...
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Calle Pintor Ricardo Verde, 1, 46010 Valencia, Spain
Fusion cuisine (served generously) reigns at this charming eatery. Creative tapas like croquetas made from Thai chicken, or Brazilian bean stew also surprise tastebuds. The menu changes frequently, enticing diners to return time after time....
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CALLE MICER MASCO Nº 30,Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
The sweets are only the beginning at Dulces Pérez. Complete (or just make) your meal with sumptuous asparagus and shrimp quiche, chorizo empanadillas or jamón-and-goat-cheese-topped puff pastries. Or skip straight to dessert and feast on artisan...
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Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
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C/ General Gil Dolz, 16, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor rich dishes and wines from Spain's Ribera del Duero region, like Lechazo, roasted milk-fed lamb, with delicious, meaty reds. The restaurant is spotless: Tables draped in creamy linens stand out against an accent wall papered in pictures of...
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Av. de Suècia, 4, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Share a bottle of cava on the heated terrace. Or stop by on a game night for a beer or a cocktail and tapas with friends--Casa Candy is usually full of rowdy soccer fans, cheering on the home team.
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Calle del Historiador Martínez Ferrando, s/n, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This gorgeous, brick building features a facade adorned with ceramic tiles and stained glass, and houses stalls selling fresh fruit, fish, vegetables, cheese, and cured meat. You can also find restaurants and bars within its walls, along with...
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Carrer de Sorní, 13, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This growing Spanish brand (with stores in France, Andorra, and Portugal, at present) makes practical but playful everyday clothes for women and children. Stock up on brightly colored stockings, patterned dresses and blouses, and cozy sweaters and...
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Plaça de Tetuan, 22, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Head to Plaza Tetuán and tour the Convento de Santo Domingo, where detail-oriented visitors will find examples of Gothic, neoclassical and renaissance architecture. Snap shots of fluted columns ending in intricate stone arches in the main...
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Carrer de Bonaire, 6, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Covet large-scale installations by international and national artists at Luis Adelantado's beautiful gallery space in Valencia. Afterwards, if you simply can't stand to leave empty-handed, settle on something more portable to take home....
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28, Carrer de Xàtiva, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Bull-fighting rarely leaves spectators without strong reactions, but whatever your attitude toward this particular Spanish tradition, you're bound to be impressed by the splendor and sheer size of Valencia's neoclassical bull-fighting ring and...
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Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
This Gothic monastery houses collections from Barcelona's City History Museum, but if you've got only an hour or so, skip the exhibits in favor of a walk around. Founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326, the monastery (or monestir in...
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La Rambla, 58, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Learn to cook traditional dishes, and modern twists on old favorites, with the chefs at Barcelona Cooking. Sign up for an evening cooking class and learn to prepare dishes like seafood paella and Crema Catalana (the Catalan version of Creme...
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Carrer de Calàbria, 115, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Hotel Villa Emilia is ideally located in Barcelona's safe and trendy Eixample neighborhood. It's perfect for visitors who want to be close to the city center, but are looking for a good night's sleep away from Barcelona's incessant noise. Within...
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Carrer de Villarroel, Barcelona, Spain
After seven years living in Barcelona, I'm more than aware of the limited variety of traditional Catalan and Spanish sweets. Most truly traditional recipes (mantecados, roscón) are powder-dry and really must be consumed with coffee or wine, and...
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Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Soak up the sun and stroll the grounds of this centrally-located Barcelona park. Home to Barcelona's zoo, the Catalan Parliament, this park hosts interesting events (and political demonstrations) throughout the year. During La Mercé (Barcelona's...
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 749, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
See a concert or watch acrobats swing from great heights in this beautiful early 20th century bull-fighting ring. If you're passionate about bull-fighting culture, La Monumental is also home to Barcelona's Bull-fighting Museum (Museo Taurino)...
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08034 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
This is a great place for some down time in Barcelona. Located close to the University of Barcelona's Campus on Diagonal, and children's hospital Sant Joan de Deu, this park is a beautiful place for a stroll, or to sit outside and play with your...
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Carrer de Trafalgar, 14, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Get an eyeful of Japanese fabrics by Kokka. Then browse handmade items like rings, earrings, bookmarks, hairpins, cushions, kimonos. Ask about unique fabrics selected sourced by the owners themselves on their trips to Asia. Travelers that collect...
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Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Anyone with an iota of interest in art will certainly visit the Prado while in Madrid. But be sure to save some time to visit another nearby museum, where there's something wonderful to see before you even get inside. Just a 5-minute walk down...
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Paseo de Moret, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Parque de Oueste is a shady park toward the north of the city. The park is known for its rose gardens, as well as being home to the Temple of Debod, a gift for the Egyptian state in 1968. The overlook of the park offers beautiful views of the...
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28013 Madrid, Spain
Literally the heart of Madrid, Puerta del Sol was originally and east-facing gate to the city and today serves as a bustling transportation hub, with all roads fanning out from from it like rays of the sun. Look for the kilometre zero (Km. O)...
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Even now I'm craving their guilt-free collection of tapas-style breakfast miniatures. You can expect to find little croissants stuffed with jamon, light pastries topped with berries, and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's simple, inexpensive, and...
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Plaza de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
If you visit Madrid, don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana. They are situated right in front of a fountain and early in the morning the water mirrors the statue—making it feel...
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Calle Núñez de Arce, 3, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Aroubd te Writers Quarter in Madrid my favorite place for TAPAS in traditional taverns or Fine Food at the trendy Gastrobars. I like mix the food with a bit of history on this charming pedestrian quarter
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La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of...
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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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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Barcelona, Spain
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Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Constructed in the 17th century but heavily modified a century later, this castle—actually more of a fortress—lords over Montjuïc hill. Its use as a military bastion spans from the 1600s to the mid-1800s, when Barcelona...
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Plaça de Sant Galdric, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Market is a necessary stop on any Barcelona itinerary. Make the most of your time there with a stop at Bar Papitu, a small bar on Sant Galderic Square. Late morning, make like a Catalan, and wash down anchovies and olives with local...
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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 del Vidre, 8, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is home to countless tapas joints. They sit on street corners and back alleys all over the city. Many are commercialized and target tourists, while others are homegrown, centuries-old locations. There are plenty to choose from. After...
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C. d'Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Imagine the crowds cheering on the home team at the Football Club Barcelona’s stadium, check out a space dedicated to Argentinean superstar Leo Messi, admire the Club’s many trophies, your favorite players’ jerseys, and learn about the history of...
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Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
One of Barcelona's most exclusive streets, Passeig de Gràcia is home to modernista masterpieces like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló as well as the massive luxury storefronts of brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Mandarina Duck, and...
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Carrer de Còrsega, 231, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
Despite this restaurant's claims of "low-cost haute cuisine," 3 Food's tapas are elegant—but considering the tiny portion sizes, fairly expensive, especially if you want try a variety of the restaurant's more creative dishes. There is a very...
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Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
The ruins of the Barcelona that suffered the seige of 1714 lay buried underneath the cast-iron 19th century Born Market for centuries. WIth the opening of El Born Centre Cultural, visitors can explore the beautiful wrought iron market, examine the...
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Pla de Palau, 13, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Sagas is the modern vision of a farmer and entrepreneur. Slow food served fast; homemade sandwiches, special varietals of potatoes, Catalan wines - all make for an enjoyable and sustainable choice in the Born district.
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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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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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Carrer del Comerç, 24, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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In the eclectic neighborhood of El Born, Spending an evening at Comerc 24 in Barcelona was more than just a tasty meal, memorable wine, and good conversation. We chose the festival menu, in total 15 miniature avant-garde courses (including the...
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Bring some friends and a healthy appetite to El Bar-Barcelona for modern takes on traditional Spanish bar food as well as a well-thought-out wine menu. Crunchier-than-usual croquetas made with panko, a carnivores-only version of patatas bravas,...
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Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 55, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
I and a friend met for dinner at Abissínia located on Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 55 (La Vila de Gràcia). Abissínia, was the first Ethiopian restaurant for 7 years in Barcelona, still in it's original location and prepare each dish daily. We...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 112, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
At this popular Chinese restaurant in Barcelona's busy Eixample neighborhood, there are traditional Chinese dishes like hot and sour soup, meat and veggies steamed with curries and spices, and a multitude of dim sum and authentic desserts to...
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Carrer del Palau, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
In this charming chocolate shop in Grácia, make your own sweet treats to take home to friends and family. Learn how to make bon bons, chocolate lollipops, and sprinkles and shapes to decorate cakes under the expert guidance of the shop's...
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Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Brunch is still a relatively "new" thing in Barcelona, and most places that serve it stick to tried and true favorites like Eggs Benedict, cheese and charcuterie, pancakes and pastries. Arola's brunch takes the meal beyond staid classics. The...
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s/n, Carrer de Jorge Manrique, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
To my taste, the best restaurant in town at all levels: the food is exquisite, they have a large traditional Catalan menu, the service is excellent (waiters know the menu and the wines very well), and the decoration is carefully thought out,...
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Carrer de Pujades, 173, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Walking through the local Poblenou barrio in Barcelona, you could be mistaken for being in a town outside of the popular bustling metropolis. However, it's just on the outskirts of the city. The vibrant, local-feeling streets are lovely to...
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Wash down traditional tapas like Spanish omelet or breaded calamari with the bar's exclusive beer, Premium La Llibertària, or sip your favorite gin tonic and munch on the bar's specialty, a tripe sandwich. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday...
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Passeig de Gràcia, 132, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
For some reason locals who recommend Casa Fuster will immediately mention the fact that Woody Allen stayed there... Apparently he has good taste! We stopped in because they had pulled up a screen to watch the football match- a regular occurrence...
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This cozy bar in Barcelona's San Antoni neighborhood's got it all. It's on the ground floor of a historic Modernista building, the interior of the bar itself is cozy and comfortable and the drinks and tapas are cheap and well-prepared. Open from...
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Carrer de Casp, 57, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
The owner of this cafe, Sandra, had always wanted to own a cafe. This is her dream, and she has decorated it as such. With rust iron chairs, marble table tops, white exposed brick walls...combined with the large amounts of natural light, Molika...
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Carrer de Balmes, Barcelona, Spain
Spain has a great cafe culture in general, while Barcelona's scene is second to none. In preparation for our cross-country road trip, we sampled a little bit of what the city had to offer (to keep our energy up, of course). Tapas joints, coffee...
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Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Cafe D'Estiu, (http://www.cafedestiu.com/) between the city museum and the Frederic Mares museum, right near the Cathedral, was our favorite place to eat. The owner, a Dutch expat, loves to talk politics, and gets his news from the most reliable...
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Carrer de València, 73, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
At Bar Ara, the cocktails and food are freshly made, if less-than-extraordinary. The burgers are filling and cheap. When the weather's nice, the terrace is the best place to be even though there's quite a bit of traffic noise. When it's cold or...
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Carrer del Consell de Cent, 121, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Mojitos should always be made with fresh mint. That said, too often bars with mojitos on special in Barcelona are making their cocktails from a mix. This isn't the case at Tascafé, where the mojitos are cheap (at the time of writing, under 5...
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During the day have a quiet drink with a friend or a good book on the terrace. Tea-drinkers should note that they have a much wider selection of teas than in many Barcelona cafés. Weekend evenings, come for the dancing and the cocktails. For more...
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Carrer d'Aribau, 67, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
A few steps from Barcelona's Plaça Universitat, sit down to a hot drink and buttered toast for breakfast. Midday, the fixed price menu is inexpensive (usually around 10 euros) and features creative, tasty fare like macaroni with celery and squash...
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Barcelona, Spain
I really like this concept - Yesterday's bullfight arena, today's shopping mall. Inside the old arena, there are restaurants, retail stores, cafe and even supermarket. It is also conveniently located at the Plaça Espanya metro subway station.
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Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
This place is close to the Barcelona Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia in Barri Gotic. This neighborhood is a great place to walk around. Here I discovered a great jewelry shop, an antique flea market, and dancers...
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21, Carrer d'Avinyó, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Ushering in Trashion for over a decade, Vaho Works features three stores in Barcelona with a great selection of travel gear. Need a new laptop skin? A few gadgets that hold the countless coins that you have been collecting? Vaho has you covered....
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Carrer de Calàbria, 208, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
At La Botiga D'En Tonet, shop for wines from Catalonia and the rest of the world as well as beers and spirits. If you've got a yen for an Italian Chianti, a German Riesling, or a Portuguese Vinho Verde, this is the shop for you. Prices are...
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Carrer dels Banys Nous, 20, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
L'Arca, formerly known as L'Arca de l'Avia, specializes in recreating historical clothing, especially ball gowns and wedding dresses, but it's a great place to pick up antique and vintage accessories like lace gloves, Spanish fans, and jewelry, as...
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Carrer del Consell de Cent, 192, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Rosses i Torrades is a beer-afficionado's paradise of sorts. Here lager-lovers can flip through beer-themed books, examine home-brewing kits, and search out their favorite international beers. Of course your best bet for a unique-to-Barcelona...
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Passatge de Mercader, 10, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
In Barcelona's fashionable El Born neighborhood, unassuming neighborhood shops can surprise you with unique finds. At Antic & Modern, collectors can buy original works of art by world-renowned Catalan artists like Dalí, Miró and Tàpies, as well as...
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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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08569 Rupit, Barcelona, Spain
In Rupit, Stone cottages with orangey-red terracotta roofs perch around a stream, half-hidden by the mountainous green hills. An hour and a half drive from Barcelona, walk around this beautiful, if tiny village (approximately 340 residents). Pose...