Things to do in Barcelona – A perfect day
During my masters degree I spent a semester in Barcelona and would like to share some insiders for this lovely city in this post for you to know which things to do in Barcelona. I lived on the lively street Passeig del Borne with bars and street musicians in El Borne, which is a very nice suburb perfect for a stroll. You will find little nice shops and restaurants. In case you get hungry, you should have a delicious burger at Kiosko (Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera, 1). The burgers are made with high-quality fresh ingredients and a vegetarian option is available. El Borne is close to the beach Barceloneta, which you can check out. As the beaches in Barcelona are usually pretty crowded you can either drive to a beach further out or for a little refreshment you can sneak into the ohla hotel, which has a nice roof top pool & bar with a great view over the city.
Things to do in Barcelona – Sights and city
After your little refreshment you can walk around the old city starting from metro Jaume towards the catedral, taking the little streets and soaking up the magic feeling of the city. Ready for the catalan version of tapas? Bilbao Berria (Placa Nova 1) offers delicious pintxos, little tapas on a slice of bread. It is probably the best choice in the city center, as there are many tourist traps as well. Alternatively you can walk until the other side of the famous Las Ramblas to the hip but also a little dodgy suburb Raval, where you’ll also find nice restaurants.
Ready for museums? For the famous Picasso Museum you can go back to El Borne or if you prefer contemporary art you can visit the MACBA in Raval. All the other stuff like Parc Guell, Montijuic and Sagrada Familia you have probably already read in your tour guide book 🙂
Things to do in Barcelona – Nightlife guide
It is getting darker and the tourists are already hungry, while the locals are still hiding until the weather cools off – If you don’t mind crowded places, you can head to La Champaneria (Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7) which definitely is an experience. You get a bottle of delicious cava for around 3 Euros. They also serve some tapas, but it’s probably not the place to go when you are very hungry and want to relax as there aren’t options to sit down.
My favourite place in the city: Cafe Royale (Carrer Nou de Zurbano, 3 near Placa Reial). This nightclub bar evokes a certain feeling of movies in the 50s and 60s, which is hard to describe and there is usually a nice mix of relaxed, authentic people. So only tell your best friends about it 😉 The music is a mix of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin and they have often live acts (Flamenco tuesdays, jazzy wednesdays, clubby fridays, funky saturdays and housey sundays). Drinks are quite pricy. If you like to listen to some more funk music with a bigger dancefloor you can go around the corner into the club Marula Cafe (Calle de Bailén, 27).
If you prefer electronic music I recommend Apolo, Moog, Razzmatazz or Row14.