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Discover our favourite hotels, restaurants, nightlife and things to do in Barcelona right now.

 

This insider's city guide has been a long time in the making. We've eaten in countless Barcelona restaurants and visited the latest local hotspots. We've also asked the most discerning Barcelona locals we know to share their favourite local hangouts – whether brand new or classic institutions. We bring you our hand-picked selection of our favourite addresses in Barcelona.

 

HOTELS

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Whether you're looking for the ultimate design hotel, a charming and cosy boutique hotel, or an ultra-cool private apartment, here is our pick of the best places to stay in Barcelona.

 

1. Wow Factor!

W BARCELONA

Expect glamorous living spaces, avant-garde architecture and a prime beachfront location at the W Barcelona. Spend the day lounging by the swimming pool then party the night away at its panoramic lounge bar. €€€

Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona 
w-barcelona.com  |  +34 932 95 28 00


2. Sleek & Modern ...

HOTEL MERCER

Set within an ancient tower in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, the chic and minimalist Hotel Mercer is a haven of modern design juxtaposed against exposed brickwork, stone archways and ceiling beams. €€€

Carrer dels Lledó, 7, 08003 Barcelona
mercerbarcelona.com  |  +34 933 10 74 80


3. Cool Scene ...

HOTEL ALMA

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With modern interiors, comfortable living spaces, a rooftop garden and a secret garden terrace, the Hotel Alma delivers a fabulous design hotel experience with polished 24-hour service to match. €€

Carrer de Mallorca, 271, 08008 Barcelona
almabarcelona.com  |  +34 932 16 44 90


4. Peaceful Retreat ...

HOTEL PRIMERO PRIMERA

Set within a peaceful residential neighbourhood 10 minutes from Barcelona's city centre, this charming, family-owned hotel features 30 spacious rooms, a well-stocked library and an outdoor swimming pool. €€

Carrer del Dr. Carulla, 25, 08017 Barcelona, Espagne
 primeroprimera.com  |  +34 934 17 56 00


5. Rooftop Pool ...

HOTEL OHLA

This 5-star, designer-chic hotel in Barcelona’s historic Barri Gotic district is nestled away within a neoclassical palace. Make sure to visit its amazing rooftop pool terrace and lounge bar with panoramic city views. €€

Via Laietana, 49, 08003 Barcelona
ohlahotel.com  |  +34 933 41 50 50


6. Foodie Escape ...

ABAC HOTEL

This is one of Barcelona's most stylish urban retreats with an award-winning gastronomy restaurant. The hotel resides in a former consulate 20 minutes from the city centre close to Tibidabo mountain. €€€

Avenida del Tibidabo, 1, 08022 Barcelona
abacbarcelona.com  |  +34 933 19 66 00


7. Cosy & Affordable ...

HOTEL PULITZER

Intimate, stylish and affordable, this hotel is set within a historic 1920s building in Barcelona’s main shopping district close to Plaza Cataluña and is styled more like a friend’s designer home than a hotel. €€

Carrer Bergara, 8, 08002 Barcelona
hotelpulitzer.es  |  +34 934 81 67 67


8. Quirky Design ...

CASA CAMPER

The fun and funky Casa Camper is a great choice for design-conscious travelers looking for a unique hotel experience in the heart of Barcelona's city centre. Foodies will love chef’s Albert Raurich’s hip Dos Palillos Asian-fusion diner next door. €€€

Calle Elisabets 11, 08001, Barcelona
casacamper.com  |  +34 933 426 280


9. Budget-Chic Hotels ...

Some affordable Barcelona hotel options include the Chic & Basic Born which has a great location in the hip El Born neighbourhood, the Barcelo Raval for its bold and colourful design, or the simple Market Hotel. €

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10. Apartment Rental ...

EL PALAUET LIVING

This is our favourite private apartment to rent in Barcelona. Set within a five-story palatial mansion built in 1906 on the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia, choose between six exquisite Moderniste two-bedroom apartments designed by architect Pere Falqués. €€€

Passeig de Gràcia, 113, 08008 Barcelona
eplivingbarcelona.com  |  +34 932 18 00 50

Average Price of a Double Room:     € = Around €100 or less;   €€ = Around €200;   €€ = > €300


RESTAURANTS

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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best classic tapas bar, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Barcelona right now.

 

1. Wow Factor! ...

TICKETS TAPAS BAR

Expect a simply unforgettable tapas dining experience by world-famous Spanish chefs, Albert and Ferran Adria. This is one of the most difficult tables to book in Barcelona, so make sure to reserve in advance via their website. €€

Avenida del Paraŀlel, 164, 08015 Barcelona
es.bcn50.or  |  +34 932 92 42 54


2. Beachfront  Paella ...

EL XIRINGUITO DE ESCRIBA

This charming seaside eatery offers soul-satisfying paella, superb fresh seafood and tasty tapas on the Barceloneta beachfront. A true gem. €

Avenida del Litoral, 42, 08005 Barcelona
xiringuitoescriba.com  |  +34 932 21 07 29


3. Trendy Scene ...

ROCA MOO & ROCA BAR

This is where the fashionable crowd can be found savouring the modern Spanish cuisine of the Roca brothers (El Celler de Can Roca) at the trendy Hotel Omm. €€

Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona
hotelomm.com  |  +34 934 45 40 00


4. Traditional Tapas Bars …

Don't miss Bodega 1900 for its market-fresh tapas menu showcasing the finest offerings of the Catalonia region, La Cova Fumada for its soul-satisfying bomba, and the 100 year-old rustic gem Quimet y Quimet for its tasty montaditos and tourist-free crowd. €

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5. Modern Tapas Bars  …

We love the funky Mont Bar for its creative tapas and wine list, Coure for its sleek and modern dining space, the lively Bar Bas for its endless traditional tapas bites, and Suculent which gives traditional flavours a modern twist. €€

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6. Best Food Markets ...

The action-packed, bustling Mercat de La Boqueria is one of the city's most renowned food markets on Las Ramblas. Make sure to eat at Bar Pinotxo and El Quim. Another favourite is the Mercat de Santa Caterina, which is home to Cuines Santa Caterina tapas bar

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7. Asian Fusion ...

DOS PALILLOS

Chef Albert Raurich fuses Spanish, Japanese and global flavours into a daily-changing tasting menu at his hip eatery, Dos Palillos. With only 12 diners seated around a u-shaped kitchen, you'll be placed in the heart of the culinary action. €€

Carrer d'Elisabets, 9, 08001 Barcelona
dospalillos.com  |  +34 933 04 05 13


8. Creative Cuisine ...

PAKTA

Albert and Ferran Adrià have joined forces with chefs Kyoko Ii and Jorge Muñoz to bring cutting-edge Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian-Japanese) to Barcelona’s theatre district. Opt for their amazing tasting menu where the creative talents of the chefs are on full display. €€

Calle Lleida, 5, 08004 Barcelona
pakta.es  |  +34 936 24 01 77


9. Japanese ...

KOY SHUNKA

Enjoy a highly memorable Japanese dining experience which brings together the sophisticated flavours of Japan with locally sourced Mediterranean ingredients. The sleek, minimalist interiors are modeled after an upscale Tokyo Izakaya eatery. €€

Calle Copons, 7, 08002 Barcelona
koyshunka.com  |  34 934 12 79 39

Average Price of a Main Meal:     € = Less than €10;   €€ = Around €20;   €€ = More than €30


NIGHTLIFE

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Whether you're looking for a fabulous foodie dining spot, the city's best classic tapas bar, or a see-and-be-seen dining spot, here is our pick of the best places to eat in Barcelona right now.

 

1. Wow Factor!

W BARCELONA

Discover a multitude of stylish public spaces to suit any mood and occasion. Perched high above the city on the 26th floor is the trendy Eclipse rooftop bar, the ground floor W Living Room is equally as cool, and the Miami-style outdoor WET pool terrace has a playful party vibe. €€

Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona 
w-barcelona.com  |  +34 932 95 28 00


2. Cocktail Bars ...

DRY MARTINI

One of the best cocktail bars in Barcelona, enjoy exquisitely made cocktails in a cosy, dimly-lit setting. There’s a distinctly understated 1920’s vibe here, where the tailored gentleman behind the bar mix and shake superb classic cocktails. €€

Aribau, 162 - 166, 08036 Barcelona
drymartinibcn.com  |  +34 932 17 50 80


3. Trendy Scene ...

ROCA BAR & LA TERRAZZA

Nestled on the ground floor of the ultra-chic Hotel Omm, Roca Bar delivers well-crafted cocktails and an impressive wine list to match, while La Terrrazza is Barcelona's coolest outdoor summer club featuring top DJs. €€

Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona
hotelomm.com  |  +34 934 45 40 00


4. Hipster Scene ...

BAR BETTY FORD

A haven for art and design students, skaters and hipsters, Bar Betty Ford is a fun, boisterous and funky space where skate and surf videos are projected on the walls. The music is loud, the drinks are potent and the crowd loves to party. €€

Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 56, 08001 Barcelona
No Website  |  +34 933 04 13 68


5. Wine Bar ...

LA VINYA DEL SENYOR

This is one of Barcelona’s most charming alfresco wine bars. Set on a vibrant square in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic district overlooking the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral, sit at a table on the outdoor terrace and enjoy over 300 Spanish wines and imported varieties. €

Plaza Santa Maria, 5, 08003 Barcelona
No Website  |  +34 933 10 33 79


6. Cava Bar ...

EL XAMPANYET

Hidden away in a cobblestone laneway in the Barri Gòtic district, you’ll find everyone from trendy hipsters to aging locals crammed into this historic cava bar. Specialising in great local cava sparkling wine sold by the bottle, this vibrant bar also serves Spanish wine and delicious tapas bites. 

Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona
No Website  |  +34 933 19 70 03


7. Late-Night Club ...

CDLC

Oozing sophisticated glamour, CDLC is also nestled directly on the seafront of Barcelona. Step into a den of exotic luxury, where wooden carvings and seated Buddhas sit alongside scantily clad performers suspended in neon-lit hoops. €€

Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32, 08003 Barcelona
cdlcbarcelona.com  |  +34 932 24 04 70


8. Live Music ...

SALA APOLO

Located in an old theatre near the Ramblas, concert hall and club Sala Apolo brings the retro atmosphere and decor of the 1980s back to Barcelona, making this a trendy indie favourite on the city’s nightlife circuit. €€

Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113, 08004 Barcelona
sala-apolo.com  |  +34 934 41 40 01

Average Price of a Drink:     € = Less than €10;   €€ = Around €20;   €€ = More than €30


SEE + DO

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Don't miss these incredible Barcelona museums, art galleries and cultural landmarks.

Museums & Galleries ...

Set within a series of beautiful medieval palaces, Museu Picasso offers visitors the chance to explore one of the world’s largest collections of Picasso's work, featuring over 3,500 original pieces. Nestled on the Montjuic hillside, the Fundacio Joan Miro exhibits the artist’s bold, colourful works in an airy, spacious setting set amidst green lawns punctuated with sculptural works. Built in 1975 under the direction of Josep Lluís Sert - a friend of Miro - this private institution promotes contemporary art while chiefly celebrating the artists’ life work. We also love visiting the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) which showcases an extensive collection of modern art from the mid-20th century onwards, focusing mainly upon Spanish and Catalan post WWII artists.

Iconic Landmarks ...

A UNESCO world heritage site and one of the best known examples of Catalan Modernism, Antoni Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia is an awe-inspiring landmark which has been under construction since 1882. Climb the vaulted towers for superb views of Barcelona. The gothic Cathedral de Barcelona was built over three centuries (1298 0 1450) and rests on the site of ancient places of worship including a Roman temple, a Visigothic church and a Romanesque cathedral. Casa Museu Gaudi is where iconic Barcelona artist Antoni Gaudi lived for twenty years until his death in 1926. Located in the grounds of the Parc Güell, the residence was converted into a museum in 1963 and is worth visiting during your time in Barcelona. 

Sightseeing Tours ...

The Barcelona Bus Turistic sightseeing bus tour is one of the best ways to explore this vast city in a short period of time. You can choose between several different routes which will take you around the city’s best sights in around 2 hours, where you can leisurely hop-on and off. For the best aerial views in the city, take a ride on the Teleferic de Montjuic scenic cable car. 

Football Mania ...

Catalan locals maintain a fiery, passionate love affair with soccer. The Barcelona Football Stadium is the 3rd largest football stadium in the world, with an impressive capacity of 99,000 people. Whether you're a football fan or not, you'll never forget watching a live football game at this state-of-the-art stadium.


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